How to Understand Stateroom Categories on Disney Cruise Line

Disney travel – on land or sea – definitely requires learning an new language – most of it abbreviations and acronyms. When sailing on Disney Cruise Line, you will put much of that vocabulary to use. Add nautical terminology into the mix, and you may feel like you are back in your Freshman foreign language class.

What are the main stateroom types?

Before we start in on alpha-numeric stateroom categories, let’s talk about the 4 major types of rooms:

Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom

When you select a stateroom for your cruise, I want you to think about TYPE above before you even think about the category. A number of factors will play into the type of room you select, but budget is usually the biggest one.

  • Inside Staterooms are the most economical.
  • If you want daylight you will pay more.
  • If you want a balcony, you will pay more than that.
  • And if you want more space along with the service and amenities of a Concierge room, the fare is even higher.

Stateroom Category Alphabet Soup

Make no mistake:

Stateroom category designations confuse more people than they help.

But if you understand what you are looking at, they begin to make sense.


I really don’t like using Titanic as a point of reference, but it really is the best way to describe categories. In case you don’t remember the movie,

Rose was in a 1st class room. Jack was in 3rd class.

Who had a better room? Rose did.

So, now lets exchange the word class for category, and see what happens.

The lower the number of your category the better your room will be.

Disney Stateroom Category List

It’s funny to note that Disney Cruise Line does not use 1, 2, or 3 when designating categories. Does it have to do with the class system once in place? Perhaps, but that is only speculation.

What we do know is that inside staterooms are the most economical rooms in the fleet. As such, they are the highest numbered category. Concierge staterooms are the most luxurious and have 0 or no number at all, only letters.

Disney Cruise Line Stateroom Category Numbers

11: Standard Inside Stateroom
10: Deluxe Inside Stateroom
9: Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom (with Porthole)
8: Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom*
7: Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Navigator’s Verandah
6: Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah
5: Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah
4: Deluxe Family Oceanview Stateroom with Verandah
V: Concierge Family Stateroom with Verandah*
T: Concierge 1-Bedroom Suite with Verandah
S: Concierge 2-Bedroom Suite with Verandah**
R: Concierge Royal Suite with Verandah

* Disney Dream & Disney Fantasy Only
** Disney Magic & Disney Wonder Only
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Deck Plans

Want to see the room locations? Here are the full deck plans:

What About the Letters?

Those pesky letters. Some categories only have As, others go all the way up to E. What does that mean?

Let’s go back to Stateroom Number Theory… The lower the number the better the category. The same is true for letters, mostly.

There are no set in stone rules here, but the letters indicate location on the ship. Higher decks are generally considered to be better, so they have lower letters like A or B.

On the Disney Fantasy, Category 4E rooms can be found on Deck 5, which is the lowest deck with verandahs. Category 4A rooms are on Decks 9 and 10. But then on the Magic/Wonder, Category 4E rooms are on Deck 8. This is why I really don’t like to pay much attention to stateroom categories. They just don’t really make sense.

How to pick the RIGHT stateroom for your Disney Cruise?

This is why you came here in the first place. Right? To answer this, you have to look at two things:

  • your cruise expectations
  • budget

If you must have scenic views during your cruise, you are going to want a porthole or verandah. If your budget is your driving factor, consider an inside room. Also, if you want to be close – but not too close – to children’s programming, that may be a consideration in where your room is located.

Note: On Alaskan and European cruises, I highly recommend a room with a view!

My goal here is not to overwhelm you, but when you are working with so many categories, it’s easy to get confused.

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