Room Service on the Disney Cruise Line: Disney Magic Dining Review - PassPorter.com
PassPorter.com
Award-winning travel guidebooks

   guidebooks   |   news   |   podcasts   |   boards   |   blog   |   worksheets   |   photos   |   articles   |   updates   |   register   |  


Room Service on the Disney Cruise Line: Disney Magic Dining Review

by Mary Augustine, PassPorter Featured Columnist
Last modified 11-08-2012
  



PassPorter.com > Articles > Disney Cruise Line > Dining  

While sailing on the Disney Cruise Line, you have several options for dining.


Your options include the three main dining rooms, fast food counter service, snacks displayed in glass cases or at evening buffets, adult-only dining venues, and room service. Have you ever wanted a snack, meal, or beverage without leaving your stateroom? Room service is only a phone call away.

Room service is available from the time you are able to enter your Disney cruise stateroom, usually around 1:30 pm on boarding day, until the final morning of your cruise, with room service ending at 1:30 am for all but the concierge guests. We have found several situations where room service dining adds to our cruise experience. When a nap or early bedtime is needed, when an early-morning breakfast is desired, if someone is not feeling well, if a meal time is missed due to another activity, if you have teenagers in your party, or any time hunger strikes, room service is an option to consider.

The cost of room service is included in your cruise fare (with the exception of items specifically noted on the menu, such as bottled water, canned soda, beer, wine, and candy), with only the tip to be paid at the time you receive service. The menu can be found in the stateroom book usually located on the desk. In addition, a breakfast menu card can be found on or in your stateroom desk. For breakfast, you can simply check off your selections and desired delivery time on that card, then hang it on the door handle outside your stateroom before 3:00 am. In our experience, a smiling crew member will arrive promptly at the time selected, with your breakfast tray. If you phone for room service, we have typically been given a delivery time of around 30-35 minutes from the time of placing the order, however, most often, the food has arrived somewhat faster, usually within about 20 minutes.

What is available? Salads, soups, appetizers, fresh fruit, hot and cold sandwiches, hamburgers, fries, wings, pizzas, macaroni and cheese, and an entree item like salmon steak with asparagus and orzo. Let’s not forget desserts, including the cruise line's homemade cookies, and two items not listed on the menu: cake and Mickey Mouse ice cream bars! Beverages include milk, juice, tea, coffee, and hot chocolate. Other beverages may be ordered as well, but will incur an additional charge. Breakfast items include cold cereals and granola, toast, donuts, bagels, muffins, pastries, croissants, and English muffins. For a preview of all items, the Disney Cruise Line website lists the room service menu, under dining options. We have been able to order some items not listed on the menu, including gluten-free bread or buns, soy milk, veggie burgers, and the desserts mentioned above. If you are wondering about something that is not on the menu, simply inquire when you place your order.

Room Service photo
Room Service

Room Service - Macaroni and Cheese - photo by j316

Tipping is the one cost of room service on Disney Cruise Line. I’ve read that $1-$2 per visit is an acceptable tip. You may tip in cash or add the tip to a charge slip, which we have received when ordering items such as sodas or bottled water that incur an additional charge. We tip in cash and have always found the crew member delivering the food to be happy to receive cash.

What to do when you’re done with the meal? You may call room service for tray pick-up, or simply place the tray outside your stateroom door. Your stateroom host will also clear away any trays during the morning or evening housekeeping service.

We have used room service on each of our five Disney cruises, and offer the following tips:
- Bring some $1 and $5 bills to use for room service tips.
- Consider ordering snacks on boarding day, to be enjoyed while unpacking, sailing away, or waiting for dinner. We like the All Hands on Deck cheese and cracker tray, the fruit bowl, and cookies!
- If you have teens or other frequent snackers, order extra items that can be stored in the stateroom cooler/refrigerator.
- Room service breakfasts can be quite helpful on port day mornings. If some members of your party are slow in getting ready while others are hungry, breakfast can begin in your stateroom. This promotes harmony and reduces nagging. Can you guess that we’ve cruised with teens?
- If you have a veranda, consider dining there at least once. We find that a meal, snack, or beverage on the veranda is delightful.

In short, room service is a wonderful option to consider while cruising with Mickey. The variety, minimal cost (tip), and convenience of room service is just one more part of the magic when sailing with Disney Cruise Line.


Room Service All Hands on Deck photo
Room Service All Hands on Deck

Room Service All Hands on Deck - photo by j316




About the Author:
Mary Augustine is retired. She has been a Disney fan since the original Micky Mouse Club was on television!


Recent Disney Cruise Line Articles:
Top Ten Favorite Adult Experiences Onboard Disney Cruise Line - A Disney Cruise Line Review last updated 08-13-2015
Cruising with Special Needs - Part 2: Wheelchairs - A Disney Cruise Line Planning Article last updated 07-30-2015
Cruising with Special Needs - Part 1: Autism - A Disney Cruise Line Planning Article last updated 07-23-2015
Our First Four Night Cruise on the Disney Dream - A Disney Cruise Line Review last updated 07-09-2015
Make Your Magical Memories - A Walt Disney World Planning Article last updated 06-25-2015

More Related Links:
Veggie Dining At Disney - Table Service Locations last updated 12/11/2008
Veggie Dining At Disney - Counter Service Locations last updated 12/04/2008
The Kosher Traveler At Walt Disney World - A Guide last updated 02/05/2009
Dining at Walt Disney World - An Introduction last updated 2/5/2009
Yachtsman Steakhouse From a Vegetarian's Point of View - A Dining Review last updated 5/14/2009




Reader Comments:


Mary, you nailed it! Room service is a convenience most people discover once on board. We love pre-ordering breakfast to nibble on while we get ready in the morning. And, you're right, dining on your veranda is heavenly! smiley for :)

     toddjodybrent on November 9, 2012 @ 6:48 am
View all 1 comments in forum thread

So what do you think? Click here to share your comments, feedback, and experiences on this article and topic!

(Note: You must be a member of our PassPorter Message Board Community to leave comments. Join today for free!)




Updated 11-08-2012 - Article #869 



Read additional articles from PassPorter.com

Subscribe to our free e-mail newsletter, PassPorter News, published for more than 58,000 opt-in subscribers worldwide. As an added bonus for subscribing, you will receive a 20% discount coupon for the PassPorter Store -- no catch!

E-mail Address:

First Name:

E-mail Format:
-Text/Don't Know  

-HTML

 
 

We respect your privacy and never sell or rent our subscriber list. Subscribing will not result in more spam! We guarantee it.

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Copyright 1999-2015
by PassPorter Travel Press, an imprint of MediaMarx, Inc.

       SEARCH
       LEARN MORE
Learn More With Our Award-Winning Guidebooks


 


RSS Test PassPorter Community - Boards & Forums on Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, and General Travel - Planning Your Disney Cruise Voyage
PassPorter Community - Boards & Forums on Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disn...
Get onboard and share your plans and ask your questions about sailing the high seas on the Disney Cruise Line! Forum sponsored by MouseEarVacations.com


OMG!!! FIRST CRUISE EVER!!!! Tell me about the Magic!
by jenifermg0
28 Aug 2015 at 1:35pm
My BFF and I have FINALLY started our actual plans for the next Girls Only Trip. We had tossed around several options and have finally decided on...
(click title above to view replies)

Tell me about the cabana at Castaway
by ferrazalves
26 Aug 2015 at 4:05pm
Hi! We're booked for December sail from Miami, and we managed to book a Cabana at family beach for our party. What do we expect there? Is it worth...
(click title above to view replies)

Have you left your kiddos in the children's area after 8pm?
by maggie101
24 Aug 2015 at 11:08am
My kids are asking me questions that I cannot answer... We will be on the Dream 3 night. We are traveling with our children and our grandchildren...
(click title above to view replies)

still a Pirate Night on 3 day Dream cruise with Halloween?
by LLP14
20 Aug 2015 at 9:46pm
We will be on the Dream September 25 for a 3 night cruise, and just got our invitation and encouragement to dress up for Halloween activities. Do...
(click title above to view replies)

door organizers
by mrsbruhaha
19 Aug 2015 at 3:46pm
i tried searching for a per-existing thread about this but couldn't find one. i know they no longer allow the over the door hanging organizers, but...
(click title above to view replies)



Total Visits: 15436


PassPorter ~ 1998-2015 ~ 17 Years of Making Dreams Come True!
Publishers of bestselling travel guidebooks and proud recipients of 13 national book awards
About PassPorter
About Us
Site Map
Press
Privacy Policy
Images & Artwork
Guidebooks
About
Previews
Buy
Reviews
Updates
Features
News & Updates
Articles
Podcasts
Photos
Message Boards
Newsletter
Concierge Desk
Desktop
Trips
Books & E-Books
Tips
Settings
Customs Office
Register Books
Book Updates
Contests
Checklists
Help & Info
Finding Answers to Questions
Help Desk
Using Your PassPorter Forum
Store Customer Service
E-Mail Us
Follow Us
PassPorter.com Front Page (Updated Daily!)
PassPorter Newsletter (weekly and free)
Latest Posts
Facebook
Pinterest
YouTube Channel
Questions? Check our Site Map and visit our Help Desk to learn how to contact us online, by e-mail, and by phone.
Please feel free to link to this page so that other vacationers can find it.