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Old 06-23-2013, 10:56 AM   #1876
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Gold and can book at midnight on July 6 for Fantasy Eastern of Oct 19-26. We are not concierge - are in a 5A. Don't plan to upgrade unless there is an amazing deal at the port, so won't have that booking benefit. I assume concierge and platinum will have reserved all the SB cabanas (just two of us - hubby and me). But - I hope to be right on the spot to check that out at midnight before I even go for Palo brunch! So - - - - - - two questions:

Where/what page are the cabanas on when you are able add activities?

Can it be midnight EST (I'm in NY) or PST or what? Do I log in at midnight or 3am???
Midnight eastern time
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Old 06-23-2013, 04:41 PM   #1877
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Gold and can book at midnight on July 6 for Fantasy Eastern of Oct 19-26. We are not concierge - are in a 5A. Don't plan to upgrade unless there is an amazing deal at the port, so won't have that booking benefit. I assume concierge and platinum will have reserved all the SB cabanas (just two of us - hubby and me). But - I hope to be right on the spot to check that out at midnight before I even go for the Palo brunch reservation!
So - - - - - - two questions:

Where/what page are the cabanas on when you are able add activities?

Can it be midnight EST (I'm in NY) or PST or what? Do I log in at midnight or 3am??? I have forgotten.
Adding a cabana is the same as adding a port excursion. Just select castaway cay as your port. It was easier than I thought, but alas, we didn't strike gold and get a cabana.
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Old 07-02-2013, 03:59 PM   #1878
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Does anybody know what happens to the two HA cabanas if they are not taken by the day of Castaway Cay? Can anyone then rent them?
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Old 07-02-2013, 04:00 PM   #1879
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Does anybody know what happens to the two HA cabanas if they are not taken by the day of Castaway Cay? Can anyone then rent them?
They probably go to the first 2 names on the wait list.
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:34 PM   #1880
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They probably go to the first 2 names on the wait list.
Wait, there's a wait list???
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:37 PM   #1881
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Wait, there's a wait list???
Once onboard, they do have a wait list that you can add your name to, for possible cancellations.
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:40 PM   #1882
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Once onboard, they do have a wait list that you can add your name to, for possible cancellations.
Thanks, Shmoo. I didn't think there was one beforehand. Good to know.
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Old 07-07-2013, 03:03 AM   #1883
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I'm really not mad at anyone. I just wish Disney did it differently... maybe hold back 5 cabanas and do a lottery when the sail date gets closer. There are some folks from our cruise who just booked concierge and can't get a cabana because they didn't do it advance enough. They're paying through the nose (my opinion) for a room and don't get one of the perks because of timing.

I know whether or not I have a cabana really shouldn't matter, but I can't seem to let it go. I know I'll spend the next 80 days checking multiple times per day. I know we'll probably end up spending half the day on the ship to get out of the sun. I'm a little different than most people on this board - I cruise for the destinations, not just to be on a "Mickey Boat". So I'm bummed that one of my stops isn't the way I planned. I imagine I'll eventually get over it! [/QUOTE]

A key time for you to check is that three day period right before the cruise. Many people will release their reservations then so they won't get charged. Advice to your friends in concierge, if they arrive right at eleven, they may be able to reserve one through the concierge hosts on board.

I am sorry it has been so hard for you. I am a planner as well and have spent hours planning and daydreaming about our next cruise in October. It is hard to know it might not go exactly as you had hoped and planned. Not sure how I would handle it. I hope you feel better
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Old 07-07-2013, 08:50 AM   #1884
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A key time for you to check is that three day period right before the cruise. Many people will release their reservations then so they won't get charged. Advice to your friends in concierge, if they arrive right at eleven, they may be able to reserve one through the concierge hosts on board.

I am sorry it has been so hard for you. I am a planner as well and have spent hours planning and daydreaming about our next cruise in October. It is hard to know it might not go exactly as you had hoped and planned. Not sure how I would handle it. I hope you feel better
Last three days - - - - good point. I am gold and went online at midnight on July 6 (105 days out) and all cabanas at both beaches were already taken. I will keep checking. Just want an SB for hubby and me, but there are only three on SB. Maybe on our double dip on the Wonder next year - - - - - - twice as many opportunities and half as many people. ???? Oh well, it will be a fabulous cruise anyway!
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Old 07-07-2013, 10:10 AM   #1885
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Last cruise (May 2013) we just kept checking and checking everyday and were unable to get one. We asked about a wait list but they said there wasn't one. Confused.

The previous cruise (Sept 2012) were able to get one and were amazed that all of them were booked but when we got there that day it was only us and two other families. so many of them were empty all day. Seems like a waste of money, and unfair to the people who really wanted them but couldn't get them because they were all booked.
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Old 07-07-2013, 07:47 PM   #1886
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I was in HA #1,,

They do seem to save them until the day before CC, But we had gone to GS to speak with someone ahead of time and put our name down for it, if no one took it.

The HA at that time did not have a hammock but other than that it was the same waste of money as all the others......Oh did I say that
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Old 07-07-2013, 07:52 PM   #1887
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...it was the same waste of money as all the others......Oh did I say that
Interesting. More info please!
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Old 07-09-2013, 01:37 PM   #1888
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We had #3 on our cruise last year and I loved it! For some reason not many of the cabanas on that cruise were reserved and we really felt like we had our own private beach...after being on a crowded ship for a few days it was a welcome respite. You will be closer to the bathrooms and food which for us was really nice. We have an upcoming cruise in October and I'm hoping to get one of the first few cabanas again.
Thank you so much responding and glad that you enjoyed cabana #3. Now really can't wait for our cruise and day at Castway Cay!
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Old 07-09-2013, 03:56 PM   #1889
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I was in HA #1,,

They do seem to save them until the day before CC, But we had gone to GS to speak with someone ahead of time and put our name down for it, if no one took it.

The HA at that time did not have a hammock but other than that it was the same waste of money as all the others......Oh did I say that
See it was a waste to you, but not to others. Different strokes. I personally think it is worth every penny, we got to share one with a family on our last cruise. I think that spa treatments are a waste of money. Some think Remy and Palo are a waste others, concierge.

Everyone chooses to splurge on different items...
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See it was a waste to you, but not to others. Different strokes. I personally think it is worth every penny, we got to share one with a family on our last cruise. I think that spa treatments are a waste of money. Some think Remy and Palo are a waste others, concierge.

Everyone chooses to splurge on different items...
I took dizzi's post to be tongue-in-cheek...as in, the cabanas suck! Don't bother booking!! Move along....nothing to see here!
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