"Thank you for the email regarding your ms Westerdam sailing on October 25, 2010. We truly appreciate the valuable feedback you have provided us. First and foremost, we are sorry for the disappointment you experienced.
We understand your concerns regarding stateroom upgrades, and we would be happy to explain our upgrade policy to you. Although most of our ships sail at full capacity, we do occasionally have a few higher-level accommodations available just prior to sailing. In these cases, we are frequently able to offer upgrades at no additional charge. These upgrades are established through an automated system, which takes into account a variety of factors. Unfortunately, it is not possible to offer a complimentary upgrade to each of our cruising guests and they are being extended randomly, based on category need and for sales purposes and are not based on loyalty days with the company. Upgrades are also based on availability. If a sailing is nearly sold out, we are unable to offer as many upgrades as we would on a sailing that has more empty staterooms."
Now I am a retired lawyer and I don't know any lawyer who could have said less than that answer. We base it on a variety of factors. Like what? Why would not a major factor be past loyalty? It really tells me very little except we are at the mercy of a computer program! That is first class customer relations! As one poster said, Holland America has become "carnivalized" Really too bad. Seems that you get more as a first time cruiser than a loyal Mariner Society member.
I think I would have been happier if the said we upgrade those who paid the most for their category-- that would make some sense. But now we know the rest of the story!
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