Disney Fantasy: Pirate Night Dinner at Animator’s Palate

When we were planning our cruise several months before it happened, we were really hoping for a dinner rotation that would allow us to enjoy Pirate Night in Animator’s Palate. We called up the cruise line and put in a request for our preferred rotation and managed to get it. The reason for this is because of the Pirate’s of the Caribbean artwork displayed on the room’s screens throughout the meal. Our friend Shalon got to see it on one of her cruises, and with Matt being a huge PotC fan, I thought it would be a fun experience.

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If  we didn’t receive this rotation, we planned on either another reservation for dinner at Palo or perhaps just relax in our stateroom with room service, as we’re not big fans of the menu.

The meal started with Bread Service of Johnny Cake with Pigeon Pea Relish. This isn’t my favorite of the bread services on board, so we stuck with rolls and butter.

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Much like out last trip, Matt ordered the Pirates Golden “Pot Stickers” for his appetizer: Oriental Pork “Dumplings” deep fried and served with a Tamarind-Ginger Soy Sauce and Pickled Vegetables. He thought they were fine, but nothing outstanding.

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I ordered the Caribbean-style Conch Chowder again, which features Sherry, Sweet Peppers, Onions, Tomatoes, and Thyme, garnished with diced Potatoes and crispy Bacon Bits. Much like last time, it was light on conch and heavy on potatoes, but the flavor was pretty good, and soup was hitting the spot since I didn’t have much appetite.

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For his entree, Matt ordered a new-to-him entree, Jack Sparrow’s BBQ Marinated Beef Short Ribs: rubbed Beef Short Ribs with Tamarind-BBQ sauce served with Onion Red Bliss Mashed Potatoes and Plantain Chip.

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The meat was tender and the sauce a bit sweet, and seemed to be better executed than The Dutchmen’s Dijon Crusted Sirloin of Beef he had last time.

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Since I wasn’t very hungry, I tried Tiger Lilies Savory Pancakes, described as stuffed with Tofu, Spinach, and lashed to the Deck on a pool of Pepper Coulis. While much better than the execution of the Treasure of the Seas Grilled Shrimp and Seared Scallops from last trip, these weren’t a favorite.

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The pancake itself had a sweetness to it I didn’t care for, and was oddly chewy. I unwrapped it to eat the tofu and spinach, which was very underseasoned. I rarely add salt to a dish that is served, but I did here.

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Matt ordered the No Sugar Added Angel Food Cake for dessert, which is served with Strawberry Compote and Whipped Cream. They’ve updated the look of the cake itself since our last cruise, which I think looks much nicer as a dome. It was light and spongy as anticipated, and a nice cap to the meal.

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Unless there are some (major) menu changes that appeal to us, we’ll likely skip the Pirate Night dinner for a Palo or Remy, room service, or even the buffet at Cabanas in the future. Compared to the other menus served on board, it tends to fall short on execution based on our experiences.

What did you think of the Pirate Night menu when you’ve sailed on Disney Cruise Line?

Here are the menus, but since they’re a bit blurry, I’ve typed them out below for easier reading. I’ve also linked to pictures on file of items not tried this meal for reference:

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Specialty Cocktails
Captain’s Treasure  Absolut Mandarin, Peach Schnapps and Orange Juice
Pirates Nest – Sparkling Sweet Wine, Malibu Rum and Apple Pucker
Rusty Anchor – Fresh Blueberries, fresh Lychee, Vanilla Ice Cream Mix, and Raspberry Puree (Non-Alcoholic)

Appetizers
Pearls of the Caribbean – Crabmeat, Shrimp and Salmon mixed in pearls of Couscous with a Lemon Grass infused Vinaigrette
The Buccaneer’s Sun-Ripened Pineapple – fresh island Pineapple with a Coconut covered Banana and Orange Glaze
Pirates Golden “Pot Stickers” – Oriental Pork “Dumplings” deep fried and served with a Tamarind-Ginger Soy Sauce and Pickled Vegetables
Black Beard’s Jumbo Crab Cake – with a Golden Raisin-Carrot and Coconut Slaw served with a spicy Calypso dressing.

Soups and Starters
Chilled-to-the-Bone Honeydew Melon and Watermelon Soup
Caribbean-style Conch Chowder
– with Sherry, Sweet Peppers, Onions, Tomatoes, and Thyme, garnished with diced Potatoes and crispy Bacon Bits
Jerk Chicken Salad – Jerked-seasoned Chicken Strips over fresh, crispy Greens with a Citrus Dressing and Plantain Chips
Mr. Smee’s Bibb Lettuce Salad – with Bibb Lettuce, Baby Greens, Chicory, Tomatoes, toasted Pine Nuts and Raspberry Vinaigrette

Bread Service
Johnny Cake with Pigeon Pea Relish

Main Course
Treasure-of-the-Seas Grilled Shrimp and Seared Scallops – served on strings of Pasta and fresh creamy Tomato Sauce – The light, zesty and lemony nature of a fresh Sauvignon Blanc will allow the flavors and texture to shine through
Captain Hook’s Macadamia Nut-dusted Mahi Mahi – Jasmine Rice, sautéed Pineapples on a mild Curry Sauce – A soft and tender Chardonnay will complement the richness and tine taste of Mahi Mahi
Castaway Chicken Breast – rubbed with Pirate Island Spice, Rice and Beans, and Fried Okra on rich Spiced Glaze – A Riesling with an exuberant nose that displays peach, apricot and a pyramid of spices
Jack Sparrow’s BBQ Marinated Beef Short Ribs – rubbed Beef Short Ribs with Tamarind-BBQ sauce served with Onion Red Bliss Mashed Potatoes and Plantain Chip – The blockbuster Shiraz posses a dense blackberry flavor, amazingly well-balances with an earthy finish
The Dutchmen’s Dijon Crusted Sirloin of Beef – thick cut of Beef with Oven-roasted Sweet Potatoes and a Black Spot Tomato, with deep Red Wine Glaze

Vegetarian
Chilled-to-the-Bone Honeydew Melon and Watermelon Soup
The Buccaneer’s Sun-Ripened Pineapple – fresh island Pineapple with a Coconut covered Banana and Orange Glaze
Mr. Smee’s Bibb Lettuce Salad – with Bibb Lettuce, Baby Greens, Chicory, Tomatoes, toasted Pine Nuts and Raspberry Vinaigrette
Tiger Lilies Savory Pancakes – stuffed with Tofu, Spinach, and lashed to the Deck on a pool of Pepper Coulis
Sunken Vegetable Treasure – Black-eyed Pea and Quinoa Croquettes with a Mushroom Sauce

Lighter Note Offerings
Jolly Rogers Barbecue Rib Salad
– Shredded Cabbage, Carrots and Corn mixed with Romaine Leaves and fresh Parsley with a Spicy Baked Bean Dressing
Grilled Grain-fed Sirloin Steak
Slow Roasted Breast of Chicken
Oven Baked Fillet of Salmon
The above three entrees are served with Garden Vegetables and your choice of Steamed White Rice or Baked Potato

Desserts
Sweet Temptations – a Trio of Fruit Cobbler, Floating Island and Chocolate Cake
Fruit Cobbler – with Vanilla Ice Cream
Floating Island – Soft Centered Meringue, Vanilla Anglaise and Marinated Fruits
Rum Soaked Chocolate Cake – with Raspberry Glaze and Whipped Cream

No Sugar Added Desserts
Banana-Chocolate Crepe – served with Mango Coulis and toasted Coconut
Angel Food Cake – served with Strawberry Compote and Whipped Cream
Assorted Sugar-free Ice Cream

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4 responses to “Disney Fantasy: Pirate Night Dinner at Animator’s Palate

  1. Agreed, We have sailed twice now. First time we ate at pirate night and were completely underwhelmed. I made sure we were at Palo this last cruise on pirate night to avoid the food.

  2. That seems to be the consensus of a lot of people I talk to regarding Pirate Night. Thanks for letting us know you felt the same!

  3. I can’t actually remember what I had for dinner on Pirate Night except for dessert. The Floating Island was my favorite dessert of the trip! My entree must have been underwhelming but not too horrible because I have no idea what it was.

  4. Isn’t that always the case? You remember the awesome and the terrible, but the run-of-the-mill stuff just slips away!