When we last left my first Disney Cruise Line adventure, Dan and I had just stepped off the elevator on deck 6 and were about to head to our stateroom for the first time. Gosh, the elevator atria are lovely—spacious and awesomely decorated with Disney-related art (stay tuned for a future post featuring the pieces).
Before we stepped into the hallway, I really expected it to be cramped, and at first, I wasn’t disappointed. You see, when everyone’s first getting on the ship, the cabin stewards place the checked luggage in front of their assigned doors. That’s nice, in theory. But in practice, it made the halls extremely difficult to navigate. And especially so because we opted to carry our own luggage to our stateroom. Have you ever tried to steer a suitcase down a suitcase-width hall that’s lined with other suitcases? Argh!
I was annoyed. I decried the tiny hallways … but that was short lived. Once everyone pulled their luggage into their staterooms, the hallways were totally fine. I didn’t feel claustrophobic at all. In fact, Dan and I had a ton of fun roaming the hallways on our deck and others because (just like at Disney World) lots of cruisers decorated their doors! So! Fun!
And now for the part everyone’s been waiting for: Our stateroom! When we initially booked, we put ourselves in an interior stateroom with a porthole. I was really excited about the porthole. Like, really. But at some point, Dan realized that we could upgrade to a stateroom with a verandah for not-too-much extra cash, and he was really excited about having ocean access from our room. Like, really. So we upgraded.
God, I am so glad we did.
At first, I was a little worried about being able to see the ocean. Because I was scared of being on the open ocean. But wow. We had literally the best room on the entire ship. Right on the ass-end of the ship with a giant verandah, just to the left of the ship’s flag of registry. So. Beautiful. Sigh. I miss it. I ended up sleeping out there for three or four hours every night of the cruise. And I just loved it.
But that wasn’t the only thing I loved about our stateroom. Like the hallways, I assumed the room would be small, cramped, with low ceilings and no space … but, nope! Not at all! It was actually really quite spacious and comfortable, and there were plenty of drawers, hidden compartments and storage spaces. Every inch of those staterooms is optimized. There was even a peg on the wall for our hats! [You can see lots of photos of our stateroom on Dan’s site, At Disney Again.]
The only time we had any trouble at all was when we were both trying to get from one side of the room to the other at the same time—the space between the foot of the bed and the wall leaves a pretty tight walkway. I didn’t even mind the two-bathroom situation. In fact, by day two, I couldn’t imagine living any other way.
But the bed! So wonderfully cozy. The mattress was perfectly firm, and the pillows and comforter are so plush, like heaven clouds. I could live in that bed. And yes! Our room steward, Pong, was so very lovely. Not only did he straighten up the room at least twice a day, but he also provided turndown service every night, and he left candies for us as well as Navigators and other information on the bed each evening. Love! It was basically like my life was perfectly organized at all times by that lovely, lovely little man.
The cruise was an amazing adventure, and through it all, that little stateroom was our absolute sanctuary. We ate room service breakfast on the verandah each morning, napped with the blackout curtains drawn each afternoon and let the Disney-on-Demand movies lull us to sleep each night. It was basically the best thing ever and one of my favorite things about the entire trip.