Labadee - Quiet - Amiga Island?

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#41
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Originally posted by disneynan
We were there on Wed and it was fabulous! Will post pics when I get home. There was a family on the island that was not with our group, but IDK how they got there. Our excursion was fully booked with 30-35 folks.
Thanks disneynan!! Can't wait to see your pics! Let me know how you liked the AM excursion and whether you made it back for the bbq.
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Our time was changed to 8:30-11:30. We only found out about the change on the ship. Our excursion paperwork was in our cabin when we arrived. So we were able to have the bbq no problem. I will say the food on the ship was much better though.
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Originally posted by disneynan
Our time was changed to 8:30-11:30. We only found out about the change on the ship. Our excursion paperwork was in our cabin when we arrived. So we were able to have the bbq no problem. I will say the food on the ship was much better though.
can't wait to see your pics! i think i'm really looking forward to this one.
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#44
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Here are some photos we took last Wednesday.
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#45
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We took the boat shown from the dock at Labbadee; was about 20min out. They played 80s hits set to reggae. We did have to wade onto shore which was fine for us, but might be difficult if you have mobility issues. The water was cooler than expected, but not as bad as the Atlantic we usually swim in LOL. The sand was so soft and the water so clear and beautiful blue. There were about 35 of us on the excursion. There was one other family on the island not from our excursion. At one point, several men came in boats and took out the boats that were on the island when we arrived. They had hammocks and adirondak chairs. Bathroom was a pit toilet. We walked all around the island, such a beautiful, continuous beach. Lots of shells and sand dollars to be found. Everyone got a complimentary rum punch or fruit punch. The only negative aspect was that we had 2 hours on the island......didn't feel like enough time! They were building a pavilion, so I don't think it is going to remain as untouched as it is now. I would highly recommend this excursion.

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#46
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Thanks Disneynan for providing your thoughts on Amiga Island. Looks like you had a beautiful day. Would you say the beach there was better than the beaches on Labadee? I love Labadee but have always found that the sand was not the best nor the water visibility as clear as I have seen at other islands such as Grand Cayman.
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Originally posted by beachdiamonds
Thanks Disneynan for providing your thoughts on Amiga Island. Looks like you had a beautiful day. Would you say the beach there was better than the beaches on Labadee? I love Labadee but have always found that the sand was not the best nor the water visibility as clear as I have seen at other islands such as Grand Cayman.
Yes, the beach at Amiga was 100% better than Labadee. After the excursion, DD and I went over to the beach at Labadee (we were at the one with the zipline). We tried to go in the water, but it was so murky, with small and large rocks, seaweed and a huge piece of burlap that we got grossed out. I got the feeling that it was a man-made beach.
The beach around Amiga was what you would hope to see in the Caribbean - crystal clear water and fine, soft white sand. There were some rocks in the water, but they were large and you could avoid them. The beach was also littered with sand dollars and shells. There was a sitting area with palm trees with the chairs and hammocks near the bar and pit toilet. There were also woven mats you could use if you wanted to lay on the beach.
We brought some inflatable pool floaties ($2 from Walmart) with us that the kids blew up when we got there, they really enjoyed floating around in the water.
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There were no small children with our group. My children, ages 15 and 17 were the youngest ones present. There was another family on the island that day with younger children, but they were not with our group; and they stayed on the far side away from the chairs and bar area. I don't think there was an age limit. We were all given a rum punch when we arrived, my kids were given fruit punch. It was interesting to be drinking rum punch at 9:30 am.
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Do you think it would be okay if we did this excursion with our 13, 10, 8 year olds or too young? I know it says kids and adults welcome but didn't know if couples escape and go on this excursion to get away. It looks gorgeous there and we would love to do it! The drink sounds amazing right now, ha!


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#51
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I think it would be fine. I never felt as if my kids were unwelcome. And folks can walk all around the island with beautiful beach everywhere, so if anyone wanted to get away from your children, they would be able to.
I would recommend bringing some inflatable floats for them. The waves were very gentle, but there was a bit of a drop off at the main beach; so it got deep pretty quick.
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yesss, sounds and looks perfect. can't wait. just watched "the beach" on tv this weekend, and while the caribbean and thailand are very different, it just reminds me of that kind of tranquility. can't wait!
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#53
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I just wanted to thank those that posted pics and reviews of Amiga....my mind is also made up. DH didn't want a cabana (price hikes in case you guys haven't heard, PLUS reduction in what you get) and wanted to still spend time at Labadee.

We've been there before, but he wants time to check out the shops. neither of us cares about the food, we're just as likely to go back on the ship and eat. We did that last time but the combo of sun/water and then a full belly knocked me out until about 3pm and then I didn't want to 'swim upstream' so to speak to get back out there just to browse the shops.

So, I will book Amiga and we will shop and hopefully beat the rush back to the ship.

Two Questions for you guys:
Did you think the time of day that you went to Amiga affected your enjoyment? IOW, was it too hot in the afternoon? Or did you miss the buffet by going in the morning? Things like that.

Second, for those of us who need reprieve from the Caribbean sun, I just want to be sure that there's the option of setting up shop under some shade. I don't mind laying on a towel or the sand, but I'd really like to be able to get in some shade if need be.


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#54
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Originally posted by sperkins921
I just wanted to thank those that posted pics and reviews of Amiga....my mind is also made up. DH didn't want a cabana (price hikes in case you guys haven't heard, PLUS reduction in what you get) and wanted to still spend time at Labadee.

We've been there before, but he wants time to check out the shops. neither of us cares about the food, we're just as likely to go back on the ship and eat. We did that last time but the combo of sun/water and then a full belly knocked me out until about 3pm and then I didn't want to 'swim upstream' so to speak to get back out there just to browse the shops.

So, I will book Amiga and we will shop and hopefully beat the rush back to the ship.

Two Questions for you guys:
Did you think the time of day that you went to Amiga affected your enjoyment? IOW, was it too hot in the afternoon? Or did you miss the buffet by going in the morning? Things like that.

Second, for those of us who need reprieve from the Caribbean sun, I just want to be sure that there's the option of setting up shop under some shade. I don't mind laying on a towel or the sand, but I'd really like to be able to get in some shade if need be.


TIA!!
-Nikki
Hi Nikki,
You are very welcome for the reviews. When I planned our trip, there was very little information regarding Amiga Island and I combed the internet for anything I could find!
Our excursion was supposed to be from 10-1. We were notified on day 1 of our cruise that the time had been changed to 8:30-11:30; we were told that the times can vary based on other excursions. So be aware that the time may change. I had been concerned about missing lunch with the later time, so the change worked well for us. Although I agree with what you said, the lunch on Labadee is nothing special and we would skip next time to eat on the ship.
We were on the island for two hours (roughly 9-11). Yes, it was strange to be drinking our complimentary rum punch that early (but in a good way). We were lucky to have a nice sunny day with fluffy clouds, so it was warm and sunny while we where there. There is ample shade on the island. All the hammocks and adirondak chairs were set up in the shade along the beach. The island consists of a beautiful narrow beach that is boardered by palm trees and other vegetation. There were also woven beach mats that you could relocate where you wanted. Only downside to the excursion was those two hours flew by!
Look carefully at my posted pic with the folks getting off the boat. It was a bit tricky getting on and off as you exit into the water while the boat is moving with the waves. We had no trouble, but are active folks. Just giving a heads up to anyone who may have mobility issues.
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#55
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Now I'm doubly sure that I'm booking Amiga as our excursion!!

Thanks again for the additional info!

And thanks (even though it doesn't currently apply to us- we're relatively young and fairly active) for reminding people about exiting the boat out in the water. For those with mobility issues, or even balance issues, this is a very important thing to take note of.
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#56
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Originally posted by disneynan
I read that the island is surrounded by coral reefs and we do plan to snorkel. Would you recommend water shoes?

Our excursion is from 10-1 and we will be missing out on the buffet at Labadee (confirmed this with RCCL). I would recommend taking the later option so you can grab lunch first. But, I have not been yet, so that is just my uninformed opinion.
Water shoes are a good idea. Not needed for the beach but if you are walking around the island or in the water .
#57
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I did bring water shoes, but ended up doing fine with flip flops and bare feet; just need to be careful of rocks in the water.
We regretted bringing snorkel gear as well. The excursion was just too short to bother. Ended up just hanging out in the water and walking around the island.
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Originally posted by disneynan
Hi Nikki,
You are very welcome for the reviews. When I planned our trip, there was very little information regarding Amiga Island and I combed the internet for anything I could find!
Our excursion was supposed to be from 10-1. We were notified on day 1 of our cruise that the time had been changed to 8:30-11:30; we were told that the times can vary based on other excursions. So be aware that the time may change. I had been concerned about missing lunch with the later time, so the change worked well for us. Although I agree with what you said, the lunch on Labadee is nothing special and we would skip next time to eat on the ship.
We were on the island for two hours (roughly 9-11). Yes, it was strange to be drinking our complimentary rum punch that early (but in a good way). We were lucky to have a nice sunny day with fluffy clouds, so it was warm and sunny while we where there. There is ample shade on the island. All the hammocks and adirondak chairs were set up in the shade along the beach. The island consists of a beautiful narrow beach that is boardered by palm trees and other vegetation. There were also woven beach mats that you could relocate where you wanted. Only downside to the excursion was those two hours flew by!
Look carefully at my posted pic with the folks getting off the boat. It was a bit tricky getting on and off as you exit into the water while the boat is moving with the waves. We had no trouble, but are active folks. Just giving a heads up to anyone who may have mobility issues.

Disneynan,

Your answers have been invaluable as you are right there was very little information out there about Amiga Island. However, it looks like the word is out because my sailing (which is about 2 weeks out) has the excursion listed as sold out / unavailable for booking now for both AM and PM. I have been to Labadee several times and was one of those who booked cabanas all the time ( at least on my last three (3) visits). However the crazy cabana price increase completely took us out of that market ( ..No thanks I will keep $495 in my pocket !!)

Thanks again for the feedback and pics as I would've certainly missed out on this newer excursion. I too will post pics upon my return of our time on the island.
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Originally posted by beachdiamonds
Disneynan,

Your answers have been invaluable as you are right there was very little information out there about Amiga Island. However, it looks like the word is out because my sailing (which is about 2 weeks out) has the excursion listed as sold out / unavailable for booking now for both AM and PM. I have been to Labadee several times and was one of those who booked cabanas all the time ( at least on my last three (3) visits). However the crazy cabana price increase completely took us out of that market ( ..No thanks I will keep $495 in my pocket !!)

Thanks again for the feedback and pics as I would've certainly missed out on this newer excursion. I too will post pics upon my return of our time on the island.
Beach diamonds, I hope you are as happy with Amiga Island as we were. I thought the price was really good, much cheaper than the cabanas. And Labadee can't compare!
Have a wonderful trip!
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