It's been almost two years since we had a cabana at Labadee. At that time they were all controlled by the suite concierge and the pecking order was: 1) suite guests first (we could reserve them prior to the cruise since the concierge e-mails all suite guests before the cruise to ask if we want a cabana) 2) unrented cabanas then were offered on board which I assume was by a waiting list of people who inquired at guest relations or the tour desk.
I do not know if the concierge still has total control of them but I can find out.
Okay, my soon-to-be Pinnacle Club friend just sent me the following:
"The Grand Suites and above have first dibs on cabanas. They are asked if they are interested though an email from the Concierge. Now that they have to pay for them (they were originally free to suite guests) , a lot of them probably decline, leaving some cabanas available. After boarding any passenger can go to the Guest Relations Desk and ask if there are any cabanas available. I'm pretty sure the Concierge has a few held back for people with access to the Concierge Lounge but not in a suite, such as Pinnacle and Diamond Plus members."
The bottom line is, yes, you can get a cabana and not be in a suite or even be a high level Crown & Anchor member. I strongly suggest you make a bee-line for the Guest Relations desk as soon as you board and get your request on file.
We first went to Labadee in 1997, on Grandeur Of The Seas. I remember picking that voyage because it visited both Labadee and Coco Cay.
Anyway, yes, Labadee was certainly nothing close to what it has become. Very rustic and I think it was just three beach areas and one large lunch area. They had a children's area that was really just a big sand pit, and some Haitians that served as lifeguards. On the day we were there jellyfish were everywhere and people kept running out of the water screaming. The lifeguards would wade in and pick up the jellyfish and put them under their chairs to die.
This is true for Barefoot Beach which is for suite guests and pinnacle members (gold sea pass passengers). If not taken by them, D+ are next in line to book through the CL. Suites are booked through the concierge. However Nellie's Beach also has cabanas that anyone may book. There are not too many and they go very quickly. They can be booked online, so my guess is the allotted number for Nellie's either are already booked or for the OP's sailing they have not been offered yet.
Last edited by redcrown; March 28th, 2013 at 10:14 PM.