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Old 05-14-2012, 01:09 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by jdragr View Post
Thanks that did help. The only thing I didn't understand is what someone meant by getting a package. Can you shed any light on that? Thanks!
I think I can help .

Cabanas are reserved on a first come, first served basis.

Cabana-only rentals (ie outside of a package that includes an assortment of extras) can be made no more than 3 weeks out from the date of your visit. So for your date of May 29th, you would not have been able to reserve a cabana on its own until May 8th.

For those of us with our visit dates falling further away (for example, my date of August 29), if we want to reserve a cabana sooner than our three-week point, we have to reserve it as part of a package. The premium package we reserved is the cheapest option ($50 more than than the cabana only rental) but includes a t-shirt, an underwater camera, a 6 x 8 photo, a DC frame or a stuffed dolphin toy, a personalized bouy delivered to you during the dolphin swim, and a 25% discount on the ultimate photo package.

The reason why many of us want to reserve sooner than that 3 week point is because only 13 cabanas are available for rent on any given day. When I booked our cabana in April, 6 of the cabanas for our August date were already reserved (with 4 months yet to go). We were number 7. During the hot, hot weather we felt there was a high likelihood that they will be snapped up by the time our three week point arrived and we would be out of luck.

Since your visit date is within the next 3 weeks, you have the ability to book a cabana only at any time, assuming there is still one available. You have to call DC in order to verify availability and make your cabana reservation.

Let me know if you have any more questions .
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Old 05-14-2012, 02:59 PM   #17
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Thanks so much Gina! Big help! Just booked our Cabana. Was only 2 left for our day. I hesitated on spending the extra money but dh is not much of a water person so I thought he would enjoy having a place to relax. And, since my girls are teenagers it will give us a home base.

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