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Old 12-30-2010, 01:31 PM   #436
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Merry Christmas!!

One of my presents this morning was a cabana for our March cruise. We are not concierge. What are the chances that I will be able to book one once we board?
We went right before Thanksgiving and did not have any trouble booking on board. We had our choice of cabanas. However, as they grow more popular I am sure it will get more difficult.
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Old 01-01-2011, 10:48 PM   #437
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Am I understanding this?

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So, do I understand correctly? If we're in a regular stateroom (not concierge) we cannot reserve a cabana before the cruise. We can run to the shore excursions desk to book one onboard. Can we book it on embarkation day? If I have a family member who is desperate for a cabana, should we send our fastest runner over to the desk once we board? We normally don't get to port early. Should we?

My MIL has her heart set on one of those cabanas!
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Maybe you should get your MIL to Upgrade you to Concierge :-)
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Old 01-02-2011, 09:02 AM   #439
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Hi,
So, do I understand correctly? If we're in a regular stateroom (not concierge) we cannot reserve a cabana before the cruise. We can run to the shore excursions desk to book one onboard. Can we book it on embarkation day? If I have a family member who is desperate for a cabana, should we send our fastest runner over to the desk once we board? We normally don't get to port early. Should we?

My MIL has her heart set on one of those cabanas!
From what the land based Concierge team told me, they are the only ones who can book the cabanas prior to embarkation day. I would suggest you head straight to the excursions desk as soon as you board, and maybe try to get to the port earlier than usual.
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Old 01-02-2011, 09:50 AM   #440
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Hi,
So, do I understand correctly? If we're in a regular stateroom (not concierge) we cannot reserve a cabana before the cruise. We can run to the shore excursions desk to book one onboard. Can we book it on embarkation day? If I have a family member who is desperate for a cabana, should we send our fastest runner over to the desk once we board? We normally don't get to port early. Should we?

My MIL has her heart set on one of those cabanas!
We shared a cabana on the Christmas cruise with another family. Her mom REALLY wanted a cabana. Our friends got to the terminal quite early, and she got the very last cabana. I think the cruise line could build 20 more and they would still get them booked.
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Old 01-02-2011, 09:52 AM   #441
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I also think if they build any more cabanas they should be ramped. There is only one cabana with a ramp. I know disabled people would REALLY make use of the cabanas, because they can enjoy the beach without getting stuck in the sand!
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Old 01-02-2011, 09:54 AM   #442
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i realized i had taken a photo across the cay and had the cabanas in it!

I am just wondering if i numbered these correctly...... (edit i reversed the numbers... But i guess one is not visible?)
wowie kazowie! What a great photo! We were in cabana 14!
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Old 01-02-2011, 09:57 AM   #443
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I have a few questions....are Cabana numbers 1,2,3,4, and 5 really as close together as they seem, or is it the angle of the picture? NO, THEY ARE NOT TOO CLOSE TOGETHER, AND THE TREES AND BUSHES MAKE THEM SEEM VERY SEPARATE

Wouldn't it be nicer if they removed all of the scrub brush in front of the cabanas and had sand going all the way up? OH, NO, YOU WOULDN'T WANT THE SCRUB BRUSH REMOVED, IT IS PLANTED THERE TO MAKE SHADE AND TO KEEP THE SAND FROM BLOWING AWAY.

What's with the green fencing? Do the people in those cabanas have to walk all the way around it to get to the water? THE GREEN FENCING ISN'T REALLY THERE ANYMORE.

I'd be more impressed if they resolved these issues.

The cabanas at Serenity Bay have that same scrub in front of them. Ick. My husband and I sat in loungers up there one time (before the cabanas) and while it had nice shade and was peaceful, it wasn't fun to walk through or around the scrub brush.
I THINK THE BUSHES AND PALM TREES THEY HAVE PLANTED ARE VERY NICE. tHERE'S PLENTY OF SAND!
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Old 01-02-2011, 01:44 PM   #445
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Considering a cabana

I must admit I wasn't even thinking about renting a cabana until I read this thread. However, now I am seriously considering it.

My family and I (me, my wife, and our two little ones) and going on the three-night 2/24/11 cruise on the Dream. We've never been on a cruise before but I'm getting the sense that because the Dream is so much bigger than the current ships CC may be very crowded. Our three-year-old is an unpredictable napper and I expect she may just conk-out mid-afternoon. Rather than return to the ship it might be nice if we had a private place for her to rest while her older (6 yo) brother can continue to enjoy the beach. From what we've read, Nassau doesn't sound like it has much to offer young children so this may be our only time on shore.

Are the cabanas located near the areas that would appeal to a 6 yo? Since we've never been before I really don't know what he will want to do while we are there.

I'm also wondering what we will need to pay for while we are on CC? I know food and drink are included on the ship but it sounds like this may not be true on the island.

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Old 01-02-2011, 01:55 PM   #446
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I must admit I wasn't even thinking about renting a cabana until I read this thread. However, now I am seriously considering it.

My family and I (me, my wife, and our two little ones) and going on the three-night 2/24/11 cruise on the Dream. We've never been on a cruise before but I'm getting the sense that because the Dream is so much bigger than the current ships CC may be very crowded. Our three-year-old is an unpredictable napper and I expect she may just conk-out mid-afternoon. Rather than return to the ship it might be nice if we had a private place for her to rest while her older (6 yo) brother can continue to enjoy the beach. From what we've read, Nassau doesn't sound like it has much to offer young children so this may be our only time on shore.

Are the cabanas located near the areas that would appeal to a 6 yo? Since we've never been before I really don't know what he will want to do while we are there.

I'm also wondering what we will need to pay for while we are on CC? I know food and drink are included on the ship but it sounds like this may not be true on the island.

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Old 01-02-2011, 02:42 PM   #447
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I must admit I wasn't even thinking about renting a cabana until I read this thread. However, now I am seriously considering it.

My family and I (me, my wife, and our two little ones) and going on the three-night 2/24/11 cruise on the Dream. We've never been on a cruise before but I'm getting the sense that because the Dream is so much bigger than the current ships CC may be very crowded. Our three-year-old is an unpredictable napper and I expect she may just conk-out mid-afternoon. Rather than return to the ship it might be nice if we had a private place for her to rest while her older (6 yo) brother can continue to enjoy the beach. From what we've read, Nassau doesn't sound like it has much to offer young children so this may be our only time on shore.

Are the cabanas located near the areas that would appeal to a 6 yo? Since we've never been before I really don't know what he will want to do while we are there.

The cabanas are located on the opposite end of the beach from the kids area - Scuttles Cove (think 2 - 3 hundred yards away). So if the kids want to go to Scuttles it would be a pretty long walk (although it has been reported here on the DIS that the Concierge team will drive cabana guests to wherever they want to go). The cabanas are near the waterslide - Pelican Plunge, the game room (ping pong, etc.) and Cookies Too (food buffet).

I'm also wondering what we will need to pay for while we are on CC? I know food and drink are included on the ship but it sounds like this may not be true on the island.

The food/drink policy is the same on CC as it is on the ship. The only thing you pay extra for is anything ordered at one of the bars or from the servers who wander the beach selling beverages.

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Old 01-02-2011, 03:21 PM   #448
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wowie kazowie! What a great photo! We were in cabana 14!
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Old 01-03-2011, 08:44 AM   #449
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Double dip cabana rentals

So on a double dip cruise, which day at Castaway Cay would it be easier for non concierge guests to rent a private cabana? The first stop at CC or the last day at CC?
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Old 01-03-2011, 04:59 PM   #450
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We got assigned #2 for our March Dream cruise.
Okay? or should we request another?
Any comments / thoughts from those who've been there?
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