As regular readers will know, I’m a huge fan of Disney Cruise Line. DCL’s fleet comprises four beautiful ships: the first, the recently reimagined Disney Magic, originally set sail in 1998, closely followed by Disney Wonder in 1999, both with the capacity to welcome 2700 guests on board. Then DCL launched two larger ships, Disney Dream in 2011 (my first, and favourite – with the incredible ‘AquaDuck’ – the world’s first ‘watercoaster’ at sea), and the Disney Fantasy in 2012, both longer than the Eiffel Tower is tall, and with a maximum occupancy of 4000 passengers.
One of the highlights on a Disney cruise (if you can choose just one) is the incredible dining. Children are always well looked after (that’s what Disney does best, let’s face it), but what’s nice is that there are plenty of amazing experiences just for the adults too. Guests on board the Dream and Fantasy can visit Remy, a beautiful, adult-exclusive French restaurant inspired by Disney’s very own Ratatouille. If you’re eagle-eyed, you can spot little Remy, featured in arty, whimsical ways in the decor.
Caviar Selections and Truffle Collection
During November to February, guests can experience the Truffle Collection, a luxurious six course menu featuring dishes like Maine lobster and Wagyu beef using white Alba and black Périgord truffles ($250 per person).
Guests can also order special Caviar Selections on an a-la-carte basis, including Osetra and Sevruga caviar, served exclusively with Krug Grande Année Champagne (from $99 to $360 for a 1oz tin).
Petites Assiettes de Remy
Petites Assiettes (small plates) is a new tasting ‘journey’ available exclusively in Remy, only on the first day of the cruise, hosted by the Executive Chef who guides guests through six seasonal dishes, with a wine pairing selected specially for each course. The journey starts in Remy’s beautiful wine room and carries on through into the main dining room, featuring dishes such as Kobe beef with turnip and potato gratin, finishing in the private Chef’s Table dining room for dessert ($50 per person including wine pairing).
Exclusive to the Disney Fantasy, Pompidou’s Patisseries Dessert Experience is hosted by Remy’s Executive Chef and Executive Pastry Chef in the private Chef’s Table dining room, Chez Gusteau (named after the restaurant in the film). Guests then move on to the main dining room to listen to a presentation discussing each of six incredible, classic desserts, including praline topped with milk chocolate mousse, vanilla meringues, and orange crème pâtissière-filled tuiles. The experience is only offered on sea days on the Disney Fantasy ($50 per person including a complimentary glass of Champagne, wine or a cocktail).
It all sounds fabulous. I’ll be cruising on the Disney Dream again soon and I absolutely can’t wait. What travel plans do you have this year? x