Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Disney Cruise Line: "Special" Menus and Excursion Dining

Disney is known for its attention to detail. If you've ever been to any of the theme parks, you know what I'm talking about. The same can be said for their cruise line. Not only does Disney offer the 3 main dining room menus, but there are several theme nights in which guests partake throughout their journey. Here are the theme nights for their 7 day cruise on the Disney Magic, along with some of the menu highlights...

Prince and Princess Dinner: Inspired by, you guessed it, the fairy tales that make Disney so special. Dishes like "Belle's" Scallops au Gratin and Roasted Filet of Beef Wellington definitely suggest a fairy tale worthy meal. Overall, this menu was fun for us. I thought my meat was a bit overcooked for the temperature I had asked, but otherwise, the meal was pretty solid. My ice cream sundae was a perfect end to the meal.

"Belle's" Scallops au Gratin

Roasted Filet of Beef Wellington

Princess Aurora Sundae (with Rocky Road)

Pirates IN the Caribbean Dinner: Perhaps everyone's favorite theme night! Not only do you get a special menu with offerings like Black Beard's Jumbo Crab Cake, Jack Sparrow's Barbecue Marinated Beef Short Ribs, and Captain Hook's Macadamia Nut-Dusted Mahi Mahi, but you also get a party in your dining room, limbo stick and all, and a fun open-air party after dinner culminating in an at-sea fireworks show. It doesn't get more fun than that :)

Black Beard's Jumbo Crab Cake

Jack Sparrow's Barbecue Marinated Beef Short Rib

Treasure-of-the-Seas Grilled Shrimp and Seared Scallops

Sweet Temptations: Rum-Soaked Chocolate Cake, Fruit Cobbler, and Floating Island

Captain's Gala Dinner: Often considered the "fancy" meal of the week. Items like Oysters Rockefeller and Baked Lobster Tail are a pretty big draw. I also love how well you are served by the dining room staff. Our server removed my lobster meat from the tail for me to save me any trouble in doing so myself. They will also cut up food for the kids. It's a really nice perk and we certainly appreciate every bit of attention they offer to making our meals so special.

Baked Lobster Tail

Warm Chocolate Lava Cake

Till We Meet Again: The last dinner of the cruise is one that will hopefully bring you back for more. It is another one of our favorites, with items like Sesame-Crusted Tuna Sashimi, Crawfish and Lobster Bisque, and their tasty Seafood Linguine Pasta, along with a stand-by Yachtsman Steakhouse Center Cut Grilled Beef Tenderloin, you will surely want to come back to experience more of Disney Cruise Line, more of their outstanding service, and more of the delicious food.

Sesame-Crusted Tuna Sashimi

Crawfish and Lobster Bisque

Seafood Linguine Pasta

Sweet Temptations: Chocolate Decadence, Celebration Cake, Cappuccino Mousse

Mickey's Island Jam Breakfast: As a special treat during your cruise, everyone gets to partake in a breakfast experience in which your favorite Disney characters actually visit you at your tables as you enjoy your meal. It's great for little kids and big kids alike. The food isn't anything special compared to some of the better breakfast selections available at both Lumiere's for a la carte service and even Topsiders Buffet, but it's all about the character experience here :)

Cookie's BBQ: On Disney's private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay, guests are invited to partake in a casual lunch at Cookie's BBQ (or Cookie's BBQ Too). Here a selection of burgers, hot dogs, and ribs, along with many sides, fresh fruit, ice cream, cookies, and cake are the perfect beach side meal.

Other Excursions: Depending on excursions you select for your ports of call, lunch is sometimes included. On our visit to Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, part of our tour included a visit to the beautiful beach at Cane Garden Bay. Here, along with hours of fun in the sun (and surf), we dined on a Caribbean buffet meal which included options of chicken, fish, or ribs (all island style), rice and beans, vegetables, and Caesar salad (not so Caribbean, but not bad either).


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