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Old 10-06-2013, 06:09 PM   #16
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Count me as one who will never want a cabana. We have been to CC 10 times and never have a problem finding chairs or umbrellas. We get off the ship first thing when allowed. If you wait a couple hours, you may not find chairs right near pelican plunge, but you can find them at the first part of the family beach. Last cruise we rented bikes and DH made a point of us stopping at SB so that I could actually see what it looks like. Honestly, I didn't really care for it. Way too quiet, but if you want to get away from all noise & kids that would do it.
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Old 10-06-2013, 06:10 PM   #17
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We are having the same debate here...
We are cruising in Janaury and are a family of 5. Weather is a concern... I already have #9 on the family beach booked bc it was available and figured grab it b4 it is gone and then cancel if we need/want to.
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Old 10-06-2013, 06:23 PM   #18
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I think they are darling I doubt I will ever get one because I can't justify the cost. We found cc to be a .5 day event. So it just isn't worth the $for us either .5 or a full day. But they are so cute.
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Old 10-06-2013, 08:03 PM   #19
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We just got back from the Dream and had a cabana on Serenity Bay. It was worth every penny to me because I had shade, privacy, a stocked fridge with sodas, fruit and water, cold wet face towels in the fridge, cabana hosts who checked on me frequently to ask if I needed anything.

Floats, bike, private hammock hard to remember everything but I was thrilled. Also taxi service from the cabana to anywhere I wanted to go, but the only place I went to was the bbq lunch I was enjoying the cabana too much to go anywhere else.

With my troubles with direct sun and easily over-heating it was perfect for allowing us to actually enjoy the beach.
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Old 10-06-2013, 08:14 PM   #20
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Plus the beach is much less crowded and you have a waiter/waitress.
You do not get a waiter/waitress. You have concierge who will bring you more water bottles or soda/towels etc. They will take away your dirty dishes, and get you a lift to the tram. They will not bring you food from cookies. You need to walk over to Cookies II to get your own food and bring it back to the cabana. They will also contact a bartender if you want adult beverages.
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Old 10-06-2013, 08:33 PM   #21
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We also never considered a cabana because I thought it was expensive for just 2 adults and 1 child. However while we were onboard the Dream last month, the afternoon before CC our concierge said one was available. My husband made a spur of the moment decision and booked it. Second best decision he has made in his life lol. It rained on and off for a good part of the day, though never heavy. And we noticed just how crowded the main beach was. It would've been a nightmare to keep up with a rambunctious 3yo. We were in cabana #16 and #17 was vacant! It really felt like we were on our own private island. We occasionally heard the family in #15 and saw them in the water some but they left early afternoon. They had to drag me back to the boat. We were totally unplugged from the world and completely focused on each other. All 3 of us relished every single second we were at CC and I can say without hesitation it was one the best days of my life. I have a few pics I took to give you an idea of how beautiful it was. I will share them from my laptop tomorrow. I say get the cabana!
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Old 10-07-2013, 04:12 AM   #22
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All the positive responses of those that have used the cabanas have swayed me into going for it. It will be our 25th wedding anniversary so we really want to make it special - and as DW is giving me free reign on the cruise aspect of our trip it will be a nice surprise. I would love to see some pics from those that have them, if you can find time to post them.
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For us, they set up a pack and play for our daughter. She got to take a nap, in the shade, under a fan. I got to lay out on the cushioned lounger with my cold wet washcloth while she was sleeping. It was amazingly relaxing. Definitely a splurge for our family. But one that benefited each of us in different ways.
Really?? That is awesome to hear! I booked my 7mo into the nursery for a few hours on CC day so that I can enjoy the activities with my other 3 dc, but it would be great if the 2yo could have a real nap in the cabana- then mom might actually get to relax for a minute too!!
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Hope these links work. Flickr is not very cooperative with my phone.

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My SIL rented one for our cruise in March. They were Concierge passengers, so she had good luck in reserving one (#11). The real reason she wanted it was for us to be able to get out of the sun. There were six of us including her mother (70) and me (62). It was great to be able to get some relief from the hot sun and it was quiet. If the cost is doable, I would highly recommend. It made for a wonderful day.
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Old 10-07-2013, 10:33 AM   #28
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I think a lot depends on your idea of what is worth it and the make up of your traveling party. We loved it for all the reasons people posted above. It was great to get out of the sun, have sodas right there, a quiet place to relax and take a nap etc. But we felt like by the time we rode bikes, explored CC, snorkeled and ate lunch a good part of the day was gone. We skipped any excursions because we had the cabana. Next trip we want to do a couple of excursions and have more time on the bikes etc. But it is me, DH and two active boys.
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We love it for the privacy and comfort. If I was to go to Castaway Cay with out one It would only be half a day for me but with the Cabana I can nap and stay out of the sun. ( I am very very fair skin. Think Albino) Here are shots of Cabana #21 on Serenity Bay on our Sept 19 Dream sailing. I personally think this is the best Cabana on Serenity Bay.


















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Old 10-07-2013, 01:50 PM   #30
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I think a lot depends on your idea of what is worth it and the make up of your traveling party. We loved it for all the reasons people posted above. It was great to get out of the sun, have sodas right there, a quiet place to relax and take a nap etc. But we felt like by the time we rode bikes, explored CC, snorkeled and ate lunch a good part of the day was gone. We skipped any excursions because we had the cabana. Next trip we want to do a couple of excursions and have more time on the bikes etc. But it is me, DH and two active boys.
See, it depends on what type of person you are. If you want to do excursions then it won't be worth it. If you just want to ride bikes and relax in the water and veg...totally worth it
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