We Tried It! Disney Cruise Line’s Royal Teaby Sherri Eisenberg | December 11, 2016
The tea costs $210 for children (age three to 12) and $69 for adults and can (and should) be booked in advance online. This price may seem astronomical at first, and while it is steep, you quickly realize that it is more for the gifts the child receives and the show than for the snacks you’re served. Waiting at their chairs when they are seated are Cinderella dolls, a jewelry box that plays “Some Day My Prince Will Come” that's filled with a necklace and charm bracelet, and an autograph book with a pen. (It's a very sweet moment to watch the little girls' faces as they realize that these presents are all for them.)
In addition, as each princess enters the room, she delivers a charm to each little girl in a little colored sac that matches her outfit. Should little boys wish to join the tea, they’re given swords, shields, and teddy bears in addition to the autograph books.
We wouldn’t suggest coming for the food, which is thin for such an event, especially compared to the lovely brunch served upstairs at Palo for a mere $30 per adult, and the abundance of, say, the complimentary buffet in Cabana's. But for those families looking for additional private time with the princesses for their children, it’s hard to beat this experience.
No other line offers a child-centric tea like this one, though many other lines offer complimentary afternoon tea. (Just don’t expect to meet any princesses at those events.) As a result, these are highly coveted tickets, and the teas tend to fill up long before embarkation day.
One additional tip: We left the dining room with our arms piled high with presents. (Our little "princess" had to use her hands to lift up the hoop skirt of her dress to walk.) In retrospect, as we walked down the hall balancing the doll, the jewelry box, the autograph book, and the remainder of the cupcake, we wished we had brought a bag to the tea to make it easier to carry the gifts back to our cabin.
Sherri Eisenberg is a New York City-based writer and editor. She is the former editorial director of ShermansCruise.