We got a balcony!!!!! 4/1/07
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Called out of curiosity to find out the cost of upgrading our inside room to a balcony. They said they were in the process of closing out the inventory and could do it for $100/pp!!!! We are so excited. If you are sailing with us, now might be a good time to try for a better cabin.Sounds like a great deal. We're on the Armonia on 4/8.
Maybe you should call MSC with your concerns about your TA and how she misled you. Maybe if/when MSC does their "free upgrades", they will consider you because of the deceitful nature of your TA.
MSC recently upgraded us from a category 9 to a suite, no charge. THANKS MSC!! We received our docs and our cat 9 cabin was listed and that afternoon we received an e-mail from our TA saying we were upgraded and gave us our new cabin number.
I believe I know why they did this, our TA called to get us a price reduction before final payment and MSC refused. (We could have cancelled and re-booked but at the time, it wasn't worth the hassle.) MSC said they would upgrade us to a cat 10 but had none available. Our TA tried to get a SBC but to no avail. So, I think MSC probably referenced us for an upgrade and when going over final inventory they had a suite cabin available and they upgraded us. I didn't expect this, but it certainly was a nice gesture
Alot of times, when a sailing date becomes close, a cruiseline will upgrade passengers to make "cheaper" cabins available for last minute sales. Lower category cabins sell better last minute. If all of the suites are not sold out for your cruise, you may get considered given your situation.
You can also ask your TA to make it right. Suites are alot more expensive than OV's, so it is probably unlikely. At least ask for a SBC or something for her error. Would you have upgraded to the OV for the $200 anyway? If not, argue that point. I would speak to her supervisor and not deal with her anymore.