Just returned from Freedom of the Seas yesterday and was able to rent two cabannas on Labadee - here's the scope:
1. There are about 12 different cabanas
--- (4) are over the water ($200 per unit)
--- (4) are beach front (you walk onto them via the beach) ($175 per unit)
--- (4) are hill top (you walk up stairs to get to them) ($150 per unit)
2. Booking of these cabannas are limited to Suite Guests (Grand Suite and higher) via the Suite Conceige. If by 24 hours prior to arriving in Labadee they have available cabannas Diamond and other guests can attempt to book them.
3. They are located at "Barefoot Beach", which is a cove area that faces where they used to anchor the ships before the pier was built. You must show your "gold suite" seapass card to enter the area OR have rented a cabanna. Once you initially arrive they give you a "gold wrist band" which allows you in/out access to the area. Each cabanna can accomodate "up to" 5 guests. The cabanna comes with a large bottle of Avion water for each guest booked in the cabanna located within a cooler inside. Each cabanna has a "butler" that services you exclusively. He basically brings you drinks from the bar (which you pay for), gets food from the buffet and brings it to you, give your free beach floatin mats, free snorkle gear, and drives you around Labadee in a golf cart.
4. A private buffett is located "within" the walls of barefoot beach; it has Steak, Shirimp, Burgers, Fries, etc.
Really awesome experience; highly recommend booking with your conceige in advance of your cruise as they go VERY quickly.
So if you are a suite guest and not renting a cabanna you still get to eat from the "better" buffet?
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When you split the cost of the cabanna up among 5 people; it's actually pretty resonable. If you rented a floating mat, that's $20.00 (included in the cabanna cost); so it works out to $40 per person ($200/5) in a party of 5. So, it boiled down to an additional $20 to get the cabanna as we always rent the floating mats.
Yes it is not cheap but most excursions cruisers pay for are not anyway. Or for those cruisers that visit the casino $200. can go pretty fast as well as the bar bill.
Most of the ziplines are over 80. pp.
Not bad when it's one or two people doing the zipline but when you get a family of 4 or more it's worth getting a cabanas for the day over paying $320. for 4 people to zip.
I guess it all depends on each cruiser and how and where they spend their money.
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not saying how old I am, but I remember as a kid to tie a rope between 2 trees and get an old milk cartoon container and put a hook on it, climb in and do my own version of a zip ride
About twenty years ago, when my kids were kids, I made a zip-line in the woods behind our house using cable, turnbuckles, and the highway bars off a Yamaha 920 Virago.
Reckon that would pass the Foxworthy test? You might be a redneck if.....
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Yea, that bothers me too and only if within a certain time frame is one is available, then anyone can book it....I don't think so??? Different food, that doesn't sound right ether, but I guess if you are paying for the Cabana, you should get a little something.
The Barefoot Beach area has a 3.5 foot concrete wall with iron gates that enclose the area. You can only get into the area if you have a gold seapass card (Grand Suite or higher) or have rented a cabanna. The upgraded buffett includes Shirimp and Steak; otherwise, it's the same food. Beach chairs in barefoot beach are free just like they are outside barefoot beach (same exact chairs).
These changes are all apart of Royal Caribbean's efforts to enhance the "suite" program; by offering exclusive rights and places to those who spend the extra $$ on the nicer cabin. Those that use the majority of Labadee still get a good buffett with dog, burgers, ribs, chicken; they just don't get the steak and shrimps.
Donna - you are correct; rental of the cabanna's is limited to first come first serve; however, tiered to suite guests, then diamond plus, then diamond, and so forth. Since they only have built 12 units; it was considered only fair to tier how they distribute the availibility of the units to those guests who paid a premium to sail with them.
Trip - As for the pool deck lounge chair roped off area; yes that is now in place on Freedom. Basically, all the pool deck chairs on either side of the pool bar (they are the ones that are like statium seating) all have signs and ropes defining that they are reserved for suite guests. In addition, the first two rows in the balcony at the main theater are reserved for suite guests and the first row in Studio B are reserved for suite guests. It's really a "limited" amount of space in each of the venues; and we did not see anyone getting challenged with the assigned spaces.
While it might seem elitist, those folk do pay a premium for the privileges. As anyone is allowed to pay the higher price for the suites and the privileges, I think it is just smart business for RCI to offer the option.