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Old 08-19-2012, 11:54 AM   #1696
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I have #19 on SB booked next month. DCL's website says floats are included. There's no mention of snorkel equipment but another poster (may have been another thread) stated that it is, you just have to go get it. I'd like to get more firm confirmation on the snorkel gear as well. Hubby & I were considering going to a local dive shop here at home & purchasing our own to bring.
Can't comment on the snorkel gear, but when I had #19 last November, I found the floating toys next to my cabana. Check my video at around 4:50 to see them: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMZILbWqtyI&feature=plcp

Have fun - #19 is a good location!
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Old 08-19-2012, 11:59 AM   #1697
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Can't comment on the snorkel gear, but when I had #19 last November, I found the floating toys next to my cabana. Check my video at around 4:50 to see them: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMZILbWqtyI&feature=plcp

Have fun - #19 is a good location!
Thank you! Your video totally sold me on that cabana. Plus, seems like the perfect fit for our 19th anniversary.
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Old 08-19-2012, 03:47 PM   #1698
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Can't comment on the snorkel gear, but when I had #19 last November, I found the floating toys next to my cabana. Check my video at around 4:50 to see them: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMZILbWqtyI&feature=plcp

Have fun - #19 is a good location!
Nice video and the cabana looks great, but are there that many loungers and umbrellas directly in front of the adult cabanas? It isn't that there are too many people, but the beach looks packed with loungers and if that's how it is, I think we'll skip it. From others photos we've seen, we thought the "private beach" of the Serenity Bay cabanas did not have wall-to-wall loungers. I'm confused.
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Old 08-19-2012, 04:02 PM   #1699
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Nice video and the cabana looks great, but are there that many loungers and umbrellas directly in front of the adult cabanas? It isn't that there are too many people, but the beach looks packed with loungers and if that's how it is, I think we'll skip it. From others photos we've seen, we thought the "private beach" of the Serenity Bay cabanas did not have wall-to-wall loungers. I'm confused.
SB does not have a private beach for the cabanas. Only the family beach cabanas have a private beach.

SB only has 4 cabanas, which are set back from the adult beach..

and while the adult beach may have many loungers, there usually aren't many people in the loungers and even fewer people in the water...
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SB does not have a private beach for the cabanas. Only the family beach cabanas have a private beach.

SB only has 4 cabanas, which are set back from the adult beach..

and while the adult beach may have many loungers, there usually aren't many people in the loungers and even fewer people in the water...
Okay thanks. I thought they recently roped off the part of the SB beach in front of the adult cabanas. My mistake.

It's true it looks like very few people there, but filling that part of the beach up with all those loungers looks tacky to me. My point of view only. I like to see some actual beach, not a load of beach furniture. We will probably skip the cabana and do a port adventure or two instead.
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:11 PM   #1701
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Just to clarify, if you rent a cabana but it's on Serenity Bay, are there any rental items included? I figure the sand toys are out but was wondering about floaties or snorkel gear?

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During your visit to Disney's Castaway Cay, bask in the luxury and privacy of a deluxe beach retreat along Family Beach. Each well-appointed cabana is furnished with comfortable seating, a beverage refrigerator, safe, ceiling fan, plush towels and sunscreen. Outside on the patio, luxurious chaise lounge chairs, a freshwater shower, hammock and sailcloth shade are yours to enjoy amid spectacular offshore views. Fresh fruit and snacks are included along with complimentary bottled water and soft drinks. Dedicated beverage service is provided and alcoholic beverage packages are available for purchase onboard at an additional cost. Additionally, each cabana includes use of snorkeling equipment, floats, sand toys, and one hour of bike rental.


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During your visit to Disney's Castaway Cay, bask in the luxury and privacy of a deluxe beach retreat along Serenity Bay, our adult's only beach. Each well-appointed cabana is furnished with comfortable seating, a beverage refrigerator, safe, ceiling fan, plush towels and sunscreen. Outside on the patio, luxurious chaise lounge chairs, a freshwater shower, hammock and sailcloth shade are yours to enjoy amid spectacular offshore views. Fresh fruit and snacks are included along with complimentary bottled water and soft drinks. Dedicated beverage service is provided and alcoholic beverage packages are available for purchase onboard at an additional cost. Additionally, each cabana includes use of floats and one hour of bike rental.
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Old 08-19-2012, 10:23 PM   #1702
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What is "dedicated beverage service"? Does that mean they'll bring me boozy drinks on request? I know I'll have to pay for drinks, but having margaritas show up on demand would be so awesome. I lucked into booking a cabana 10 days out when someone cancelled and I want to make the most of it. We'll be in #9.

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What is "dedicated beverage service"? Does that mean they'll bring me boozy drinks on request? I know I'll have to pay for drinks, but having margaritas show up on demand would be so awesome. I lucked into booking a cabana 10 days out when someone cancelled and I want to make the most of it. We'll be in #9.

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Old 08-20-2012, 01:50 AM   #1704
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Okay thanks. I thought they recently roped off the part of the SB beach in front of the adult cabanas. My mistake.

It's true it looks like very few people there, but filling that part of the beach up with all those loungers looks tacky to me. My point of view only. I like to see some actual beach, not a load of beach furniture. We will probably skip the cabana and do a port adventure or two instead.
The cabanas are set back and roped off
And there is vegetation between the cabanas and the beach so you see water more than lounge chairs
But not to worry
Unless you're booking at 120 days you won't be able to book a cabana at serenity bay anyway

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Old 08-20-2012, 03:58 AM   #1705
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The cabanas are set back and roped off
And there is vegetation between the cabanas and the beach so you see water more than lounge chairs
But not to worry
Unless you're booking at 120 days you won't be able to book a cabana at serenity bay anyway

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We booked our cruise (9/27 3-night Dream) at something like 85 days out. At that time there were at least 2 SB cabanas + at least 2 family cabanas available. I guess that's pretty rare?
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Old 08-20-2012, 04:42 AM   #1706
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When I checked in at 75 days Silver the last Cabana at 12.05am was number 20.
I wanted a family one so didn't book it, needless to say it vanished in about 10 mins. so there are still Chances, though slim. And I got #17 about 10 days later when someone cancelled.
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We booked our cruise (9/27 3-night Dream) at something like 85 days out. At that time there were at least 2 SB cabanas + at least 2 family cabanas available. I guess that's pretty rare?
when i booked at 120 days at about 30 seconds after midnight, #18 was already booked, i booked #19 and another guy on our meet booked #20...(#21 isn't available for online booking - same as #16 on the FB)...

so by 2 minutes after midnight at 120 days, all SB cabanas available for online booking were booked...

people do subsequently cancel, since there is no penalty for booking and then canceling (up to a few days before the cruise)...
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Thanks for the answer regarding beverages!

Regarding booking them, you can luck out. I booked ours at 11 days before the cruise. They were all full at first, but I checked every couple of waking hours starting when I booked the cruise 21 days out. Eventually #9 opened up. Not sure how often that happens though.
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when i booked at 120 days at about 30 seconds after midnight, #18 was already booked, i booked #19 and another guy on our meet booked #20...(#21 isn't available for online booking - same as #16 on the FB)...

so by 2 minutes after midnight at 120 days, all SB cabanas available for online booking were booked...

people do subsequently cancel, since there is no penalty for booking and then canceling (up to a few days before the cruise)...
This has been our experience, too. We are Platinum and the SB Cabanas are very hard to get. We were ready at midnight and got ours, though! Beware, once you try one you will be hooked and want one every time!
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This has been our experience, too. We are Platinum and the SB Cabanas are very hard to get. We were ready at midnight and got ours, though! Beware, once you try one you will be hooked and want one every time!
LOL, Disney is as addictive as most drugs...and almost as expensive. Also, I get withdrawl symptoms. Oh well, at least it's a family friendly addiction!
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