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Re-categorization of Disney Dream & Fantasy rooms eff. Oct 18, 2011!

Discussion in 'Disney Cruise Line Forum' started by HallsofVA, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. PrincessaC

    PrincessaC <font color=deeppink>DIS Cast Member<br><br><font

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    So we are now category

    5E – Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah – Oversized Verandah, some with solid white wall

    What does "some with solid white wall" mean? :confused3

    We sale this December and yesterday I got an email with all the details of the cruise and on the bottom it said refund of $14 and I couldn't figure out why. :confused3

    So could this be the reason?
     
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  3. Jathanis

    Jathanis Full Blown Disney Fanatic

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    No complaint here - sailing out this Sunday, and I've been hoping they would announce 2013 dates while we were onboard so I could get my 10% off without having to book a dummy cruise! (Yeah, I know I'm lazy... :rolleyes1)
     
  4. simbasmom2

    simbasmom2 Just waitin around till boarding time!

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    Thanks, I just wanted to make sure I was looking at it correctly!
     
  5. mmouse37

    mmouse37 DCL Diva!!

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    No big deal....just kidding around!!!

    MJ
     
  6. Silverfox97

    Silverfox97 PLATINUM Castaway Club

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    I always loved the "Special Rooms" thread - we were able to scrutinize before anyone even sailed :goodvibes

    Both of our Fantasy rooms have been upgraded - 9674 & 8188, but only up one from 6A to 5E. Not bad, which means that it won't be that much of a price hike we decide to book these rooms on future cruises :thumbsup2
     
  7. erinjean1277

    erinjean1277 Mouseketeer

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    So here's a different question/spin on this change......We booked a 9A GTY for a Dec Dream cruise and was assigned room 7000 now supposedly reclassified to a 9C. Since it is a GTY of 9A or higher will they reassign? I can't imagine what kind of credit that would be.....just wondering......any thoughts? TIA
     
  8. ACDSNY

    ACDSNY I love my job! I love my job! I love my job!

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    We're in 10166 in 3 weeks which was a cat. 6A when we booked and will be changed to a cat. 5E. I can't wait to sit out on the verandah!
     
  9. SLJ6974

    SLJ6974 Mouseketeer

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    I would have thought that they might have done something with the deck 5 aft staterooms that incur so much noise from evolutions below. We did get an extra 100 buck obc for that back in May.
     
  10. HallsofVA

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    Yes, per what has been posted, you should get a refund (if already paid) or have your cruise price adjusted.

    I think the Magic/Wonder have 4E cabins, being the full or half metal wall cabins to the aft of the ship on Deck 8, but the Dream/Fantasy didn't have that category until now since all of the Cat 4s were in the middle.

    Yes. See the first quote above.

    As mentioned, we sailed in 8006 on our Dream cruise this past August. I am somewhat surprised at it's level of downgrade, putting it in the same category as the Deck 1 rooms on the Magic/Wonder with the two small portholes. While I am not a fan of that room for families, since the kids sleep on separate sides of the room with no possible separation from the main bed, our kids were so tired each night that they fell asleep quickly and it wasn't too bad, though we did have to keep the lights turned down once they were asleep. Plus my little one had to stand on the coffee table in order to see anything out the window other than sky. The extra room is fantastic, though, and I'd book that room again as a family of 3 or 2, as long as I wasn't sailing during bad weather.

    Doesn't go into place until 10/18, so I doubt you'll see anything until the 18th or 20th.

    DCL has always had that qualifier on the Cat 6 rooms on the Dream/Fantasy (and on the Magic/Wonder after the 2011 reclassification.) The aft rooms on the Dream have a small white metal wall that extends up to about knee level or lower. It's probably more noticeable if you're sitting down, but doesn't appear to block your view significantly (unless you're on a large extended aft verandah trying to see down from your chair), unlike the full metal walls on the Magic/Wonder. However, I assume they keep that description in there to keep someone from complaining. Now that some of the aft verandahs have been recategorized to 5E, they needed to add that qualifier to cover those rooms.

    That's a very good question! Please keep us updated on what they end up doing for you. In the past, there were many who booked 9A GTY and got upgraded to verandahs where possible, which seemed to be an early indicator that DCL had concerns or complaints about those rooms.
     
  11. Tower

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    Thanks HallsofVA!
    We don't plan a Fantasy cruise any time soon, but we know we're going on it in the future! (Likely book on board our Magic cruise next year). I'm assuming that this will lead to a web page highlighting locations with more detail and we'll know where we want to go for that next time. :)
     
  12. mgroshans

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    what about people that booked there cruises with there DVC points? I'm assuming if there is a difference, they will get there points back?
     
  13. erinjean1277

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    Is there an official posting of this info? I think I am going to send up to TA who we booked through.
    TAIA
     
  14. HallsofVA

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    From what I gather, the information is "officially" posted on the DCL travel agent site. Other TAs have now posted the same information which gave me comfort that it was official!
     
  15. jenseib

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    Yes. I am a TA and we recieved an email yesterday. I haven't checked the site out yet as I've been busy, but I am sure it's there as well. We weren't given any actual room numbers, but maybe thats on the site?
     
  16. biff423

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    So my question is.... we booked a ctg 5E on the Fantasty to get the extended veranda. Normally ctg 4 rooms (Deluxe Family OV w/V) sleep 5 by use of a murphy bed and have a little more sqr ftg. Also they have the round tub. Will the Fantasy rooms be redesigned to include that? or will it just be a regular ctg 5 room - but it is called a 4 since it has the extended veranda?
     
  17. HallsofVA

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    My assumption, based on no official knowledge, is that they aren't changing the inside of the rooms as a result of this recategorization, at least not the square footage. Already on the Dream there are Cat 8 and 4 rooms that don't sleep 5 (or even 4 in the case of some Cat 8A rooms), and not all of them have the round tubs (or even split baths again in the case of some 8A rooms.) I don't think DCL will be increasing the interior size of these reclassed rooms to accommodate a 5th bed, though it is possible that they could consider changing the shower/tub configuration. Just don't know that they'd do that.
     
  18. piglet33

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    I have 10160 on the Dream next month and 9172 (used to be 6A and now 5E) on the Fantasy next year and can't wait to sit on those big verandahs.:cool1:
     
  19. burnsoc

    burnsoc Do you have your exit buddy?

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    I just booked my category 5E which will be changed to a 4E. Looks like I got in just under the wire!:goodvibes
     
  20. axfather

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    Thought the 5s did not have the bigger bathrooms (Big tub) for families??
     
  21. HallsofVA

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    Because DCL ran out of letters and numbers! As noted in my reply above, currently there are some family (cat 4 & 8) rooms that do not have the round tub, split bath, 4th or 5th bed, or other things you would assume would be in that category of room.

    They obviously wanted to find a way to reflect that these rooms have larger, more desirable verandahs than other rooms. They couldn't call them 5A rooms without reclassing all Cat 5 rooms, and hadn't left themselves any wiggle room between Cat 4 & 5 for something else, so they took the easier way out.
     

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