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We are on the Freedom of the Seas next Sunday March 21. Can someone tell me if the cabana's on Labadee are first come first serve (free) or do you have to pay for them? If you have to pay for them, can you tell me how much they are?

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Did some searching, only came up with bit's and pieces.

 

Looking for info on Labadee's new private beach (barefoot beach) for Suite Guests only. (?) Anyone use this beach? Pictures? Review?

 

We will be in a GS next cruise and stopping at Labadee so info would be appreciated.

 

Been to Labadee before, but years ago before the improvements.

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They are only for passengers in Jr suites and above, and I believe they cost $150 for the day

My understanding is that they are for GS and above..once again the JS's aren't "sweet" enough...:rolleyes:

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We visited Labadee on the LOS two weeks ago. It was our favorite stop. The private beach is for suite guests above Junior Suite (what we had) yet if they have available unused cabanas then anyone can rent one for the day starting at $150 for the basic cabana. The ones closer to the water or bigger in size are a little more.

The price includes a "floatie", the use of the cabana and a beach chair for laying out near the water. Drinks are paid for using your sign and sail card and of course a BBQ lunch was served that was very tasty.

The water is amazing and the beach is sandy and beautiful. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

The whole resort area is well maintained and nicely structured. You can save money by visiting the other beaches which are just as nice.

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We will be there in a few months, staying in a GS. I understand that if you want a cabana, you would reserve one with the Concierge before arriving at Labadee.

Having not seen one, you are being asked to pay $150 before.

 

In your opinion, is it worth it?

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No cabanas at Columbus Cove (they are only on the beach that is exclusively for suite passengers) -- there is plenty of shade available, though. The beach on the other side of the peninsula is a lot more crowded, and has NO shade available. They have planted baby palm trees, so there will be shade there eventually.

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There is no charge to leave the ship...this is part of your cruise---consider it a "sea day", but on land!

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We were just in Labadee on Thursday and loved it. We were in a GS and yes the Barefoot Beach area is only for GS and above which is where the cabanas are. And you do have to arrange it through the concierge. He had a couple still available a day or two before we got to Labadee. We were in one of the cabana's with friends and it was great having that shade. Also, there are two cabanas that are not available (over the water on stilts) due to damage from the earthquake. Also the cabanas are $150 and $175 depending on size and location. We may rent one when we go back next time in Dec 2011.

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We were there in October and there was no charge, but I expected that to change as there were signs saying "suite guests" but not yet enforced. I am attaching pictures that we took that day and it was one of the best stops, cabanas helped. Not sure I would pay 150 for them but if you have the means they are the nicest spot on the island.

 

http://picasaweb.google.com/cboehl11/CruiseOct0902?feat=directlink#5398950904868120930

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We were there in October and there was no charge, but I expected that to change as there were signs saying "suite guests" but not yet enforced. I am attaching pictures that we took that day and it was one of the best stops, cabanas helped. Not sure I would pay 150 for them but if you have the means they are the nicest spot on the island.

 

http://picasaweb.google.com/cboehl11/CruiseOct0902?feat=directlink#5398950904868120930

 

 

Very Nice Indeed. I see you were there on the Grandeur. Not a very large ship. I imagine Labadee was not very crowded at all. We will be there on the Enchantment. Another small ship.

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As I said above we were there two weeks ago and suite area is enforced and cabanas are at cost. The area is monitored and everyone is greeted by staff at the entrance. No one except GS and above can get into the area.

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We will be staying in a Royal Family suite in November. Will that be "sweet enough"? The last time we went to Labadee none of this was available. I think the cabana would be a great place for the five of us to come and go from.

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We will be staying in a Royal Family suite in November. Will that be "sweet enough"? The last time we went to Labadee none of this was available. I think the cabana would be a great place for the five of us to come and go from.

 

GS and above, so yes you have access. If you want to rent a cabana, just talk to the concierge and arrange it. The nice thing is there's shade and padded chairs/loungers.

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thanks for the great pictures! We will be in a GS on the Enchantment in July, and I think we'll splurge on this :)

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So a question about Labadee- what's your favorite aspect of it? As compared to similar ports of call- what stands out as special about Labadee? Anything that you don't like about it, that is better elsewhere...?

 

We're trying to decide which cruise we take, and want to know what people like about Labadee to see if it fits!

thanks in advance, looking forward to hear what you like about it.

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We were there in March 2009, so it was before the pier and other new additions were finished. I was a very nice stop then, and I can't wait to see how things are now. It was a nice beach day then. The zip line is the longest over the water zip in the Caribbean and is supposed to be a lot of fun. The BBQ was good. We went to Malfini Beach in the morning and back to Labadee for the remainder of the day. The markets there are also a good place to pick up a little souvenir.

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Labadee is just very relaxing. You can do absolutely nothing other than hang out at the beach all day (as we did) or take an excursion (there's a few), discover the area-we'll do that next trip. Everyone we talked to said the same thing-they wanted to do 2 days in Labadee and drop Samana, DR. It's just a beautiful location and a great place to just relax.

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Hi, We were just in Labadee and had a cabana. It was fantastic! We loved the suite beach and cannot wait to go back. It was my favorite day of the cruise.

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This should clear things up. Sorry its a little fuzzy, best I could do.

barefootbeachclubcabanas-001.jpg

 

SoCal, could you email this to me? Please let me know. Thanks, Kyrie.

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So, everyone, I am still not sold on Labadee. What if you want more than just a relaxing day at the beach? I always have a very athletic crew with me, the zip line might work, my teenagers do a monster zip line every year at camp and its kind of "same old same old" with them but what else is there to do really? I cannot rent a cabana, not "sweet" enough, so is there anywhere on the Island where there is shade to park for a while and do other things?

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We were thinking of renting one for our parents, but what about the teens that are not in suites? They would not be able to visit???? Are they far from the beach that is used by everyone? Thanks!

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So, everyone, I am still not sold on Labadee. What if you want more than just a relaxing day at the beach? I always have a very athletic crew with me, the zip line might work, my teenagers do a monster zip line every year at camp and its kind of "same old same old" with them but what else is there to do really? I cannot rent a cabana, not "sweet" enough, so is there anywhere on the Island where there is shade to park for a while and do other things?

 

 

We have an active/athletic group of kids with us as well and we aren't doing the zipline either. I feel the charge is too high for the one ride (even though it is the longest line over water) and there's some decent waiting around for just 1 run down the line. Since your kids zipline every summer, they may feel that this line is lame (I mean, they are teens, right?)

 

We've been to Labadee before and we've kept busy walking around the island, snorkeling (we bring our own equipment), playing volleyball and going on the water toys. Between those activities, swimming, and eating lunch, we have felt busy and actually didn't have much time to just hang out and read. If they get bored, it's easy to get back on the ship since there is now a dock.

 

Not sure of your itinerary, but Labadee is our first stop and we'll be very busy at the other ports so we're looking forward to the low-key, unstructured fun that Labadee can provide.

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We have an active/athletic group of kids with us as well and we aren't doing the zipline either. I feel the charge is too high for the one ride (even though it is the longest line over water) and there's some decent waiting around for just 1 run down the line. Since your kids zipline every summer, they may feel that this line is lame (I mean, they are teens, right?)

 

We've been to Labadee before and we've kept busy walking around the island, snorkeling (we bring our own equipment), playing volleyball and going on the water toys. Between those activities, swimming, and eating lunch, we have felt busy and actually didn't have much time to just hang out and read. If they get bored, it's easy to get back on the ship since there is now a dock.

 

Not sure of your itinerary, but Labadee is our first stop and we'll be very busy at the other ports so we're looking forward to the low-key, unstructured fun that Labadee can provide.

 

Jet Skis are always exciting. Just be sure NOT to book a passenger. One person per jet!

I imagine they still have them there.

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We were thinking of renting one for our parents, but what about the teens that are not in suites? They would not be able to visit???? Are they far from the beach that is used by everyone? Thanks!

 

We had a cabana when we were on the Indy in February and my parents (staying in an interior room across the hall from us) were able to join us. The booking cabin has to be GS+, but i think each cabana can accomodate up to 6 people.

 

What is inside the cabana? What does it come with?

Our cabana came with 2 cushioned lounge chairs (plus however many you needed to seat your party), couches enough to seat 5-6 adults inside the cabana, a personal attendant to get us everything we wanted/needed (more towels, drinks), a cooler filled with cold bottled water when we arrived, a special buffet lunch (steak tips, BBQ chix, salads, shrimp, grilled corn) with WAY better food than the rest of the ship was eating (burgers and dogs i think), rafts, scuba gear...prob more i'm not remembering. It was WELL worth the money for the day. we will def be doing it again on the Allure next Feb.

 

Also, the "guards" at the entrance to the beach were very strict on who could come on. They werent letting anyone in who wasnt supposed to be. We also had a golf cart meet us at the end of the dock to shuttle my mom over to the beach (she cant walk very far) but it is not a far walk. Maybe, 1/8 mile.

 

I can post pics tonight if you like. Also, our cabana was S9, i think, based on that map above. We were on the sand, under a nice shady tree, about 30 feet to the waters edge. Perfect.

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Our buffet when we were on the suite beach had jerk chicken, full sized sirloin steaks (not tips), salad, shrimp, corn.

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We had a cabana when we were on the Indy in February and my parents (staying in an interior room across the hall from us) were able to join us. The booking cabin has to be GS+, but i think each cabana can accomodate up to 6 people.

 

 

Our cabana came with 2 cushioned lounge chairs (plus however many you needed to seat your party), couches enough to seat 5-6 adults inside the cabana, a personal attendant to get us everything we wanted/needed (more towels, drinks), a cooler filled with cold bottled water when we arrived, a special buffet lunch (steak tips, BBQ chix, salads, shrimp, grilled corn) with WAY better food than the rest of the ship was eating (burgers and dogs i think), rafts, scuba gear...prob more i'm not remembering. It was WELL worth the money for the day. we will def be doing it again on the Allure next Feb.

 

Also, the "guards" at the entrance to the beach were very strict on who could come on. They werent letting anyone in who wasnt supposed to be. We also had a golf cart meet us at the end of the dock to shuttle my mom over to the beach (she cant walk very far) but it is not a far walk. Maybe, 1/8 mile.

 

I can post pics tonight if you like. Also, our cabana was S9, i think, based on that map above. We were on the sand, under a nice shady tree, about 30 feet to the waters edge. Perfect.

 

Looking forward to seeing you pics. We will be there in November and I am so excited about the cabanas.

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This should clear things up. Sorry its a little fuzzy, best I could do.

barefootbeachclubcabanas-001.jpg

 

SoCal, or anyone else that might know where I can find this map...would you please tell me where I could find this map, or e-mail it to me at leasegirl@hotmail.com. It is the best map I have seen for the cabanas, I just need to see it more clearly.

 

Thanks!

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We rented a beach cabana the week of 6/26 and I can tell you that is well worth the $$! It was the best, my parents enjoyed it so much! So did we! Nice beach area, cooler filled with water, bar/food close by! :D

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HI, If you rent it being in the GS, you are allowed six people total if memory serves me right. You would give the names of the six people.

When you enter the gate they check off your names and give you a bracelet. We rented a "beach cabana" it was right on the beach! The standard ones are set back from the beach (closer to the food, less privacy) and the hill top cabanas are up higher in the trees, we could see them from ours. They would be more private but you would have a longer walk to the beach and food. As shown in the picture they also have cabanas that are right over the water!!! Hope this helps!!

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