Disney Cruise Line is bringing back a little class to high seas with the introduction of a Champagne Brunch aboard the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy's upscale French restaurant Remy.
Earlier in 2012, the line brought an end to another popular culinary outing, High Tea at the line's Palo restaurants to make way for more brunch options such as this.
Much like High Tea, the new Remy brunch will be offered while the cruise ships feature a day at sea. Only the two newest ships in the DCL fleet feature the French restaurant that pays homage to the Pixar film "Ratatouille."
"Our guests will come and have a different journey, a different culinary experience," said Disney Cruise Line Food and Beverage Manager Salah Chetbi.
The brunch begins with a glass of bubbly paired with fresh-cut pata negra in the wine room followed by a seated, five-course meal that costs $50 and lasts about 90 minutes. For an extra $25, three more glasses of Champagne can be added to be paired with dishes.
"If you decided to go with the Champagne experience, we will be giving you a taste of different champagnes from different regions in Champagne," Chetbi said. "We call it the road to Champagne. Different flavors, aroma, a lingering finish."
The champagnes are Taittinger Prestige Cuvée Rosé, Pommery Gold and Moët & Chandon Ice.
On the menu is Gnocchi with a chili foam, lobster cannelloni with caviar, a Sea Bass with scrambled egg and Thai flavorings, Gascogne pork tenderloin with turnip and finally a duo of chocolate dessert, the Fondant Chocolat Croustillant with Sorbet Cacao and Jus Mousseux -- "one of the best desserts you'll ever taste," Chetbi said.
Chetbi says the dishes are light, refreshing and exclusive to Remy, playing to "top class culinary senses." They are new creations from Chef Arnaud Lallement from the Michelin-starred L'Assiette Champenoise in France and Chef Scott Hunnel from the AAA Five-Diamond Victoria & Albert's at Disney Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.
Dress for the experience is upscale, but men do not require a jacket. The brunch is available on cruises four days or longer on the line's two 4,000-passenger vessels. First-time Disney cruisers may have trouble booking the brunch, only able to reserve dining 75 days ahead of the sail date, whereas repeat cruisers can make those same reservations 90 days out.
"The elegant Remy brunch gives guests another option to enjoy this superb restaurant and the menu showcases our chefs' talents beyond the classic French dinner cuisine," Chetbi said. "It's an unparalleled experience, with creative dishes and an amazing atmosphere.
"We will be taking those guests on a different journey ... Unforgettable. Unbelievable."