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Old August 30th, 2012, 03:45 PM
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I think that we should be able to book a specific cabana when we reserve and pay for it. That way it would truly be "first come, first served." I will be ok with any of the over-the-waters, but I can see why some families would want certain cabanas -- sun vs. shade; closest to the sand for the little ones vs. best view; the cluster of 4 on the right vs. the others on the left. It seems a shame that I may be "assigned" the one you want and you may be "assigned" the one I want!! It's not like any one is better than the rest -- everyone may have a different opinion on that!

I agree. On another note, I don't understand why we are not given an assigned cabana number when we make our reservation -- we have paid for the cabana, so why not give us the number.
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Yes Nellie's cabanas are for anyone that books them online. FYI, from what I understand the excursion desk holds about 30% of the cabanas for booking once you are on board. So don't be upset if you cannot book online. Just make sure you go directly to the excursion desk upon boarding to book your cabana. They always go fast!
What are the chances of getting one when u get on board. We plan on being there early. I called RC and they said u had to do it on board. Any tips on how to get one before hand. (I'm not in a suite and only gold member),

My group really wants one of these. At this point I don't care whic one it is.

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This thread reminds me of the parking lot experience I just had trying to get parked at Costco !

Anyways......I am going to have a great time no matter which cabana they put me in, not going to kill myself or "go to bed early" to make sure I get the first choice lol. I am on vacation ! They all look pretty nice to me !
I agree ! I've already booked a Nellie's beach cabana for 5/7/13. I'm going to try to surprise my sister so she'll wonder why I'm pushing and pulling her off the ship. lol

Also, I think there are only 2 lounge chairs with each cabana so if you have 4,5,6 people, there's going to be some pushing and pulling in the cabana, too!
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I think that we should be able to book a specific cabana when we reserve and pay for it. That way it would truly be "first come, first served." I will be ok with any of the over-the-waters, but I can see why some families would want certain cabanas -- sun vs. shade; closest to the sand for the little ones vs. best view; the cluster of 4 on the right vs. the others on the left. It seems a shame that I may be "assigned" the one you want and you may be "assigned" the one I want!! It's not like any one is better than the rest -- everyone may have a different opinion on that!
I agree too, especially when 2 ships will be there like the day we are there and were the second ship to dock. We have 2 otw booked for Nellies each but we need them next to each other. Im hoping we can talk to someone at the excursion desk when we board to see if we can get specific ones.....
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We were on the 8/4 sailing on Oasis and had an Over the Water Cabana. The ARE pre-assigned. The golf cart takes you to a guy with a clip board who has your assigned cabana on his sheet. We had one with steps that went down into the water maybe 2 feet from the edge of the beach. We had 4 in our party, had an amazing day! There are electrical outlets in the cabana so you can bring your electronics if you want. The upgraded buffet was very good. The steak was simply delicious. The attendant brought drinks and there was a cooler with 3 or 4 large bottles of Evian, that we ended up taking back on the ship. A
So, we had bought a beer bag on the ship on Sunday, and we were allowed to take the beers we had left in it to the cabana with us. Used the cooler already in the cabana to keep them cold. All in all a GREAT day and $200 well spent! Definitely get off of the ship early, but only to make the most of your time in the cabana. We got there early and left at the last possible minute.
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Hey everyone!! I really want one of the cabanas. The question I have is if they will count a 2 year old as one of the 6 maximum? Basically my sister, her hubs, our bestie and her hubs and me want the cabana. My mom and dad are on the cruise too but my dad mainly stays on the ship (happy as a clam) but my Mom might like to come out. Would they be ok with 6 adults and a 2 year old in the cabana? If we all get in will they tell my mom to take a hike if she wants to visit but not have the buffet? The beach isn't private right? So if she is on the beach and we bring her up to our cabana is our waiter really going to say GTFO?
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Hey everyone!! I really want one of the cabanas. The question I have is if they will count a 2 year old as one of the 6 maximum? Basically my sister, her hubs, our bestie and her hubs and me want the cabana. My mom and dad are on the cruise too but my dad mainly stays on the ship (happy as a clam) but my Mom might like to come out. Would they be ok with 6 adults and a 2 year old in the cabana? If we all get in will they tell my mom to take a hike if she wants to visit but not have the buffet? The beach isn't private right? So if she is on the beach and we bring her up to our cabana is our waiter really going to say GTFO?
I have seen several questions similar to this and really wonder what RCCL does in these situations. The excursions page reads maximum of 6. However, I can certainly see two sides to this issue.

If others are getting more than 6 into a cabana, will you please post here to let us know?
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I have seen several questions similar to this and really wonder what RCCL does in these situations. The excursions page reads maximum of 6. However, I can certainly see two sides to this issue.

If others are getting more than 6 into a cabana, will you please post here to let us know?
I promise to do an annoyingly long and detailed cruise review when I get back and I'll take a ton of pics of the cabana (If I can get it!) and if we were able to use it.
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Ok, I just booked the over the water cabana on Nellie's Beach!! So excited!
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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.
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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.

Thank you very much for taking the time to post your review, I appreciate it very much. We have reserved a cabana ON the beach -- if you have any pictures of them I would love to see them.
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We were on the 8/4 sailing on Oasis and had an Over the Water Cabana. The ARE pre-assigned. The golf cart takes you to a guy with a clip board who has your assigned cabana on his sheet. We had one with steps that went down into the water maybe 2 feet from the edge of the beach. We had 4 in our party, had an amazing day! There are electrical outlets in the cabana so you can bring your electronics if you want. The upgraded buffet was very good. The steak was simply delicious. The attendant brought drinks and there was a cooler with 3 or 4 large bottles of Evian, that we ended up taking back on the ship. A
So, we had bought a beer bag on the ship on Sunday, and we were allowed to take the beers we had left in it to the cabana with us. Used the cooler already in the cabana to keep them cold. All in all a GREAT day and $200 well spent! Definitely get off of the ship early, but only to make the most of your time in the cabana. We got there early and left at the last possible minute.
We are non suite, with an over the water cabana. Do the steps go into deep or shallow water. I do not swim, just stand in the water.
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We were in the cabana that had the handicap ramp down to the water's edge. The first two cabanas on the right side of the beach used the ramp. The next two capanas used steps to enter the water and the water was ankle deep when you stepped off the last step. The last two cabanas used a laddert to enter the water. At that spot the water was about waist deep, easily walked around the area. You will be able to get into the water at any of the cabanas and the water will not be that deep. We were there at high tide. When it is low tide, the water will, of course, be even more shallow. No worries for a non-swimmer.
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We were in the cabana that had the handicap ramp down to the water's edge. The first two cabanas on the right side of the beach used the ramp. The next two capanas used steps to enter the water and the water was ankle deep when you stepped off the last step. The last two cabanas used a laddert to enter the water. At that spot the water was about waist deep, easily walked around the area. You will be able to get into the water at any of the cabanas and the water will not be that deep. We were there at high tide. When it is low tide, the water will, of course, be even more shallow. No worries for a non-swimmer.
Flowers, I remember you saying you would be posting pics. Sounds like more and more Cabanas are getting built all the time. Got anything for us?
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Sorry, I did not get many pictures that day. We were to busy enjoying the cabana and the great swimming. The photos that appeared earlier on this Private Island site pretty much show you what you will see. Is there such a thing as having too much fun?
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[quote=flowers44;35687737]We were in the cabana that had the handicap ramp down to the water's edge. The first two cabanas on the right side of the beach used the ramp. The next two capanas used steps to enter the water and the water was ankle deep when you stepped off the last step. The last two cabanas used a laddert to enter the water. At that spot the water was about waist deep, easily walked around the area. You will be able to get into the water at any of the cabanas and the water will not be that deep. We were there at high tide. When it is low tide, the water will, of course, be even more shallow. No worries for a non-swimmer.[/QUOTE

Awesome thanks! My group really wants the cabana with the ladder..I hope it won't be hard to get. I honestly plan on getting up super early and standing in front of where they assign them so I'm the first one
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[quote=CruisanSusan;35160951]I agree ! I've already booked a Nellie's beach cabana for 5/7/13. I'm going to try to surprise my sister so she'll wonder why I'm pushing and pulling her off the ship. lol


Update: I cancelled the beach cabana and booked the over the water cabana after reading posts in this board.
Lucky Princess- I have read many times on this board that 6 people are fine in the cabana and the child won't be a problem. How much can a little one eat?! Some posters had 7 & 8 people in the cabana. So when you sign in include your mother on the list so all seven of you get wristbands.
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Sorry, I did not get many pictures that day. We were to busy enjoying the cabana and the great swimming. The photos that appeared earlier on this Private Island site pretty much show you what you will see. Is there such a thing as having too much fun?
Lol, of course not. We do the same thing.. have great intentions of getting tons of pics, but we just get caught up in being there, and end up with only a few pics.

Did it look like new cabanas were being built?
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