Thankfully, Disney barely touched Dream's ultra-appealing cabins, among the largest standards at sea and deemed the best by Cruise Critic readers
. It makes sense, inasmuch as a family of four can easily share the space in these well-designed wonders.
Outside staterooms start at 202 square feet (verandah cabins at a roomy 246), while insides start at 169 square feet. (Deluxe insides are the same size as outside cabins.) Here are a few of our favorite things: the ample closet space; a couch that converts into a single bed; an ottoman that doubles as a table and extra storage space; a single bed that pulls down from the ceiling; a heavy curtain that divides the room so the kids can take over one half while mom and dad get some shut-eye; and a long desk with shelving that's ideal for hiding doodads collected during the day. Queen beds are raised so that you can stow your luggage underneath, but they can't be split, posing a problem if you'd prefer to have two singles instead of one queen.
DCL's iconic bathrooms remain part of the deal on Fantasy. The split-bath setup -- which provides one room with a shower, small tub and sink, and another with a toilet and sink -- means there's always space to brush your teeth. (Note: Some cabins have rectangular tubs, others have small round tubs; the latter come with dreamy sunflower showerheads that you'll have trouble pulling yourself away from.)
Cabins each have a 22-inch LCD TV, iPod docking station and a pair of rechargeable "Wave Phones" that can be used throughout the ship and on Castaway Cay (which is a godsend if part of your group wants to stay on the ship).
Those opting for an inside cabin often have to move fast to book, because they sell out quickly. Why? The Magical Portholes. They're flat screens designed to look like portholes above the beds, which project a real-time view from outside the ship. But wait, there's more: Stare at the screen for long enough, and you'll see Disney animated critters creep into the video feed.
Verandah cabin balconies each feature two chairs and a small table, deck lights, railings covered in plexiglass (or solid white walls) and childproof locks.
Editor's Note: As of November 15, 2013, cigarette smoking on cabin balconies will no longer be permitted.
For those requiring more space, Concierge Suites, as well as roomy Concierge Family Cabins, are on Decks 11 and 12. Both offer access to Fantasy's concierge lounges, which provide free food and drinks and coveted extra space. Concierge passengers also have an exclusive sundeck on the top deck. Concierge cabins start at 306 square feet, and one-bedroom suites start at 622 square feet; most have connecting doors. One-bedroom suites have queen-sized beds, sitting areas with double convertible sofas, single wall pull-down beds in the living rooms, walk-in closets and two bathrooms (with a whirlpool in the master).
Really want to spoil yourself? The 1,781-square-foot suites named for Walt Disney and Roy Disney (aka the Royal Suites) have all that plus a living room, wet bar, kitchenette, media library and hot tub on the teakwood verandah.
A total of 25 staterooms equipped for passengers with disabilities are available in a variety of categories.