Disney Cruise Line’s Palo overview page, mentions the outside deck with an al fresco dining option on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. However, after digging a little deeper, it appears this is being offered across the fleet and may have bene an option for some time sliding under this blogger’s radar.
Palo is located on every ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet. Aboard the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy, you have the option to dine al fresco—and bask in the fresh ocean breezes—on the private outdoor teak deck.
Guests first began to notice the option when booking Palo brunch and dinner aboard the Magic’s Mediterranean cruises this summer. I’d like to thank Sarah for passing along these screenshots from her online booking screen for a June Mediterranean cruise on the Magic showing the al fresco option.
Since weather conditions will certainly play a role in wether or not guests can opt to sit outside when dining at Palo, this is not an something you can book online. However, after speaking with a customer support representative at DCL, guests interested in al fresco dining should still pre-book Palo online as usual and if weather conditions are conducive, ask to be seated outside when you arrive for your reservation.
It will be interesting to see how this is handled on the classic ships compared to the Dream and Fantasy which have a more protected outdoor seating area than the open aft deck on the Magic and Wonder.
I have a hard time seeing how it will work on the Magic and Wonder short of using the seating outside Cabanas a deck below. While this would work, it isn’t that convenient for the servers and brunch guests. Weather would need to be cooperative for it to work on the deck immediately outside Palo and would require both guests and servers to either use of the door in the private room or the main entrance.
Regardless, I am absolutely interested in al fresco dining at Palo if the weather is cooperative. I should note, the photos of the plates are from 2014 on the Dream. Emily and I had drinks outside Meridian prior to our dinner reservation. I do not recall an option to sit there on this evening, but I believe this was around the time small bites were being offered at Meridian which would explain the table setting.
If you have had an al fresco dinner or brunch at Palo, please let us know what you thought of the experience below in the comments.