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Old 01-12-2011, 09:25 PM   #481
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He just comes across as a pompous donkey
 
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You know, at first I thought, no way am I spending $500 for a cabana for a day. The more I think about it though, and with what you get, I may just book the cabana instead of an excursion for the 5 of us. We would probably enjoy the sanctuary of the private cabana and all the snacks and sodas and rental equipment for the entire day over a 45 minute parasailing trip that would end up costing us more.

I'm glad I read this thread. I have been trying to think of a nice excursion for all of us, but I think the cabana will be a better deal all around.

Are they far from Pelican Plunge?
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You know, at first I thought, no way am I spending $500 for a cabana for a day. The more I think about it though, and with what you get, I may just book the cabana instead of an excursion for the 5 of us. We would probably enjoy the sanctuary of the private cabana and all the snacks and sodas and rental equipment for the entire day over a 45 minute parasailing trip that would end up costing us more.

I'm glad I read this thread. I have been trying to think of a nice excursion for all of us, but I think the cabana will be a better deal all around.

Are they far from Pelican Plunge?
They are directly in front of Pelican Plunge. You can swim from the Cabana to the deck of Pelican Plunge!
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Old 01-13-2011, 12:11 AM   #483
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You know, at first I thought, no way am I spending $500 for a cabana for a day. The more I think about it though, and with what you get, I may just book the cabana instead of an excursion for the 5 of us. We would probably enjoy the sanctuary of the private cabana and all the snacks and sodas and rental equipment for the entire day over a 45 minute parasailing trip that would end up costing us more.

I'm glad I read this thread. I have been trying to think of a nice excursion for all of us, but I think the cabana will be a better deal all around.

Are they far from Pelican Plunge?
I thought about the exact same thing. We have a party of 7 and 5 of us had made reservations to do the walking and kayaking tour (at $64 each) as well as rent bikes ($6/hr) and float tubes ($6) and snorkel equip ($25), etc. My mother physically finds it difficult to walk a lot and I sunburn badly after a few hours in the water and the sun.

I was simply resigned to returning to the boat after a couple hours on CC. When I learned about the cabanas and discussed it with DH, we decided a cabana was a perfect solution to the dilemma.

Now DM and I can hang out on the beach with the rest of the fam for the day (weather permitting) and my 4-year-old will probably appreciate being able to stay on the beach with her dad and her older brother and sister instead of returning to the boat with a grumpy, sunburned mom and a drained grandma.

Once we made the decision I promptly cancelled the separate reservations for the 3 hour tour, the snorkel equip, the bikes, etc. and have opted to relax in the shade, snorkel with the kids, ride bikes, float in the water, lounge in the hammock, and generally enjoy the next couple weeks of not worrying whether we will have been able to find seating on the beach, at Cookies Too, etc. for a group of 7. DH and I think it will be money well-spent, especially when considering the large number of people who will be traveling on the Dream.
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I hope I'll be able to rent one when we get onboard! Should we just go to the guest services as soon as we arrive?
Cabanas are booked at the excursions desk, not guest services.
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Cabanas are booked at the excursions desk, not guest services.
But in true Disney fashion...not always. Just read a post yesterday from someone whos DH was waiting in the excursions line (no one was at the counter yet) while she was a guest services taking care of something else and found out GS was booking the cabanas. Fortunately there were still some available for them.

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But in true Disney fashion...not always. Just read a post yesterday from someone whos DH was waiting in the excursions line (no one was at the counter yet) while she was a guest services taking care of something else and found out GS was booking the cabanas. Fortunately there were still some available for them.

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Old 01-15-2011, 07:18 AM   #487
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For those wo have booked the cabanas, what did you tip your service person? I just would like a general idea of what to budget in, if we manage to get one of these babies!!!

**now planning on getting to the port at 10am, so I can get onboard ASAP to snag one!!
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For those wo have booked the cabanas, what did you tip your service person? I just would like a general idea of what to budget in, if we manage to get one of these babies!!!

**now planning on getting to the port at 10am, so I can get onboard ASAP to snag one!!
This has not really been discussed because many who book the cabanas have concierge on the ship and include it in those tips...
However, we did not have concierge so tipped cash. We gave him $40. We weren't sure what we were supposed to give him so we decided on $10 per person. We didn't ask for a lot. We "summoned" him twice during the day. I don't think there has been a guideline set for this yet. Anyone else have anything?
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We are booked for Cabana #3 on the Jan 29 Magic cruise!!!
We have cabana #7 on the same cruise!
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Old 01-19-2011, 02:34 PM   #490
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You should come join our meet group for that date ,there are a lot of Canadians going ...
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We have cabana #7 on the same cruise!
Yeah, as NAB said, you should join our meet page (you may have already, sorry if that is the case...they have been a little chatty the last few days ) We are really excited about the cabana and just hope the weather cooperates!
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Old 01-19-2011, 11:28 PM   #492
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Well hello there.....what have you been up to the last five years? I have fond memories of the Nov '06 Double Dip and what a fun group we had on that cruise!

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After reading this thread I am seriously considering this, but we are only a family of 4. Does anyone know if you can share these or if there is a thread for people looking for others to share with?
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After reading this thread I am seriously considering this, but we are only a family of 4. Does anyone know if you can share these or if there is a thread for people looking for others to share with?
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Go to the 'meets' thread for your cruise and chat up your cruisemates. See if there's anyone you'd be interested sharing with (similar family/kids configuration). We have several pairs of adults who will be sharing in November.
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This sounds great! We have 2 fair skinned, red head and 2 toddlers in our group - 4 adults/2 kiddos. My fear is since we are not in concierge level on the Fantasy MV that there will be nothing left for us to even TRY to book. Oh well... We can always Dream for the next cruise.
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