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Old 02-26-2013, 08:44 PM   #1
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1st time Disney cruise and undecided about rooms

My family of three are taking our first Disney cruise Nov 9th on the Wonder out of Galveston.
I originally wanted to get an ocean view room with veranda on deck 8. Then I thought maybe a room on deck 5 would be better because it would be closer to the kids activities for my six year old. I was wondering how much time do you really stay in the room and is it worth the extra money for the veranda?

Also, we are traveling during the school year. Will there still be a lot of kids on the ship? My six year old loves to play with other kids and with it being during the school term I was afraid there wouldn't be very many for her to play with.

Last question, how are the pools during the beginning of November? Are they still warm enough to swim in?
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Old 02-26-2013, 08:56 PM   #2
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We barely spent any time in our room....there's always a lot of kids no matter what time of year. They will heat the pools if the temp. goes below 75 degrees.
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:22 PM   #3
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We traveled in October 2012 the ship was loaded with kiddos. We also had a veranda on deck 9 and we loved it . We are cruising again next May 2014 and Dh only request a veranda . You will have a wonderful time regardless
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:31 PM   #4
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My family of three are taking our first Disney cruise Nov 9th on the Wonder out of Galveston.
I originally wanted to get an ocean view room with veranda on deck 8. Then I thought maybe a room on deck 5 would be better because it would be closer to the kids activities for my six year old. I was wondering how much time do you really stay in the room and is it worth the extra money for the veranda?

Also, we are traveling during the school year. Will there still be a lot of kids on the ship? My six year old loves to play with other kids and with it being during the school term I was afraid there wouldn't be very many for her to play with.

Last question, how are the pools during the beginning of November? Are they still warm enough to swim in?
Just did Magic out of Galveston. If this is your first cruise, get the Varanda stateroom. We had 7078 & 7080. Free drink machine is on deck 9 aft. Pools are on 9. You will learn quick, easy to walk down and ride elevator up. Dinner is on deck 3. Shops on 4.

Had two grand children older but their is something for all the kids. A little luck and you will not see 6 year old. Give the child a wave phone show how to use it and they can reach you from anywhere on the ship.

Recommend swim with sting rays Grand Cayman, and a trip to HELL and turtle farm.

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Old 02-26-2013, 09:57 PM   #5
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Thank you all so much for the information! We are so excited about going and taking our 6 year old daughter!!
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:59 PM   #6
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For a different perspective: I booked late and ended up with a veranda on the Dream. Went on it exactly twice, once when we went in and were looking around and once right before we left. Just nothing to see. Guess we're not veranda people. Obviously lot of people love it, so only you know whether you're the type to like to sit out there. I'll keep booking my insides, thank you.
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:21 PM   #7
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My family went on the Nov. 17 Magic from Galveston. We were in a Cat 5A veranda room on deck 7. I loved the location, 2 floors down to the kids club and 2 floors up to the pool. DD was still taking naps, so we spent lots of time on the veranda. We ordered room service for breakfast on port days. It was nice to eat breakfast and drink my coffee on the veranda. I found it very relaxing to sit out there.

It was warm enough to swim in the pools most days. It was pretty chilly for the sail away. We wore light jackets that day. But it warmed up quickly the next day. The last day was pretty chilly, too. My kids swam for a bit in the morning, but they got cold and wanted to get out. The days in between were fabulous! The highs were in the upper 80's and mostly sunny the entire time.
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:45 PM   #8
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If money is no problem get the Roy Disney Suite. If you are like most of us get save your money and get an inside room because you will not spend much time in it.
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:55 PM   #9
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Our decision to verandah or not depends on how many sea days there are and if we have a child who requires a daytime nap. Less sea days + napping child = inside/porthole room and pre-booking nursery during naptime. More sea days + napping child = verandah. Of course, all of this is assuming we have a financial choice about the verandah. On the new ships, for instance, we could barely afford an inside room at their current prices, much less a verandah, and since they sail from FL we are not exactly flexible for the *GT rates.

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Old 02-26-2013, 11:10 PM   #10
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Been on the Wonder twice and love the 5A veranda staterooms on Deck 7. 2 up to the deck and pools, just a few floors down to dining and entertainment. We really never needed to wait for an elevator that way. I had read that Deck 8 has early-morning noise from the cleaning of the pool decks, and that a good choice on a ship is a floor with rooms above and below it (instead of dining, pools, theaters, etc.)

I like being able to go out on the veranda (and we used it on both cruises). It also made our room seem much larger and it was so nice to be able to get some fresh air in there.

I would bet that kids will be in the pools in November since the pools were filled in June in Alaska (and believe me, it was quite chilly up there in Alaska).

Good luck with your planning -- I hope you have a great cruise!
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:01 AM   #11
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Our decision to verandah or not depends on how many sea days there are and if we have a child who requires a daytime nap. Less sea days + napping child = inside/porthole room and pre-booking nursery during naptime. More sea days + napping child = verandah. Of course, all of this is assuming we have a financial choice about the verandah. On the new ships, for instance, we could barely afford an inside room at their current prices, much less a verandah, and since they sail from FL we are not exactly flexible for the *GT rates.

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This is really well stated. At the end of the day, are you the person who will be on the verandah or off doing stuff around the ship? We had an inside room on the Magic for a 10 day Med Cruise. On day 7, we went to the room around 2:00 and my daughter said: "Oh look, this is what our room looks like during the day!"
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:13 AM   #12
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I always recommend a Verandah if money is not that big an issue. Any Verandah is better that no Verandah IMHO. With that said, I love deck 7! Had deck 7 on 10 of my 12 cruises. Not too far up to the free soda and food and only 4 decks down to most other things.

For you however, if you have to ask if it is worth it..... you might book inside. My DW would NEVER say inside room, but that's just her. My DW likes to do puzzle books and just relax on the Verandah. I get to sit and look out while watching movies on the TV, when we are not doing other things.

Just let me warn you, once you do the Verandah there is a good chance you won't go inside.
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:26 AM   #13
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If the pools are on deck 9, I would allow a one floor buffer, go with deck 7
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:32 AM   #14
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We had a verandah on our first cruise since then only inside rooms. On Disney catagory 10 (inside split bath) is great. We love being out and about on cruises and use the extra money for excursions.
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:40 AM   #15
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Our last cruise was right before Christmas and we booked late. We need 2 rooms and not much was left. Got 1large window and 1 veranda. I was on it once to look at it. My husband used it once to look for us and wave on our way back from cc!

We have 2 inside on our upcoming 8 night. I think inside is more than fine. We only get deluxe though so we have split baths! Hth
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