Disney Cruise Line, like many other lines, charges more money for most of the staterooms on the higher decks. Some of these staterooms are larger (for example, the family suites and concierge suites like the Walt Disney Suite, pictured at right, are located on deck 8, the highest deck with guest staterooms, on the Magic and Wonder). But regular verandah staterooms on deck 7 command a higher price than their deck 5 and 6 counterparts, despite being identical in size and amenities.
The reason cruise lines can do this is because of a myth that stems from Titanic-era days: higher decks are better, and only the hoi polloi sail on the lower decks. In those days, passengers were divided by a distinct class system. It wasn’t just the staterooms that were different; they were also limited in the dining rooms and facilities they could use, depending on their class. That is no longer true; other than concierge service (and a private lounging area on the upcoming Dream and Fantasy ship), even the suite passengers on the Magic and Wonder use the same public areas, eat in the same dining rooms and enjoy the same shows as the other passengers. They do have more opulent accommodations, as you can see by the huge Walt Disney Suite verandah at left.
In reality, lower can be better. Do you suffer from sea sickness? View the Magic and Wonder as giant upside down pendulumns. The “swing” increases towards the top of the ship. Forward is also worse too, so a midship or aft stateroom on a lower deck will decrease your chances of getting queasy.
The lower decks are also closer to certain areas like the restaurants and nightclubs. Want to go clubbing? If you’re on deck 2, just run up one flight of stairs. Hungry? If you’re on deck 2 or 5, it’s a fast jaunt to the main dining rooms on decls 3 and 4. My personal favorite stateroom is on deck 5, which is the same deck as the kids clubs. We don’t have children, but that would make it even more convenient if you do.
Dont’ let old-time misconceptions trick you into paying more money for nothing more than a perception. Choose your Disney cruise stateroom based on its overall location and you just might save some money.
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