Is Palo’s Brunch on the Disney Cruise Line Worth It?


While the Disney Cruise Line offers rotating meals for each dinner night, there are also adult-only dining options that are available for an additional fee. All Disney Cruise Line ships feature Palo (an upscale northern Italian restaurant), while only Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream feature Remy (a French restaurant).

Palo, named after the poles used by gondoliers in Venice, Italy, is definitely a treat for adults. Although it’s only available to adults ages 18 and older, parents can often host a dinner party at Palo while their kids are at the youth clubs. In addition to dinner, Palo also offers a separate brunch. It’s the more affordable option of the two adults-only restaurants, and the food is delicious while the ambiance is stylish.

Brunch at Palo is currently offered for $45 per person, plus booze and tip. However, if you’re a platinum Castaway Club member, you can usually get this experience for free (only pay for booze and tip).

The Castaway Club Membership website only lists the Palo Dinner as a free benefit for Castaway Club platinum members. However, as a platinum member, I was able to get free brunch as recently as 2021. Worth asking when you’re on board.

When is brunch offered at Palo?

You will need to check the Disney Cruise Line app or website for the times for your specific cruise. It is not offered every day. It is usually offered on a day at sea, and also often on a day in Nassau on sailings that include this port of call.

Despite the extra charges, it is very popular and often fills up quickly. Highly recommend that you book it as soon as your booking window opens. If it is full during your navigation, you can check availability once on board the ship. Sometimes there are openings.

What is included in the Palo brunch?

In the past, Palo brunch was offered as a large, extravagant buffet of appetizers and desserts, with an a la carte menu for entrees. Since the cruise line restarted in 2021, however, the buffet has morphed into a more family-friendly meal. Customers can choose a seafood or meat and cheese option, and will be given a plate with some small appetizers to start.

For our larger group, we opted to order a few of each, so we could all sample the offerings. If there’s something in particular you like, your server can bring it out more. These small appetizers are the most common items from the original buffet, including ahi tuna, crab legs and prosciutto.

There is also an a la carte menu where you can choose your specific entree. This includes breakfast items like Eggs Benedict and lunch/dinner items like artichoke ravioli. My favorite starter is pennettes, a dish with smoked salmon, baby spinach, tarragon, black pepper and cream. It’s delicious, and I highly recommend it if you like smoked salmon.

Desserts can also be ordered, although our server brought one to share with our larger group. In the past, desserts were part of the buffet. It’s unclear if the traditional buffet will return to Palo for brunch at some point, but this current iteration is still a pretty good option.

If you’re planning on having brunch in Palo, be sure to check out the dress code before packing for your cruise. The following items of clothing are prohibited: tank tops, blankets, swimsuits, shorts, hats, shorts, ripped clothing, t-shirts with offensive language and/or graphics, flip-flops and sneakers. I usually bring a sundress to wear, while my husband wears a collared shirt and dress pants.

Is Palo Brunch Worth It?

For an extra $45 for specialty meals, is Palo’s brunch worth it? In my opinion it is, because the food is delicious and it is a beautiful splurge. I prefer it over dinner in Palo because it doesn’t replace any of the main dining rooms so I always have the option of going to all the restaurants for dinner.

If you’re traveling with kids, you’ll want to make sure they’re happy in the kids’ club (or otherwise busy) during brunch time. A splurge like this should be enjoyed at a leisurely pace, so if you’re in a rush or worried about your kids, it might not be worth it.

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