*This gluten free dining experience took place in May 2019. It includes information about peanut free, fish/shellfish free, and chicken and turkey free options.
Breakfast at Royal Palace
Royal Palace, on the Disney Dream, is one of the three main rotational restaurants for dinner. It also happens to be open for a la carte breakfast and lunch during your cruise. On our recent cruise in May on the Disney Dream, I had breakfast at Royal Palace on two of our cruise mornings.
I much prefer breakfast at Royal Palace to the buffet options at Cabanas or Enchanted Garden because I like the ability to get a variety of options without the hassle or worry of a buffet and cross-contamination. I also find that Royal Palace tends to be fairly quiet, making for a much more pleasant overall breakfast experience.
Royal Palace is inspired by Disney princesses. So, you’ll see lots of royal touches throughout the restaurant. Because we dined at Royal Palace a lot during the cruise for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, I’ll be showing lots of photos of the overall theme throughout those reviews.
One of my favorite parts about breakfast at Royal Palace is how calm and low-key it is.
As you can see from the photos here, there really aren’t a lot of people dining a la carte each morning.
One tip that I always have for dining here during breakfast or lunch is to ask for a seat near the windows — especially if you can get one with a lovely ocean view. I have often had great views in the morning when sitting near those windows.
On this visit, I had an interior table, but it was close to the hallway which had portholes. So, there was still plenty of sunshine flooding through.
Royal Palace’s a la carte breakfast menu does mark some options gluten free. But, you can also talk to your server about additional options too. Dishes like allergy-friendly Mickey waffles aren’t on the regular menu but are available upon request.
You can also pre-order your breakfast at Royal Palace by ordering your meal the night before with your server. Because we’ve been on the Disney Dream quite a few times, I decided not to pre-order for breakfast on this cruise. But, we have pre-ordered in the past, and it can be really helpful, especially if you have specific plans or activities to go to. It won’t ensure your meal is ready the moment you sit down, but it will help speed the general preparation process a bit.
Day two of our cruise was our Nassau, Bahamas day. Brandon is not a huge breakfast fan, so while he was getting up and showered, I went down for breakfast at Royal Palace before we disembarked to get our passports stamped and a brief look around of Nassau.
I started the meal with a few breakfast beverages — my favorite iced tea and apple juice — while I looked over the menu.
One of my favorite breakfast entrees is the gluten free modified Eggs Benedict. You can order this gluten free by swapping out the gluten-filled English muffin for gluten free buns. I ordered the classic Eggs Benedict. But, you can also order two other versions gluten free too (one has salmon and the other has rosemary ham).
If you can have dairy, this is a terrific breakfast option. I ordered this a few times on our Disney Cruises, and I have always found the eggs to be well-poached, and the Hollandaise sauce to be excellent. This is always a must-order for me at least one of the mornings on a cruise.
My server also offered me Udi’s Double Chocolate Chip Muffins. On our last cruise, I was served Kinnikinnick Chocolate Chip Muffins which are one of my favorites. But, Disney Cruise Line is no longer serving these. So, Udi’s it was. I wasn’t all that keen on the muffins (which are gluten free and dairy free) because they just taste like dry chocolate cake to me. But, I’m glad they are available to guests!
Royal Palace’s a la carte breakfast is a must-do for me when I’m on the Disney Dream. It’s a great way to have a low-key and filling breakfast. As you’ll see from other reviews, you can also get other items like allergy-friendly Mickey waffles and pancakes. If you’re on the Dream, definitely make plans to have breakfast there for delicious and safe options without the hassle or rush of the buffet at Cabanas.
Have you been on the Disney Dream? What did you think of the breakfast options at Royal Palace?