Recently, we sailed on the Disney Fantasy for a 7-Night Eastern Caribbean cruise. We had been eagerly anticipating this stateroom for over a year after seeing photos from a similar room on the Disney Dream. 9674 is a Category 5E – Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with a HUGE Aft Verandah. The Deluxe Oceanview staterooms are tailored for families of 3 or 4 with a queen sized bed, a pull-out couch and a drop-down bunk bed. The stateroom itself is almost identical to 9648, which we stayed in on the Disney Dream.
9674 is located on the starboard side all the way aft. The aft stairs and elevators are a short walk down the hallway providing quick access to Cabanas & the pool deck!
Just like the staterooms on the Disney Dream, the Disney Fantasy beds are elevated providing more than enough storage space to hide away our suitcases for the week after unpacking. With this additional storage space, the spacious closets opposite the split bath and the 4 dresser draws, offer more than enough space to hold a week’s worth of clothes for the 3 of us. Over on the other side of the stateroom, the desk adds even more storage, with 3 more large dresser draws. I only used one of them to store my laptop, iPad, and cables. Our daughter commandeered the coffee table (which opens up like a treasure chest) to store her books, stuffed animals, and various other things during the day.
This staterooms features a convenient split bath, which allows for two people to simultaneously get ready for dinner and other activities. I found that it was necessary to leave the door open when taking a shower to prevent a steam bath, as it lacks an exhaust fan.
Usually, on a ship things are small and cramped. This is not the case for 9674’s verandah! Extremely spacious does not accurately describe this verandah; this private outdoor space is absolutely enormous!!!
A unique design feature of the verandah separating walls is a door that can be opened to create a connecting verandah ,even if the room does not have inside connecting door.
Views from the Verandah
The location of this stateroom provided breathtaking views at St. Thomas, St. Maarten/St. Martin, Castaway Cay and while at sea.
The one and only complaint we had regarding the verandah was that we were expecting 2 lounge chairs based on photos of the room on the Disney Dream. I called Guest Services while still in port at Port Canaveral and requested 2 lounge chairs. I was informed that it was not permitted do to so for safety reasons. While we were waiting to depart St Thomas, we were talking with the our neighbors above and below and found out that the aft verandahs on decks 8 and 10 all had 2 lounge chairs, 2 deck chairs and a small table. Our neighbor in 9676 simply asked our stateroom host and by the next day, 2 loungers were delivered to his verandah. We were disappointed not having lounge chairs, but we made the best of it and look forward to them in 8188 in a few months. We did include this scenario on our comment card as well.
Noise & Vibrations
Engine noise and vibrations are a frequent complaint I’ve read about the Aft rooms on both the Dream & Fantasy. The reports are true to some extent, but we did not find it to be a distraction. Yes, there were vibrations, but we felt the same magnitude vibrations elsewhere on the ship. This may have to do with the fact that I realize I am on a ship sailing in open water, which is susceptible to the uncontrollable force of nature (although I am sure Imagineers are working on a solution to control the weather). We had no problems sleeping and no rude awakenings! I felt the engine noise was mild and sounded more like something from one of those white noise generators people use to help them sleep. Regardless, this like many other things is subjective. I love the location of these rooms and will continue to book them in the future.