The excitement experienced when booking a Disney Cruise is real! That’s the case for any Guest making a reservation with Disney Cruise Line; whether you’re a first-time Disney cruiser, or a Platinum Castaway Club member who’s sailed on more than 25 Disney Cruises, and anywhere in between.
Disney Cruise Line staterooms often have a pretty hefty price tag though, making them a more expensive Cruise Liner to sail with, compared to others. There is often a noticeable price difference to securing an guaranteed oceanview stateroom compared to inside staterooms. Differently though, the price difference between an oceanview stateroom and an oceanview stateroom with verandah may not be as much as you think.
When choosing between staterooms, and wondering whether to bite the bullet and book that verandah, you may need a little advice and guidance. We’re here to do just that! Let us share with you, the reasons why you need to pay a little extra and book that verandah for your next Disney Cruise.
Types of Verandah
Every Disney Cruise Ship offers staterooms with a verandah. Price can vary based on the size, type and location of a verandah stateroom. In terms of verandah category, there are two types available with Disney Cruise Line:
- Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah – on the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, this stateroom offers Guests 304 square feet, with room to sleep 5 Guests, and is located on Deck 8. Aboard the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, this stateroom offers Guests 299 square feet, with room to sleep between 3 and 5 Guests, depending on the classification of stateroom. You will find this type of stateroom on Decks 5 through 10 on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. On the Disney Wish, this stateroom offers Guests 284 square feet, with room to sleep up to 5 Guests, and located on Decks 6 through 10.
- Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah – on the Disney Magic and Disney Wish this stateroom offers Guests 268 square feet, with room to sleep 4 Guests, and is located on Decks 5-8. Some rooms offer an enclosed verandah, with a porthole-shaped view. Aboard the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, this stateroom offers Guests 246 square feet, with room to sleep up to 4 Guests. You will find this type of stateroom on Decks 5 through 10 on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy. Some rooms offer an enclosed verandah, with a porthole-shaped view. On the Disney Wish, this stateroom offers Guests 243 square feet, with room to sleep up to 4 Guests, and located on Decks 6 through 10.
Every private verandah includes: patio furniture; deck lighting; Plexiglas or solid whitewall railings; and child-proof locks to the door. If you are traveling with a bigger party and choose to stay in adjoining rooms, you will likely find that the partition between verandahs can be opened to create a bigger balcony space to enjoy during your Disney Cruise. Check the stateroom category that will work best for your party when booking your Disney Cruise Line stateroom.
Those staterooms offering an enclosed verandah, also known as a Navigators Verandah, include a unique experience. Whilst the verandah isn’t as open as those with private verandahs, they still offer a great view, as well as providing a unique photo opportunity. Seating in these verandahs comes in the form of a bench on either side of the verandah, facing one another. The partition walls are decorated with world maps, and there are navigation-inspired details to the railing below the porthole view. Adventurers in your party, young and old, will certainly appreciate the details in this verandah.
If you are looking to book a concierge room, then you will be guaranteed a verandah regardless of which concierge room you reserve. The cheapest concierge room is a Concierge Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah. If you’re wanting to splurge, and secure a verandah that includes a whirlpool bath, then you’ll want to look at a Concierge Royal Suite, available on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.
Private access to ocean air
One of the highlights of cruising is that you get to feel and breathe in fresh, sea air every single day. The sounds of the ocean very much soothe all of your troubles away. Imagine having your own private access to this every day of your cruise with Disney Cruise Line. You won’t need to change out of your PJs in the morning when you’ve just woken up; instead just take a few steps and walk straight onto your balcony. Likewise, feel a fresh breeze on your face before tucking yourself into bed for the evening. Look for stars in the sky and distant ships in the darkness.
A verandah is also a great thing to have access to after a day exploring a port, such as Disney Castaway Cay. You may be in need of a little shade from the sun, but still want to hear the sea waves against the ship, and feel the ocean breeze on your face. Your verandah is also a great place to enjoy the views when leaving port.
Perfect spot to retreat to
There are so many activities to enjoy on a Disney Cruise, that you won’t find yourself bored. However, you may find that you’re in need to a little time away from all of the fun and other Guests at times. A verandah provides the perfect place to enjoy a little calm.
We love to grab some fruit from Flo’s Cafe when on board the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy, and a hot beverage, before taking an hour to ourselves in the afternoon, on our verandah. If cruising on the Disney Magic, we stop by the Duck-In Diner on the way back to our stateroom, and for the Disney Wonder, Daisy’s De-Lites. Lose yourself in a book, whilst listening to the waves below, as you enjoy your afternoon snacks.
If you’re in need of a sweet, and not-so-healthy, sweet treat, Cove Cafe is our go-to for an afternoon snack to enjoy from our verandah.
Room service with a view
Room service is included in the cost of your Disney Cruise, and we definitely recommend taking advantage of it at some point whilst cruising. Just make sure you have some dollars available to tip the Cast Member who delivers it to you, or make a note of their name to include in your tips at the end of your Disney Cruise.
A verandah offers the perfect place to enjoy your room service order. Take a slower morning during your Cruise, particularly if you are taking a longer cruise that provide the benefit of Sea Days, and order breakfast in your room.
We also love to enjoy a Mickey Premium Bar from our verandah during the afternoon. You won’t find a Mickey Bar on the room-service menu, but you can order them straight to your room.
Sunrise and sunset views
You haven’t cruised unless you’ve seen a sunrise and sunset at sea! And what better place to experience these, than from your very own stateroom. Of course, the direction in which you are sailing may not always be in your favor, but we’re sure that at some point during your cruise with Disney Cruise Line, you’ll get to experience these special times of day.
Be sure to check your stateroom TV or the Disney Cruise Line Navigator App for sunrise and sunset times on each day of your Disney Cruise.
Private photo spot
Securing a verandah when booking a cruise with Disney Cruise Line means that you’ll have the perfect spot to take photos of your favorite outfits that you wear when cruising. Nothing will beat that oceanview behind you, and if you time it right, you’ll secure that photo during golden hour too!
A stateroom with a verandah will only enhance your Disney experience with Disney Cruise Line. Go on, you deserve to treat yourself! Get that oceanview verandah stateroom booked now!