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shmoogrrrl
10-20-2010, 02:31 PM
We booked a Fantasy seven-day sailing for 2012 and requested a 6B. I was just checking out our location and found that we are on deck 7 in the very back of the ship. As I told my husband, I guess we will have no idea where we are going, but we will always know where we have been! :lmao::lmao:

Anyway, has anyone stayed in a room in the back and do you have any comments about it. I know that since the Dream hasn't started sailing no one knows about the new ships but I know that they have these types of rooms on other ships. I can't remember if there are the same type of rooms on the Magic and Wonder. I seem to recall that those rooms are a higher category or accessible rooms because I think the balconies are bigger than we will have?

ANYWAY, I searched on here and all I found was the debate about the solid white balcony vs the railing. That really isn't as important to us as a good location. :)

PearlySwan
10-20-2010, 02:41 PM
Hi shmoogrrrl! Did you check the Dream/Fantasy deck plans? Here they are: http://www.wdwinfo.com/disney-cruise-line/dream-fantasy-deck-plan.htm

If you have 7190 or 7688, it looks like you might have a more accessible stateroom configuration. The "back of the boat," or Aft, is not a bad place to be. We've only sailed Mid-ship and Forward but I would love to try Aft in the future. On the Magic/Wonder Aft staterooms are closer to Palo! :cloud9:

shmoogrrrl
10-20-2010, 03:06 PM
Hi shmoogrrrl! Did you check the Dream/Fantasy deck plans? Here they are: http://www.wdwinfo.com/disney-cruise-line/dream-fantasy-deck-plan.htm

If you have 7190 or 7688, it looks like you might have a more accessible stateroom configuration. The "back of the boat," or Aft, is not a bad place to be. We've only sailed Mid-ship and Forward but I would love to try Aft in the future. On the Magic/Wonder Aft staterooms are closer to Palo! :cloud9:

We have 7690, which looks to have a blank space (I'm guessing stairs) on one side! That would be nice unless people are going up and down all night, I guess. :)

We have been on five DCL trips and actually prefer aft, it will just be the first time that we've been in the VERY back! Looks like it should be quieter since there isn't too much of a reason for people to be back there, unless their room is there or they are just wandering around.

Thanks!

shoes99
10-20-2010, 03:16 PM
We just booked 6690 on the Fantasy, cat 6B, for April, 2012.
We sailed on Princess to the Baltics this past June, and we had a aft balcony. Its different, and the view is spectacular when leaving port.
I had 5190 but changed it to 6690 because we do not need a connecting
cabin. I'm happy.

cwdefouw
10-20-2010, 03:29 PM
We have 9672 booked on the Dream, for February next year and the same cabin booked for the Fantasy Maiden Voyage. The furthest aft we have stayed on the Magic and Wonder is a deck 7 Navigators verandah, on a Western back in 03 and we had no problems at all except for slightly more vibration from the engines. I chose 9672 because of what appears to be a larger balcony (white wall), no public spaces above or below, and the desire to try a cabin on the stern of the ship. I think it will also be quieter without all the traffic flowing by in the corridor.

justmestace
10-20-2010, 07:21 PM
We have 7690, which looks to have a blank space (I'm guessing stairs) on one side! That would be nice unless people are going up and down all night, I guess. :)

We have been on five DCL trips and actually prefer aft, it will just be the first time that we've been in the VERY back! Looks like it should be quieter since there isn't too much of a reason for people to be back there, unless their room is there or they are just wandering around.

Thanks!


No stairs back there next to you....it's just a wall. The room will be close to what the old Cat 5's were....but the balcony will be deeper.
I love the back of the ship!
It is much more quiet, as you said, because no one much goes wandering around back there.

I have a copy of the newest Disney Cruise Line Vacation book...the ones they give out at the travel agencies...and there's an artist's rendering of the aft of the new ships in the back. It looks like those balconies will have some plexiglass and wood railing...at the tops, but will be solid white metal where it meets the floor. So sitting down, short people (like me!) probably still won't be able to see the water, but taller people will. With the old design, where the railings were totally solid metal, no one could see if they were sitting down.

HookedonMagic
10-20-2010, 07:37 PM
Hey, We're booked in 7690 on the Fantasy, too!!! Can't wait!

CADisneyMom
10-20-2010, 09:20 PM
My daughter and I both have aft rooms at the very back, she really wanted to have one of those because we're thinking that the balcony's are a little bit larger then the others. I would have preferred the middle of the back but we're right at the end of the hallway on both sides. She's a double in her room and I'm a single but am trying to find someone to go with me so that I don't have to pay so much. I threatened my daughter that if I don't find anyone by the time the final payment is due that I'm going to have me switched to her room with her boyfriend, she doesn't like that idea but it would save me $1000. LOL

DLBDS
10-20-2010, 09:38 PM
We have 9672 booked on the Dream, for February next year and the same cabin booked for the Fantasy Maiden Voyage. The furthest aft we have stayed on the Magic and Wonder is a deck 7 Navigators verandah, on a Western back in 03 and we had no problems at all except for slightly more vibration from the engines. I chose 9672 because of what appears to be a larger balcony (white wall), no public spaces above or below, and the desire to try a cabin on the stern of the ship. I think it will also be quieter without all the traffic flowing by in the corridor.

We're next door in 9674 but we're not sailing until May. I chose aft mainly for the panorama view. Should be an awesome experience!

tigger2on
10-20-2010, 10:12 PM
We have 7690, which looks to have a blank space (I'm guessing stairs) on one side!

I never even thought of that but I am super excited if it is... we are booked in 7191 (inside room). We have sailed near the small stairs before and to be honest, they are sooo out of the way that they aren't used much except for the Muster drill to get to Animator's Palate.

DVC Mary
10-20-2010, 10:33 PM
We considered rooms at the back but wanted a verandah w/ an inside room across. We almost booked 7681 & 7880. The DCL rep told me those rooms were directly across the hall from each other. I said: "What's that odd shaped rectangular thing there in between?" He went to talk to his superviser.

Those rectangular grey areas on the starboard side of Decks 6,7, 8, & a little one on 9 are WALLS. Could you imagine how upset I would have been if I had gotten onboard & my kids room was not directly across the hall.


There are very few rooms like you have on the magic where you can get an oceanview or verandah room w/ an inside room directly across.

mousemom11
10-20-2010, 11:28 PM
We considered rooms at the back but wanted a verandah w/ an inside room across. We almost booked 7681 & 7880. The DCL rep told me those rooms were directly across the hall from each other. I said: "What's that odd shaped rectangular thing there in between?" He went to talk to his superviser.

Those rectangular grey areas on the starboard side of Decks 6,7, 8, & a little one on 9 are WALLS. Could you imagine how upset I would have been if I had gotten onboard & my kids room was not directly across the hall.


There are very few rooms like you have on the magic where you can get an oceanview or verandah room w/ an inside room directly across.

To make matters worse, you really can't tell that those walls are there by looking at the virtual deck plans on DCL's website. I saw them because I was using the deck plan link in the FAQ sticky on the boards here that takes you to a 2 dimensional version. I really don't like the virtual ones at DCL's website - you just don't get enough detail to make informed decisions.

shmoogrrrl
10-20-2010, 11:32 PM
Hey, We're booked in 7690 on the Fantasy, too!!! Can't wait!


Oh boy! I hope not on the same cruise!!! :) :lmao::lmao::lmao::rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl:: rotfl::rotfl:

SueInBoston
10-21-2010, 08:34 AM
I have stateroom 7194 which is right next door :thumbsup2 We're sailing april 2012:thumbsup2 I am still toying with changing..7 nights is a long time if you don't like your room...lol..

We've been forward, mid and aft and knew what to expect in those rooms, this room assignment just took me by surprise.

However, so far all the responses I've read have been positive so that's reassuring.

Sorcerer Mom
10-21-2010, 11:06 AM
I have stateroom 7194 which is right next door :thumbsup2 We're sailing april 2012:thumbsup2 I am still toying with changing..7 nights is a long time if you don't like your room...lol..

We've been forward, mid and aft and knew what to expect in those rooms, this room assignment just took me by surprise.

However, so far all the responses I've read have been positive so that's reassuring.


We have 7194 booked for June 2012 on the Fantasty too! :goodvibes If you stay in this room, can't wait to hear all about it. When we booked, they said this was dead-center in the back of the ship so I think it'll be pretty cool. Never been in the back before with balcony only mid-ship. At first I wasn't crazy about it, but we found this option was a good amount less than a mid-ship, glass balcony and thought it was worth a shot to save the money and still get the benefits of verandah.

justmestace
10-21-2010, 12:33 PM
We considered rooms at the back but wanted a verandah w/ an inside room across. We almost booked 7681 & 7880. The DCL rep told me those rooms were directly across the hall from each other. I said: "What's that odd shaped rectangular thing there in between?" He went to talk to his superviser.

Those rectangular grey areas on the starboard side of Decks 6,7, 8, & a little one on 9 are WALLS. Could you imagine how upset I would have been if I had gotten onboard & my kids room was not directly across the hall.


There are very few rooms like you have on the magic where you can get an oceanview or verandah room w/ an inside room directly across.


I'm betting that some of those areas are crew rooms. There are a few inside rooms on some of the decks that are for crew....and also for their storage....vacuums, etc.

catzle
10-21-2010, 12:46 PM
We are booked in 8676 for June 29th, 2012. Not sure about being so far back but I am sure it will be okay. Plus it is a connecting room and I wonder how loud that will be.

shoppgirl
10-21-2010, 12:49 PM
I had originally booked an aft cabin in the back on the Dream. But after sailing on another cruise ship this summer, I had to change it to something midship. When I was on the cruise I found the aft to be very rocky while at sea, and we were on the second largest cruise ship afloat. One of the restaurants is located in the aft section of the ship and while there I felt a lot of motion. I don't know if anyone else has experienced this while staying in an aft cabin. I told a friend I had an aft cabin and she got me all worried telling me that I would feel a lot of the ship's rocking motion in the back. I was so excited for the larger balconies and the wide open aft view...I would be interested to hear from other cruisers who have stayed in aft cabins if they felt the rocking motion moreso than other places on the ship.

justmestace
10-21-2010, 12:55 PM
The rocking motion depends more on the type of sea. I've been aft, forward, and mid, and sometimes have had bad motion in all of them, and sometimes in none. Just depends on the size of the waves.

My personal opinion, after all of these, is that forward is the worst for bad motion.

justmestace
10-21-2010, 12:57 PM
We are booked in 8676 for June 29th, 2012. Not sure about being so far back but I am sure it will be okay. Plus it is a connecting room and I wonder how loud that will be.


The noise with a connecting room isn't that much worse than any room where there's someone next door. There are two doors, so that helps, and I usually stick a towel under, or at the bottom of, the door for extra sound-proofing.

catzle
10-21-2010, 01:06 PM
That's a good idea. We stayed at a hotel recently which was connecting and we felt they were in our room with us, it was very loud.

justmestace
10-21-2010, 01:34 PM
That's a good idea. We stayed at a hotel recently which was connecting and we felt they were in our room with us, it was very loud.


I think the ships are much more solid. We only heard the people next door (in a connecting) once on DCL...and they were friends of ours!
But another time, there were two families together. The adults shared one room and put all the kids in the room next to ours (not connecting). I swear, they had to have been laying on the sofa with their feet up on the adjoining (to our room) wall....stomping to the music they had playing. After about an hour of it, I called Security and told them there were no adults in the room.
Never heard a peep the rest of the cruise. Not sure if they split them up or what.

BibbidyBobbidyBoo
10-21-2010, 01:45 PM
I have to agree- I've stayed forward, mid and "almost" aft (not completely aft as the aft verandahs- yet. Have those booked on Dream in August) and it really just depends on the waves.
Occasionally I've been on cruises where I didn't notice movement anywhere BUT topsiders or palo..... far aft but also way up high. This is the reason I'm not particularly fond of the higher decks with rooms on Dream/Fantasy. haha But deck 2, deck 5, deck 6 and deck 8 so far-- haven't noticed a difference in the room based on location. It's all depending on the motion of the ocean :rotfl: When it's really moving- we can feel it everywhere.... everywhere we walk, no matter what room we're in, theatre, restaurants, etc I've never been on a cruise where motion was felt only in "one" specific area more than others- except for Palo/Topsiders and even then it's nominal difference. Like having to ask DH if he "felt that" or if I was imagining it- kind of nominal difference. haha

Chippie
11-12-2010, 01:19 PM
I have also booked 9672 but don't sail until Oct 2011. Looking forward to hearing more specifics about this and other aft cabins.

DisneyDuo
11-12-2010, 05:10 PM
We're in 9674 for the Dream Maiden Voyage. We wanted a non-connecting room so we wouldn't be bothered by the noise from our neighbors (I'm a light sleeper). We're looking forward to our "rear view" on the trip!

Lin

dahuffy
11-12-2010, 05:36 PM
The rocking motion depends more on the type of sea. I've been aft, forward, and mid, and sometimes have had bad motion in all of them, and sometimes in none. Just depends on the size of the waves.

My personal opinion, after all of these, is that forward is the worst for bad motion.

Thanks alot Stace, we're in 8502! :sick: This is our first time up front. Sailed back end twice(I may change) and middle once.

justmestace
11-12-2010, 06:15 PM
Thanks alot Stace, we're in 8502! :sick: This is our first time up front. Sailed back end twice(I may change) and middle once.


Sorry. :guilty: But you two have cruised enough that it won't bother you unless you have the misfortune to cruise during a storm. The last time we were all the way forward, we hit a really, really nasty storm. Lots of people were sick, but my family was only a little queasy for a couple of hours. And I think that's because we cruise a lot.

Macavity
11-12-2010, 08:25 PM
I have not been on an aft room on DCL, but I have been in an aft room on Carnival, and that aft room is my second favorite room ever - I'd do an aft room in a minute if I had the opportunity.

scrapycruiser
11-12-2010, 09:19 PM
My favorite cabin location is the AFT ( facing the wake ). It's usually very quiet back there, with very little traffic. On other ships the balcony was deeper, we had to recliners. I'm hoping the balcony on the Dream will be deeper too !
I've never had a problem with seasickness in an AFT cabin. :cloud9:We will be in 6688 on March 6 !:banana:

Scotty69
11-12-2010, 11:43 PM
We are in I believe 6192 on the maiden voyage this will be our first time aft and with a balcony. Oh sorry that is the maiden voyage of the fantasy. We can't wait.

HallsofVA
11-13-2010, 11:50 AM
We booked a Fantasy seven-day sailing for 2012 and requested a 6B. I was just checking out our location and found that we are on deck 7 in the very back of the ship. As I told my husband, I guess we will have no idea where we are going, but we will always know where we have been! :lmao::lmao:



Hopefully you've seen the discussion and pictures posted in the Special Rooms thread, including this one:

http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t177/HallsofVA/a3916ce9-2.jpg

wvdcl cruisers
11-13-2010, 01:01 PM
I have also booked 9672 but don't sail until Oct 2011. Looking forward to hearing more specifics about this and other aft cabins.

We have 9672 in September...we are also very anxious to hear more on the aft verandahs and how "private" they really are.

Chippie
11-15-2010, 02:10 PM
Thanks HallsofVA!!! I had seen the photo with some comments and thought I had figured out which room was 9672. This photo with the room numbers applied reconfirms.

DLBDS
11-15-2010, 03:03 PM
Thanks for the photo, HallsofVA! It's really cool to see exactly where, on the boat, our stateroom (9674) is located. :thumbsup2