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Old August 3rd, 2012, 03:22 PM
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To update to the original thread with more clarity . . . . .

Nellie's offers three kinds of cabanas
Beachside - on the beach with little to no climbing
Hillside - a more extensive climb up the hill
Over the water - has direct water access from the cabana

Each cabana comes with lots (maybe 6) towels, an iced cooler with 3 x 1L bottles of evian water, access to the upgraded buffet which offers shrimp skewers, steak, greek salad, etc and a cabana attendent. The attendent will get your drinks, more towels, bring you your floating mats,etc.
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Melbur, thank you so much for your patience and your reposting and explanations. Thanks to your pictures I've decided to keep our beachside, I don't do well with stairs and I'm not sure I want to plop right into the water from an over-the-water (although they really do look great).
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original thread with more pics

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1625781
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also, the cart drivers are available in the area all day to take you other places too, so if you have reservations for the zip line or want to go to the straw market, they will take you there and pick you up.that is a really nice extra perk too
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How far away is the buffet? Someone mentioned the cart drivers would take you there, too.

Oh, and while I'm at it...where are the restrooms on the beach?
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How far away is the buffet? Someone mentioned the cart drivers would take you there, too.

Oh, and while I'm at it...where are the restrooms on the beach?
the buffet is close, you don't need a driver unless there is a real mobility issue. it is behind the beach cabanas on Barefoot.
Restrooms are at the entrance to the barefoot area across the pathway. not too far.
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How does the cost work for the cabanas? Is it per person or total for the cabana? In the description I thought it meant it was total cost, but when I booked and added people it was charging me 200 per person (which for a family of 5 is a really expensive cabana!).

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When ordering a drink do you just use your on board ship card (sorry do not know what RCCL calls theirs)? I seen where they say you have your cabana attendent to go get your drink correct, if so how do you tip them, at the end of the day or each time?
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When ordering a drink do you just use your on board ship card (sorry do not know what RCCL calls theirs)? I seen where they say you have your cabana attendent to go get your drink correct, if so how do you tip them, at the end of the day or each time?
When on Labadee last year, we used the seapass card for drinks purchases. As per usual, a gratuity is included on the tab, although I usually add a buck when I sign off.

I would also like to know how much to tip the cabana attendant for good service. It will only be my husband and myself (unless we invite new friends).

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How does the cost work for the cabanas? Is it per person or total for the cabana? In the description I thought it meant it was total cost, but when I booked and added people it was charging me 200 per person (which for a family of 5 is a really expensive cabana!).

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I was a little confused at first but then realized that the cost is per cabana and not per person. When reserving, you only enter one name. We will be a group of 5 people and I put the reservation under my husband's name.
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When on Labadee last year, we used the seapass card for drinks purchases. As per usual, a gratuity is included on the tab, although I usually add a buck when I sign off.

I would also like to know how much to tip the cabana attendant for good service. It will only be my husband and myself (unless we invite new friends).

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Are the cabana attendants RCI personnel or island personnel. Reason I ask is that if RCI personnel then they would get the tip from the drink gratuity. If not, then they would NOT get the gratuity since they are not RCI personnel and therefore I should definitely figure that into my tip at the end of the day --- make sense?
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Are the cabana attendants RCI personnel or island personnel. Reason I ask is that if RCI personnel then they would get the tip from the drink gratuity. If not, then they would NOT get the gratuity since they are not RCI personnel and therefore I should definitely figure that into my tip at the end of the day --- make sense?
They work and live in Haiti, they are not ship personnel.

When booking the cabana, only enter one name. (This is an exception to the shore excursion bookings.)

Again, Melanie, many many thanks for your patient explanations and beautiful photos. One quick question -- in one of the photos, it looks as though there is a small retainer wall between the beach cabanas and the beach proper. Is this true? Is it for the privacy of the cabana area?

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Ok, one last question. Melannie or anyone, do you know how many Nellies hillside cabanas there are? It looks like only 2 in all the pics that are on these boards. I am booked for our Jan 7th IOS cruise, just dont want any surprises.

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They work and live in Haiti, they are not ship personnel.

When booking the cabana, only enter one name. (This is an exception to the shore excursion bookings.)

Again, Melanie, many many thanks for your patient explanations and beautiful photos. One quick question -- in one of the photos, it looks as though there is a small retainer wall between the beach cabanas and the beach proper. Is this true? Is it for the privacy of the cabana area?

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You know Karen, you are right about the retaining wall, although I'm not sure it's done for privacy, here is another shot of it

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I will also add that those blue clamshells in above pic are available at Nellie's on a first come first serve basis and are no charge. Just ask the beach attendent.
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Ok, one last question. Melannie or anyone, do you know how many Nellies hillside cabanas there are? It looks like only 2 in all the pics that are on these boards. I am booked for our Jan 7th IOS cruise, just dont want any surprises.

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At the time of these photos, which was early April, there were only 2 hillside, they run right after the Barefoot H5 cabana.
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