Originally Posted by ChiTownCruiser
So I know this thread started w/ HMC, but since it's wandered a bit to GT cabanas....
You mention 9 or 10 being close to the beach/flowrider. Does anyone have a map or anything showing all the cabanas? I know years ago I found one for HMC that really helped us decide which ones to request (9 and 10 ironically!) We're getting a GT cabana for the first time in September and our ship is the second one in port that day. We'd like to be nearer to the Margaritaville craziness...should we request a low or high number?
BTW - I read somewhere that you can now email Carnival's shore excursion email address to request your HMC cabana number...wonder if that works on GT as well?
Actually, they are all right next to the Margaritaville pool that snakes all around and is very large. HMC is run by Carnival, and shore excursions sets everything up. Margaritaville is not run as closely by Carnival as HMC. They also have more ships in port and often, there are people in cabanas who are from different ships. Getting off real early there is the only way, as you go to their main bar and ask for your cabana and give them your ticket. Then you wait a bit (island time) and finally someone comes and gets a key and takes you to a cabana. The far ones are closer to the flowrider and beach but to tell you the truth, they are all in the same general area, and not that far from each other. They also are curved around the pool, so some end up physically closer to each other. It is much different on HMC where the cabanas cover a very big area of the beach - this is a more concentrated area. It makes less difference in Grand Turk because it is a much small area. BTW, the first one in line closers to the entrance has a ramp so they have one cabana for handicap if they need it. All the cabanas seem far from the bathrooms
As for emailing Carnival ahead of time, it works sometimes, but in practice, they often are starting from scratch on cruise morning and often the right person on the right ship does not get your request. Every time we have been to HMC, even though they were sold out, there always seems to be 1 or 2 empty ones on the beach, not sure if people cancel them, but we have never seen all of them actually occupied even when they are "sold out."