Not sure where to stay? Here’s the Best Disney Dream Stateroom for your party…
Let’s go cruising! If those fall discounts (up to 25%) on the Disney Dream have you excited to start cruising again with Disney Cruise Lines, all that’s left is to pack your finest pirate gear and get on the boat! Well, almost… first you have to pick your Stateroom. If you’ve never been on a cruise before, or if you’ve never taken a Disney Cruise, you might not know which Disney Dream Stateroom is best for you. Here’s a short guide to help you choose the best stateroom, no matter your budget.
Do you like the comforts and amenities at Disney’s top-tier resorts like Disney Yacht Club and Polynesian, or enjoy club-level amenities? You’ll be happiest with the concierge-level state. (Club 33 members, these are the staterooms you want, but you probably already knew that.)
These luxe Staterooms sleep at least five and boast a private verandah. The smallest Concierge Stateroom is just over 300 square feet; the largest is just shy of 1800 square feet. All Concierge Staterooms come with access to Deck 12; a private deck with its own food and beverage service, a private sundeck, free Wi-Fi and dedicated concierge services so you can better plan your shore excursions, make onboard reservations or help with whatever you need while cruising on the Disney Dream.
Our pick: If you go with this level of stateroom and money is not an issue, splurge for the largest stateroom in this class. The Disney Dream’s Concierge Royal Suite has a jetted tub on the verandah. Talk about luxury!
Slightly smaller than the smallest concierge stateroom, every Verandah Stateroom on the Disney Dream has (as the name implies) a private verandah. These Staterooms have a queen bed and sleeper sofa, as well as plenty of storage. Disney Cruise Lines, ever-true to the Disney name, has added magical touches like space for luggage under the bed, and, if you pull down the upper berth beds, you’ll find a starry sky mural featuring Peter Pan, Wendy, and everyone’s favorite fairy (note: this is true for each class of staterooms on the Disney Dream).
Our pick: While the Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom has slightly more square footage, the plain ol’ Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom isn’t that much smaller – and it’s far from plain. They both have a private verandah, the same size beds, and similar amenities. Unless you plan to spend a lot of time in your room, go with the Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom.
The Oceanview Staterooms on the Disney Dream have portholes – one or two, depending on the Stateroom – so you can watch the sunset, or the ship pulling into port. If you’re a first-time cruiser trying to decide between an interior or Oceanview stateroom, pick Oceanview. Watching the Disney Dream dock, or seeing the moon on the water from the privacy of your room, is a cruising experience everyone should have at least once.
Our pick: Even if you don’t have kids, the Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom has one neat upgrade that makes it worthwhile – the portholes have built-in seats, so you can sit and watch the world go by. No matter which Stateroom you choose, try not to book an obstructed/partially obstructed view if you can help it.
“Our standard is superior” the DCL website boasts, and it’s not wrong. Sure, you don’t get a window, but the Disney Dream Inside Staterooms do come with a “magical” porthole (say hi to Flo!) that let you see what you’d see from an Oceanview Stateroom. Bonus: Even the smallest Staterooms on the Disney Dream have tubs (although accessible rooms, of course, do not.)
Our pick: Pick your Stateroom based on how close you want to be to the action. Both classes of Inside Staterooms on the Disney Dream come with a couch, a desk and a curtain to separate the sitting area from the bed. If you really want to get a workout for your calves, book an Inside Stateroom on Deck 2 and use the stairs to get wherever you’re going. You’ll work off all that scrumptious Disney Dream food in no time!
No matter which class of Stateroom you choose for your next Disney Dream cruise, keep a few things in mind: if you’re prone to motion sickness, choose a higher level deck. If you’re looking for a quiet escape, choose a lower level deck (away from the fun and frivolity up top!). If you’re a first-time cruiser, take it from someone who’s spent her share of time on cruise ships: a Verandah’s always worth the extra money, but don’t go overboard (see what I did there?) on what you spend for a Stateroom – you’re never there as much as you think you will be, and there’s so much to do on the Disney Dream, your cruise will likely be no exception.