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Dining Review: the Disney Magic Mediterranean Cruise

January 31, 2011

As a travel agent specializing in family vacations, I believe that great dining on vacation is about more than just good food – it’s about a having a great experience that nourishes and rejuvenates. As a mother of a young family, I often find eating in restaurants on vacations anything but relaxing and rejuvenating, as my kids get picky and restless and my husband and I get frustrated and exhausted. That’s why Disney Cruise Line stands out for me for their dining, as they understand kids and have designed an experience that takes the art of family dining to a new level. By keeping kids happy and entertained, and offering parents grown-up options with a side of relaxation, all can enjoy a good meal and the company of their family.

I have been on many Disney cruises and my personal favorite overall dining experience was on the Disney Magic Mediterranean cruise. For our main dining we rotated through three venues, each with its own unique theme and entertainment.  The servers stayed with us on this dining rotation to keep service consistently excellent and personal, so there was no need to explain dietary restrictions and preferences at each and every meal. When we cruised on the Mediterranean, our servers went the extra mile to bring smiles to our kids’ faces through special attention, conversation and even magic (yes, they knew special magic tricks!).

The main dining venues feature entertainment almost every night . For example, on our Mediterranean cruise at Animator’s Palate, we enjoyed a hi-tech animation show and then on another night, a Princess show at Lumiere’s. Plus, on our cruise, Disney offered theme nights for those who wanted to partake, like formal and semi-formal nights , pirate night and even a villains night. And for those who have late seating, Disney now offers “Dine and Play,” which is a service where the counselors come and pick up the kids at the dining venues for the kids clubs, to leave those who want to linger at the restaurant and enjoy a longer meal to do so in relaxation.

Parents can indulge at an adult exclusive restaurant on all Disney cruises. On our Mediterranean Disney Magic cruise, my husband and I enjoyed a dinner and a brunch at the adult-only Palo Italian restaurant, while our kids were having fun at the supervised clubs. I cherish the memory of sailing at sunset on our cruise enjoying the delicious food at Palo, the perfect view of the Mediterranean Sea and the wonderful company of my husband.

Pizza in Naples

And of course, there are out of this world onshore food options in the Mediterranean. We indulged in the most delicious pizza ever in Naples and couldn’t keep the gelato away from the kids in all the Italian stops.  Then there were delicious crepes in Villefranche and Salad Nicoise in Nice.  So many wonderful local treats in every port we visited!

While Disney doesn’t always receive the highest scores in the cruise industry for its food, I think Disney deserves the highest acclaim for it’s overall dining experience.  Disney Cruise Line understands the needs of parents and kids of all ages and provides families with uniquely wonderful experiences to enjoy meals together.

If you are interested to learn more about Disney Magic’s cruises in the Mediterranean this summer, contact me at

Jennifer Grinold
Travel Agent, Grin Travel

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 2, 2011 7:43 am

    Great review of the dining!

  2. February 2, 2011 12:54 pm

    Awesome review and information Jennifer!
    Molly Watts

  3. February 2, 2011 4:36 pm

    Thanks Jen Great blog content

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