Dream special rooms - now that we see the pictures! ** Index now in Post 7 **

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  1. jahber

    jahber DIS Veteran

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    I emailed DCL about this. I think I may have responded to a question you had on another thread :).

    According to the rep who emailed me back, ONLY 4A-Ds are family staterooms. She did NOT include 4Es in the list of family staterooms. I had specifically emailed about 4Es, because on our last cruise our 4E was not a family stateroom and if you look on the deck plan they are all the same size. So I don't see how any of them could sleep 5. And they certainly aren't 299sf, as listed on the Web site. The rep didn't mention that part, even though I asked why they would incorrectly advertise them as family staterooms on the site. Oh well. I feel bad for any cruisers who think they booked a family stateroom and end up with a regular one!

    If anyone does end up with a 4E that actually is a family stateroom, I'd love to hear of it! :) I'd book one next time! I even asked if there were any such rooms and the rep ignored that part of my email, too. I took this to mean no, there aren't any :(.
     
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  3. MKwatercraftPilot

    MKwatercraftPilot Earning My Ears

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    I was curious about this, but then I remembered that the square footage listed usually includes the verandah on rooms with one, so I - just now - opened up the DCL website and looked into booking a stateroom.

    The 4E's are listed on the DCL Website as being 299 sq. ft. including verandah.

    They are also not listed as "family staterooms."

    I feel bad if anyone thinks they booked a family stateroom and ends up with a regular one, too, but I definitely don't think they are incorrectly advertised.
     
  4. jahber

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    That's weird. Where exactly are you looking? When I look the 4E up to book it, it's still showing as a family stateroom on the DCL site. Its description is also identical to that of the other 4s. Including the square footage, which should be 246 including verandah, and it says they have a wall pull-down bed (which would be impossible). However, it does say it only sleeps 3-4. At least that's accurate!
    Are you seeing something different when you go to book?
     
  5. MKwatercraftPilot

    MKwatercraftPilot Earning My Ears

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    I went to disneycruise.disney.go.com, then used the small box on the left side of the screen to select a month, destination and departure port (I just used the one I'm going on in December, to the Bahamas from Canaveral), 2 adults... and clicked "find cruises"

    We're both correct, it looks like.... it does still say "Family" stateroom, so I am wrong about that and I apologize.

    But the square footage is right... as long as you assume that the size of the "extended verandah" is exactly the same size as the jump from "regular" stateroom to "family" stateroom...

    For example, if the Regular Verandah Stateroom is, say, 200 sq. ft. (just to pick a round number) and the verandah is 46 sq ft, it's 246sq. ft. total.
    200 indoor + 46 Outdoor = 246 total.

    If a Family Verandah Stateroom is 253 sq. ft. and the verandah is 46 sq. ft., it's 299 sq. ft. total.
    253 indoor + 46 Outdoor = 299 total.

    Presumably, in the 4E's, the stateroom is your typical 200 sq. ft. but the verandah is 99 sq. ft. Therefore, the total, including verandah, is 299 sq. ft. even though the room itself is still 200.
    200 indoor + 99 Outdoor = 299 total.


    They do definitely need to remove the "Family" from the designation, but I suppose they've covered themselves with the wall pull-down bed by saying it's not in all staterooms....
     
  6. CaptainJacq

    CaptainJacq 10 minutes from WDW, Orlando, Florida!

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    Bookmarking to check out later:thumbsup2.
     
  7. SueTGGR

    SueTGGR Disney visits as often as money will allow-donatio

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    I am headed out on Dec 16th and have a 4E as stated on our DU reservation. On our DCL paperwork it is listed as a "Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Veranda". Online the 4E category is stated as "Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah Category 04E". Now I have to look at my notes to see what we had requested from DU as I remember seeing the room with the extended veranda available and requesting 5542. Am I missing something here?
     
  8. Bear3412

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    Well if you are addressing the stateroom description as the anomaly, we know why.
    At some point, perhaps two years ago now, DCL recategorized many cabins. DCL and some Ta's felt it wasn't necessary to update ALL the info. You will get a cabin on deck 5, it will be an oceanview veranda cabin, 203 square feet inside, with a veranda that is generally 4 times the size of a regular balcony.(38 sq ft, regular)

    The description word "family" describes the larger cabins in each category. A Cat 4e is not a family veranda. A family veranda has 256 square feet of space inside and 38 on the balcony. It is just an annoying oversight on several websites not to update, and the fact DCL changed the game a year into it. However I believe all cat 4 cabins are family cabins except the newly designated 4e's. DCL decided to place these cabins in the cat 4 price range due to their desirability, due to the large balcony, yet failed to update the details.

    I feel that is where the confusion lies, literally. And I feel for everyone reading the inaccurate descriptions online on many sites. Although the balcony size may make up for the few less feet inside. But again, check beds and capacity, because they are less than a true family cabin.

    http://www.cruisedeckplans.com/DP/Main/decks.php?ship=Disney+Fantasy

    You do not have a family veranda if you have a 4e. You also should call DCL to verify exactly what bedding is in said cabin.
    You could look here too. http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/cruise-new/roomlist.cfm

    HTH

    ETA; There was a recent thread about this category, concerning the descrepencies, yet I failed to locate it. Perhaps others will help.
     
  9. GetGlowing

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    Why don't you go to the website and pick a low-season dummy date and try to book 5 people into a stateroom and see if that category is offered. Then you'll know for sure if any have bedding for 5.
     
  10. jahber

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    Bear3412 is right. It's DCL's fault for not bothering to correct their site. Unfortunately, their oversight has resulted in a misleading (I think deceptive) situation. If you intended to book a family stateroom, you should have your TA take it up with DCL. It's not the number of people you were booking for that's the question. It's the class of room. If you asked for a family and the room is listed as a family on the site, but you were actually given a regular room, that's where the problem lies. And a 4E is definitely not a family stateroom.

    For some reason this really bothers me. I guess because it would be such an easy fix for DCL to correct. I've contacted them and gotten a canned response, so I guess they don't care. Maybe I shouldn't either, but I would hate for other DCL customers to be surprised like we were!
     
  11. bats

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    Bumpity bump as it's such a great thread. :thumbsup2
     
  12. TLSnell1981

    TLSnell1981 Tiny bubbles... make me happy... make me feel fine

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    Finally found this thread..again.:thumbsup2
     
  13. Iceman09201

    Iceman09201 Mouseketeer

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    These room numbers are exactly the same location as the fantasy correct?
     
  14. lbgraves

    lbgraves Little Cinderella's Mommy

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    Yes they are. :)
     
  15. annabug

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    Hi Everyone! I just booked a 7 night eastern carib in the Fantasy for May 17:cool1:

    Have sailed once on the dream, cat 4a, 9614, fam ocean with verandah,
    loved it, but too expensive this time

    Need to save on cost, soooo, I booked cat 8C, fam ocean view
    8670, with large porthole, with seat, sleeps 5, just in case one kid doesnt want the bunk

    Im just concerned that its at the way back of the ship. In front of elevator. which I dont think I mind, I dont like walking!! LOL Motion sickness and major noise from motors is my concern.

    Thoughts??

    Any other rooms or locations that I should consider moving too??

    Thanks in advance!!
    Annabug
     
  16. jenseib

    jenseib Mommy to Claire

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    I have stayed twice on the dream on deck 7 near the elevators and never had any issues.
     
  17. hbg4

    hbg4 Ask me where I'm going on my next vacation ? Disne

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    We usually stay aft on the DCL ships.
    Stayed in 8166 8C on the Dream too. It was great. Loved the stateroom and the motion wasn't a problem, didn't hear any noise either.
     
  18. Lady Duchess

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    Is anyone familiar with the 7A balcony gurantee rooms on the Dream?
     
  19. Bear3412

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  20. NC State

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    Love this thread!
     
  21. Jillpie

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    I went thru the entire first pages of this thread, and not seeing any references to Rm 6170, cat 8D? I didn't see it listed here as part of the ocean view rooms and wondering why? Any pics of this room from the outside?
     

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