Aboard the Dream: Room Service

One of my favorite favorite things about our cruise aboard the Disney Dream was breakfast. Every morning, Dan and I would order up some room service, and then enjoy a bite to eat on the verandah, while the ship cut through beautiful blue waters or prepared to make landfall at one of her ports of call. It was, in a word, magical.

And the food wasn’t half bad, either.

OK, here’s how it works: Complimentary room service is included in the price of the cruise, and it is available 24 hours a day, for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.

For most of the day, the menu is stationary–it stays the same. (You can see that menu on Disney Cruise Line Blog.) But from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m., you can order off the Continental Breakfast menu (see it in full on Disney Cruise Line Blog). The problem: As far as I am concerned, “continental breakfast” isn’t actually really breakfast at all. Outside of the milk, where’s the protein?

So we made it a point to get our breakfast order in before 7 a.m., which actually wasn’t a big deal for me because I typically pop awake between 6:15 and 6:30 a.m. without an alarm clock. It ended up working perfectly for us, and we ended up with “real” food for breakfast, even if it wasn’t quite traditional.

Above, you can see the All Hands On Deck cheese plate, a steak panini, a cheese pizza, a tray of pastries and a big ole chocolate chunk cookie–all perfect for breakfast, although my favorite a.m. meal was a tomato, basil and mozzarella panini (not pictured).

And the absolutely topper-most best thing about breakfast on the verandah: A cup of coffee, spiked with Patron Café. Now, let me be clear about the fact that this is not normal behavior for me. I rarely drink coffee. And when I do, it even more rarely (never?) contains alcohol. But there was something so nice about starting each morning of our at-sea adventure with a warm hit of relaxation that really set the tone for the day.

Disney Cruise Line changed their alcohol policy last September (right after our sailing), so you can no longer bring a bottle of liquor aboard the ship. And you can’t buy a bottle at the Duty Free and bring it back to your room, either. So we may not get to enjoy this particular luxury on our upcoming trip … but I have two possible ideas about how to get my special treat: First, it’s possible that DCL room service will deliver a couple of shots of Patron Café. It might be pricey, but it’s worth a shot (literally, I hope!). The second option: Order a couple of shots of Patron Café at a bar the night before and keep it in the mini-fridge overnight. I’m actually not 100% sure that DCL even serves the tequila-based drink in its bars, so none of this might be possible. But it’s definitely worth a try!

Even if the coffee thing doesn’t work out, I’m still really looking forward to peaceful mornings, munching on not-quite-breakfast foods as I look out over the water. Ahhhh … 

Have you ever done the room service thing on DCL? Let us know in the comments.