by Disney Magic Diva
Typically, when someone books a cruise, one of the things they most look forward to is the incredible food. Savory, scrumptious snacks and meals prepared around the clock and presented in stunning fashion. That’s the protocol for cruises on Earth, anyway. Our visit to Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser was a little different. After seeing first glimpses of what the chefs onboard the Halcyon were going to be preparing for us, let’s just say I didn’t have quite the same level of excitement. “I have to eat THAT?” was what first went through my mind.
As we counted down the days until our voyage we worked on getting our space wardrobe ready, and I decided I’d also prepare a backup plan in case the cuisine just didn’t work for me. I packed protein bars and other snacks in my suitcase.
Diva Tip: Never be hesitant to bring whatever you may need to feel comfortable on your vacation. If you’re concerned about the food, bring some of your own. You’ll need to plan strategically (limited space, refrigeration, etc.) but bring whatever you need. It’s YOUR trip!
Once we were onboard the Halcyon, I tried to keep an open mind when we entered the dining room. I figured we were on a voyage through space, after all, and this was going to be an adventure. I could certainly try some new foods. If I didn’t care for it, I knew I had my backup plan waiting for me in my cabin, so I wasn’t in any danger of going hungry.
Our first visit to the dining room was shortly after we boarded the Starcruiser. It was buffet style, with all the food placed on small plates you could just grab as you passed through the line. As on any Earthly cruise, the presentation and variety were spectacular. And much to my delight, I found the food to be wonderful!
Although it may look very odd compared to the standard food you find at a Disney Park, the taste was everything you’d expect. And, it didn’t even look all that different from something you may find in Pandora at Animal Kingdom. (But then, I guess that’s not really an “Earthly” location either.) I sampled several offerings and found almost all of them to be quite good.
For dinner, your travel party is assigned a specific table, just like a normal cruise. We found our server was extremely accommodating and helpful in guiding us through the menu and answering any questions we had. She stayed in character, and didn’t use the words “beef,” “chicken,” or “fish” but gave us enough hints that we could surmise what each dish consisted of. And if you’re uncomfortable asking, the description of each dish is included on the menu. I soon discovered there was no reason to break into my suitcase snacks. Although the food may look a little alien, it really tasted very similar to cuisine I was familiar with on Earth.
Diva Tip: Cast members, whether on Earth or traveling through space, are excellent about helping guests deal with food allergies. If you have a question, ASK!
For breakfast, guests had the choice to visit the dining room or pick up a grab and go box from the lounge. The boxed breakfast had typical items – pastry, fruit, yogurt. You could also just grab coffee (or tea) and fruit if you chose.
The dining room offered buffet service with similar items (pastries, fruit, yogurt) and hot dishes like breakfast sandwiches and Halcyon’s version of Mickey waffles, Chandrila waffles. (The Halcyon starcruiser is the jewel of the Chandrila Star Line.)
The highlight of our dining was the second night’s dinner, when we had blue shrimp. I had seen photos of this prior to our voyage, and the thought of it really made me question whether I could enjoy the food on our cruise. But, after sampling the other food during our voyage, I was determined to give it a try.
And I’m so glad I did! The blue shrimp was delicious, and not surprisingly in retrospect, tasted just like “regular” shrimp. But it was such an adventure to try something that looked so out-of-the-ordinary.
Looking back on our voyage, I’m not sure why I was so worried about the food. Yes, it did look unconventional. But that was part of the experience! I was in an immersive story, on a voyage through space, and naturally the food would appear differently than what I could order at a restaurant on Earth. The important thing was it still tasted wonderful.
So, if you’re considering booking a voyage on Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser (and I recommend it!), don’t let the prospect of strange looking food deter you. I’m not a very adventurous eater, and I found the food to be a fabulous part of the cruise – just like you’d expect on any cruise on Earth. (You can read more about our first day, our second day, and our costumes on the blog.)
If you’d like some help booking your Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser adventure, contact Patricia at All for Dreams Travel. She can answer all your questions and is happy to provide you with a free quote. And best of all – her service is completely FREE!
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