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3 minutes ago, Pima1988 said:

I would love to do an overwater cabana, but seeing as it starts at 899 I would think you'd be lucky to get one at that price.  My guess is it will be much higher.  If I was going in a group of 8, and the cost was 1200, I probably would pay for it.  I look at it from an excursion cost aspect.  It would come out to 150 pp for 8 hrs.  That is not a very expensive excursion when you compare it to spending 75 for a 45 min jet ski.    My hubby and I are beach/water babies, so than again, I probably would still take the chill at the lower price.

The pricing I've heard is closer to $2,500 for overwater cabanas for 8 guests, somewhat less for 6 guests.  This includes entry to Coco Beach Club so the pricing will be higher than non-Coco Beach Beach cabanas.

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2 hours ago, twangster said:

The pricing I've heard is closer to $2,500 for overwater cabanas for 8 guests, somewhat less for 6 guests.  This includes entry to Coco Beach Club so the pricing will be higher than non-Coco Beach Beach cabanas.

I haven't heard/seen any pricing....but I do ping RC Facebook from time to time...as of this morning I was told to just keep checking cruise planner for when Overwater cabanas at the Coco Beach club might become available for reservations.  😞 

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2 hours ago, Pima1988 said:

@Ala_Paul  what I think  @dodgestang is talking about is the actual size of the cabana. 

Yes, they are completely different.  They don't appear to have reused much if anything from the original ones, they seen narrower as well as not having the front 'deck' or 'porch'

 

This is Dec 2018

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This is current from previously in this thread

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The picture of the new design is missing the coffee table, unless they decided to move it against a wall.  We only had the cabana last month so I know there is a coffee table (that is where the safe is located.

That cabana looks to be number 9.  I say that because we had #10 and the cabana behind in the picture is the farthest out.  Since we had 10 I know we were the closest to the rock area.  

Now if you also look at the old cabana vs the new, you will see that if you remove that 2nd tier deck, and look at the 4 loungers against both, they are the same size without the deck.

OBTW, RCL is assigning the cabanas now.  It is still 1st come 1st served.  It is tied to your reservation of the cabana, not when you booked the cruise.   We booked our cabana on the same day we booked the cruise.  10 months out.  We were cabana number 10.  

There is an enclosed beach/swim area for cabana only customers.  It is not big, nor is it small.  However you do get to meet a lot of them if you are like us...in the water non-stop. Think about it the most they will have in that area is 160 people (20 cabanas X  8 people)  From what I could tell by talking to many is that the 1st 10 all got their cabanas in the 400 range.  The back row ranged from 649-899 because they booked later.  

I will say we loved every second.  We had a phenomenal attendant.  10 a.m. she brought over slices of pineapple, cantelope and watermelon with our menus.  11 a.m she took our food orders. I would not suggest the Portobello sandwich, but the funnel cake was amazing, so was the greek salad.  My brother in law basically ordered 5 items (high metabolism and athletic).  He got the Portobello too, grilled chicken,, Caesar salad, can't remember the last item, and the salted caramel brownie.  The salads are huge.  We got our food around 11:30 -11:45.  @ 2:30 -3:00 she came carrying fruit kebabs.  In between during the entire day, we saw her every 15-20 mins.  They are extremely attentive.  I ordered my 1st drink and said to her, just leave it on the table bc I am going to bathroom.   Cabana 10 is the farthest out (90 second walk, 2 mins at tops).  I walk out of the bathroom and there she was drink on the tray waiting for me.  OMG😎.  Later on I was on the float mat and she screams out to me...MS. Pima, do you or Mr. Pima need a drink?  I ordered one and said Mr. Pima was snorkeling, but I am sure when he comes back he will want his usual.  My drink arrived and on my float mat, I paddled to her.  At that time she saw him coming back in from snorkeling.  I thought nothing about it.  He took off his gear and came and floated with me.  30 seconds later she screamed...Mr. Pima, with his usual drink on her tray.  He looked at me, and said we can never go back to not having a cabana ever again...it is like what posters say about 1x you go to a balcony, it is hard to go to an oceanview or 1x you go to a suite it is hard to go back to a balcony.

Our attendant wasn't the only one that did this.  It was non-stop of attendants on the edge of the water.  

I will say I did have a pet peeve, but that had more to do with a certain cabana.  As I stated earlier in the post, the beach/swim area is not small, but not huge either.  There are fish in that area, and Coco Cay is known for the birds that steal food.  This one cabana decided to bring a bag of Veggie straws with them off the ship (if you don't know what they are, basically it is vegetable potato chip)   They walked in the water and started to feed the fish.  Of course the fish would jump up to get it.  They laughed...the rest of us are cringing and saying you don't know if fish can eat that.  Their response, it is vegetables! (BS if you ever read the ingredients).  Their tone was mind your own business.  The fish than began pooling around them and jumping up out of water as soon as their hand came close, so than they pulled their hand back, and guess what...the seagulls start grabbing them from his hand.  They thought this was hysterical.  Take a pic, take a pic. is all they kept saying.  Meanwhile,  anybody with common sense in their brain had to get out of the water because the gulls were swooping in from all over the place.  Their cabana attendant had to come to the edge and tell them to knock it off.  They argued with her.  She got back up from the staff.  They reluctantly came out and beaaccched the whole way back to the cabana...we were just having fun and feeding them, what was the problem?  We of course had the last laugh.  Seagulls know where the food is coming from.  As soon as they left the water. the gulls did too, only to follow them to their cabana.   Later on that night we were at Schooners, we had an amazing piano player.  They sat a table or two away from us, and were stating I would never do a cabana again.  the service was great, but later in the afternoon we were swarmed by seagulls non-stop....wonder why?

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Random question regarding the cabana assignments--does anyone know if one person books two cabanas, will RCCL put those two together? We have a group of 14 going next spring and we were thinking about getting two cabanas, but were obviously hoping to get two side-by-side. I didn't know if just having one person book both of them would tell the system to put them together. Thanks!

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Just my guess, but the answer would be if 1 person booked both than they would place them next to each other since they now assigned by booking date of the cabana.

The only caveat would be cabana 10 and 11.  Cabana 10 is front row, 11 is diagonally behind them on the 2nd row.

My suggestion would be to talk to your TA or RCL directly.

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I know it's not really a cabana, but are beach loungers and/or bungalows on the island still? First time RCCL cruiser and I'm getting confused with all the options from before it was Perfect Day. I don't see the loungers or bungalows in my Cruise Planner to pre-book, so are they either not there anymore or just not available to book prior arrival?

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18 minutes ago, yellowfish78 said:

I know it's not really a cabana, but are beach loungers and/or bungalows on the island still? First time RCCL cruiser and I'm getting confused with all the options from before it was Perfect Day. I don't see the loungers or bungalows in my Cruise Planner to pre-book, so are they either not there anymore or just not available to book prior arrival?

Loungers are still free and there are plenty of them.  Beach beds/Cabanas are not free.

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On 9/7/2019 at 12:01 PM, tmp916 said:

Loungers are still free and there are plenty of them.  Beach beds/Cabanas are not free.

Aren't the beach loungers the "clamshells"?  I thought those weren't free.  Watching a YouTube video from January of this year it shows the loungers/clamshells, bungalows, cabanas and beach beds. I guess I'm just getting confused. 

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Clamshells have a different type of umbrella attached to the 2 loungers.  They are not free, but are inexpensive and sell out very quickly.  I would say on my cruise they were sold out @ 6-7 mos prior.

What @tmp916 is talking about our the single loungers  where you can request the smaller umbrella that are free. 

Just like the beds, bungalows, and cabanas the clamshells are not in the area where the free loungers are located.  They are placed together so that people who have not been to Coco Cay or looked on the planner can just grab it thinking oh this cool, let's take that instead.  

 

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14 minutes ago, yellowfish78 said:

Aren't the beach loungers the "clamshells"?  I thought those weren't free.  Watching a YouTube video from January of this year it shows the loungers/clamshells, bungalows, cabanas and beach beds. I guess I'm just getting confused. 

Clamshells have not been seen for a few months.  These are the blue and white half shell covers that went along with 2 loungers.  Individual loungers are still included at no cost, however there is no option for the clamshell at the moment.

Here is a picture of clamshells from last year.

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Other options suchs as beds, bungalows and cabanas remain but in some cases in different locations while they built Coco Beach Club and South Beach.  Once those areas are built out perhaps the clamshells will return.

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@Millie  It is not a buffet.  Your attendant will come to your cabana with a limited varied menu.    You can order as much as you want.  They have things like greek and casear salads, which you can add grilled or fried chicken breasts.  They also have other sandwiches like Portobello mushroom, along with chicken breast.  I believe it was only 3 desserts, funnel cake is the best impo.  I believe the menu is the same as the snack shack, and yes, you can order the off menu chicken parm sandwich..

Your attendant will bring you fresh fruit slices (pineapple, watermelon and cantelope) in the a.m. @ the same time they drop off the menu.  I would say it takes about 30-45 mins for them to deliver your order to the cabana once you place it.   @2-3 pm they will bring to you fruit kebabs.  

The chill grill is maybe a 2 minute walk from the farthest cabana.  That is where you can get the full buffet.  I would not suggest you carry any food back to the cabana, unless you place it in a to go box, and close it tightly.  The sea gulls live by the Chill Grill and if you try to walk back with an open plate of food chances are by the time you get back to your cabana there will be no food on the plate bc the gulls swooped in and took it while you were walking, and now you will have invited them to your cabana where they will hang out around until they realize they can't get anymore food.

OBTW, the portions they deliver are of good size.  Everyone in our cabana ordered a sandwich, a salad and a dessert.  Nobody finished their meals. 

 

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