Booking the cheapest room on Disney family cruise – worth it + photos

  • My family of avid cruisers booked the cheapest interior stateroom on the Disney Magic.
  • We were upgraded from a standard room to a deluxe room at no charge, but we still had no windows.
  • We always book rooms with balcony or balcony, but we will book interior rooms to save money.

On our last three-day cruise aboard the Disney Magic, my family of four booked a standard inside stateroom for $2,570 (or $642 per night).

We received a complimentary upgrade to a luxury interior stateroom, and the base cost included food and activities, including a day at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.

Here’s a look inside our room.

We booked one of the cheapest Disney Magic staterooms

interior photo of an interior cabin on Disney Magic Cruise Line

We stayed in a cabin that didn’t have a water view.

Jill Robbins

Inside cabins have no windows and usually share three walls with other rooms.

I’ve been on a total of nine cruises, and this most recent ride on the Disney Magic was only the second time I’ve booked an inside stateroom. This was also our fifth cruise with our kids, and it was the first time they had stayed in a stateroom without a balcony.

My dad, who is also an avid cruiser, told me he never splurged on a balcony stateroom, so I decided to see if he was into anything. Spoiler: He is.

We decided to go as cheap as possible with this trip and booked the least expensive cabin that would accommodate four people.

A few days before the cruise, we were automatically upgraded from a standard interior cabin to a deluxe interior cabin. We didn’t request but appreciate the extra 30 square feet of space.

For a three-night cruise, the price difference between bookings is about $47 in total.

interior photo of the bathroom in a luxury interior cabin on a Disney Magic cruise ship

The bathroom had a separate toilet area.

Jill Robbins

The most notable update was the bathroom. A standard interior cabin has a single bathroom with sink, toilet and shower. A deluxe interior cabin has a shared bathroom with a separate area for a sink and toilet.

bathtub photo in a luxury interior cabin on a Disney Magic cruise ship

The shower was stocked with products.

Jill Robbins

The second area is useful if someone needs to use the bathroom while someone else is showering or getting ready.

Our rooms were cramped but there was enough space for 4 people

interior photo of an interior cabin on a Disney Magic cruise ship

We were upgraded to a deluxe cabin inside.

Jill Robbins

Cruise ship cabins are smaller than a typical hotel room, so even if you book a more expensive option, you won’t have much space.

The cabin attendant converted our sofa into bunk beds for our children each night as part of the nightly turndown services.

open curtain in front of queen bed in deluxe cabin inside Disney Magic Cruise

We could have some privacy from our kids.

Jill Robbins

Our room had a curtain that separated the queen size bed from the sofa area. It didn’t offer much privacy, but my kids wanted the bathroom light on so the curtains helped block that out from our bed.

Other amenities included a 22-inch TV and a

mini fridge


Storage options in a luxury interior cabin on a Disney Magic cruise ship

We found plenty of space to store our things.

Jill Robbins

Storage space was sufficient.

We had a closet, a set of drawers, a dresser with cubicles, and a desk with some drawer space. There were also drawers on either side of the bed and under-bench storage.

There is enough space under the queen size bed to store your bags.

We are pretty light packers and we had three small bags and one slightly larger bag, but if you have more you might find the storage space more challenging.

sink photo in a deluxe cabin inside a Disney Magic cruise ship

I brought travel-size products on the cruise.

Jill Robbins

Not a ton of counter space in the bathroom, but it was adequate. I have the most toiletries in our family, so I didn’t have to compete for counter space. But I was glad I brought travel-sized products.

The bathroom was also stocked with soap, body lotion, shampoo, conditioner and body wash.

breakfast tray on a coffee table in a luxury interior cabin on a Disney Magic cruise

I don’t think we needed a coffee table in our room.

Jill Robbins

The only parts of the cabin that felt really cramped were the side of the queen-size bed closest to the wall and the space between the bed and the dresser.

And besides being a good spot for our breakfast tray, I thought the coffee table was a waste of space.

We always book rooms with a balcony or balcony but will likely continue to book rooms within future cruises

photo of the door of a deluxe cabin inside a Disney Magic cruise ship

We enjoyed our stay in the inner cabin.

Jill Robbins

A travel agent once told us that we needed to book an ocean view cabin. It didn’t take long to convince us to splurge with the sea breeze and a private balcony, but we spent almost no time in the room during the cruise.

We looked at the numbers and realized that we could save nearly $1,000 on a three-night cruise by booking an inside stateroom.

I expected to feel cramped and miss the natural light, but I enjoyed the darkness and got one of the best sleeps in a while. Also, my kids have not once commented on the lack of a balcony.

I’m not saying I’ll never book another room with a balcony again, but I can easily see in-cabin reservations on future cruises. Our overall experience was just as good and I liked the savings.

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