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Old 12-15-2010, 11:20 PM   #376
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None of what you mentioned are FREE. Even the food in the dining rooms on the ship or at Pluto's or wherever, is not FREE.

What that's called is INCLUDED. Included in the cost. You PAID $500 for all the soda you could drink from 10:00-4:00, a bottle of tanning lotion and the rafts and loungers, and alcohol.
So that's more than $75 an hour for that stuff. Not free.



The dumbest thing I ever did was to buy a "soda card" onboard a ship one time. Much later, I realized that I would have had to drink, in one week's time, approximately 4 cases of soda to break even money-wise. NOT a good deal.
Excuse me... included. If you have a problem with how much things cost on Disney then why don't you try another ship... say.... Carnival? I on the other hand, along with many others, pay for the quality I receive, and do not look at what I eat or drink... just because they are included does not make or break why I take a Disney cruise. So to me, not having to pay "extra" for them... makes them free. I have taken Disney Cruises when they were not "included" as you would say.

As far as the cabana goes... I don't pay $400 for a cabana for drinks and tanning lotion. I pay for the privacy of a private area... for the convenience of having someone there to wait on us if we need something, and for the luxury of being pampered. It just so happens all of those things that as you would say are "included" are just perks! If you don't care about having these things then why be so worried about it? Some would ask... why even take a cruise? You can do all of those things in your own hotel room or condo for half the cost? So... I ask you... why do you take Disney? It is one of the highest priced cruises on the water and yet you pay it. There are other cruises that are significantly cheaper... Carnival, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean? If you too don't like quality... or want to pay for it, why take a Disney Cruise? I am just willing to pay the extra for a little more luxury and being spoiled. I have the money and am willing to spend it. No one says you have to or is even asking you to. If you buy rafts, bicycles and scuba gear for 4 people alone it is $132.00. Two bottles of tanning lotion is approximately $12.00. Snacks and drinks including alcohol would be about $50.00 or more so for those items alone it would have cost approximately $200. Add in the concierge, the private cabana which included loungers, a changing area, plush towels, chairs, refrigerator, a shower, and many other things, the price would be crazy. So... to us it was well worth it and we like being pampered. So, if you want to disagree that is fine. Not everyone will do this and that is fine. You are entitled to your opinion but leave those of us alone who actually enjoy this and are willing to do this. It isn't affecting you. Please show a little respect.

Just because things are included doesn't mean they aren't appreciated, you make them sound like I should expect those things because I paid the price. I pay for the quality of Disney and we love everything Disney. I have been on several other cruise lines and Disney is my favorite. I don't mind paying almost double the cost because to me, things are so much better on DCL. Disney's prices haven't changed since they started "including" the soft drinks. At one point soft drinks were only "free" at dinner, any other time you have to buy a refillable mug (only $24.95) or buy them individually. So to me... those have become free. You call it what you want...
Oh.. and canned sodas... never free on DCL.
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Old 12-15-2010, 11:58 PM   #377
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Excuse me... included. If you have a problem with how much things cost on Disney then why don't you try another ship... say.... Carnival?
If you want respect, please show respect. And not get this thread closed for those of us who want to hear all about cabanas.

Let's keep this thread open please. I love to see pictures !
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Old 12-16-2010, 12:16 PM   #378
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Excuse me... included. If you have a problem with how much things cost on Disney then why don't you try another ship... say.... Carnival? I on the other hand, along with many others, pay for the quality I receive, and do not look at what I eat or drink... just because they are included does not make or break why I take a Disney cruise. So to me, not having to pay "extra" for them... makes them free. I have taken Disney Cruises when they were not "included" as you would say.

As far as the cabana goes... I don't pay $400 for a cabana for drinks and tanning lotion. I pay for the privacy of a private area... for the convenience of having someone there to wait on us if we need something, and for the luxury of being pampered. It just so happens all of those things that as you would say are "included" are just perks! If you don't care about having these things then why be so worried about it? Some would ask... why even take a cruise? You can do all of those things in your own hotel room or condo for half the cost? So... I ask you... why do you take Disney? It is one of the highest priced cruises on the water and yet you pay it. There are other cruises that are significantly cheaper... Carnival, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean? If you too don't like quality... or want to pay for it, why take a Disney Cruise? I am just willing to pay the extra for a little more luxury and being spoiled. I have the money and am willing to spend it. No one says you have to or is even asking you to. If you buy rafts, bicycles and scuba gear for 4 people alone it is $132.00. Two bottles of tanning lotion is approximately $12.00. Snacks and drinks including alcohol would be about $50.00 or more so for those items alone it would have cost approximately $200. Add in the concierge, the private cabana which included loungers, a changing area, plush towels, chairs, refrigerator, a shower, and many other things, the price would be crazy. So... to us it was well worth it and we like being pampered. So, if you want to disagree that is fine. Not everyone will do this and that is fine. You are entitled to your opinion but leave those of us alone who actually enjoy this and are willing to do this. It isn't affecting you. Please show a little respect.

Just because things are included doesn't mean they aren't appreciated, you make them sound like I should expect those things because I paid the price. I pay for the quality of Disney and we love everything Disney. I have been on several other cruise lines and Disney is my favorite. I don't mind paying almost double the cost because to me, things are so much better on DCL. Disney's prices haven't changed since they started "including" the soft drinks. At one point soft drinks were only "free" at dinner, any other time you have to buy a refillable mug (only $24.95) or buy them individually. So to me... those have become free. You call it what you want...
Oh.. and canned sodas... never free on DCL.
The only part I disagree with you on is the last part about canned sodas... DCL's service is so great that, on the last cruise, when DW said she could only drink Coke Zero because she can't have sugar they had a can of Coke Zero at dinner for her every night thereafter for no additional charge...

Just goes to show that DCL does provide good service.
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Old 12-16-2010, 03:43 PM   #379
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Old 12-16-2010, 06:36 PM   #380
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If you want respect, please show respect. And not get this thread closed for those of us who want to hear all about cabanas.

Let's keep this thread open please. I love to see pictures !
I agree. Let's not get this thread closed down. My wife wants to get a cabana when we sail in October 2011 for my mother and her father. Her father has Parkisons Disease and my mother has bad legs. We were wondering how her father was going to do on the island. Both of them will have scooter for on the boat, but we can't bring them to the beach. We want them to be able to enjoy the day like everyone else.

I agree that the price is a lot but my wife says her peace of mind is worth that much. The memories we will get from this trip will be priceless.
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Old 12-16-2010, 08:20 PM   #381
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I am not disrespecting anyone nor am I trying to get this thread closed. I am simply responding to the rude comments coming from justmestace. Please direct your "show respect" comments to him. For everyone else, I apologize if you feel disrespected, I am trying to defend what many of us know and love and to let him know if he doesn't like it then he needs to leave it alone and stay off of this thread. I too love this thread since I have experienced the cabanas first hand I love to hear others enjoyable experiences!

biohaz_man - YES! Disney does have great service and that is awesome that they offered Coke Zero cans for your wife! Another luxury we pay for with Disney! DCL makes errors but always tries to make up for it and most of the time they go out of their way to accommodate the best way they can! One of the main reasons I keep coming back!
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Old 12-16-2010, 09:37 PM   #382
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Guess i am just dumb, but i didn't feel any comments were 'rude' or 'disrespectful'. I just noticed the expression of differing opinions - which everyone has. Lets just be nice and go forward.
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Old 12-17-2010, 01:00 AM   #383
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I am not disrespecting anyone nor am I trying to get this thread closed. I am simply responding to the rude comments coming from justmestace. Please direct your "show respect" comments to him. For everyone else, I apologize if you feel disrespected, I am trying to defend what many of us know and love and to let him know if he doesn't like it then he needs to leave it alone and stay off of this thread. I too love this thread since I have experienced the cabanas first hand I love to hear others enjoyable experiences!
I'm sorry that you didn't understand the point I was making. Perhaps I could explain it more clearly to you, in private, so as not to disrupt the thread?

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So on the adult beach there isn't a private beach for cabana users? And the place to snorkel is by the family beach. So is the benefit of renting on the adult beach is that you're out of the sun and the butler service? Also has anyone been to CC the end of September/ beginning of October? Is it really humid and hot during that time typically?
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Sorry, I didn't read all of the previous responses. But I do have a few questions, so I apologize in advance if these have already been answered.

First, is alcohol included in the cabana rental?

Also, I know that the cabana rental is based on 6 people. If we have 9 people, but (2) are babies (they will be 1) and (1) is a 3 year old, would those three kids be an additional cost?

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Sorry, I didn't read all of the previous responses. But I do have a few questions, so I apologize in advance if these have already been answered.

First, is alcohol included in the cabana rental?

Also, I know that the cabana rental is based on 6 people. If we have 9 people, but (2) are babies (they will be 1) and (1) is a 3 year old, would those three kids be an additional cost?

TIA!
You can add up to two more guests for a maximum of 8 per Cabana for $50 more per person. As far as I know children are included in the maximum total and the extra per person costs.
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So on the adult beach there isn't a private beach for cabana users? And the place to snorkel is by the family beach. So is the benefit of renting on the adult beach is that you're out of the sun and the butler service? Also has anyone been to CC the end of September/ beginning of October? Is it really humid and hot during that time typically?

You can snorkel at the adult beach, there just isn't the marked trail with a lifeguard and all of the things that Disney has planted (Sunken Mickey) on the trail at the family beach.
September isn't as bad, heat-wise, as July would be, but it's still hot and humid. There are umbrellas on the adult beach to sit under, so there is still some shade, even without the cabana, and you'll get some breeze (if there is one) out there, too. Just remember that children aren't allowed on the adult beach, even if you rent a cabana.
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Sorry, I didn't read all of the previous responses. But I do have a few questions, so I apologize in advance if these have already been answered.

First, is alcohol included in the cabana rental?

Also, I know that the cabana rental is based on 6 people. If we have 9 people, but (2) are babies (they will be 1) and (1) is a 3 year old, would those three kids be an additional cost?

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I think from what I've read here, the only "alcohol" that's included in the cost of the cabana rental is a pitcher of spiked punch. I've gathered that concierge will go to the bar and get you a Konk Kooler, beer, whatever, but you'll be charged for those.
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You can add up to two more guests for a maximum of 8 per Cabana for $50 more per person. As far as I know children are included in the maximum total and the extra per person costs.
If you get a cabana on the adult beach the max is 6. But the max is 8 for the others but as she kaseyC says... it is an additional $50 per person but you will not be allowed any more than 8, you will be asked to get another cabana. You get bracelets you have to wear so you can't switch out people. I don't believe age matters.

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I think from what I've read here, the only "alcohol" that's included in the cost of the cabana rental is a pitcher of spiked punch. I've gathered that concierge will go to the bar and get you a Konk Kooler, beer, whatever, but you'll be charged for those.
Yes, you are correct. There is a punch in the fridge with Rum in it and there is a punch without the rum. They are pretty good. If you want any other alcohol... the concierge will get it for you but you will be charged for it.
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