I've saved the best for last. For real. The optional (extra fee) adult-exclusive dining experiences on the Disney ships are well worth it. On the Disney Magic, you have Palo which features northern Italian cuisine. It's a cut above the rest. A meal here is well worth the trouble it can take to get a reservation. On our previous cruise we elected to have brunch AND dinner at Palo, but this time around we only managed to squeeze in a brunch. It was fabulous however, made even more fabulous by our one-of-a-kind server Sasha. I can honestly say he was one of the best servers I've ever had at any restaurant ANYWHERE. He not only was able to tell my sister how far along she was in her pregnancy, but he correctly identified the sex of her baby, which she had just found out days earlier by ultrasound. The man has skills. Not only for predicting the sex of your unborn child, but also for feeding you with amazing food until you're about to burst. He made our brunch experience incredibly special. Thank you so much, Sasha! We hope to see you on our next cruise.
The brunch at Palo consists of a ridiculously awesome cold buffet section which includes everything from seafood (shrimp cocktail, stone crab claws, Alaskan king crab legs, smoked salmon, smoked salmon mousse, seared ahi, caviar), a make-your-own Nicoise salad station, breads, cheeses (unique ones like port wine-infused cheddar, etc), charcuterie (and I'm talking the good stuff), pastries, and loads of desserts. In addition to the buffet stations, there is also hot food made to order. Everything from their unique and delicious pizzas, to egg dishes, pasta, fish, and meat dishes. Pretty much everything under the (brunch) sun. Here are some mouth-watering photographs of this not-to-be-missed brunch experience aboard Disney Cruise Lines...
|From left to right: Caprese salad, stone crab claws, Alaskan king crab legs, smoked salmon mousse; Virgin mary shooters with baby shrimp, assorted cold salads|
|Clockwise from left: Hot items made to order; some dessert offerings; breads, cheeses, and charcuterie|
|My first selections from the buffet... there would be more to come :)|
|A la carte items (clockwise from top left): pizzas (gorgonzola, grape, and port wine reduction, spicy sausage minus the sausage, and sun-dried tomato and goat cheese); oysters Rockefeller; chicken Parmesan with risotto; eggs Julia (w/ smoked salmon)|
|Some selections from the dessert buffet (my favorite was the insanely decadent chocolate confection to the left)|