Category 10A Deluxe Inside Stateroom on the Disney Dream

DCL Stateroom cover

 

We booked a Category 10A Deluxe inside stateroom when we sailed on the Disney Dream with the Disney Cruise Line.

This is an interior stateroom that measures 204 square feet.  It was for a three night Disney Dream cruise, and we booked an interior room because we were on a tight budget plus with just three nights we figured we’d spend little time hanging out in our stateroom.  We were right about not spending much time in our stateroom, though the time we did spend in there was comfortable.

Shortly after booking, I worried about claustrophobia setting in because of the small size of the room and the lack of a deck or window.  I need not have worried.  Once we opened our stateroom room door for the first time, we saw that the room had a nice layout and it made a smart use of all space!  The virtual porthole (more on that later) also made the room seem a little bigger and brighter.

DCL layout

Category 10A Deluxe staterooms are available on Decks 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9.  Ours was on deck 9 and situated mid-ship, which was a good location.

DCL door

The stateroom sleeps up to 3 or 4 people.  My daughter and I were comfortable, and one more person would have been fine but I do think that four people in this space might have felt a bit tight.

One of the best features of the stateroom was the side-by-side split bathroom.  One bathroom had a shower and sink.  The other bathroom had a toilet and sink.  Having separate areas to get ready for dinner and going out made efficient use of the bathroom space.

DCL shower split bath

DCL Bathroom 1

Opposite the bathrooms is the closet area.  We found the closets big enough to hold most of our luggage and some other items.

DCL Closet

The sofa converts to a single bed at night, and there is a pull down upper berth if needed for a third or fourth person.  My daughter slept on the single bed and said it was surprisingly comfortable.

DCL sofa

DCL Fold down bed

I slept on the queen bed and it was one of the best beds I’ve encountered!   The Disney Dream queen bed was a Sealy Posturepedic Premium Plus Euro-top mattress, and with that quality and the slight vibrations of the ship I had no problems sleeping at night.  The queen bed was elevated and underneath it was a good place to store our largest suitcase.  There was a heavy privacy curtain that separated the queen bed from the rest of the room, a handy feature for my when my daughter stayed out late with teen activities.

DCL queen bed (2)

Opposite the sofa was a desk area with drawers, a chair, a small beverage cooler, and a 22 inch LCD flat screen TV with a swivel arm so we could watch TV from the queen bed or sofa.

Our favorite feature of the room was the virtual porthole.  It had a real time view of where the ship was, so at a glance we could see if we were at sea or in port.  Every so often, the porthole would have a surprise visit with a Disney themed character floating by!

DCL Porthole with Castaway Cay

DCL porthole with Gonzo

The details of the room were well executed, and I liked the design of the lamps near the queen bed.

DCL lamp

Our state room host, Kevin, was wonderful with keeping our room clean and tidy and surprising us with towels, chocolates, and turndown service.  Everything was shipshape at all times!

Disney Dream DCL Towels and chocolates

One last thing we enjoyed in our stateroom was the room service!  Most room service items are included with the cost of the cruise, and we took advantage of that for some pre-dinner nibbles.

DCL room service

If you’ve sailed on the Disney Dream, which features of your stateroom did you most enjoy?

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