1st time Disney cruise and undecided about rooms

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  1. DanaG

    DanaG Earning My Ears

    Feb 24, 2013
    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?
  2. ajjcarlin

    ajjcarlin Earning My Ears

    Aug 21, 2012
    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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  4. tcrowley

    tcrowley Mouseketeer

    Jul 13, 2012
    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:)
  5. Beermam42

    Beermam42 Grit and bear it

    Oct 9, 2012
    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. :rotfl2:
  6. DanaG

    DanaG Earning My Ears

    Feb 24, 2013
    Thank you all so much for the information! We are so excited about going and taking our 6 year old daughter!!
  7. Cats12

    Cats12 Mouseketeer

    Jan 17, 2013
    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.
  8. Chee Chick

    Chee Chick DIS Veteran

    Dec 13, 2009
    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.
  9. MikeAndNick

    MikeAndNick If you can dream it, you can do it.

    Jan 4, 2010
    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.
  10. Meghatron

    Meghatron DIS Veteran

    Oct 26, 2010
    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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  11. mmmears

    mmmears DIS Veteran

    Nov 30, 2005
    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!:goodvibes
  12. Four Swampers

    Four Swampers Picture is Disney Wonder at Cabo San Lucas

    Feb 7, 2012
    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!"
  13. Justacruiser

    Justacruiser Military Veteran

    Aug 29, 2011
    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.
  14. JimGA

    JimGA DIS Veteran

    Oct 25, 2012
    If the pools are on deck 9, I would allow a one floor buffer, go with deck 7
  15. dpswift

    dpswift DIS Veteran

    May 6, 2007
    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.
  16. lovetotraveltx

    lovetotraveltx DIS Veteran

    Dec 30, 2011
    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
  17. Stitch'sCousin

    Stitch'sCousin DIS Veteran

    May 16, 2007
    We really appreciated our veranda when we sailed near Hurricane Irene in August 2011. Our daughter was feeling seasick and sitting on the veranda in the fresh air definitely helped her. Stormy seas aside, we like to sit out on the veranda in the mornings while we wait for everyone to get ready.:)
  18. DLW8

    DLW8 DIS Veteran

    Jun 3, 2008
    We have had mid-ship verandah rooms for all our cruises (including a 3 night) and loved it! I am always up before everyone else, so like to sit out there with either room service or food from the buffet.

    All 4 of us love watching the ship pull into the ports on our verandah. It is great extra room while everyone is getting ready for dinner/show.

    DH likes to nap out there (when we let him) and then at night, I am usually out there with the Navigator while everyone gets into bed.

    While I love the verandah, would a porthole room be good? I would say yes. I love natural light, so the insides wouldn't work for me, but now that we have a verandah, I don't want to cruise without one - so beware!!! :lmao:

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