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Palo is an optional, adults-only restaurant on all ships, offering Northern Italian cuisine, an intimate setting, and phenomenal service. Guests must secure reservations to dine here and there is a $30 per-person service charge for either dinner or brunch. Palo has its own servers, so be prepared to part with your regular servers. Palo is on deck 10 (Magic Class) or 12 aft (Dream Class) and serves dinner nightly from 6:00 pm until 9:00 or 10:00 pm. A wine tasting seminar may also be offered here (see page 215), as well as a champagne brunch (four-night and up cruises)—see page 170. High Tea was discontinued in August 2012, in favor of a second brunch seating.
Reservations—Reservations for all Palo meals can and should be made in advance at http://www.disneycruise.com once your cruise is paid in full. Reservations can be made as early as 75 days in advance by first-time Disney cruisers, 120 days for categories R-V, and 90/105/120 days for Castaway Club members (see page 571). Online reservations open at midnight Eastern Time, and go very fast! Disney holds some reservations at each of those intervals and on board, so everyone at least stands a chance. Two online dinner and one brunch reservations per stateroom are allowed (one dinner reservation can be made for the first night of the cruise, and a second can be made for one of the other nights). You may also make reservations and changes on your first afternoon aboard—check the Personal Navigator for the time and place/phone extension. Dispatch one member of your party, as soon as you can after you board—reservations go quickly. Arm your representative with a list of suitable days and times (use our worksheet on page 183). If you can’t get reservations, get on the wait list and check for cancelations. Concierge guests (cat. R–V) can ask their concierge to make reservations for them. Reservations can be canceled without penalty up until 2:00 pm on the day of the meal. No-shows and last-minute cancelations will have the full $30 per person charged to their room.
Tip: Guests dining at Palo have the option of an al fresco experience on the private outdoor teak deck. If this interests you, ask to be seated outside (weather permitting) when you arrive for your reservation.
Decor—Palo’s most striking feature is its sweeping ocean views—we have fond memories of a meal served just as the sun set. Warm wood paneling, Venetian glass, and smaller tables (yes, you can get a table for two here!) make this one of the most romantic spots onboard. An exhibition kitchen and wine displays set the stage for a special dining experience. There’s also a private room area called “The Captain’s Table” tucked in the corner that can be reserved for groups. This dining room received a facelift on the Disney Magic in fall 2013 and the Disney Wonder received a similar update in late 2016. The changes are so subtle there’s little point to describing them. The Dream Class adds an outdoor dining deck (weather permitting) and a live pianist, and one side of the dining room offers raised, padded banquettes.
Dress—Slacks and collared shirts (men), dress, skirt, or pants and a blouse (women). Jeans are OK if in good condition (no holes). No tank tops, swimsuits, swimsuit cover-ups, shorts, hats, cut-offs, torn clothing, T-shirts with offensive language and/or graphics, flip-flops, or tennis shoes.
Palo on the Disney Dream
Gratuities—$5 of the service charge is divided amongst the staff, but we recommend an additional tip in line with your estimation of the value of the meal. Note that a 15% auto-gratuity is already added to all alcoholic beverage purchases.
Our Review—We simply adore Palo! The servers are friendly, engaging, and incredibly attentive. The restaurant is quiet and mellow, and the atmosphere elegant but relaxed. The best part of dining at Palo, however, is the food—it’s simply outstanding, as items are made or finished to order. We also highly recommend Palo brunch. Jennifer and Dave’s rating: 9/10.
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