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My family and I love going on cruises, it's one of our favorite ways to vacation. Every cruise ship we've been on has been lovely, but nothing at all has compared to the time we stayed in the Roy O. Disney concierge royal suite with verandah on board the Disney Fantasy. (read more)
CONCIERGE ROYAL SUITE WITH VERANDAH
I'm going to start by posting the videos I took. If you'd like to watch them instead of reading, you are welcome to. I'll talk more about our experience, the perks, boarding, disembarking, etc. in the post below.
Here is the full tour of Disney Fantasy suite 12502, the Roy O. Disney Suite.
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Because the verandah is such an amazing place, complete with private hot tub, I wanted to dedicate a video just to that. It's shorter, but I shot it only outside so you could really see just how much space you have at your disposal.
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DISNEY FANTASY 12502
There are only two rooms like this on the Disney Fantasy. One is the Roy O. Disney suite, the other is the Walt Disney Suite. Anyone can book these suites, despite what you may have heard about them being reserved only for certain guests.
You can also be put on a waiting list for the suite, so if the sailing you're looking at is booked up, just call and ask them to put you on the waiting list. They will, no problem. The suites are expensive, so you can imagine people book them and then cancel them as the cruise gets closer and the money comes due.
When we sailed, I was on a waiting list for the suite and it came available five months or so before the sailing. I didn't book it, but was able to get it at the port as an upgrade for a fraction of the cost. (I'll talk about that at the bottom of the post).
Each of these suites takes up approximately half of the front of the ship. There is a slice in the middle that is a smaller suite and it is reserved for people who have booked one of the two suites on either side (or at least it was when we went back in 2014). You cannot book that suite (12000) unless you have booked either 12502 or 12002 up to a certain number of days before sailing. Once this date has passed, 12000 opens to booking by anyone, whether they have booked the Walt Disney Suite or the Roy O. Disney Suite or not.
Here's the layout of the suite. I found this on Cruise Deck Plans
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Here's the layout with the two royal suites on either side, and the connecting suite that is reserved for royal suite guests until a certain number of days out. So you could feasibly have a royal suite with not one, but two connecting rooms since 12004 and 12504 also connect to the royal suite.
The concierge lounge is just down the hall, putting you very close to the food and drinks. :)
DISNEY CONCIERGE ROYAL SUITE WITH VERANDAH - EMBARKATION
There are many perks that come with booking a concierge suite on the Disney Fantasy, but the first one you'll notice is the private embarkation lounge at the port. We left out of Port Canaveral, so this might vary from port to port, but we were directed to an opaque, glassed in, private seating area with its own boarding gangway to the ship.
Our group was the first group allowed on the ship, and we were also the first group allowed in our rooms.
When my family and I boarded the ship we immediately headed to deck 12 to get a lay of the land, and we were greeted by our room steward who told us that 12502 and 12002 were the first rooms he got ready on each sailing.
He led us to our room, gave us a tour and then asked all kinds of questions about our preferences.
What kinds of sodas did the kids want stocked in the fridge? (Because you do have your own full kitchen, just like at home). Did they also want Mickey Bars? (Of course!)
What type of pillows did we prefer, hard, soft, down?
Did we want both Murphy beds made up each night?
Would we be hosting any events?
How would we like the deck chairs arranged?
What time did we typically retire to the room at night? So he could make sure it was made up for us.
He asked about our in room dining preferences (more on that later) and had arranged for some champagne to be in the room when we arrived. We immediately went out on deck to soak up the sun and start relaxing in Disney style.
Let's talk about the suite itself.
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The suite is enormous, I can't say enough about that. The kitchen was bigger than the one in my first apartment out of college, and the suite was the biggest thing I'd stayed in until I bought a house of my own. I think it's 1700 square feet when you factor in the verandah.
The dining table could seat eight people, there was enough room in the living room for five or six people to lounge comfortably, and with the bed in the bedroom and the two Murphy beds, the room could accommodate five people to sleep.
A nice thing about the Murphy beds was that there were curtains on tracks hanging from the ceiling, so if whomever was sleeping in the Murphy bed wanted privacy, all they had to do was close the curtain, hospital style.
The verandah was its own slice of Heaven. We had spectacular views and plenty of room for the kids to run around or play games on the deck. They loved the hot tub and we had many a late night where we finally had to drag them out so they could get showered and in bed. The glass rails on the verandah were very high, taller than me, so we never had any worry about the kids accidentally falling overboard. (Not that this is a worry on any ship, but it gave us even more peace of mind)
Deck 13 was right above us, and when we were out on deck, people above would look down and yell, "Hey, how do we get down there?"
We gave up explaining that it was a suite and they couldn't get down there. Here we are on the verandah, you can see the people on deck 13. It was a little bit like being in a fish tank sometimes, but only because there was a curiosity factor about a deck no one else could get to.
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Aside from having its own kitchen (complete with actual china), the suite also had a bedroom, two bathrooms, two closets, and enough storage space to house five families instead of just one.
The bedroom had a comfortable bed, a TV that popped up from the footboard of the bed, a reading nook (where we put my youngest son in his pea pod travel bed), a vanity area, and a walk in closet.
Off the bedroom was another bathroom (which was huge) with a large, jetted tub, a double sink vanity with a TV in the mirror, a separate toilet room, and a shower large to hold a horse. The bathroom was filled with Disney toiletries, and more were supplied as needed. We never ran out.
Everything about the bedroom was beautiful, but the highlight was the starlight ceiling. You controlled it with a remote next to the bed, and could enjoy twinkling lights all night long if you wanted to. My kids loved laying down with me at night while the stars glowed and faded as we were rocked to sleep with the motion of the ship.
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CONCIERGE ROYAL SUITE WITH VERANDAH DISNEY FANTASY - OTHER PERKS
All of the concierge guests have quite a few perks not found on other areas of the ship, so I won't go too far into detail there, but I will talk about some that I thought had real value.
First off, the concierge lounge was amazing. You could go in at any time of the day and ask for help from the concierge staff. This could include making dining reservations, making port of call reservations, and even checking out entire gaming systems with games that you could take back and hook up to the TV in your stateroom.
The concierge lounge also offered snacks each day, and not just small snacks. You could eat breakfast there, as well as lunch and dinner. And there were complimentary alcoholic beverages every day after 5 p.m. (it might have been sooner). The snacks were always being replenished and you'd find park favorites like Mickey rice crispy treats, finger foods, salads, desserts, etc.
Breakfast would be fruit, pastries, coffee, mimosas, etc.
We were even able to book a cabana on Castaway Cay before other guests were able to book. The concierge level guests have access to port of call booking sooner than guests who are not concierge level.
On Castaway Cay we were assigned a concierge who came around to our cabana constantly to see if we needed anything. She brought us food, drinks, ice cream, you name it.
The concierge lounge also handled all of your pictures. If you paid for a picture package you could pick them up on the morning of departure, saving you from having to deal with the long lines on the picture deck.
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CONCIERGE ONLY SUN DECK AND CHARACTER VISIT
Another perk worth mentioning, and one that is available to all concierge level guests is the concierge only sun deck. Your room key is linked to the sun deck and you can only enter if you have a concierge room key.
We didn't use the sun deck since we had our own private hot tub and huge verandah, but still it would be a nice way to escape the crowds and soak up the sun in a little quieter atmosphere.
Children are absolutely allowed on the sun deck, which is good because I was worried it might be adults only.
On the last day of the cruise, we got a notice on our door letting us know that there would be a special character meet and greet on the concierge sun deck. This was only for concierge guests, and we were welcome to come, meet the character, take pictures and spend some time.
Our character was Donald Duck!
Since neither my kids or myself are fans of waiting in lines for character greetings, this was a great way to get a nice picture and get back to having fun.
Though we did wait almost an hour to take pictures with Jack Sparrow. :)
I'm pretty sure my youngest had to pee....
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