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Old 10-07-2013, 03:13 PM   #31
cheesemouse
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You are likely to get a huge range of answers. We have done it once and will try to get a cabana each and every time. For us the benefits were the following: having a guaranteed shaded place to go, having a guaranteed comfortable chair to relax on, having a guaranteed umbrella and chair close to the beach to watch the kids while they play in the water.

The other single best feature was that we were able to get a pack-n-play delivered to the cabana so that my 1 year old could take his normal 2 naps a day. That was AWESOME. We would never have been able to spend a whole day at the beach without him having somewhere to take naps. Plus there was a big changing curtain/room in the cabana that we were able to put the pack-n-play in so he had his own little area to sleep. And it was super quiet there. Awesome.

As for the time and cost. We used our cabana the entire day. We got there around 9am and left at 4pm. There were 5 people. So $500 for 7 hours for 5 people is less than $15 per hour per person. There are many other excursions that are shorter in duration and would cost the same if not more. We did not do any other excursions on that cruise (because of the 1 year old) so for us it was doable. Also, sand toys, floats, snorkel gear, and tubes were all included. So if you subtract the cost of the 3 snorkel rentals, 3 floats, and 2 tubes we used, the price is less.

It's definitely not something that would make everyone happy. But for us, it was something that allowed our ENTIRE family to stay at the beach the whole day, and I was so glad we did it.
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