Although this was my third Disney Cruise, my husband and I had never had a chance to dine at The Disney Cruise Line’s upscale (and kid-free) Palo. We’d heard amazing things, but were always so happy with our dining room experiences that we never strayed from our nightly servers. I now ask myself, “What the heck were we thinking?!?”
On this last cruise, an 11-day Mediterranean Cruise, we had not one, not two, but three chances to visit Palo; and honestly, I wish we had made even more reservations than that. Each visit was for a different meal. We tried the brunch (amazing), we tried the dinner (amazing), and we also visited the High Tea. This was my first “fancy” official type high tea and I will tell you this: high tea at Palo would be hard to top.
High tea is offered on sea days only and reservations are a must. It takes place at 3:00pm and will set you back a mere $10 per person, totally worth every penny.
The process starts when you are greeted by a top notch server. Palo servers are the best of the best cast members from the Disney Cruise Line. What do I mean by best of the best? Let me put it to you this way, there are only 8 servers total at Palo, all hand picked, and all started out with lower food service positions. Our high tea server was the fabulous Maria.
Maria stated off by handing us our “tea” menus and recommended some of her favorites.
The teas were divided into three categories: Green, Black & Herbal. I went with the Harmony (chamomile & peppermint) from the herbal section and my husband chose the Oolong (green & black tea hybrid) from the black teas. Once we took our pick, Maria headed to the adorable tea cart to get our supplies.
Supplies included a tea pot full of hot water, a strainer, tea cup, and of course, our tea.
During the tea process, we were also shown the “fixed” high tea menu, which consisted of finger sandwiches, home made scones, and a gorgeous tiered dessert platter.
The menu items were brought out in courses beginning with the finger sandwiches. There was Gravadlex on Pumpernickel which was cream cheese mixed with sliced dill on pumpernickel bread, Shrimp in Cocktail Sauce on white bread, and Curried Chicken and Cilantro on whole grain bread, and Cucumber on white bread. My two favorites were the Cucumber on white bread and the Curried Chicken and Cilantro.
After sandwiches, my absolute favorite thing about high tea came to rest in front of me. Home made scones served warm with Dickinson’s strawberry jam and Devonshire cream.
Honestly, this could have been the end, I ate every single bite and was as happy as happy can be. Warm tea, belly filled with fresh scones, delicious jam and fresh cream? What could be better? AND THEN, Maria brought out the tiered dessert tray.
I was really quite full by now, but I also knew that I’d not be back to high tea at Palo for perhaps a very very long time, so I did decide to sample everything. All items were simply amazing and guess what? They’ll pack up your leftovers so you can take them to go!
Overall, this high tea experience took us about 90 minutes. It was a great way to spend a kid-free afternoon (thank you Oceaneer Lab) and try something that I’d never “formally” done. I highly recommend the Palo High Tea Experience for the scones alone.
Palo reservations must be booked in advance. Once in a while they do have cancellations that allow for a few openings, but if you have your heart set on visiting Palo, don’t delay on making your reservation.
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