FULL REVIEW: The Royal Palace Restaurant on the Disney Dream Cruise Ship

If you’re booking a Disney Cruise, you may be curious about the food options on board.

Disney Dream

One of the best parts of cruising is that a lot of the food is included in the price of your stay, and on Disney Cruise Line ships you typically experience three different sit-down restaurants that rotate throughout your stay. There are also fancier restaurant options you can book at an extra cost, but how do you decide whether to skip the included restaurants and spend the extra money? We recently cruised on board the Disney Dream, and we’re here to talk about one of the restaurants we visited! 


The Royal Palace is one of three rotational restaurants (meaning it’s included in the cost of your cruise) on the Disney Dream, featuring a menu of French-inspired cuisine for lunch and dinner. It’s exclusive to the Disney Dream, so you won’t find it on any other Disney cruise ships.

Royal Palace

Royal Palace’s decor is themed around Disney Princesses, and you can find various Disney Princess references around the restaurant.

Let’s head in!

Right before you enter, you can catch this crest on the floor, featuring Disney Princess icons like Cinderella’s slipper, Aurora’s tiara, Belle’s rose, and Snow White’s apple.

Disney Princess icons

And inside the restaurant, there are Disney Princess portraits all over! Below you can see three portraits depicting Cinderella’s transformation with her Fairy Godmother.

Disney Princess Portraits

And don’t forget to look up at the incredible ceiling details.

Ceiling lighting

Now let’s go over the menu!


The menu for Royal Palace is all about French and continental/American fare served in four courses. There are three special drinks available, including the Double Crowned, Imperial Illusion, and the Princess Delight (non-alcoholic).

Among the appetizers are Duck Confit, Gaston’s Escargot Gratinee, Iced Lobster and Jumbo Shrimp, and Breaded and Deep-Fried Brie. Soup and salad options include French Onion Soup, Farmhouse Salad, Potage Parmentier, and Red Wine Bosc Pear Salad.

Our Table

The main course options include Conchiglie Pasta, Oven-Baked Salmon Royale, Crispy Roasted Duck Breast, Roasted Rack of Lamb Medium, and Chateaubriand-Roasted Filet Steak. There are also vegetarian and lighter offerings available.

For dessert, choose from Grand Marnier Souffle, Apple Tart Tatin, Tahitian Vanilla Creme Brulee, Strawberry Shortcake Sundae, and Classic Opera Gateau. You can also opt for the no-sugar-added Duo Chocolate Slice.

More Princess details

Now let’s get into the eats!


We started our meal with some soda, which was delivered in a light-up Souvenir Skull Cup. (The reason for this off-theme item was that we ate dinner at the Royal Palace on Pirate Night!)

Souvenir Pirate Cup

The meal started with Bread Service, which was supposed to come with warm French country bread and an olive spread. The rolls were pretty basic and during our meal, they weren’t served warm, which was disappointing. The spread was pretty good but you definitely have to like olives to enjoy it.

Bread Service

For our appetizers, we tried the Breaded and Deep-Fried Brie, served with an orange and cranberry chutney. This was the recommended appetizer and the brie was really gooey with a great mild cheese flavor. We also liked the fruit spread it came with!

Breaded and Deep-Fried Brie

We also ordered Gaston’s Escargot Gratinee, which came with herb-marinated snails with finely chopped mushrooms, topped with garlic butter. This was one of our favorite dishes of the entire Disney Dream sailing! It was SUPER buttery and garlicky and the snails were cooked perfectlyno weird textures here. If you’re a fan of mussels, you need to try this.

Gaston’s Escargot Gratinee

For the soup course, we ordered the French Onion Soup with Gruyere cheese crouton, which was your pretty standard form of French Onion Soup. We thought it was a little over-salted but it came with a LOT of cheese.

French Onion Soup

And the Potage Parmentier was a leek and potato soup, which was a basic potato soup. It was packed with heavy potato flavor, cut a little bit by the sharpness of the leek.

Potage Parmentier

For our entrees, we tried the Chateaubriand-Roasted Filet Steak, which came with crushed new potatoes with shallots, buttered green beans, red wine jus, and a bearnaise sauce. Overall, it was a good steak, but not a great steak. It was cooked well and presented nicely, but not really anything special. We would have loved more of the bearnaise sauce!

Chateaubriand-Roasted Filet Steak

The Oven-Baked Salmon Royale was made with King Smoked Salmon, horseradish crust, sauteed swiss chard, truffled cauliflower puree, and white wine beurre blanc. This was our least favorite of the fish dishes we tried on the Disney Dream. The horseradish crust was not very flavorful, and even though the salmon was cooked well and fell apart on our fork, it wasn’t anything special. It was basically something we could probably make on our own at home.

Oven-Baked Salmon Royale

And for dessert, the Apple Tart Tatin came with caramelized baked apple served with vanilla ice cream. What’s not to like about a warm pastry dish? The presentation was cute and it was basically classic apple pie vibes. You can’t really go wrong with this, but it also wasn’t super unique.

Apple Tart Tatin

And that was our experience at the Royal Palace! Let’s wrap up our thoughts.

Nosh or Not

You might like Royale Palace if:

  • You LOVE Disney Princesses
  • You typically prefer appetizers and small plates over larger entrees
  • You’re happy with French and American cuisine, and you’re not looking for an adventurous meal

You might not enjoy Royale Palace if:

  • You want BIG Disney theming other than Disney Princesses
  • You’re looking for unique or more adventurous dishes
  • French American cuisine is not your thing


If you’re trying to decide which dining rotational meal to skip in favor of a dining reservation at one of the extra-cost restaurants, Royal Palace might be a strong contender. The Disney Princess details are nice but it’s not as extravagantly themed or as beautiful as the other dining rotations, such as Animator’s Palette.

Inside the Royal Palace

We ended up preferring the appetizers over the entrees so if you’re a fan of the meal BEFORE the meal, you might enjoy Royal Palace. But if you want something more unique, skipping Royal Palace in favor of a restaurant like Palo might be a good option for you!

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