Sooo glad to hear that. I wrote that as a comment in my comment card. I get the timing issue, but who puts something on a set plate that a reasonably significant portion of the population is allergic to? Made no sense to me and you couldn't even modify the plate. Still, I'm keeping that chicken soup in mind for our next cruise just in case or just because.Happily, they got rid of the set appetizers and soup on animation magic night--back to full service.
I was just going to point that out too. The menu sounds fancier than it is - lots of stuff I got and was like "oh, that's all it is?" lol. It's not super challenging food no matter what it sounds like most of the time.I agree with all of the above. I'll also note that the menus make the food sound much more fancy than it is. If you'd like the protein without the fancy-sounding sauce, ask for it that way. Enjoy!
It's your time to try new things...
The family member I'm traveling with is an extremely picky eater, and does have some food restrictions. I'm picky as well, but not as bad. I plan to try some new things (to an extent), but I can't speak for more than myself!Don't be afraid to try new things. Worse case you don't like it and they bring you something else. I always try to be more adventurous since you aren't risking paying for a meal you'll hate. On the app you can see the full menu and get idea of what you'll want to order that night.
I do feel much better, thank you! I just didn't want to cause unnecessary awkwardness if we get to dinner and don't find something we're both interested in.I hope that you get put to minds ease. The serving team will be more than happy to help you. You can also talk to the head server and see about getting accommodation for meals where they serve you items not on the menu, and you'll still choose a day in advance.
Thank you! I definitely think we'll take advantage of that. The menu seems fancier than we're used to, but with some explanations and possible changes, plus kids menu options, it sounds like we'll be fine! Thank you!There won't be any awkwardness, the servers really want to please. Just ask for what you want and as others have mentioned check out the lighter fare (also more basic) and kid menu options. My son had some form of steak with mac and cheese on the side for every meal
Also there is no downside to trying something and not liking it - they will bring you something else if you don't. I can't eat that much and one day overindulged on appetizers which meant I picked at my main - they were super concerned and wanted to bring me something else and I insisted that I was just not hungry and it was true!
You definitely will not go hungry on a cruise, that's for sure.
That is great news as well! I'll keep that in mind as we're browsing the menus just in case. Thanks!One last comment, if you're in Royal Court (for example) and the app lists an entree in Animator's Palate that is what you want, you can order that in lieu of the offerings in your MDR. Can't order from the Palo/Remy menu, but all others are fair game. On Wonder, I ordered Biegnets three times (only once in Tiana's Place)!
My concern is actually the opposite. It seems like the menus are too adventurous! We're used to more "basic" choices. I think with some explanations and possibly ordering from the kids menu as needed, we should be fine. Thanks for your input!I guess I'm not really sure what it is OP is looking for. If it is that they want healthier options or more "basic" options like mac n cheese, as others have noted, those are available. If it is that the MDR menu is not adventurous/varied enough, I'd recommend booking at Palo or Remy at least one night.
And yes, the dining team can accommodate to a certain extent but it should be noted that cruise ship kitchens are not made-to-order kitchen--they generally do prepare a large volume of the same dish and may not be able to accommodate on the spot special requests (e.g., ordering a vegetarian version of the spaghetti Bolognese may not be possible if sauce already is prepared and has the meat mixed in).
My tip for OP is that you are not boxed in to ordering one item each from the appetizers, soup/salad, and entrees. You can skip an entrée and order two or three appetizers instead.
This is exactly what my concern was. I also browsed some of the DCL food pictures posts and they seemed too fancy as well lol. I just didn't want to show up and feel like we went to a restaurant we didn't belong in! I'll be sure to ask questions; it sounds a lot less complicated than it seemed in my head!I agree with all of the above. I'll also note that the menus make the food sound much more fancy than it is. If you'd like the protein without the fancy-sounding sauce, ask for it that way. Enjoy!
Thank you very much! Caesar salad and chicken noodle soup are safe choices that I didn't notice on the menus I browsed. We like simple foods like what you mentioned, so I'm glad to hear they should be available. I just didn't want to sit at dinner, find there was nothing we'd want to eat, and then have to miss the shows to go eat at the buffet restaurant (which I now know isn't a buffet at dinner anyway lol). Thanks for helping ease my concerns!Also available, but not always on the menu, is caesar salad. One of our friends had it every. single. night (for 12 days). We don't have kids so I never knew that chicken soup is always available off that menu until our last cruise. The AP show night has a set appetizer plate which has seafood so I can't have it in case any of the other items have contacted it. My server suggested the chicken soup (with Mickey head noodles!) so I now know it's an option if I ever don't like the appetizers or I'm not that hungry.
Also, as others have said - try something and see if you like it since it doesn't cost anything extra if you don't. Or ask for sauces or dressings to be removed, go for something simple like grilled steak, chicken breast or fish which are usually always on the menu (I found that they're not always listed on the app but they're always on the menu and/or you can ask for them). One of our friends on a different cruise had steak and steamed veggies 4 nights out of 7. Ask for different veggies, more potatoes, etc. They'll do their best to find something you like. There's also usually a simple pasta or rice dish. Or order multiple items off the children's menus or see if they'll make you a larger plate of items off that. There should be lots of combinations that you can try to satisfy you. Or come to dinner not very hungry after eating pizza, burgers, tacos/shwarma/paninis (depending on ship and offerings), hot dogs, fries, sandwiches or salads from on deck. Or do that after dinner if you're still hungry.
I usually ordered two of appetizer, soup or salad depending on what was on offer that night, and entree and no dessert. Sometimes I didn't like the appetizers and had soup and salad, sometimes two appetizers and no soup or salad, very occasionally 1-2 appetizers, soup and/or salad and no entree. I just had them bring the salad during the entree course since it didn't need to be kept hot so could be time-shifted a bit without slowing them down. So many different combos. We had tablemates once who ordered 3-4 entrees between the two of them (no appetizers or soup/salad) and then shared between them so that they could try lots of different things.
Don't stress over it. You'll probably find enough to eat and they'll do their best to find what you like.
This is exactly what I needed to hear. Thank you!I was just going to point that out too. The menu sounds fancier than it is - lots of stuff I got and was like "oh, that's all it is?" lol. It's not super challenging food no matter what it sounds like most of the time.
I have a wheat allergy and don't like seafood, so I order from this menu almost every night. Steak or chicken with a baked potato and a pile of steamed veggies get the job done and don't require the kitchen to make too many special accommodations for me. For others who prefer basics or consider themselves picky, this section of the menu is great.There is a "lighter fare" section on the menu that has things like basic chicken, steak, baked potato, rice, veggies. Also, you can mix and match items on the menu - eg. an entree form one dish and a side from another.
I can't tell from this statement if the "food restrictions" are simply from being a picky eater, or actually involve allergies or medically-prescribed dietary needs. If the latter, you should contact DCL Special Services department to inform them. They will try to have alternative options.The family member I'm traveling with is an extremely picky eater, and does have some food restrictions.
Honestly, it really is not that fancy. Like others have said, you can get basic chicken, steak, salmon. Plus they can leave off any sauces or switch sides for you. They always have plain mashed potatoes, simple veggies, and grilled meats. But do try some new things out that you might not want to waste money on at a regular restaurant. We used the cruise as a great opportunity for our kids to try new things that they don't have at home. Over the years they have tried all of the proteins/seafood that they have to offer and found some new favorites.Thank you! I definitely think we'll take advantage of that. The menu seems fancier than we're used to, but with some explanations and possible changes, plus kids menu options, it sounds like we'll be fine! Thank you!
Thank you, we don't plan on that. I asked the question here to avoid that actually! With the ability to preview the menu and order basic options if necessary, we should be fine.While I don't disagree with any of above comments, please be aware that the servers are very busy and have a lot of people to try to please. Please be courteous to them and others at your table. Don't be a prima donna. Check the app (menus also available on the electronic boards near the elevators), go to dinner knowing what you want. Don't get there and hem and haw for ten minutes. I've been at a table with "those" people and by the end of the cruise, the whole table hated them. If there is NOTHING you like, don't eat at MDR that night....do drop by and tell servers so they won't wait for you.
As has been said multiple times, the lighter fare menu has the same chicken and steak option along with one other.Thank you, we don't plan on that. I asked the question here to avoid that actually! With the ability to preview the menu and order basic options if necessary, we should be fine.