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Disney Cruise Line Stateroom Categories Explained

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Front, back, top, bottom, left, right, somewhere in the middle? There are so many choices when choosing your stateroom (like a hotel room, but on water) on a Disney Cruise. No worries though, I explain all of the various categories and help you choose the best stateroom for your family’s magical vacation!





As of right now, there are 4 Disney ships in their fleet. The Dream and Fantasy are sister ships with the same layout and the Magic and Wonder are sister ships with the same layout. When selecting a cruise itinerary, you want to make sure you know which ship you will be sailing on because the stateroom categories are different.

There are 2 main things you have to consider when choosing a stateroom: what type of stateroom do you want (floor plan) and where on the ship do you want to be (category). The Dream and Fantasy have 9 floor plans and 28 room categories. The Magic & Wonder have 10 floor plans and 22 room categories. That’s a lot! I have broken it down into 4 easy steps to pick your perfect stateroom!





Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy Deck Plans

DCL Dream & Fantasy Deck Plans





Disney Magic and Disney Wonder Deck Plans

DCL Magic & Wonder deck plans

4 steps to choosing your stateroom:

Step 1:

Determine how many people are in your party. This decides what type of room you need. When you go online to look at availability, select the total number of adults and children (with their ages) the rooms will be filtered down to the ones that will fit your party size.

Dream & Fantasy: If you have 1, 2, 3, or 4 people in your party you have free access to all rooms and categories on the ship. If you have 5 people, you can choose from 5 floor plans on the ships. If you have more than 5 on the Dream & Fantasy you will need 2 staterooms.

Magic & Wonder: If you have 1, 2 or 3 people in your party you can choose between all room floor plans and categories on the ships. If you have 4 people you can choose from 9 floor plans. 5 people, you can choose between 5 floor plans and there are 2 floor plans that can sleep up to 7!

Step 2:

Choose 1 of 4 floor plans. Do you want a room with a view?

1.    Inside: no windows (however, the Fantasy and Dream have Magical Portholes; a LED TV screen over the bed with real-time views of outside)

DCL Magical Porthole

2.    Oceanview: Dream & Fantasy: 1 or 2 large portholes, Magic & Wonder: 1 large porthole or 2 smaller portholes

3.    Verandah: There are 3 types of verandahs (balconies):

  1.  The standard verandah features an open-air balcony skirted by an acrylic wall, allowing for a full view of the horizon even while seated.
  2. The whitewall verandah offers open-air lounging with a solid wall from the deck to the railing. Most of these staterooms are located in the back (aft) portion of the ship.
  3. The navigator’s verandah is enclosed for greater privacy while still affording a stunning view and sea breezes through a large, open-air porthole above the railing.
  • Verandahs differ by size and style depending on the ship and stateroom type, and the view on some verandahs may be obstructed.
  • On connecting verandah staterooms, the partitions can be opened to create an even more spacious balcony.

Disney Cruise Line Veranda

  1. Concierge: Personalized assistance in planning every cruise detail, including:

Pre-reserve many of your onboard activities and services online, up to 120 days prior to your sail date.

  • Port Adventures
  • Reservations for Palo or Remy, spa treatments or nursery stays
  • Dining room seating requests
  • Special occasions and celebrations
  • Any other special requests, from pre-arrival to post-cruise

Shipboard Services

  • Priority check-in and boarding at a dedicated check-in station
  • Private welcome reception
  • Exclusive access to dedicated areas on the ship, including the Concierge Lounge and sun deck via a private entrance.
  • Down Duvets
  • Choose from pillow options including hypoallergenic, feather and therapeutic memory foam
  • Personal robe and slippers
  • Access to the media library in the Concierge Lounge
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi internet service (length of cruise)

Step 3:

Room preferences to consider:

What specific stateroom type do you want?

  • Suite: Royal, 1 bedroom, or 2 bedrooms
  • Deluxe family: sleeps 5
  • Deluxe: split bathroom
  • Standard: single bathroom
  • Guaranteed: Disney will select for you your stateroom and guarantee that it will be in the category chosen or a higher category. This is a restricted-fare category.
  • Wheelchair accessible

Where on the ship do you want to be? Forward (front), midship, or aft (back)

DCL Ship locations

Do you get seasick? There are different theories to this, but generally, if you get sea sick you will want a stateroom with a verandah so you can breathe in fresh air or a room with a porthole. Focusing on the line where the sky meets the sea can help alleviate nausea. Also, having a stateroom in the middle of the ship helps with the rocking feeling.

Are you on a budget? The higher the deck the more expensive the stateroom is. Also, the closer you are to mid ship the more expensive the room is. You will also pay more to see the ocean. Inside staterooms with no windows on a lower deck either near the front (forward) or back (aft) are the least expensive.

Step 4:

Pick your room

DCL Pick your stateroom

In this step, you actually get to choose your specific room number. You can also select staterooms that adjoin if you are going with another stateroom. If the room connects, you will see an arrow next to the room number. The direction the arrow is going in is the room it connects to. You can still select one of these rooms even if you are not traveling with another party, you just don’t want to unlock the door 🙂

Do you want to be next to the elevators? The elevators midship are generally busier and therefore are louder, but on the other hand, you also have close access to the stairwell & elevators to get to other decks quickly.

When you have made your selection, you will be given a category #. For example, it will look like this: (Category 04E).

You’re done, celebrate!

But what does that number and letter mean?

If you want to dig in deeper to the room categories and find out what the number and letter means, you can keep on reading. I am giving you fair warning, there is a lot of information below.  For planning purposes, my suggestion is to print out the list below and make notes or cross off which ones do not fit your needs.

Disney Dream & Disney Fantasy Category Specifics

These are the larger ships in Disney’s fleet with 1,250 staterooms each. There are 14 decks (or levels); 9 have staterooms on them, with 28 categories and 9 room layouts! 

9 Stateroom Layouts on the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy

1. Concierge Royal Suite with Verandah

  • Sleeps 5
  • Category R: There are only 2 of this type of room on each ship. Both are on deck 12 at the very front of the ship (forward). One is on the left (port) the other is on the right (starboard).
  • 1,781 square feet, including the verandah
  • One master bedroom with queen size bed
  • One wall pull-down double bed
  • One wall pull-down single bed in the living room
  • Two bathrooms with rain shower
  • Whirlpool tub
  • Living room
  • Dining salon
  • Pantry
  • Wet bar
  • Walk-in closets

2. Concierge 1-bedroom suite with Verandah

  • Sleeps 5
  • Category T: There are 19 of these type rooms on each ship. They are located on decks 11 and 12 near the front of the ship (forward). Located on both sides of the ship. 1 is wheelchair accessible.
  • 622 square feet including verandah
  • One bedroom with queen size bed
  • Living area with double convertible sofa
  • One wall pull-down single bed in the living room
  • Walk-in closets
  • Whirlpool tub
  • Wet bar
  • Two bathrooms with rain shower
  • Private Verandah

3. Concierge Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah

  • Sleeps 5
  • Category V: There are 20 of these types of rooms on each ship. They are located on decks 11 and 12 near the front of the ship (forward). Located on both sides of the ship. 1 is wheelchair accessible.
  • 306 square feet including verandah
  • Queen size bed
  • Double convertible sofa
  • Upper berth pull-down bed
  • Full bath with round tub and shower
  • Additional half bath

4. Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah

  • Sleeps 4-5
  • Category 04 is divided into 5 categories A, B, C, D, & E
    • 04 A has 128 staterooms with 64 on deck 9 and 64 on deck 10. All are located midship to back (aft).
    • 04 B has 62 staterooms all on deck 8. All are located midship to back (aft). 4 are wheelchair accessible.
    • 04 C has 64 staterooms all on deck 7. All are located midship to back (aft).
    • 04 D has 63 staterooms all on deck 6. All are located midship to back (aft). 2 are wheelchair accessible.
    • 04 E has 44 staterooms all on deck 5. All are located near the front (forward) or back (aft). 1 is wheelchair accessible.
  • 299 square feet including verandah
  • Queen size bed
  • Single convertible sofa
  • Wall pull-down bed (in most)
  • Upper berth pull-down bed (in some)
  • Split bath with round tub (in most) and shower

5. Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah

  • Sleeps 3-4
  • There are a total of 3 categories each broken down: 05 (A-E), 06 (A & B), & 07 (A)
  • Category 05 A, B, C, D, & E
    • 05 A has 168 staterooms on deck 9 & 10. All are located midship to the front (forward) or back (aft).
    • 05 B has 78 staterooms all on deck 8. All are located midship to the front (forward) or back (aft).
    • 05 C has 82 staterooms all on deck 7. All are located midship to the front (forward) or back (aft).
    • 05 D has 88 staterooms all on deck 6. All are located midship to the front (forward) or back (aft).
    • 05 E has 29 staterooms on deck 6, 7, 8, 9, & 10. All are located at the very back (aft). All have white wall verandahs. 2 are wheelchair accessible.
  • Category 06 A & B
    • 06 A has 10 staterooms on decks 8 & 9. All are located back (aft). All have white wall verandahs.
    • 06 B has 20 staterooms on decks 5, 6, & 7. All are located back (aft). All have white wall verandahs.
  • Category 07 A
    • 07 A is a Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Navigator’s Verandah. There are 24 staterooms located on decks 5, 6, 7, 8, & 9. Mainly in the front (forward) or back (aft)
  • 246 square feet including verandah
  • Queen size bed
  • Single convertible sofa
  • Upper berth pull-down bed (if sleeping 4)
  • Split bath with tub and shower

6. Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom

  • Sleeps 3-5
  • Category 08 is divided into 4 categories A, B, C, & D
    • 08 A has 12 staterooms located on decks 5 & 6 in the front (forward). The shapes of these rooms are squarer versus rectangular and each stateroom has 2 large portholes! 1 is wheelchair accessible.
    • 08 B has 22 staterooms located on deck 9, either in the front (forward) or back (aft).
    • 08 C has 44 staterooms located on decks 7 & 8, either in the front (forward) or back (aft).
    • 08 D has 30 staterooms located on decks 7 & 8, either in the front (forward) or back (aft).
  • 241 square feet
  • Queen size bed
  • Single convertible sofa
  • Wall pull-down bed (in most)
  • Upper berth pull-down bed (in some)
  • Split bath with round tub and shower (in most)

7. Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom

  • Sleeps 3-4
  • Category 09 is divided into 4 categories A, B, C, & D
    • 09 A has 10 staterooms located on decks 5, 6, 7, & 8 all either in the front (forward) or back (aft). 4 are wheelchair accessible.
    • 09 B has 60 staterooms all located on deck 2 All are located near the front (forward)/mid-section of the ship
      • Things to keep in mind when booking this category: the main lobby atrium is the deck above and the tender lobby is the deck below, so it might be noisy
    • 09 C has 10 staterooms located on decks 7 & 8 at the very front (forward) of the ship. 2 are wheelchair accessible.
    • 09 D has 11 staterooms located on decks 6, 7, & 8 all at the very front (forward) of the ship. 3 are wheelchair accessible.
  • 204 square feet
  • Queen size bed
  • Single convertible sofa
  • Upper berth pull-down bed (in some)
  • Split bath with tub and shower

8.    Deluxe Inside Stateroom

  • Sleeps 3-4
  • Category 10 A has 19 staterooms sporadically located on decks 5, 6, 7, 8, & 9
  • 204 square feet
  • Queen size bed
  • Single convertible sofa
  • Upper berth pull-down bed (in some)
  • Split bath with tub and shower

9.    Standard Inside Stateroom

  • Sleeps 3-4
  • Category 11 is divided into 3 categories A, B & C
    • 11 A has 64 staterooms located on decks 8, 9, & 10. There are some located front (forward), midship, and back (aft)
    • 11 B has 40 staterooms located on decks 5, 6, & 7. Most are located near the front (forward) and back (aft) of the ship.
    • 11 C has 27 staterooms located on deck 2. All are located near the front (forward)/mid-section of the ship
      • Things to keep in mind when booking this category: the main lobby atrium is the deck above and the tender lobby is the deck below, so it might be noisy
  • 169 square feet
  • Queen size bed
  • Single convertible sofa
  • Upper berth pull-down bed (in some)
  • Bath with tub and shower

Disney Magic & Disney Wonder Specifics

These are the smaller ships in Disney’s fleet with 875 staterooms each. There are 11 decks (or levels); 6 have staterooms on them, with 22 categories and 10 room layouts!

10 Stateroom Layouts on the Disney Magic and Disney Wonder

1.    Concierge Royal Suite with Verandah

  • Sleeps 7
  • Category R: There are only 2 of this type of room on each ship. Both are on deck 8 at the mid to front of the ship (forward). The one on the left (port) is the Walter E. Disney Suite and the other, on the right (starboard) is the Roy O. Disney Suite.
  • 1,029 square feet, including the verandah
  • Two bedrooms with queen size bed the other has two twin beds and two pull-down upper berths
  • Two and a half bathrooms with whirlpool tubs
  • Living room
  • Media library with wall pull-down bed
  • Dining salon
  • Pantry
  • Wet bar
  • Walk-in closets

2.    Concierge 2-bedroom suite with Verandah

  • Sleeps 7
  • Category S: There are 2 of these type rooms on each ship. They are located on deck 8 near the front of the ship (forward). One on each side (port and starboard).
  • 945 square feet including verandah
  • Two bedrooms with queen size bed the other has two twin beds and two pull-down upper berths
  • Whirlpool tub
  • Living area with convertible sofa
  • Walk-in closets
  • Wet bar
  • DVD player
  • Two and a half bathrooms
  • Private Verandah

3.    Concierge 1-bedroom suite with Verandah

  • Sleeps 4-5
  • Category T: There are 18 of these type rooms on each ship. They are located throughout deck 8. 4 are wheelchair accessible
  • 614 square feet including verandah
  • Queen size bed
  • Wall pull-down bed (in most)
  • Living area with double convertible sofa
  • Walk-in closets
  • Wet bar
  • DVD player
  • Two bathrooms
  • Private Verandah

4.    Concierge Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah

  • Sleeps 5
  • Category V: There are 10 of these types of rooms on each ship. They are located on deck 8 throughout.
  • 304 square feet including verandah
  • Queen size bed
  • Single convertible sofa
  • Pull-down upper berth bed (in most)
  • Privacy divider
  • Split bath
  • Private Verandah

5.    Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah

  • Sleeps 5
  • Category 04 is divided into 3 categories A, B, & E
    • 04 A has 32 staterooms on deck 8. All are located midship to back (aft).
    • 04 B has 32 staterooms all on deck 8. Located front (forward) and back (aft).
    • 04 E has 6 staterooms all on deck 8. All are located near back (aft). 1 is wheelchair accessible.
  • 304 square feet including verandah
  • Queen size bed
  • Single convertible sofa
  • Wall pull-down bed
  • Pull-down upper berth (in most)
  • Privacy divider
  • Split bath
  • Private verandah

6.    Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah

  • Sleeps 3-4
  • This floor plan is broken down into 2 categories 05 (A-C) & 06 (A)
  • Category 05 A, B, & C
    • 05 A has 58 staterooms on deck 7. All are located midship
    • 05 B has 106 staterooms: 46 are on deck 7 in the front (forward) or back (aft) and 60 are on deck 6 all located midship.
    • 05 C has 56 staterooms 46 are on deck 6 in the front (forward) or back (aft) and 10 are on deck 5 all located near the back (aft).
  • Category 06 A
    • 06 A has 32 staterooms on decks 5,6, & 7. All are located back (aft). 6 are wheelchair accessible.
  • 268 square feet including verandah
  • Queen size bed
  • Single convertible sofa
  • Upper berth pull-down bed (in some)
  • Privacy divider
  • Split bath
  • Private verandah

7.    Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Navigator’s Verandah

  • Sleeps 3
  • Category 07 A has 30 staterooms located on decks 5, 6, & 7 all in the back (aft) of the ship.
  • 268 square feet including verandah
  • Queen size bed
  • Single convertible sofa
  • Privacy divider
  • Split bath
  • Enclosed private verandah with limited views

8.    Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom

  • Sleeps 3-5
  • Category 09 is divided into 4 categories A, B, C, & D
    • 09 A has 58 staterooms located on decks 5, 6, & 7 in the front (forward). 2 are wheelchair accessible.
    • 09 B has 66 staterooms located on deck 2, all are mid-deck.
    • 09 C has 80 staterooms located on decks 2, either in the front (forward) or back (aft).
    • 09 D has 25 staterooms located on decks 1, all are mid-deck to the front (forward) and on the left (port side). All rooms in this category have 2 small portholes.
  • 241 square feet
  • Queen size bed
  • Single convertible sofa
  • Wall pull-down bed (in most)
  • Upper berth pull-down bed (in some)
  • Split bath with round tub and shower (in most)

9.    Deluxe Inside Stateroom

  • Sleeps 4
  • Category 10 is divided up into 3 categories A, B, & C
    • 10 A has 19 staterooms located on decks 5, 6, & 7. All are located in the front (forward) of the ship. 1 on deck 7 is wheelchair accessible.
    • 10 B has 48 staterooms located on deck 2. Mainly midship.
    • 10 C has 17 staterooms located on deck 1. All are mid-deck to the front (forward) and on the left (port side).
  • 214 square feet
  • Queen size bed
  • Single convertible sofa
  • Upper berth pull-down bed (in some)
    Privacy divider
  • Split bath

10.  Standard Inside Stateroom

  • Sleeps 3-4
  • Category 11 is divided into 3 categories A, B & C
    • 11 A has 66 staterooms located on decks 6 & 7. There are some located front (forward), midship, and back (aft). 2 are wheelchair accessible.
    • 11 B has 81 staterooms located on decks 6 & 7. All are located near the front (forward) or back (aft) of the ship.
    • 11 C has 37 staterooms located on deck 2 & 3. All on deck 2 are located near the front (forward) of the ship and those on deck 3 are located in the back (aft).
  • 184 square feet
  • Queen size bed
  • Single convertible sofa
  • Upper berth pull-down bed (in some)
  • Privacy divider
  • Bath with tub and shower

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