Is a Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah on the Disney Cruise Line worth the price? That’s the question we asked prior to our trip on the Disney Dream in September 2018. Following our trip, we had some thoughts about the room and whether a verandah is worth your money.
We booked stateroom 9050 on the ninth deck on the Disney Dream. This deck is reviewed highly due to its close proximity to the upper decks (where you can find the drink stations, ice cream station and quick service food) but distant from the noise of the theaters and pool deck. We’d agree with all of those statements as we found the room to be peaceful and close to where we wanted to go. It’s quite a few stairs away from dinner, but that may be a good thing after a big meal and multiple desserts.
On to the room itself.
Apologies for the poor lighting in some of the photos. We’re new at this!
The view above shows what you’ll see when you walk in the door of your stateroom.
Below is a closer look of the sitting area, desk and the door out to the verandah.
The stateroom isn’t huge by any means, but it never felt cramped. We brought with us a large amount of luggage due to a stop at Disney World prior to the cruise, but we found we could stow our luggage away neatly under the bed.
Admittedly, it took a little bit of time to come up with a good system on where to store things and how to best utilize the space.
The bathrooms, which are split into two rooms – one with a toilet/sink and one with a shower/sink – were on the smaller side, but what you’d expect on a cruise ship. It was convenient to have two separate rooms when getting ready. In our haste to explore the ship we forgot to take photos of the bathroom. We’ll do better next time.
Now, the real star of the show and the main point of this article – the verandah.
As new cruisers, we were worried about motion sickness and thought a verandah, and the fresh air it would provide, might help with any issues. Thankfully, motion sickness wasn’t a problem and the verandah ended up being a huge hit anyway.
Need a reason why? Check out the photo at the top of this page as well as the one below. What beats watching a tiny storm out at sea from the comfort of a chair on your own balcony?
Overall, the verandah makes your stateroom feel larger and provides some unforgettable views. Depending on when you cruise and your itinerary, a stateroom with a verandah may only be slightly more expensive compared to a room with just a window. The ability to step outside and take in some ocean views whenever you’d like is a huge perk.
Especially at night.
This was the view looking down from our verandah. Thanks to the underwater lights on the Disney Dream, we were offered an incredible view.
Value will always be subjective. That being said, we now consider a verandah a “must-have” for our future cruises.