The new Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy cruise ships have a lot of interesting innovations that make it an excellent choice for a family cruise.
The Disney Dream staterooms combine space, attention to detail, and convenience which is perfect for families.
Which stateroom should you choose? This really is very much a matter of personal taste and budget. The best advice is to choose a stateroom to fit comfortably into your budget. Choose the very best stateroom that you feel that you can afford.
The Disney Dream Cruise Ship is all set to be launched in January 2011 and the Disney Fantasy Cruise Ship 2012 itineraries have just been announced. You will want to make sure that you make the very best choice of stateroom on these exciting new Disney ships.
Some guests do feel that as they do not spend much time in their stateroom then it is only necessary to spend the least amount of money on it. Whilst this may work for some people it certainly won’t for others.
The right choice of stateroom is really important.
Disney really has been a leader of stateroom design. The staterooms on the Disney Wonder and Magic are up to 25% larger than the industry standard.
Disney cruise lines were also the first to offer the “split bath” design which has proved so popular with families. The split bath concept allows more than one person to use the bathroom facilities at the same time.
The full bathroom includes a vanity, sink, and tub/shower, while the half bath has a vanity, sink, and toilet. The split bathroom is standard on all Disney cruise staterooms except the Standard Inside Staterooms.
One major innovation that is causing a lot of interest is the Magical Porthole. These will allow those in inside staterooms on the Disney Dream and Fantasy to have a whole new window on the outside world.
Disney has outdoor live feed cameras on the exterior of the ship which will project live images onto a porthole screen in the interior staterooms. You can expect some surprises too. Perhaps you will even find Nemo swimming past your stateroom.
Another great feature of the Disney Dream and Fantasy is that they offer a great choice of staterooms for up to 5 guests.
As a mother with 3 children, I know that on most other cruise lines there really aren’t that many choices for a family of 5 to stay in one stateroom. The choice is usually paying for 2 staterooms or booking a suite.
Disney cruise lines are very family-oriented and have realized that there is a huge demand for staterooms sleeping up to 5 guests.
So what do the different categories of the staterooms on the Disney Dream offer? All staterooms have as standard a flat-screen television, desk, refrigerator and iPod dock.
There are 9 different categories of stateroom on the Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy.
This is 169 square feet and sleeps 3 or 4 guests. It has 2 twins beds convertible to a Queen.
The stateroom has a single convertible sofa and some have a pull-down bunk.
The inside staterooms feature the innovative Magic Porthole. There is a separate small living area with a desk and television. There is a bathroom with a bathtub and a shower.
These can be found on Decks 2,5,6,7,8.9 and 10.
Deluxe Inside Stateroom
The deluxe staterooms are the same basic design as the inside staterooms but offer quite a bit more space at 204 square feet. They have a Queen bed and a single convertible sofa.
Some have an additional pull-down bunk to sleep up to 4 guests.
There is a separate seating area with flat-screen television and refrigerator. There is a large curtain as a privacy screen between the living and sleeping areas.
The Deluxe Inside Staterooms have the split bath feature with a tub and shower.
They are located on Decks 5,6,7,8 and 9.
Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom
These sleep 3 or 4 guests and give 204 square feet of space. Essentially they are the same design as the deluxe inside stateroom except of course they have one or two portholes giving a real view of the outside.
Deluxe Oceanview Family Stateroom
These are excellent staterooms for larger families as they offer good value for up to 5 guests. The 241 square feet of space has a Queen bed with a single sleeper sofa and a pull-down bunk.
Some also offer an upper berth pull-down bed so that the stateroom can accommodate 5 guests.
Another nice touch is that the porthole has a built-in seating area. There is a privacy curtain to separate the living and sleeping area. As is standard there is a desk, television, and refrigerator. This stateroom features the split bath. This is an excellent option for families needing space for 5.
Deluxe Oceanview Family Staterooms are located on Decks 5,6,7,8 and 9.
Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah
These 246 square feet cabins sleep 3 or 4 guests. The square footage includes the Verandah. The wonderful feature of course is the verandah.
If your budget will allow you to have a Verandah stateroom then always make that choice – you will not regret it. There is nothing quite like watching the world go by from your own balcony.
There is a Queen bed, a single sleeper sofa and in some a pull-down bunk to sleep up to 4.
These are located on Decks 5 – 10
Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah
If you want more space then this stateroom offers 299 square feet with a Queen bed, single sleeper and up to 2 extra pull-down berths to accommodate up to 5 guests. All of course with a wonderful Verandah.
Located on Decks 6,7,8,9 and 10.
Concierge Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah
Want some extra luxury? This stateroom has 306 square feet of space and accommodates up to 5 guests. Guests of these staterooms enjoy concierge service and upgraded stateroom amenities.
You even have access to exclusive Concierge areas on the ship. The Concierge Lounge is on Deck 12 and includes the concierge guest only exclusive sun deck. One very valuable feature is that you can book onboard activities and services up to 120 days ahead of sailing – so you get the first choice. This is particularly useful for bookings for the exclusive restaurants Palo and Remy.
These staterooms are located on Decks 11 and 12.
Disney Dream Suites
Concierge One Bedroom Suite
Offering 622 square feet of space and sleeping up to 5 guests. The stateroom has a separate bedroom with a queen-size bed, living area with double convertible sofa, single wall pull-down bed in the living room, walk-in closet, whirlpool in the master bathroom, 2 bathrooms with rain shower.
Of course, there are upgraded amenities and concierge services.
If you are looking for the ultimate in luxury on the Disney Fantasy then these 1781 square feet one bedroom two bathroom suites are the very best onboard. They are located on Deck 12 Forward giving the best stateroom location on the ship.
The Royal Suites on the Disney Dream and fantasy offer one master bedroom with a queen-size bed, one wall pull-down double bed, and 1 wall pull-down single bed in the living room.
The suite has 2 bathrooms including a master bath with double sinks, rain shower, and whirlpool tubs. There is a living room, media library, open dining salon, pantry, wet bar, and walk-in closets. And don’t forget the huge Verandah with whirlpool tub.
Alison Meacham is the founder of EverythingMouse Disney Blog. For over 15 years she has shared her love of Disney Parks, Disney Cruises and Universal Orlando. In over 30 years of Disney Travel she has spent countless months in Disney Parks and has sailed on over 45 cruises. A British native and now a United States resident she splits her time between California, Florida and the UK. And spends a serious amount of time sailing the seven seas. She helps over 200,000 people per month follow their Disney travel dreams.