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During a cruise late last year, our little group (me, my husband, my mom and my aunt) experienced brunch at Palo on the Disney Wonder during a Very Merrytime holiday cruise. On a previous cruise, many moons ago, we dined at Palo for dinner, but up until our most recent cruise, we really hadn’t considered the brunch, partly because my husband is a picky eater, and partly because I love sea days and just didn’t want to give up my precious ship time to sit in a restaurant. This cruise, I decided we needed to try something “new to us,” and that “new” was brunch!
For those of you unfamiliar with Palo, it is the adults-only Italian cuisine-themed restaurant that can be found on all four of the Disney cruise ships. On sailings of 4-nights or more, brunch is offered on sea days. As of this writing, the cost of the brunch is $40 per person, however, this is always subject change. It is highly recommended that you book your Palo reservation as early as you are able to do so.
On the Disney Wonder, Palo is located on deck 10 aft. Upon arrival at the restaurant, we were warmly greeted, and shown to our table where we were informed that our server would give us a tour of the various food stations. Among the different stations, there was a cheese station, a dessert table, and a savory station.
In addition to the buffet, guests are also able to order off of the brunch menu. Everyone in our group did a little of both. In addition to what we ordered, our waiters also ordered us a few of their favorites to try off of the menu. We all agreed that it was the best meal of the entire cruise! Some of the standouts included the Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Breast, Heirloom Tomato and Basil Soup, and the abundance of delicious cheeses.
The service throughout our brunch was fantastic! During our two hours at the restaurant, our table wound up having three different servers. The first took our drink order, and then apologized that he was being moved to another area. The second server took our menu orders, however before the food arrived, the manager came over and apologized that he needed to move our server to help cover a large party. Third time’s a charm as number 3 was with us the rest of the way! Despite a few changes, never once did the service waiver, and the manager was apologetic and gracious. We honestly didn’t mind, as we were having a great time.
Is Palo brunch worth the extra surcharge? In our opinion, yes it is. The delightfully prepared food, the warm hospitality, and the magnificent view combine to make it a unique onboard experience.