Note: This is part 2 of 2 in the series of "Secrets Disney Cruise Line Employees Won't Tell You." Read part 1 here.
You aren't locked into your dining assignment
Even though there are two official seatings for dinner every night (5:45 or 8:30) and you are assigned a restaurant for every evening, you do have some flexibility. For starters, you'll still be fed you if you show up 15 to 20 minutes late, or even 30, though your meal might be a bit more rushed. And if you want to eat at the same restaurant every night of your cruise and skip the others, the staff will do its best to accommodate you. Don't miss these other insider secrets to having the best Disney vacation.
Guests eat a lot of chicken
Each week before setting sail, the ship is loaded with about 12,000 pounds of chicken, 5,000 to 6,000 pounds of beef, and 10,000 to 12,000 bottles of wine, according to Disney Cruise Line hotel director Alberto Boscoe.
You can order off of any of the restaurants' menus
If you loved the chateaubriand from Royal Court so much that you want it again the next night in Animator's Palate, even though it's not on the menu, chances are, your server will give it to you. Check the Disney Cruise Line Navigator app to get a preview of the nightly menu.
Working in a specialty restaurant is a coveted job
With only 12 servers each, Palo or Remy (on all four of the Disney Cruise Line ships) are the most desired restaurants for servers, but the job does come with an added challenge. "Because there are only 12 of us, it can be hard to get along," says one Palo server. "The benefit of being in the larger dining room is that if you don't like someone, you don't have to work with them."
Your opinions count
On the last day of the cruise, guests are asked to rate all their servers and stateroom attendants on a comment card. "Our managers really do read all of those, and if we've made a guest unhappy, we'll definitely be reprimanded," shares one cast member. On the other hand, share if they did something that made you happy, because praise counts too.
White uniforms don't signify we're steering the boat
Unlike on many other ships, wearing a classic white uniform doesn't mean staffers are the captain or even first mate; it means that they're managers, explains one cast member. The epaulets hold a clue as to which department they're in: theatrical masks are for entertainment, a propeller is for traditional ship crew, and an oval means they're part of the deck team. Learn about 10 dress code rules all Disney employees have to follow.
Skyline Bar holds some surprises
The backdrop of the bar Skyline changes every 12 minutes, rotating through the European cities where the Disney ships have port calls, including London, Paris, and St. Petersburg. If you look closely, you'll see that the people on the city streets are actually characters from Star Wars. "My favorite is London, where Darth Vader has the flat above Mickey Mouse," shares a cast member. Check out these other awesome perks adults will love about Disney cruises.
Even we don't know about the next top-secret ship launch
Only very senior cast members know the name and itinerary of the ship that will be launched in 2019—and they're very tight-lipped! "I'm hoping for Japan," shares one server. Only time will tell.
By ANNE L. FRITZ, Readers Digest
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Edited by Jason