*This gluten free review took place in May 2019. It includes information about peanut free, fish/shellfish free, and chicken and turkey free options.
Dinner at Royal Palace
A three day cruise goes by fast! And, on our last night of our 3-day cruise on the Disney Dream, we had our last rotational dinner at Royal Palace. It didn’t feel too much like a new experience that night because we’d been at Royal Palace so much over the course of three days. But, we both really enjoy the Royal Palace dinner and the options available to us there.
I’m not sure if I mentioned it in earlier reviews, but we had the later dinner seating at 8:15 p.m. This was our first cruise dining this late. And, while we were both a bit skeptical about it at first, we actually really loved late dining. In fact, we both agreed that we will always book the second dining on every trip from now on. For us, it gave us a lot more time to digest and not feel rushed in the afternoon after excursions, relaxing, or getting back on the ship.
I did want to include a comparison photo for you of dinner. As you can see, the atmosphere is totally different in the evening when the restaurant is much more crowded. That’s one of the reasons I love eating there at breakfast and lunch. The low crowds are just such a nice change of pace.
I love the adorable napkin shapes throughout the ship’s restaurants. This one is perfectly themed for Royal Palace.
Royal Palace is hands down our favorite of the three main rotational dining options for the food. While we Enchanted Garden is our favorite restaurant overall, we both agree that the food at Royal Palace tends to be much more our speed. So, we actually ate food that was entirely from this restaurant instead of requesting items from other dining locations!
Another shoutout to our assistant server Cristel from Mexico! She completely rocked the entire cruise and really made our dining experience pleasant. From start to finish, she really made sure we enjoyed our meals and always had our double drinks!
I forgot to take a photo of the Ener-G allergy-friendly rolls. But, we did manage to get a shot of the olive tapenade that was served as an accompaniment to the rolls. I really loved the saltiness of the olives, while Brandon preferred to skip the tapenade and just use butter on his rolls.
For the second time on the cruise, I ordered the Iced Lobster and Jumbo Shrimp. This is gluten free but contains dairy. It can be easily made dairy free by omitting the sauces. If you are a seafood lover, this is an excellent classic steakhouse appetizer.
For Brandon’s appetizer, he ordered the Breaded and Deep Fried Brie. This is fish/shellfish free, peanut free, and chicken & turkey free. This is one of his favorite appetizers because he is a huge brie fan.
Although I didn’t order it this time, I have actually been able to pre-order this dish to be gluten free on a previous cruise. If you’re gluten free and really love the idea of this, I highly recommend pre-ordering it, as they cannot make it on the fly.
We both also ordered the Leek and Potato Soup. It’s one of our favorites, and it is gluten free, fish/shellfish free, peanut free, and chicken & turkey free. It is also vegetarian. If you enjoy soup, I highly recommend this option, especially for gluten free guests since it requires no modifications to be gluten free.
Both of us also ordered the Chateaubriand-Roasted Filet Steak with Crushed Potatoes and Green Beans. Neither one of us could have the Bernaise Sauce that normally comes with it. With this modification, this dish was gluten free, fish/shellfish free, peanut free, and chicken & turkey free. The potatoes do contain dairy, so if you’re interested in this, you may be able to swap out the potatoes with advance notice.
Both of us really enjoyed the entree. And, we both agreed that the mashed potatoes were actually the best part of the plate. I think that’s partially because our steaks were both overdone. Mine was especially well-done.
Brandon’s was a bit more rare, so be sure to tell your server if you have a particular concern about meat temperature and cook.
For dessert, we were both served Tahitian Vanilla Creme Brulee. This dessert is both gluten free and peanut free. Brandon said it was just OK, and I skipped this because I do not like Creme Brulee usually.
I was also extremely bummed because I had pre-ordered the Grand Marnier Souffle, which my friend Alexis from Alexis’s Gluten Free Adventures has ordered on her cruises and raved about. When I asked our server Allen about it, he said the kitchen told him they couldn’t make it. I will definitely be asking about it again on a future cruise, just in case they can make it on that sailing.
Allen did bring out the allergy-friendly dessert of the night, which was the same dessert Brandon had at our embarkation lunch. A combination of a cookie and brownie topped with raspberry sorbet, it was a much better option than the creme brulee. This dessert is gluten free, dairy free, vegan, peanut free, and free of the top common allergens. I am still bummed I didn’t get the Grand Marnier Souffle I pre-ordered, but I’m at least glad I had a decent dessert option.
Royal Palace is definitely a great meal during your rotational dining options. It’s a favorite of ours for the excellent food options and overall experience. If you are on your cruise, don’t skip out on this restaurant during your sailing. It’s definitely worth the experience, especially if you’re a fan of French and steakhouse inspired fare.
Have you been to Royal Palace on the Disney Dream? What did you think of the dinner options there?