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!