Back in February, we set sail on a 3-Night Bahamian Cruise on the Disney Dream to get a feel for the new Dream Class ships before our upcoming Disney Fantasy sailings. We originally booked ourselves into 5522 (a double porthole “mini-suite” style stateroom), but Florida Resident rates were released and for few hundred dollars less we decided to move to 9648. This stateroom on the Disney Dream, as well as the Disney Fantasy, is a Category 5A – Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah. These staterooms are tailored for families of 3 or 4 with a queen sized bed, a pull out couch and a drop down bunk bed.
9648 is located on the starboard side of the ship steps away from the aft stairs and elevators providing quick access to Cabanas, the drink station, and the pools!
The hidden gem of all staterooms on the Dream & Fantasy are the elevated beds which provide a perfect place to store suitcases after unpacking. With additional storage in the sitting area, including the coffee table which the top opens up like a treasure chest, it is easy make the room feel like home.
These 5A staterooms feature a convenient split bath, which is great when we are trying to get ready for dinner!
Last, but certainly not least, the verandah. This private balcony is the perfect place to sit back and enjoy the spectacular views and fresh sea air. The verandah has a plexiglass wall to discourage climbing, but this is somewhat negated if your child starts to climb on the chairs or table. To help keep your little ones save the sliding door is equipped with an out of reach child lock.
If you are in your room after the Sail Away Party, one cool thing about the location of this room is that you can watch the Pilot boat pick up the Port Canaveral Pilot as you head out into open water.
I found it a bit awkward standing at the railing looking down onto the deck 5 extended verandas. In a way, it feels like I was invading this guy’s privacy. A word to the wise if you are on deck 5, we can see you.
Finally, we always select staterooms on the starboard side of the ship to get a panoramic view of Castaway Cay!