Posted October 10th, 2012, 01:15 PM
Last edited by erin_cruisers; October 10th, 2012 at 01:17 PM
We did a B2B cruise on the Freedom last month, and had booked a Cabana at Nellies Beach.
I thought I'd post my comments and pictures since I found lots of valuable info here before our cruise.
When I booked the Cabana I did not want an over-water cabana, as I wanted more privacy, and importantly - shade. Having a nice view of the ship, and area weighed more than convenience of being close to the water.
I had read that they were pre-booked, and I figured that most people with families would want to be closer to the water. Therefore I was prepared to trade with someone if I was near the beach.
I didn't have to.
We arrived around 10 AM, and were shown to a Cabana high up on the hill, (near the old monument /bell) It was perfect. Very private, and excellent view of the ship.
It was a walk down quite a few steps to the beach, but that was fine - no mobility issues here.
The beach and swimming are are nice, however after a short while it got pretty crowded at this beach.
Our waiter introduced himself, and took us down to the beach where he showed us our two beach chairs and floating mats. We said "Fine", and promptly returned to our cabana. It was very hot and we appreciated the shade and overhead fan in the cabana.
Soon he arrived with beers we had ordered. We asked him if he would check in on us every 45 minutes or so.
In our Cabana was a cooler with lots of ice, and 3 large bottles of water.
We only drank one, and took another back to the ship.
There was lots of room if you have more in your group. I could see them wanting to limit it to 6, but I can't see them having a problem with a small child.
I used one of the electrical outlets provided to charge my camera battery.
Re: Food. This was the icing on the cake, and the main reason I would book another Cabana in a heartbeat.
Our waiter came up to tell us the food had arrived around noon, but we waited until just past 12:30 to go up. (we had a late breakfast).
There was absolutely no line-up, and when I asked for some hot skewers of shrimp they happily obliged. In a few minutes I had 6 fresh off the grill skewers. The rest of the food was very good also.
My DW didn't like the look of the steaks that had been sitting in the tray for who-knows-how-long, so they cooked up a steak for her to her liking - Rare.
She was impressed. There was also a small bar right beside the food, so we grabbed a couple of ice cold beers, and found a table in the shade.
After lunch it was a short walk back to the cabana.
At the pre-arranged time before sail-away our fellow came back to get us, and had arranged a golf-cart ride back to the gate. I tipped him, and thanked him for his service during the day.
All in all, it was a very nice way to spend the day in Labadee, and I recommend it highly.
Tonight when I get home I'll post up some pics of our Cabana and location.