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Old 01-14-2014, 01:29 PM   #2056
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Hi everyone, we're booked on our first Disney cruise for this coming March. I'll be sailing with a baby and a toddler and would really like to rent a cabana. Of course since we are first time cruisers they were all sold out by the time I checked. Any tips to be able to still snag one? They say check everyday online but does anyone know what time they release the cancelled cabanas? I'd like to set my alarm to check at least twice a day until we sail. I just think with having two little kids it is a good idea to have a home base while at that beach.

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Basically it's ad hoc, there is no set time, someone cancels now it may be available now so keep checking

Last week before the cruise maybe good as you have to cancel before 72 hours and people may re think the cost then, up to them it's cost them nothing to hold one.

Note concierge have a wait list and will also be interested in cabanas that may cancel.
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Old 01-15-2014, 12:34 PM   #2057
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Old 01-15-2014, 12:49 PM   #2058
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Old 01-15-2014, 01:50 PM   #2059
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I am new to Disney Cruising. Waiting for them to release the rest of 2015. We would love to get a Cabana. Is this something we need to book at the time we book our trip? Or is this something only for return guests?
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Old 01-15-2014, 01:53 PM   #2060
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I am new to Disney Cruising. Waiting for them to release the rest of 2015. We would love to get a Cabana. Is this something we need to book at the time we book our trip? Or is this something only for return guests?
You cannot book it when booking cruise, you select it at you booking window for shore trips these are based on how many cruises people have taken with DCL

So concierge cruisers and repeat cruisers get first licks and they can sell out quickly, as a new Disney cruiser you will book at 75 days pre cruise unless your concierge.
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Old 01-15-2014, 01:54 PM   #2061
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I am new to Disney Cruising. Waiting for them to release the rest of 2015. We would love to get a Cabana. Is this something we need to book at the time we book our trip? Or is this something only for return guests?
Cabanas are booked when your port excursion/online checkin window opens. For first time cruisers this is 75 days out from the cruise. Anyone can book cabanas, as long as there is availability.
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Old 01-15-2014, 04:26 PM   #2062
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You cannot book it when booking cruise, you select it at you booking window for shore trips these are based on how many cruises people have taken with DCL

So concierge cruisers and repeat cruisers get first licks and they can sell out quickly, as a new Disney cruiser you will book at 75 days pre cruise unless your concierge.
So am I understanding you correctly? If I book upgrade to a concierge package when I book then can I have first booking for a cabana? Or are Concierge packages just for returning Disney Cruisers?
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Old 01-15-2014, 05:21 PM   #2063
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Anyone an book a concierge suite.
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Old 01-15-2014, 06:03 PM   #2064
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So am I understanding you correctly? If I book upgrade to a concierge package when I book then can I have first booking for a cabana? Or are Concierge packages just for returning Disney Cruisers?
If you pay the premium for a concierge room AND you are paid in full BEFORE 150 days prior to sailing, then yes, the shoreside concierge team will take your request for a cabana before they open up to Platinum cruisers at 120 days.

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Old 01-15-2014, 06:27 PM   #2065
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If you pay the premium for a concierge room AND you are paid in full BEFORE 150 days prior to sailing, then yes, the shoreside concierge team will take your request for a cabana before they open up to Platinum cruisers at 120 days.

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Thanks so much. I appreciate your answer. The words pay the premium are scary to me..LOL...So I am assuming this is WAY expensive. But I will inquire.
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Old 01-15-2014, 07:46 PM   #2066
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Thanks so much. I appreciate your answer. The words pay the premium are scary to me..LOL...So I am assuming this is WAY expensive. But I will inquire.
Yes, concierge is quite expensive and you can check your prices on the disney cruise line website. I've done both ways (non-concierge and concierge stateroom, cabana and no cabana) and honestly, for your first time on Castaway Cay, I would just say, save your money and enjoy the experience. You'll want to check everything out and likely spend less time in the cabana. You can get an idea after you spend a day there if you'd like to do it your next cruise. Read everything here and enjoy!
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Old 01-15-2014, 11:43 PM   #2067
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This past cruise was our first time at CC and we got a cabana. We also did concierge. We'll never go without again. I didn't care about bicycling, waterslides, floats, snorkeling, parasailing, etc. I just wanted to relax and read my book in the shade with a light breeze blowing and no sand in my shoes.

Then again I didn't even go in to St. Thomas (BTDT and not all that interested) and I didn't stay on the rock in Sint Maarten for very long either. I preferred spending time on the boat.
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Cabanas are booked when your port excursion/online checkin window opens. For first time cruisers this is 75 days out from the cruise. Anyone can book cabanas, as long as there is availability.
You realize that this does not apply to concierge even if they are first time cruisers. If they are paid in full, a first time concierge cruiser can book a cabana before they open up to platinum cruisers. My sister's Boss did it. He had three concierge cabins/suites on the Fantasy the week of Christmas. He had never cruised DCL and probably won't again. He was able to get 2 cabanas...one on family beach and one on Serenity Bay. Concierge gets priority over all others as long as they are PIF.
Edited to add...actually concierge including first timers, can book ANYTHING once they are PIF.
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You realize that this does not apply to concierge even if they are first time cruisers. If they are paid in full, a first time concierge cruiser can book a cabana before they open up to platinum cruisers. My sister's Boss did it. He had three concierge cabins/suites on the Fantasy the week of Christmas. He had never cruised DCL and probably won't again. He was able to get 2 cabanas...one on family beach and one on Serenity Bay. Concierge gets priority over all others as long as they are PIF.
Edited to add...actually concierge including first timers, can book ANYTHING once they are PIF.
PrincessShmoo answered the original question before the OP mentiined that they were 'thinking' about upgrading to concierge ;-)

Trust me PrincessShmoo would realise all of what you just pointed out!!
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PrincessShmoo answered the original question before the OP mentiined that they were 'thinking' about upgrading to concierge ;-)

Trust me PrincessShmoo would realise all of what you just pointed out!!
But someone else reading the thread who was a first time concierge cruiser might not know this based on the way her answer was worded. Her wording makes it appear that ALL First time cruisers book at the 75 day window and that simply isn't the case if someone has booked concierge. Another reader on this thread may have booked or be considering booking concierge and should be aware of the booking differences.
I did not know it was against the rules to clarify information so that ALL readers were getting accurate info. And I thought Everyone was allowed to answer questions posted.
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