To sail on the Disney Dream is to experience a wonderful resort complete with all of the amenities of any deluxe destination. As part of that deluxe resort, food plays a tremendous role in most any vacation and Disney Cruise Line has ensured that your dining experience will rival any restaurant on the land or sea.
Remy is an addition to the 18 and over dining experience within the Disney Cruise Line. Traditionally, all the ships have Palo as an option for the lucky guests who can wrangle a reservation; since the Disney Dream is breaking new ground for DCL, they included an even more upscale experience for your dining pleasure.
The menu is French-inspired, naturally considering the chef that inspired the restaurant, and offers a multiple course menu as well as a superior wine list and full bar. The menu was created by Chef Arnaud Lallement of l’Assiette Champenoise (Michelin 2-star restaurant) just outside of Reims, France and Chef Scott Hunnel from Disney’s very own Victoria & Albert’s located in Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Bonsoir and welcome to Remy, Disney Cruise Line’s luxurious gourmet French restaurant. Remy creates a dynamic landscape where the talents of, Chef Arnaud Lallement from l’Assiette Champenoise, of a two-star Michelin restaurant in Reims, France and Chef Scott Hunnel from the award-winning Victoria & Albert’s at Walt Disney World, combine to deliver a menu of epicurean excellence. Prepare your tastebuds to be dazzled by this delectable display of contemporary and modern French cuisine, accompanied with some of the world’s finest wines. Be our guest on your journey in an evening of culinary delight and exquisite service. Mangez Vrai!
Unfortunately, I was not able to dine in the restaurant during the Christening Cruise so I cannot speak to the quality of the food. I did however spend some time photographing the restaurant and can say that DCL has outdone themselves with this option.
The menu offers some amazing dishes like: Lagoustines Royale, Alaskan King Crab, Smoked Bison, fresh seafood as well as selections for those who may not enjoy seafood.
The decor and accoutrement at Remy are without peer on the ship. The main style is Art Nouveau and anyone familiar with that period will find influences from such great artists as Alphonse Mucha and other masters throughout the dining rooms. From the color palette used throughout the restaurant to the patterns you find around the you, it is clear that a lot of thought and love went into the design of Remy.
The main dining room has ample seating with some prime window seats to enjoy the view while you dine in style. For an even greater experience there is the Chef’s Table. Guests dining in this room, not only have some special decor and a “view” of Paris, but also can experience a multi-course meal complete with interaction of the head chef.
There is also the Wine Room, to your right as you enter. Actually, as you walk through the foyer you can view this room through the wines stored in the glass wall separating the rooms. The Wine Room, not only serves as an extra seating room, but also houses some of the 900+ bottles of wine from around the world.
Reservations are required for Remy. You can make reservations online according to this schedule:
- Concierge Guests: 120 days in advance
- Castaway Club Levels:
- Platinum Castaways: 120 days in advance
- Gold Castaways: 105 days in advance
- Silver Castaways: 90 days in advance
- First Time Cruiser: 75 days in advance
An additional charge of $75 per person is required to dine at Remy, in addition to the cost of wine and alcoholic beverages.
There is also a dress code for Remy. Normally, you might be able to skirt around this at most other Disney restaurants but at Remy, however, this code is enforced so make sure you follow these guidelines to insure you will be seated for dinner:
- Men – a sports, suit or tuxedo jacket with pants and shoes. Ties are optional.
- Ladies – cocktail or evening dress as well as pant suite or skirt and blouse with shoes.
No jeans, shorts, capris, sandals, flip-flops or tennis shoes (sneakers) are allowed.
Wrapping it Up
I had a great time on the ship and there are a few things, like dining at Remy, that I was not able to fit into the short cruise cycle. Having seen the restaurant first-hand I will be making reservations the next time we sail on the Disney Dream. If you have dined there, please let us know what your thoughts were on the experience in the comments section below.
Disclosure: I was an invited guest on this media tour of the Disney Dream. As a guest, the Walt Disney Co. paid for my fare on the ship so that I could experience the Disney Dream first hand. The Walt Disney Co. provided food and lodging during my trip to the park and aboard the Disney Dream as well as bus transfers to and from the port. I am under no obligations to the Walt Disney Co. from this media cruise and write about the experiences so our guests on etckt.com can learn more about the many destination vacation opportunities available from Disney’s Parks and Resorts.