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Sunday, January 11, 2015

Which Disney Ship Do You Like Best?

When people hear that we’ve sailed on all four Disney ships, they want to know which ship we like better.  Well, it isn’t quite that easy, but let’s just say for now, our preference is the “Dream Class” ships—The Disney Dream and the Disney Fantasy.  Two reasons—category 8A staterooms and The Edge—tween club for ages 11-14. 

The category 8A staterooms on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy are our dream staterooms.  They are HUGE—click here to read and see more.  They are just right for us, a family of 3.  There is no verandah—we are okay with that.  There is no Disney Cruise Line signature split bath or round rub and we are okay with that, too.  The space and location on the ship which is convenient to everything make up for any other cons—for us.  We feel like we can spread out and move around.

The other reason—The Edge tween club for ages 11-14.  Now, the other ships, the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, say that there is also a tween club on the ships, but the dedicated space is conference room and video game simulator turned into The Edge on Deck 2.  On the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, The Edge has a dedicated space forward funnel and designed specifically for kiddos that age.  The boy loved it on our last cruise.  The Oceaneer’s Lab and Club are similarly designed on all the ships, so if the boy was younger, this would not be a deciding factor.  And, as he gets older, the Teen Clubs—The Vibe, with dedicated space on all the ships—may no longer be in the decision making matrix.  The Vibe has the forward funnel on the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder and the entire front of the ship on Deck 5 on the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream including an outdoor space with splash pool.

After the ship preference, there are other deciding factors such as port, length of cruise, and whether or not Castaway Cay is in the itinerary.  We could go almost anywhere on a Disney Cruise and someday we just may.  For right now, our preference is to sail out of Port Canaveral and to have a minimum of 5 nights on the ship.  Again, these preferences put us with the Dream Class ships.  And, for us, a stop at Castaway Cay is an essential part of a Disney Cruise. 

Disney Cruise Line offers a variety of cruises sailing from different ports, with varying itineraries with its fleet of four ships.  Find your preference!  And, now is a great time to book a Disney Cruise as there is a special with only a 10% deposit needed to reserve your stateroom.  Usually the deposit is 20%.  Book a 2015 cruise by Feb. 15, 2015, to get this great deal!

9 comments:

  1. Me, my husband and our 6 year old son sailed on the Fantasy last month. It was our first Disney cruise (we've sailed other lines as well). Originally we were just going to do one Disney cruise but my mother in law has been interested in a Disney cruise so we booked onboard for the Magic for her as a Christmas present (and boy was she surprised!)

    Anyways, I'm kinda nervous that maybe we should have stuck with the Fantasy. We chose Magic because, as much as we loved our Fantasy cruise, we just are not the type that likes to repeat the same vacation twice in a row and figured we would try another ship. I'm just wanting my mother in law to have an amazing time and hope the Magic is a good choice for her. Our DS will have just turned 7 on the cruise, so he will be happy either way.

    MIL has never been on any cruise. She's a loner so we booked her a verhanda room so she can have a relaxing place to read when she wants to just sit and wind down.

    Please tell me I'm worrying for nothing and that the Magic is perfectly fine. Heck, our first cruise was on one of the oldest Carnival ships and we had a blast, so surely my mother in law will love the Magic. It's just I can't help but feel like we cheaped out on her.

    I try comforting myself by thinking how much I would love for my son to take me on vacation one day when he's all grow up, lol. I'd imagine it would make a mama proud! :-)




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  2. Dee,
    You are worrying for nothing! Enjoy the newly re-imagined Disney Magic! And, by no means, is taking your mother-in-law on a Disney Cruise cheaping out. It is an amazing treat! Your son will most likely the new Avengers themed portion of the Oceaneer's Club along with many other new features.
    It sounds like you have a marvelous trip to look forward to--Enjoy!

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  3. Do you think an Alaskian cruise will ever be on your future itinerary?

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    1. Alaska. . . maybe, but it's not in the top 5 destinations for us. And, we would miss Castaway Cay. Thanks for asking!

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  4. Is "your room" (5022) on the port side? Is that same category available on the starboard side? Do you have a side preference? Perhaps fireworks view or port view?

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    1. I'm laughing that stateroom 5022 is being referred to as "our room"--love it! And, yes, it is on the port side and yes, the same category is on the starboard side. There are 12 category 8A rooms on the Dream class ships--6 on Deck 5 and 6 on Deck 6 with 3 each on port and starboard. We do not have a side preference. It is funny that you ask as we have only sailed on the port side for our previous six sailings! Cruise #7 has us on starboard. We'll have to see how we like it. I told the husband that the first six cruises were port side so the next 6 were going to be starboard. A bit of trivia--the word "POSH" came about because of port side and starboard side staterooms!

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  5. I was wondering if you have ever received a complementary room upgrade on any of your sailings? i was wondering if that ever happens if the conceirge rooms are not all bookedl.

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    1. Sherrie,
      We have not received a complementary stateroom upgrade. We have been offered upgrades prior to sailing for a fee and when sailing on the Magic, we did take and pay for the offer. Other than that, no upgrades and definitely no complementary upgrades. Thanks for asking!

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