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Old 01-16-2014, 06:59 AM   #2071
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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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You don't need to be paid in full at the 150 day mark for them to take the request. They start taking requests at the 150 day mark regardless. But if you aren't paid in full as of midnight on the 120 day mark (when the booking window actually opens), they can't book any of it for you.
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Old 01-16-2014, 04:35 PM   #2072
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You don't need to be paid in full at the 150 day mark for them to take the request. They start taking requests at the 150 day mark regardless. But if you aren't paid in full as of midnight on the 120 day mark (when the booking window actually opens), they can't book any of it for you.
This is great info! I've been trying to stock up on Disney cards in time for my 150 mark. It's nice to have an extra 30 days.

Thanks for the info!
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Old 01-16-2014, 04:49 PM   #2073
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This is the first I heard about not having to be PIF at 150 days for cabana requests.

I would still recommend it, and it could only help your request for a cabana become reality. IMO

Perhaps other CL guests could confirm the pecking order/PIF order during their communications, and report back.

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Old 01-16-2014, 05:10 PM   #2074
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This is the first I heard about not having to be PIF at 150 days for cabana requests.

I would still recommend it, and it could only help your request for a cabana become reality. IMO

Perhaps other CL guests could confirm the pecking order/PIF order during their communications, and report back.

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Good point!
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Old 01-16-2014, 08:13 PM   #2075
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I wasn't PIF until 122 days out and got my request for one (although it's not a full cruise right now).
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Old 01-16-2014, 09:08 PM   #2076
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This is the first I heard about not having to be PIF at 150 days for cabana requests.

I would still recommend it, and it could only help your request for a cabana become reality. IMO

Perhaps other CL guests could confirm the pecking order/PIF order during their communications, and report back.

Good luck to all
Well, I've done it 3 times in a row now without being PIF at 150 days.

All I was ever told was that you absolutely had to be PIF as of midnight when the booking window opens (at the 120 mark) or you lose whatever requests they have made on your behalf. And that goes for everything, not just cabanas. So if you have a Palo request, same deal. Once that booking window opens up at midnight, if you aren't PIF, any requests become "null and void" of sorts, and you would have to start with new requests (based on whatever is available) once you are PIF. Even if you pay at 10 am on day 120.

Maybe something different happens if more people request them than there are cabanas (not sure how that is prioritized?), but I know we haven't had an issue yet in 3 cruises, and we were only doing PIF at around the 123-124 day mark for all 3 (hoping for the CAD to hit par...no dice...haha!).
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OK S&D and mc2, sounds good. Thanks for reporting. Like I said, that wasn't the consensus prior, at least in my small mind.

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Old 01-17-2014, 05:23 AM   #2078
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This is the first I heard about not having to be PIF at 150 days for cabana requests.

I would still recommend it, and it could only help your request for a cabana become reality. IMO

Perhaps other CL guests could confirm the pecking order/PIF order during their communications, and report back.

Good luck to all
I was not PIF at 150 days and was able to put my requests in and receive conf. of said requests. Paid at about 125 and all was taken care of at the 120 mark.
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Old 01-17-2014, 08:06 AM   #2079
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OK S&D and mc2, sounds good. Thanks for reporting. Like I said, that wasn't the consensus prior, at least in my small mind.
It is good to hear this has changed as I when I called when this new policy started last year with the 150 day requests they would not take the request unless I was PIF. I will be hitting a new 150 day window soon and I was stressing about paying already.
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Old 01-17-2014, 08:25 AM   #2080
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We just booked 2 weeks ago at about 128 days out. Although we paid in full when we booked it, the transaction took a couple of days to clear and the balance didn't say zero until day 125. I called to make my requests on day 125 and received the confirmation email the morning of 120. On a side note, when I looked at what was available on day 120, there were only 3 family cabanas left!
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Old 01-17-2014, 01:44 PM   #2081
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Just got off the phone with the shoreside concierge team. You absolutely do not need to be PIF by day 150. What had been explained to me was correct - you just need to be PIF by midnight on day 120. I had phoned because I wondered how it worked with the larger ships if they had more requests than they had cabanas. Whether or not you are PIF at day 150 or 121 makes no difference - it is a "first requested, first served" kind of policy. So if I request one at day 150 and PIF at day 121, and someone else requests one at day 149 and decided to PIF on that day, my request still stays ahead of theirs. The requests are processed in the order that they are received (for anyone who has remembered to PIF by the midnight deadline to start day 120).

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mc2, thanks for the detailed confirmation.

Good luck to all Cabana hunters.

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Old 01-18-2014, 06:46 AM   #2083
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Just got off the phone with the shoreside concierge team. You absolutely do not need to be PIF by day 150. What had been explained to me was correct - you just need to be PIF by midnight on day 120. I had phoned because I wondered how it worked with the larger ships if they had more requests than they had cabanas. Whether or not you are PIF at day 150 or 121 makes no difference - it is a "first requested, first served" kind of policy. So if I request one at day 150 and PIF at day 121, and someone else requests one at day 149 and decided to PIF on that day, my request still stays ahead of theirs. The requests are processed in the order that they are received (for anyone who has remembered to PIF by the midnight deadline to start day 120).

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This is exactly what Shoreside told us recently for our May cruise. You can put your requests in which are loaded into the system. At midnight of the day your booking window opens, the system checks that you are indeed paid in full....if so they begin to process your requests :-)

We got our cabana request no problem!!
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I read this on someone's blog, anyone know if it is true? We want to have 9 people in a Cabana on Serenity Bay (all adults, all family):
The adult beach cabanas are $399 for up to six guests, do not include the sand toys or snorkel equipment rental, and you are generally not allowed to add additional guests, though exceptions may be made
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Our October cruise will be the first time we are cruising with only one other couple. We normally have anywhere from 10 - 18 people. Now might be the time to try for a cabana at Serenity Beach.

I know silly ??? Can my friend and I (two couples - different reservations/cabins obviously) share (and the cost) of the cabana? (billed to one cabin/reservation) or does the number of people per cabana need to be from the same reservation? I think we can since you are allowed up to 10 guests (family beach) but want to make sure.

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