Is one deck or section better than another?

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  1. BigDogHU75

    BigDogHU75 DIS Veteran

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    We will be making reservations to sail on the Disney Wonder soon. We would like to stay in an oceanview stateroom. There will be two other families joining us. So, I was wondering what do you think is the best part of the ship to stay in (forward, midship, and, aft) and what deck is the best? Is there a room we should avoid? Thanks in advance.
     
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  3. mmouse37

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    One is not really better than another....Oceanview rooms on Deck 1 and 2 are distinguished by the porthole size. On Deck 2 there is one huge porthole and on Deck 1 there are two smaller sized portholes. The cabin size and amenities are exactly the same.

    The OV rooms on the higher decks (5, 6 & 7) are all forward, which some report feeling more movement.

    If you are sailing in 2010 you would want a Cat 8 for the OV's on 5, 6 or 7....or a Cat 9 on either Deck 1 or Deck 2 (the categories change for sailings in 2011).

    FYI....the Cat 8's and Cat 9's ARE EXACTLY THE SAME SIZE. The only difference is the price DCL charges. So, if you want to save some money book a Cat 9 on Deck 2 (my fav). It is a very convenient location. I prefer cabins around mid-ship 2546 and there abouts.

    MJ
     
  4. DAKfever

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    Why is deck 2 your fav?
     
  5. mmouse37

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    If I was going for an OV (which we often do because it is a great value and we don't always have the money for a verandah) I go for a cabin on Deck 2. It is less expensive than the Cat 8 on the upper decks but exactly the same in size and amenities.

    Deck 2 is in a very convenient location to everything on board. I prefer mid-ship cabins on Deck 2 and LOVE the large porthole!!

    MJ
     
  6. godalejunior

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    Woo hoo, that is what we booked and per the pictures the room looks great. To go to a verandah it was over $2000. I am happy with my porthole window! We are in room 2574.
     
  7. mmouse37

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    Great location!

    MJ
     
  8. BigDogHU75

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    Thank you. We are sailing in 2010 and in 2011; but, right now I am booking for 2010.

    Do you know why deck 2 is less expensive than decks 5, 6, 7. Is there a lot of foot traffic on deck 2? Is there a lot of noise when pulling into the port?
     
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    It's funny, when we went on our cruise last year we had a inside stateroom, deck 6, midship. I never felt a thing. I know it's said that the higher you go the more motion you feel, but that wasn't the case for me or DH. When we would be on the lower decks to make our way down to debark at a port, we would comment on how we really felt it. And we were docked! Maybe that actually had something to do with it? :confused3 But, even when we would go down to The Walt Disney Theater, when we walked down that hallway, or sat in the theater (at times) we would "feel it". Maybe we're just strange:confused3. Just our experience.
     
  10. ruadisneyfan2

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    We love cat 9, deck 2 aft. It's a quick flight or 2 to the restaurants and quick elevator ride to the deck 9 drink stations. Also a quick escape down the steps when the Walt Disney Theater lets out and easy flight up when returning from ports.
    There's also a laundry room on the port side which is great on the 7 day cruises. Also Ocean Quest is right down the hall so ds is happy.

    I don't see the point in paying $300 more for a cat 8 and being so far fwd.
     
  11. anetnmike

    anetnmike Why yes, I was named after a mousketeer!

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    we've been in 2572 on the Wonder twice and loved it. great location, right by midship elevators and you don't feel movement or hear noise. we like the porthole and found the cabin to be quite comfortable. we'd be there again in 2 weeks but we got dusted with an upgrade:cool1:
     
  12. kcashner

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    It's based on cruise ship tradition. Supposedly the upper decks were better (first class passenger cabins were on upper decks.) Third class passenger cabins were frequently below the water line (where most crew cabins are on DCL). On most lines, the tradition that midship and higher decks are better persists...even though many of us have preferences for other parts of the ship!
     
  13. godalejunior

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    Very excited!!!:cool1:
     
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    Everyone has their favorite category and deck. We love cat 8 on deck 5. It is very quiet and secluded. It is forward and the forward elevators are less crowded than mid and aft elevators. Plus it is a quick walk up to deck 9 and a quick walk down to the Walt Disney Theater, Beat Street and shops.

    I get motion sickness very easily. As a matter of fact, I got quesy this weekend on a 5 minute drive through country roads. :scared1: But with a Bonine every day, I have no problems with motion on the boat. It does not seem to be that different throughout the ship, with the exception of the Walt Disney Theater. I have been there when it was rocking and rolling but our cabin did not seem to have as much motion.

    If there are high waves, you will feel in throughout the ship. Pick a deck that suites your wallet and tastes.
     
  15. BigDogHU75

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    Thanks for all of your input. We stayed on deck 7 forward during our last cruise. I liked the location except for the walks to the restaurants. But, even that I did not mind. In 2002, we stayed on deck 5 but I do not remember the room or the location. I know that we liked that location too. I just want a good location for the entire family. This will be my brother-in-law's first cruise, the last cruise my mother-in-law went on she said she got seasick (but that was at least 20 years ago), and the only thing that my mother requested was an unobstructed view.
     
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    Thank you. I was wondering why the discrepancy since deck 2, category 9, seemed the same as category 8 rooms.
     
  17. mmouse37

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    As mentioned by kcashner....it stems from the early days of cruising. The basic reason they charge more is because of that perception that higher is better. Everyone has their own preferences.

    MJ
     
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    If you are registered at the DCL website you can sign in and go to the Castaway Club link and it will show you all your past cruises with dates, reservations number and cabin number if you wanted to see where exactly you stayed on Deck 5.

    MJ
     
  19. BigDogHU75

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    Thank you everyone for your input and suggestions.
     
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    I get the tradition thing, but not the crew cabin thing. While tied up at the pier in Key West, Cozumel, and Castaway Cay I noticed there were portholes running the length of deck 1 on the starboard side. I assumed that is where the crew cabins are, but if they are all below deck 1, what is inside the starboard side deck 1 portholes?
     
  21. BigDogHU75

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    I have no idea. Maybe someone else knows.
     

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