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If you’re thinking of bringing any food onboard, please note that it is against U.S. Public Health regulations to bring aboard any food that is cooked or partially cooked or packaged food that has already been opened. Unopened, commercially packaged foods are fine.

If you plan to dress nicely, it’s a good idea to pack a change of clothes for your first night’s dinner in your carry-on. While it doesn’t happen often, checked luggage may arrive in your stateroom too late to allow an unhurried change for an early dinner seating.

Though not all will agree, even parents with young children may appreciate the late seating—the kids will be more alert for the early show, and you can use Dine and Play (see notes on page 177).

Trying to decide between the earlier or later seating? The earlier seating is most popular with families and young children. The earlier seating is also preferred by those who like to get to sleep earlier. Early seating takes about 1½ hours to complete your meal, while late seating can take as long as 2 hours. As you might have guessed, the later seating is comprised of mostly adults and some older children. The later seating gives you more time on your port days, as you don’t need to rush back for an early dinner. Keep in mind that guests with late seating see the show before dinner, so you and/or the kids may want a snack before the show. We prefer the late seating ourselves.

Jennifer’s brother-in-law, Chad, enjoys two main entrées

Just can’t finish your meal? Ask your server if you can take it back to your room. Most servers are happy to accommodate you. Don’t be shy about asking for another dish or for seconds, either.

If you are seated with other guests, which is likely if you aren’t traveling in a large group, enjoy their company and swap tales of your adventures! Most cruisers find it more enjoyable to share a table!

On the third night of the four-night cruises, guests return to the restaurant where they dined on the previous night of their cruise. Regardless of what restaurant you’re in, you will enjoy the “Pirates IN the Caribbean” menu (see page 173) on this evening.

Not sure what evening(s) to experience Palo or Remy? Reservations for the first night had been easiest to get, but that’s changing now that cruisers can reserve a second Palo or Remy meal online, so long as it’s on the first night! The evening of the big, theme deck party (Pirates, Frozen, Star Wars, etc.) is a good pick, if you don't mind missing the party (sure, you could try to party as well, but you won't have a relaxed dinner).

If you want dine often at Palo or Remy, don’t bother asking friends or family to add you to their reservation—Disney cross-references reservations so cruisers won’t exceed their quota. If you really want to do those restaurants more often, take advantage of the first night option (see above), and/or get on their waiting list once you’re aboard!

Breakfast on disembarkation day is in the same restaurant you were assigned to the evening before (so if you ate in Palo or Remy, you need to go the restaurant you would have eaten in if you hadn’t gone to Palo or Remy). A special “Welcome Home” menu is served—it’s virtually identical to the Character Breakfast menu (page 168).

KidTip: “To see your food before you pick it, go to the buffet restaurant! It’s my favorite!”

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Top Photo Slice: French Onion Soup at Royal Palace (Dream) (℗ 53323) Photo contributed by © Jennifer Marx



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