The Disney cruise ships offer some of the best cabins and staterooms in the cruise industry and are always in demand. No matter what category you are seeking, it will almost certainly be overbooked. It is difficult to get upgrades on the Disney cruise ships. Although Disney cruise ships rarely give away free upgrades, you may be able to get an actual upgrade for free or for a marginal amount. All you need to know is how to order certain staterooms and cabins and what categories of cabins to order.
About the Secrect Rooms
On every Disney cruise ship, you will find 4 specific cabins or
staterooms on the decks numbered 6 and 7. These staterooms or cabins are
originally classified as Category 6 verandah staterooms. These
particular rooms actually have verandahs that are slightly enclosed.
These verandahs look perfectly normal, but they are obstructed to a
slight degree due to an overhang in the design. This is due to the
structural design of the ship.
These so-called "secret verandah staterooms" were originally being passed off as actual Category 6 staterooms and cabins. Due to the persistent complaints received by customers regarding the overhang in the view, Disney cruise ships recategorized these rooms to Category 7. These particular staterooms or cabins are always numbered 6134, 6634, 7120 and 7620.
In effect, if you go for these rooms, you will be paying less for a verandah room. This helps you get a little more bang for your buck. You get a Category 7 stateroom with a nice-looking verandah as opposed to a regular Category 7 navigator's verandah, which is just a verandah enclosed by a porthole.
Note: The same logic applies to rooms numbered 5020, 5022, 5024, 5520, 5522 and 5524. These are, however, secret porthole rooms and are sold as category 9 but will only cost you the price of category 10 rooms.
How to Do It?
You will need to book one of these secret staterooms and ask whether
these rooms are available when you make your reservation. Next, you will
need to arrive at the port much earlier than your usual boarding time
and make enquiries to find out if there are any discounted upgrades
available. This will make you eligible for any existing discounted
upgrades on a first-come, first-served basis.
These simple tips can potentially save you valuable money, perhaps as much as a couple of hundred dollars, and can give you an extra band of comfort with an upgrade to your staterooms or cabins.