Labadee - Bungalows vs. Cabanas

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#1
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A few years ago we rented a cabana at Labadee - we had a great experience. This year we will be renting a bungalow - mainly due to new pricing - cabanas now double the price of a few years ago, and bungalows the price of what a cabana once was. I am interested in someone who has experienced both - will we be at all disappointed in the bungalow vs. the cabana? What was your opinion of the bungalow - and any suggestions on tipping - per drink or just an amount at end of day? Thanks for any information.
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Recent threads on the subject:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2486271

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2481282

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2461623
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If you are simply looking for a "home base", then the bungalow will be fine. As far as tipping goes, I'd extend a tip at the end of the day, for services rendered.
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My understanding is that the food offered in the cabana now is the same as the regular buffet, not anything "deluxe." Correct?
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Sorry, meant to say food at the bungalows is no longer deluxe.
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We were there early this month. Had 2 bungalows for 16 people. We all loved it. I had cabanas over the water and while it was nice I would do the bungalows over cabanas in a heart beat. Service was awesome. We tipped at the end of the day. The buffet is close by . The ocean is right there and they do not allow anyone in the area that doesn't belong. Cabanas at Nellies also just get the buffet. We loved it so much I just booked 2 for next year when we go on the Allure.
#7
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It doesn't seem like you can rent these online, as it says not available online....I see they have those beach loungers for two..has anyone used those?? Can they also be rented once aboard or must I rent them online?? Thanks
#8
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I am on Oasis next August 2018 and do not see cabanas or bungalows even offered. I check every day as I want to make sure we get one. Im just in an OV Balcony so no concierge. Wasnt aware of bungalows being offered we onky have experience with over he water, but want something a little easier for my mom to get in/out of the water. Do I stand a shot of securing one or do they sell out immediately?

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#9
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Originally posted by js
I am on Oasis next August 2018 and do not see cabanas or bungalows even offered. I check every day as I want to make sure we get one. Im just in an OV Balcony so no concierge. Wasnt aware of bungalows being offered we onky have experience with over he water, but want something a little easier for my mom to get in/out of the water. Do I stand a shot of securing one or do they sell out immediately?

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Cabanas are allocated to suite and Pinnacle guests then to Diamond Plus. On our last Oasis cruise there were a lot of Pinnacle and suite guests who rent them so there were none left for DP.
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I was able to rent to bungalows online 2 days ago and pay for them this is for Allure cruise next April.. As far as the cabanas it shows I can rent those also except for the cabanas on Barefoot Beach those are strictly for grand suites and above only. So maybe if you don't see them available your cruise might be to far out .
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Originally posted by coops
I was able to rent to bungalows online 2 days ago and pay for them this is for Allure cruise next April.. As far as the cabanas it shows I can rent those also except for the cabanas on Barefoot Beach those are strictly for grand suites and above only. So maybe if you don't see them available your cruise might be to far out .
I too was able to rent a bungalow for our February 2018 Oasis cruise yesterday. All the posters on this thread made it sound so good, I had to book before they were all gone. I noticed that, on he shore excursions page for the bungalow, there was a note that the area is not private. Meaning?
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Originally posted by starrcards
I too was able to rent a bungalow for our February 2018 Oasis cruise yesterday. All the posters on this thread made it sound so good, I had to book before they were all gone. I noticed that, on he shore excursions page for the bungalow, there was a note that the area is not private. Meaning?
The area around the bungalows is also open to people who have not rented bungalows.
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Thanks Bob. I guess access to the bungalow area is not as tightly controlled as the cabanas.
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#14
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When we were there , they would not let people in the area. They could swim but to walk around the area they would run down and tell them it is private. That is our experience in early April.
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What are bungalows? We were at Barefoot Beach on Labadee in Feb. and I did not see any additional buildings, thank goodness! There are too many cabanas there already as far as I am concerned.
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No Bungalows on my last visit to Labadee...anyone have pictures of these and where exactly are they?
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We've rented a Cabana in the past and a Bungalow more recently (like others due to pricing). To us, we did not see a big difference and even had our same server from when we were in the Cabana help during our time in the bungalow! Location is a little far out, that's the only negative I can think of.
#18
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Thank you all. I just double checked and still do not see any bungalow or cabana options for August 2018. When you say the location is a little far away for a bungalow do you mean they are still on a beach? Being further out and a little far away is even better and away from crowds. Thanks all.


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Originally posted by Ashland
No Bungalows on my last visit to Labadee...anyone have pictures of these and where exactly are they?
I don't have any pictures, but the bungalows are located at Columbus Cove --- at the far end. They were an option on our Oasis cruise two weeks ago, but we chose a beach bed on Adrenaline Beach, since there were only 2 of us, and they are cheaper. Great access to the new floating bar......


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