Growing up, I was fortunate enough to visit Walt Disney World on several occasions, spending plenty of time meeting Disney characters and making sure I packed the perfect Disney Parks bag. During these visits, I stayed in a variety of Value, Moderate, and Deluxe resorts and had grown accustomed to the layouts, furnishings, and what to expect from each resort in terms of style and amenities. However, when I stepped aboard the Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Dream, I had no clue what to expect when it came to staying in a cabin rather than a resort room.
Although the experience was quite different from what I was accustomed to, there were many things that outshone my experiences staying at Disney resorts, while also being some things I wish I would have known beforehand. This post will give you insight into what the Disney Dream‘s Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah looked like and included so that you can not only know what to expect when staying in a stateroom like this on your own Disney cruise, but also what to pack.
A Photo Tour of the Stateroom
(Note: Before getting into the actual photos and videos of the stateroom, it’s important to note that there are four variations of the “Deluxe Oceanview Verandah Stateroom”: an accessible version, a family version, an accessible version, and the general version. This post will cover the general version. We also purchased a special Halloween on the High Seas package, which gave us a few extras and cabin decorations that you will see in these photos.)
The Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah can best be described as being divided into 4 different sections:
- The Entryway: This area contains the bathroom, shower room, closets, and a small counter and drawer area
- The Bedroom: This area is the first that you reach once past the small entryway and contains a queen bed and two small bedside tables
- The Living Area: This area contains a couch, coffee table, desk, mirrors, etc.
- The Verandah: The verandah is just past the living area and is separated with a sliding glass door; it contains two chairs and a table.
The entryway of the stateroom is a bit tight, but it’s designed to be extremely organized and functional. Referring to the above photo, you can see the main door that leads into the interior stateroom hallway, along with two different closets on the right-hand side. The closets include some shelving, cubbies, hangers, and even a small safe; life jackets are stored in the upper shelves of the closets. Due to the cubbies, there are some interior areas of the closets that are taller than others, which provides a great division for hanging up dresses versus t-shirts, while also providing a place to put shoes or pants.
Next to closets you can see the open cabinets and drawers. The top of the drawers is where our excursion tickets were placed and the cabinets above that held some drinking glasses to use throughout the cruise.
In the photo above, you will see a door next to the cabinet area. This door connects to the neighboring cabin and can be unlocked if you are traveling with the party in that cabin.
On the left side of the entryway (in the above photo) are two doors. The first (the closest to the main door) is the bathroom, which contains a toilet, some shelving, a trash can, and a sink. The next door is the shower room, which contains a tub/shower, a sink, some shelving, and a trash can. Both doors are raised a few inches off the ground, so you will have to take a step up and down when entering and exiting.
Not seen in the photo of the entire entryway is the card slot, which is located next to the main door; the above photo shows what it looks like. The lights and electrical outlets in the stateroom will not work without a card being inserted in the slot; however, any card can be used, so it is not limited to using your Disney Cruise Line card.
The bathroom is definitely tiny (the above photo shows the entire room) but is laid out in a functional design. There is a shelf above the toilet, some counter space, two shelves on the wall next to the sink, and a small shelf underneath the sink (part of which is taken up by a built-in trash can). In the bottom right-hand corner of the photo, you will also see a tissue dispenser built into the sink; they also provided some seasickness bags under this sink.
The Shower Room
The shower room of the Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah contains a bathtub, shower, sink, mirror with a built-in magnifying mirror, and several shelves throughout the bathroom. Similar to the bathroom, you can see that this sink area also comes with some counter space and a built-in tissue dispenser, but this one also has a hand towel holder attached to it. Also similar to the bathroom is the shelf underneath the sink with the built-in trash can.
Shampoo, conditioner, and body wash are provided so you don’t have to worry about packing them.
The shower also has a small clothesline that you can string across to dry out beach towels, swimsuits, etc.
The bedroom is very compact; it contains the queen bed with two small bedside tables (with drawers) and lamps on both sides. There is also a phone, an alarm clock with a USB charging port, and some electrical outlets.
Between the bedroom and the living area, there is also a curtain (that can be seen on the left-hand side of the above photo and the right-hand side of the below photo) that can be drawn across for privacy.
The Living Area
Similar to the other areas of the cabin, the living area is quite compact but is optimized to provide the most storage space possible.
The living space includes:
- Couch (which can turn into a bed)
- Coffee table (which opens up for additional storage space)
- Desk (plenty of drawers and storage space)
- Mini-fridge (hidden in the left cabinet of the desk)
- Enclosed and open cabinet spaces
- Power outlets
- Pull-down bed (the area where it’s stored is shown in the top right-hand corner of the above photo)
When you are at dinner each evening, your cabin host or hostess will come and turn down the beds, convert the couch into a bed, and drop down the bed from the ceiling. A ladder (which is stored in one of the closets) will also be set up to allow access to the upper bunk.
On the ceiling above the top bunk is a mural showing stars and constellations of Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, and other characters from the classic Peter Pan movie.
The interior of the desk provides plenty of writing materials; ours included two postcards, two sheets of stationary, two envelopes, and a pen.
Other materials on the desk include orders for breakfast room service and two phones that can be used to communicate with members of your party while aboard the ship; communication is also available via the Disney Cruise Line app, but my family and I had a hard time getting it to work during our trip, so it was nice knowing that there was a backup available.
The verandah included two chairs and a small table and could be separated from the inside with a curtain and/or the sliding glass door. There are also two partitions on both sides to separate it from the neighboring cabins.
Packing for Your Stateroom on the Disney Dream
I’m not going to give you an entire list of what you should pack on your Disney Cruise (as it can vary based on your port destinations and length of cruise), but I do want to point out a few things to consider when packing that may change what you bring along.
For example, the bathrooms do not have power outlets (except for one that I think I saw on the ceiling); therefore, if you are bringing along a bathroom necessity that will need to be plugged in, such as a straightening iron, you may want to go ahead and plan on using it at the desk (which does have a large mirror, chair, and several electrical outlets that you can use).
Additionally, there is enough space underneath the bed to store luggage, so you don’t have to worry about having to store it in the closet or a corner.
The closets also offer plenty of space, cubbies, and hangers, so don’t worry about bringing any additional ones with you. In fact, we had about twenty hangers, which also had clips or bars to hang pants and skirts on, between the two closets. However, if you are going on a longer cruise and bring more clothes with you, however, you may want to consider bringing a hanging cubby to organize your clothes in the closet.
There are 4 hooks located in the stateroom to hang towels and backpacks on; two are in the shower room and two are in the bedroom. If you need additional space to hang stuff on, there is a clothesline that can be strung across the shower.
Additionally, the room comes with a small safe in the closet to store your valuables.
My Review of the Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah
Although the stateroom was tiny, it was completely manageable since we spent most of our time outside the cabin. Additionally, the room offered plenty of drawers, cabinets, shelves, and under-the-bed storage space; as a family of four who went on the (3 night) trip, there was more than enough storage space.
The layout of the stateroom was also great. Although it was essentially one giant room (except for the shower room and bathroom), there were dividers available to help enclose areas of the stateroom into smaller rooms.
The service to the room was phenomenal. Our stateroom hostess introduced herself to us on the first day and was always a friendly face when we would pass by, offering us suggestions for what to do around the ship. She serviced the room several times each day by cleaning, turning down the beds, and would even make towel animals and leave us special Disney Cruise Line chocolates.
Although the stateroom was a bit small compared to the Walt Disney World resorts my family and I were used to, it was very comfortable and met all of my expectations of what a Disney room should include.
Final Thoughts on the Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah
Overall, I was extremely pleased with our stateroom. It provided everything we needed with more than enough storage space. The verandah provided some incredible views throughout the entire trip, but especially of Castaway Cay; being able to go out on the verandah and watch as we pulled in and out of port from the comfort of our own stateroom was absolutely incredible, so I definitely think it was well worth the upgrade from an interior stateroom. For any guests going on the Disney Dream and considering this stateroom for their trip, I hope that this photo guide and review of the Disney Dream‘s Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah provided you with the information you needed to make your decision.