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susique333
October 22nd, 2010, 09:47 PM
We want to rent a Cabana on Half Moon Cay and wondered how the process works. My husband has some health issues and the cabana would make things MUCH easier. Should we try to be early on the ship, so we can be sure to get one? Do these sell out quick in January? ANY and all answers are appreciated!

SueG
October 22nd, 2010, 09:50 PM
We want to rent a Cabana on Half Moon Cay and wondered how the process works. My husband has some health issues and the cabana would make things MUCH easier. Should we try to be early on the ship, so we can be sure to get one? Do these sell out quick in January? ANY and all answers are appreciated!

Get to the Port Early. I have been able to get a cabana by being in Zone 1 both times. When you board, go straight to the excursions desk and get in line.

trvlqueen
October 22nd, 2010, 10:17 PM
Or, better yet, go to the excursions desk in the lobby before you board - you have to have your sail and sign card in your hand, but we did that last cruise and it took all the stress away - plus I didn't have to haunt the shore excursions desk before it opened - I got to book my cabana, pick my number, and then all I had to do was call the excursion desk once I got onboard to pick my beverages and tell the the sizes of our swim fins. :D

gusandgidgetsmom
October 22nd, 2010, 10:37 PM
Make sure you go to the excursion desk right away. We love Cabana 9 the beige one. It is close to the bathroom and close to the stop to be transported back to the buffet and main part of island. It is far enough away from all the commotion that no one will try to "share" your cabana space. My husband has mobility problems and this was perfect for him. Have a great time!

nothomeonacruise
October 22nd, 2010, 10:41 PM
Or, better yet, go to the excursions desk in the lobby before you board - you have to have your sail and sign card in your hand, but we did that last cruise and it took all the stress away - plus I didn't have to haunt the shore excursions desk before it opened - I got to book my cabana, pick my number, and then all I had to do was call the excursion desk once I got onboard to pick my beverages and tell the the sizes of our swim fins. :D

Is this in the cruise terminal? I've never seen an excursion desk there. I've had to wait at the excursion desk onboard for a cabana. What a great idea!!

The cabana is WELL worth it!!! I loved ours.

bguppies
October 22nd, 2010, 10:51 PM
We want to rent a Cabana on Half Moon Cay and wondered how the process works. My husband has some health issues and the cabana would make things MUCH easier. Should we try to be early on the ship, so we can be sure to get one? Do these sell out quick in January? ANY and all answers are appreciated!

Not sure about the shore excursions desk in the terminal.....(I know they don't have one in Jacksonville)

We always get to the port early enough to be in the first zone or two and then head straight for the shore excursion desk when you board.
Both times we have sailed the Fascination, the desk was already open before boarding began.
We were in line within 15-20 minutes of the beginning of boarding and both times, half the cabanas (15 total) were booked by the time we finished booking ours.

Best of luck to you. Definitely worth the $225 for the day....

Bill

WinnipegCruiser
October 22nd, 2010, 10:59 PM
Of course I think this is soooo worth it.

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_3nkvEvuSuaU/SPTbHv0o54I/AAAAAAAACEk/s6Gzt5anPgw/s400/100_5458.JPG

This is my favorite port. I actually look for ships going here....

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I don't understand why more Carnival ships don't stop here.
This is the view I crave:

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Some of this we put in, but most is included.

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Cristallo
October 23rd, 2010, 08:10 AM
We always get to the port early enough to be in the first zone or two and then head straight for the shore excursion desk when you board.
Both times we have sailed the Fascination, the desk was already open before boarding began.
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Just curious but what time do you normally get to the port?

susique333
October 23rd, 2010, 10:05 AM
Great answers!! Another Q or 2...

Get to the Port Early. I have been able to get a cabana by being in Zone 1 both times. When you board, go straight to the excursions desk and get in line.
How early can we get in line for the Zone 1 (and what is zone 1?)

Or, better yet, go to the excursions desk in the lobby before you board - you have to have your sail and sign card in your hand, but we did that last cruise and it took all the stress away - plus I didn't have to haunt the shore excursions desk before it opened - I got to book my cabana, pick my number, and then all I had to do was call the excursion desk once I got onboard to pick my beverages and tell the the sizes of our swim fins. :D
We will be at Miami Port. Where is that excursion desk located?Make sure you go to the excursion desk right away. We love Cabana 9 the beige one. It is close to the bathroom and close to the stop to be transported back to the buffet and main part of island. It is far enough away from all the commotion that no one will try to "share" your cabana space. My husband has mobility problems and this was perfect for him. Have a great time!
My daughter was wondering which cabana would be away from the crowds!
Winnipegcruiser, excellent photos!

SueG
October 23rd, 2010, 10:49 AM
When you board you are giving a card with a Zone number on it. Then they call numbers for boarding. I usually get there around 10:30 to get in line. Make sure they give you a zone card, sometimes they forget with the early boarders. On the Legend they thought I was with the wedding party and I had to go over and get one.

I have had cabana 7 and 11. I would definitely go with one above 10. Number 15 looked really nice and away from the crowds.

waykaylincruz
October 23rd, 2010, 10:51 AM
Just off the Liberty this am. We had cabana on HMC that we booked at the excursion desk at Port of Miami. We didn't get to the port until 11am and we were in zone 17. We checked in at the kiosks and then had a seat for our longleaky to board. That is when I saw the excursion desk and walked right up. Asked if they had any cabanas left and they did. I got #5 and loved it. The shore excursion desk in the terminal is a trial thing per the person there. I loved it!!! There were people up on the ship waiting in the long lines and I walked right up to get what I wanted.....you just have to know to look for it. I found it by accident. FYI....we boarded much quicker than I thought we would. Loved our cruise.....the best one yet!!!

trvlqueen
October 23rd, 2010, 11:00 AM
The shore excursions desk is in the Miami port - it's between the two lines where you get your sail and sign cards and has a teeny tiny sign and one guy sitting there - it's really easy to miss. I noticed it last time and asked the guy if I could book my cabana there - he said 'no problem, which one do you want? They are all available." JACKPOT! We got cabana number 3 because we thought it would be nice to be closer to the action this time - next time I'm going back down the line to number 6, 7, or 8.

Aside from the beautiful views, we had everything from people trying to come and see what was in the fridge to people wanting to use our shower, and then, most annoying of all, a large group of people who pretended not to speak English (although they were speaking it very clearly to the bar waiter when asking him questions) tried to grab the clamshells and set them up right in front of our stairs - thankfully the 'beach patrol' shut them down - they found someone on staff who spoke whatever language it was the group was speaking and told them in no uncertain terms that you had to pay for the clamshells - which led one of the ladies to complain loudly that she had "paid enough for the damn cruise to be able to do anything she wanted anyplace she wanted to do it!"

Thankfully, they left before too long (it rained, lol) and we were back to our peaceful view of the ship floating on a crystal blue sea - ahhhh, bliss!

oceanbluegazer
October 23rd, 2010, 11:59 AM
How many people can you have in your cabana? We have 6 in our group(2 adults, 4 kids), would we have to get two? Thanks

Nannydd12
October 23rd, 2010, 01:07 PM
We had six people in our cabana, you are charged for the 2 extra but it is worth it. We moved three extra loungers into cabana and we had plenty of room. You get drinks and fresh fruit and cut up fruit and dip, veggies and dip, tortilla chips and salsa and then Carnival has a huge buffet for you too. You will also get snorkle equipment for all of you and rafts too. Sometimes you have to watch out for other passengers trying to take your equipment though. The Cabanas are so worth it and we had #5 which was close to bathrooms, bar and just everything. We got to the port around 10:00 and we were in zone 1, went straight to shore excursions and they had plenty of cabanas left to choose from. You also get to tender over early since you have a cabana booked. Have a great time, Half Moon Cay is truely paradise and worth spending time on.

2funcruzin
October 23rd, 2010, 01:40 PM
You should RUN don't walk to the excursion desk as soon as you board! They WILL book quickly! Good luck! They are great and well worth the money! Enjoy!

nybumpkin
October 23rd, 2010, 01:52 PM
We have had cabanas 5 and 11. I liked 5 because it was closer to the food and we could hear the music from the band, but we did have a problem with people wanting to use our shower, despite the sign on the porch rail that said "Private Cabana." We didn't have that problem with 11, but it is a further trip down the beach.

KoalaLou
October 23rd, 2010, 02:35 PM
I have had Cabana 14 before, the red and white one! It is far enough away from the crowd that no one should bother you! It is a bit of a hike to the washrooms and bar-b-q area, but the shuttle bus does come around quite regularly. If it is peaceful retreat you are seeking, this could be the Cabana for you! Enjoy ... Half Moon Cay could very easily become your new "Happy Place"!

nothomeonacruise
October 23rd, 2010, 02:45 PM
We had cabana 12, which was a perfect distance from the noise. It was later in the day when people came down our way. They took the chairs I had set up right at the steps. . Oh well.. a minor thing!

I LOVE Half Moon Cay!

ViolaSwamp
October 23rd, 2010, 02:46 PM
can't you book them before the cruise starts?

on our HAL cruise last year, which stopped at HMC, we had the option on our online HAL account to add that. (we rented a clamshell in advance instead)

Cristallo
October 23rd, 2010, 03:01 PM
can't you book them before the cruise starts?

on our HAL cruise last year, which stopped at HMC, we had the option on our online HAL account to add that. (we rented a clamshell in advance instead)

CCL doesn't allow you to book them ahead of time.

misguidedangel
October 23rd, 2010, 03:06 PM
You need to do this to ensure you get the cabana you want.

1. Leave for the port by 10am. You will be checked in and waiting, but waiting is OK. Boarding in Miami starts at around 11:15am. If you are in Zone #1 that is excellent!!!!!

2. Get in line right away to shore excursions to book the cabana.

Cabanas

Cabana #2 and #3 are very close to food and the restrooms. Cabanas #7-9 are also close to the food and have a restroom so close you can walk there in around a minute or two. There are stairs to go up to the restrooms, so possible mobility issues for some.

All excursions before 11am (9am arrival) meet in a lounge and are escorted off the ship onto the first tender to the island. At the island you will be offered a ride to the cabanas, or you can walk along the beach (I usually go via the "I Wish" bar, but there is a pat that leads to the beach right from the welcome center as well. The I Wish bar is a short walk past the Rum Runners bar past the Bahamian church (on the left) and sport center (on the right) and then you take a left to the I wish Bar and down the stairs to walk the amazing beach to the cabanas......

Food and drinks should be there and you will NOT need your towels, they will give you up to four towels and you just leave then there when you leave. The food will not be in the fridge, you have to put it there yourself.

The water is amazing and the sand in the water is so soft on the feet. You can go out a fair distance and still be only waist or chest deep. I went all the way to the edge of the swimming area and it is deep.. *BG*....alas, riding the waves in fun......be warned, you'll burn crisp in the hot sun...

Have Fun!!!

nothomeonacruise
October 23rd, 2010, 03:44 PM
You need to do this to ensure you get the cabana you want.

1. Leave for the port by 10am. You will be checked in and waiting, but waiting is OK. Boarding in Miami starts at around 11:15am. If you are in Zone #1 that is excellent!!!!!

2. Get in line right away to shore excursions to book the cabana.

Cabanas

Cabana #2 and #3 are very close to food and the restrooms. Cabanas #7-9 are also close to the food and have a restroom so close you can walk there in around a minute or two. There are stairs to go up to the restrooms, so possible mobility issues for some.

All excursions before 11am (9am arrival) meet in a lounge and are escorted off the ship onto the first tender to the island. At the island you will be offered a ride to the cabanas, or you can walk along the beach (I usually go via the "I Wish" bar, but there is a pat that leads to the beach right from the welcome center as well. The I Wish bar is a short walk past the Rum Runners bar past the Bahamian church (on the left) and sport center (on the right) and then you take a left to the I wish Bar and down the stairs to walk the amazing beach to the cabanas......

Food and drinks should be there and you will NOT need your towels, they will give you up to four towels and you just leave then there when you leave. The food will not be in the fridge, you have to put it there yourself.

The water is amazing and the sand in the water is so soft on the feet. You can go out a fair distance and still be only waist or chest deep. I went all the way to the edge of the swimming area and it is deep.. *BG*....alas, riding the waves in fun......be warned, you'll burn crisp in the hot sun...

Have Fun!!!


They were saying there is a new excursion desk in the Port of Miami. It's small and between zones. You can book the Cabana there. The exursion desk we've seen every time onboard opens at 1:30. I was first in line when we went. (Unless it opens earlier now)

Cabana 12 wasn't very far from the bathrooms. Seemed like it was very close. The food was a bit of a walk, but they brought a big tray of finger foods to us, too.

You're "supposed" to only have 4........ cough. They don't have cabana people counters. There's 4 in our family, so not a problem. (I did see several people at the cabana next to ours.. )

reno3
October 23rd, 2010, 04:05 PM
Just off the Liberty this am. We had cabana on HMC that we booked at the excursion desk at Port of Miami. We didn't get to the port until 11am and we were in zone 17. We checked in at the kiosks and then had a seat for our longleaky to board. That is when I saw the excursion desk and walked right up. Asked if they had any cabanas left and they did. I got #5 and loved it. The shore excursion desk in the terminal is a trial thing per the person there. I loved it!!! There were people up on the ship waiting in the long lines and I walked right up to get what I wanted.....you just have to know to look for it. I found it by accident. FYI....we boarded much quicker than I thought we would. Loved our cruise.....the best one yet!!!
OMG this is wonderful news:D:D
I will be looking for it in April:D
I have been stressing about getting on board early to book one.
I will still get to the port early:)

susique333
October 23rd, 2010, 04:24 PM
OMG this is wonderful news:D:D
I will be looking for it in April:D
I have been stressing about getting on board early to book one.
I will still get to the port early:)


ME TOO! We're staying at a hotel next to the Miami port so we can get there bright and early. ThankYou to everyone for the great answers.

worktocruise08
October 23rd, 2010, 04:35 PM
While I do think thats it a great benefit to have a SE desk in the port I dont see the fairness in it that folks that have arrived earlier are standing in line on the ship while another person is in the port terminal renting them out before you because they got a later zone number. especially for cabana rentals, things that go fast.

If you want a cabana so bad you should get your selves to the port early and stand in line like the rest.

I may at some point use this benefit on a future cruise I am stating both sides of the coin is all. I am not complaining about it all dont get me wrong.

Can you tell me what time this desk in open? is it open for folks that do have zone 1 and have to wait as well. can they go over there and reserve.

what time does the desk open on the ship? do they monitor sales from the terminal to the ship.

I know i would hate to be in line on the ship up front and told that they are sold out and wondering to myself how is that possible?

again I am not complaining or griping im only looking at it from both angles

misguidedangel
October 23rd, 2010, 08:35 PM
Well, I have Platinum status so I ran to the VIP lounge and waited there until they said we could board at 11:15am. If there is a desk in the terminal the I never saw it.....The tour desk opens at 11:30am. It opened at 1130 for the Glory and Liberty, of which both ships made a stop at HMC....

If you have more than four for the cabana, record four people and then just take the loungers in front of the cabanas as yours and move them up and in if you want or just keep your stuff on it while in the cabana..

reno3
October 23rd, 2010, 08:51 PM
ME TOO! We're staying at a hotel next to the Miami port so we can get there bright and early. ThankYou to everyone for the great answers.
We are staying at the Conrad, 2.5 miles from the port:D

reno3
October 23rd, 2010, 08:59 PM
While I do think thats it a great benefit to have a SE desk in the port I dont see the fairness in it that folks that have arrived earlier are standing in line on the ship while another person is in the port terminal renting them out before you because they got a later zone number. especially for cabana rentals, things that go fast.

If you want a cabana so bad you should get your selves to the port early and stand in line like the rest.

I may at some point use this benefit on a future cruise I am stating both sides of the coin is all. I am not complaining about it all dont get me wrong.

Can you tell me what time this desk in open? is it open for folks that do have zone 1 and have to wait as well. can they go over there and reserve.

what time does the desk open on the ship? do they monitor sales from the terminal to the ship.

I know i would hate to be in line on the ship up front and told that they are sold out and wondering to myself how is that possible?

again I am not complaining or griping im only looking at it from both angles
Am I missing something:confused:
I will be getting to the port early either way. I plan on booking a cabana as soon as I get to the terminal...or on the ship if I can't book in the terminal. I don't see the difference if you book in the terminal (if possible) or if you book on the ship:confused: I don't see the "not fair" point.

trvlqueen
October 23rd, 2010, 09:06 PM
We got to the terminal early - probably by 10:30 or so - but due to a problem with getting the sail and sign cards printed from the line I was in, we didn't have those in hand until close to 11 or so - also, because I was sent to the "naughty room" for having too many bottles of wine (I had a 4 pack of small bottles instead of 1 large one), I had a later zone number. My mom and sister had an early one - and we could have just followed them onboard, but I was stressing out because of the cabana - I think the desk was open the whole time we were there. I asked the guy about it before I even got up to check in - stepped out of line and went over there - so I think it's open from the time they start checking people in - so there wouldn't be any 'unfairness' about it - it's just another spot where you can buy your excursions. I can see how you might be upset if it's not open when you board the ship but pops open before the one on the ship opens, causing you not to get your cabana - but to be honest, the percentage of cruisers that really read these boards is so small, I don't think you'd have to worry about it. (unless you're cruising during high season or on a group with a CC group - and in that case, hopefully your roll call would grab the grand cabana and not be worrying about the small ones)

waykaylincruz
October 23rd, 2010, 09:27 PM
As I see it, anyone can use the se desk in the terminal.....not only late arrivals. If you are lucky enough to get there around 10:30, you can still use it. No need to get on ship and stand in long lines. Everyone on the ship ahead of me last Saturday had the same opportunity to use the se desk in the terminal just as I did. Not really my fault the others didn't see the terminal se desk. They could have avoided the lines as well. Can't see the "unfairness" in that.

I do think more & more people will see and use this once word gets out here on cruise critic.

cv322
October 23rd, 2010, 10:20 PM
How many people can you have in your cabana? We have 6 in our group(2 adults, 4 kids), would we have to get two? Thanks

Ask at your roll call to determine whether or not you can get a total of 12. If so, you could book the Private Oasis cabana. That's what we did on our Miracle cruise in April. The cost is $1300...but divided by 12 is not bad at all. The bonus stuff with that is: all of your alcohol is free (with personal bartender), you have a private chef, a massage room, a hot tub, a private slide, privacy-enforcing staff, 2 showers (enclosed), 2 private bathrooms, fabulous, fabulous attention to detail.

Absolutely worth the price of admission. :D.

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goodtoglow
October 25th, 2010, 01:04 PM
CCL doesn't allow you to book them ahead of time.

It might be because we are part of a huge group, but I was able to prebook Oasis for my cruise Oct 29 2011.....

Raven Days
October 25th, 2010, 01:33 PM
Wow! I wish I had of known that there was an excursion desk in the terminal. I wouldnt have nearly killed myself trying to get onboard so early and get to the excursion desk. I made it however and was about 7 or 8th in line and I got Cabana number 10 and loved it!!! And FYI unless you like paying extra for those additional people dont tell them you have more then 4 in your party. They bring enough for 6 or 8 people...except for towels, float mats and snorkle equipment.

boomonster
October 25th, 2010, 02:02 PM
So can you book the "Behind the Fun tour" also in the terminal? I assume yes but just want to confirm .

FabFourLover
October 25th, 2010, 03:37 PM
We're going on Miracle in May 2011 leaving out of New York with a stop at HMC and we want a cabana also. Is there a SE desk in the NYC terminal too. That would be so much easier than running to the one on the ship, which I am more than willing to do. We booked this cruise just for HMC as I've never been there and I have always heard it's unbelievable.

Oh BTW, DH and I are going back and forth on this. Is it Half Moon KAY or Half Moon KEY? Just curious! Thanks!

dvan68
October 25th, 2010, 04:21 PM
we're going on miracle in may 2011 leaving out of new york with a stop at hmc and we want a cabana also. Is there a se desk in the nyc terminal too. That would be so much easier than running to the one on the ship, which i am more than willing to do. We booked this cruise just for hmc as i've never been there and i have always heard it's unbelievable.

oh btw, dh and i are going back and forth on this. Is it half moon kay or half moon key? Just curious! Thanks!

key

CruiseVacationQueen
October 26th, 2010, 12:28 AM
We want to rent a Cabana on Half Moon Cay and wondered how the process works. My husband has some health issues and the cabana would make things MUCH easier. Should we try to be early on the ship, so we can be sure to get one? Do these sell out quick in January? ANY and all answers are appreciated!

Hi! The cabanas are very popular, so yes, get to the port early! In my opinion, the cabanas # 9 - 12 are the best! A tram will drive you there and back, and those cabanas are very convenient to the food pavillion and restrooms. Best of all, they are "tucked away" from the crowds!

I pasted some pictures of the cabanas below. You can see more pictures and read a lot more about Half Moon Cay in my Destiny review by clicking here (http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1225407&page=12) (HMC starts at post #221). Happy sailing!!!


View of cabanas #8 - 12, taken from the tender boat! Cabana # 12 is yellow, and on the far left. Cabana #8 is on the far right. (See the wooden ramp on the right-hand side of the picture? That walk-way leads to the restrooms located behind cabana #9... can you make out the roof line in the trees?):


http://i1024.photobucket.com/albums/y308/mrsleahmd/Carnival%20Destiny%20June%202010/100_3117.jpg?t=1279893155




Below is a view of the back side of the cabanas, taken from the path where the tram dropped us off. We rented cabana #11 that day. The restroom building is literally just to my left.


http://i1024.photobucket.com/albums/y308/mrsleahmd/Carnival%20Destiny%20June%202010/100_3160.jpg?t=1279982791




Below is a picture of the bartender who "set up shop" just outside our cabana #11... how convenient! The food pavilion is just a short stroll up the tram path... also very convenient!


http://i1024.photobucket.com/albums/y308/mrsleahmd/Carnival%20Destiny%20June%202010/100_3187.jpg?t=1279982981


Enjoy your cruise!!! Half Moon Cay is paradise! Hope you have a wonderful day there!

reno3
October 26th, 2010, 08:20 PM
Wow! I wish I had of known that there was an excursion desk in the terminal. I wouldnt have nearly killed myself trying to get onboard so early and get to the excursion desk. I made it however and was about 7 or 8th in line and I got Cabana number 10 and loved it!!! And FYI unless you like paying extra for those additional people dont tell them you have more then 4 in your party. They bring enough for 6 or 8 people...except for towels, float mats and snorkle equipment.
Did you have other cruisers bothering you for your shower, floats etc in cabana 10?

Shelbyjane56
October 26th, 2010, 10:13 PM
You need to do this to ensure you get the cabana you want.

1. Leave for the port by 10am. You will be checked in and waiting, but waiting is OK. Boarding in Miami starts at around 11:15am. If you are in Zone #1 that is excellent!!!!!

2. Get in line right away to shore excursions to book the cabana.

Cabanas

Cabana #2 and #3 are very close to food and the restrooms. Cabanas #7-9 are also close to the food and have a restroom so close you can walk there in around a minute or two. There are stairs to go up to the restrooms, so possible mobility issues for some.

All excursions before 11am (9am arrival) meet in a lounge and are escorted off the ship onto the first tender to the island. At the island you will be offered a ride to the cabanas, or you can walk along the beach (I usually go via the "I Wish" bar, but there is a pat that leads to the beach right from the welcome center as well. The I Wish bar is a short walk past the Rum Runners bar past the Bahamian church (on the left) and sport center (on the right) and then you take a left to the I wish Bar and down the stairs to walk the amazing beach to the cabanas......

Food and drinks should be there and you will NOT need your towels, they will give you up to four towels and you just leave then there when you leave. The food will not be in the fridge, you have to put it there yourself.

The water is amazing and the sand in the water is so soft on the feet. You can go out a fair distance and still be only waist or chest deep. I went all the way to the edge of the swimming area and it is deep.. *BG*....alas, riding the waves in fun......be warned, you'll burn crisp in the hot sun...

Have Fun!!!

CABANA question


does it help to be VIP, have heard that the vip and those who are not vip are in a different building..we have not sailed from Miami for several years and we are vip for the first time on this cruise. The cabana sounds wonderful. We will be staying at the intercontinental fairly close to the port we sail on May 14. Thanks for any and all suggestion!!

carly chloe
October 27th, 2010, 06:17 PM
Did you have other cruisers bothering you for your shower, floats etc in cabana 10?
We had cabana #6 and no one came around our cabana.

susique333
October 27th, 2010, 07:05 PM
Hi! The cabanas are very popular, so yes, get to the port early! In my opinion, the cabanas # 9 - 12 are the best! A tram will drive you there and back, and those cabanas are very convenient to the food pavillion and restrooms. Best of all, they are "tucked away" from the crowds!

I pasted some pictures of the cabanas below. You can see more pictures and read a lot more about Half Moon Cay in my Destiny review by clicking here (http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1225407&page=12) (HMC starts at post #221). Happy sailing!!!


View of cabanas #8 - 12, taken from the tender boat! Cabana # 12 is yellow, and on the far left. Cabana #8 is on the far right. (See the wooden ramp on the right-hand side of the picture? That walk-way leads to the restrooms located behind cabana #9... can you make out the roof line in the trees?):


http://i1024.photobucket.com/albums/y308/mrsleahmd/Carnival%20Destiny%20June%202010/100_3117.jpg?t=1279893155




Below is a view of the back side of the cabanas, taken from the path where the tram dropped us off. We rented cabana #11 that day. The restroom building is literally just to my left.


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Below is a picture of the bartender who "set up shop" just outside our cabana #11... how convenient! The food pavilion is just a short stroll up the tram path... also very convenient!


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Enjoy your cruise!!! Half Moon Cay is paradise! Hope you have a wonderful day there!




These are just beautiful!!!! Thank you!

CruiseVacationQueen
October 27th, 2010, 10:49 PM
These are just beautiful!!!! Thank you!

You are VERY welcome! Happy sailing! :)

CruisinChris412
October 30th, 2010, 05:51 AM
Okay, so there's only 15 cabanas available?
Yet, they seem to sell out so quickly that you have to be first in line and all this fun stuff?
Why don't they have more cabanas if they sell so well?

carly chloe
October 30th, 2010, 09:25 AM
Okay, so there's only 15 cabanas available?
Yet, they seem to sell out so quickly that you have to be first in line and all this fun stuff?
Why don't they have more cabanas if they sell so well?
The island is small.

Typhoon1
October 30th, 2010, 10:40 AM
Okay, so there's only 15 cabanas available?
Yet, they seem to sell out so quickly that you have to be first in line and all this fun stuff?
Why don't they have more cabanas if they sell so well?


45 acres of beach have been developed. I certainly wouldn't want to see the entire beach littered with cabanas. I remember some years ago, when only four cabanas existed.

If you don't want to stand in line, sail HAL, you can book on line.

CruisinChris412
October 30th, 2010, 05:08 PM
45 acres of beach have been developed. I certainly wouldn't want to see the entire beach littered with cabanas. I remember some years ago, when only four cabanas existed.

I wouldn't call those cabanas as anything close to littering. When I type in Half Moon Cay in google and search Images, I see pictures of a beach covered in chairs and clamshells. I mean these cabanas don't even appear to be on the beach. They appear to be on the line where the vegetation ends and sand begins. Are they an eyesore for people?

Would adding another 15 be that bad? Is another 30 out of the question? Is the last cabana (#15?) all the way at the egde of the strip of beach? There seems to be good spacing between cabanas, would it be possible to reduce the spacing between cabanas? Would it ruin the cabana experience?

susique333
October 30th, 2010, 05:57 PM
I wouldn't call those cabanas as anything close to littering. When I type in Half Moon Cay in google and search Images, I see pictures of a beach covered in chairs and clamshells. I mean these cabanas don't even appear to be on the beach. They appear to be on the line where the vegetation ends and sand begins. Are they an eyesore for people?

Would adding another 15 be that bad? Is another 30 out of the question? Is the last cabana (#15?) all the way at the egde of the strip of beach? There seems to be good spacing between cabanas, would it be possible to reduce the spacing between cabanas? Would it ruin the cabana experience?

You might send a note to Carnival to see if theyd think about it.

reno3
October 30th, 2010, 06:31 PM
You might send a note to Carnival to see if theyd think about it.
This picture is absolutely beautiful:D:D

CruiserBruce
October 30th, 2010, 07:52 PM
Carnival won't do anything about extra cabanas. HAL owns the island. HAL's ships are smaller than Carnival's, so perhaps a need isn't detected.
It is a business decision. If the revenue will exceed the cost, they will do it.

I think the impression is the cabanas always sell out. They don't, at least not every cruise. So they have settled on a number that the market will support.

Typhoon1
October 31st, 2010, 12:44 AM
IIRC, the cabanas steadily grew from two to four to eight to fifteen.

I would suspect they have reached their maximum. Adding another fifteen along that beach doesn't just involve slapping together some wood and building a cabana.

There are all the other infrastructure additions that would be required, i.e. plumbing, electrical. As they move further down the beach, they are getting farther away from the main area of the island.

As Bruce noted, it is a business decision. Adding to the island infrastructure probably wouldn't justify the costs involved.

Additionally, that island is often raked by hurricanes each season. That just adds to the maintenance costs.

Guil
November 2nd, 2010, 10:44 AM
We're going on Miracle in May 2011 leaving out of New York with a stop at HMC and we want a cabana also. Is there a SE desk in the NYC terminal too. That would be so much easier than running to the one on the ship, which I am more than willing to do. We booked this cruise just for HMC as I've never been there and I have always heard it's unbelievable.

Oh BTW, DH and I are going back and forth on this. Is it Half Moon KAY or Half Moon KEY? Just curious! Thanks!

Hi, I came across your tread and saw that we're both going on the same cruise in May...We've sailed on the Miracle back in 2008, never been to Half Moon Key... Looking forward to this cruise...

FabFourLover
November 2nd, 2010, 11:26 AM
Hi, I came across your tread and saw that we're both going on the same cruise in May...We've sailed on the Miracle back in 2008, never been to Half Moon Key... Looking forward to this cruise...

We were on Miracle in 2008 too! Left out of NYC in July to San Juan, Grand Turk and St. Thomas. Was my first CCL and first Miracle cruise. It was so wonderful we went back last Nov 2009 and we're going in May. I could get so addicted to this! LOL

excruisestaff
November 4th, 2010, 09:46 AM
You are VERY welcome! Happy sailing! :)

Thanks CruiseVacationQueen, your photo actually helped our party's cabana choice, too! :)

MH

cv322
November 5th, 2010, 10:34 AM
We're going on Miracle in May 2011 leaving out of New York with a stop at HMC and we want a cabana also. Is there a SE desk in the NYC terminal too. That would be so much easier than running to the one on the ship, which I am more than willing to do. We booked this cruise just for HMC as I've never been there and I have always heard it's unbelievable.

Oh BTW, DH and I are going back and forth on this. Is it Half Moon KAY or Half Moon KEY? Just curious! Thanks!

Nope, no shore excursion desk in the Manhattan (NY) cruise terminal.

excruisestaff
November 5th, 2010, 01:42 PM
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Oh BTW, DH and I are going back and forth on this. Is it Half Moon KAY or Half Moon KEY? Just curious! Thanks!

Although it's spelled "CAY", it should actually be pronounced "KEY" (like the Florida Keys). It means "island". You'll find most on board will be calling it Half Moon "Key" though. Just habit I guess.

Hope this helps!

MH

Typhoon1
November 5th, 2010, 07:19 PM
You'll find most on board will be calling it Half Moon "Key" though. Just habit I guess.

Hope this helps!

MH

Most often on this board, it gets referred to as HMC.