Our first two Disney cruises were a learning experience in terms of cabin verandahs. Our first verandah, on the Disney Dream, was to get a taste of the Disney cruise experience. We wanted a verandah, but weren’t too sure what we were looking for. A great deal on a navigator’s verandah seemed like a good choice for us. It wasn’t.
We love to spend cruise time on the verandah. My husband and granddaughter get up every morning to watch the sun rise and the ship dock. Morning coffee, out on the verandah. A relaxing read in the evening, on the verandah.
Disney ships have three basic types of verandahs: Navigators, whitewall, and a standard verandah. The size and style of these verandahs will vary from ship to ship and and by stateroom; you’ll want to pay attention to this during the booking process if these things are important to you.
Navigator’s verandah (Category 7A) is small. It’s enclosed, adding to the feeling of small, with a large open porthole. While you can get a good view when standing, sitting leaves you staring at the verandah wall. If you spend a lot of time on your verandah, this one will likely disappoint.
Whitewall verandah (Category 6A). We chose this option for our next Disney cruise, a back-to-back Caribbean/Bahamian vacation on the Disney Wonder. We thought we’d enjoy this, but our granddaughter couldn’t see over the railing (blocked by the whitewall from the railing down) and so we didn’t get the experience we were hoping for.
Standard verandah (Categories 4 & 5). We’ll have this on our Panama Canal cruise in November and we’ve agreed that this is the verandah that meets our family’s preferences. It’s an open-air balcony fronted by a clear acrylic wall to the railing. Perfect for those morning sunrises and evening coffee breaks.
Additional variations to watch for:
- A deluxe family verandah, in cabins that sleep 5, offers slightly more footage than a deluxe verandah.
- Some verandahs are connecting, meaning that, if you’re traveling with (and beside!) family, you can open up your balconies to each other. If this is important to you, you’ll want to pay attention to this during the booking process.
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