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Unavailable means that category is sold out. Waitlist means you can be on a waiting list for that category. You'll definitely be guaranteed a cabin at that price in that category, or better. Some people like to do this as they might get an upgrade but the downside is, they might not like the cabin they get assigned.
If they had an unreserved suite in a category, that should be "available", right?
"Unavailable" means they're all completely, thoroughly sold out, right?
So . . . "wait list" . . does that mean that they *are* all reserved, but they think a few people might back out, so they'll allow you to wait? Like overbooking by airlines? BUT, then how do they decide the cutoff between "waitlist" and "unavailable"? Oversold by one or two vs. oversold by 5 or 6?
Yep, still confused!
RSSC Voy 2008 Singapore to Mumbai
RSSC Voy 2009 Istanbul to Fort Lauderdale (nope!)
RSSC Voy 2010 San Diego to Sydney
RSSC Mar 2011 Rio de Janeiro to Fort Lauderdale
Unavailable is just that - unavailable - the category is filled.
As far as oversold, waitlist, etc., each cruise line would have it's own formula as to when to place cabins on a waitlist category. A guarantee is a DEFINITE of getting the category you paid for, or better.
Threechicks is right. The waitlist gives you a cabin IF one becomes available in that category.
Regent has a tendency to notify those on a guarantee really late. Some don't know the cabin until they are actually at the dock. If you prefer a certain type of cabin on a certain deck, then don't do a guarantee or a waitlist, as you could end up with a cabin you won't be happy with.
While we are happy to be on a Regent ship going anywhere, we would not do a guarantee on the Navigator or Voyager due to aft vibration issues (that not everyone finds annoying). I'm not 100% sure but I believe you can waitlist for suites in certain areas as well as certain categories.
Itineraries Sailed: Alaska (2 sailings) / Baltics / Barcelona – Dubai / Cape Town – Rio / E. & W. Caribbean (4 sailings) / Ft. Lauderdale – Lima / Istanbul-Venice / London-Monte Carlo / Miami – Barcelona / Mumbai – Bali / New York-Southampton / Rome to Lisbon / Singapore to Sydney / Stockholm - Copenhagen / Tahiti / Venice-Rome / Vancouver-Tokyo
A guarantee means you get a suite of that category but we booked the last cabin for last year's Sydney to Auckland and none came available. We got a bump offer. We could have declined and someone else would have been bumped but regardless - that cruise was beyond sold out.
10/31/15 Crystal NY to Miami - Symphony
11/16 Oceania Marina - Lisbon to Rio
The cruise I liked the best....is....somewhere on this list.
5/7/15 Oceania Marina New York to Montreal
11/06/13 - Oceania Riviera Istanbul to Barcelona
11/18/13 - Oceania Riviera Barcelona to Miami
5/11/13 Sapphire Princess LA to Vancouver Coastal West Coast
10/18/12 Tauck MS Swiss Jewel - Prague to Budapest
10/31/11 Regent Mariner Barcelona to Venice
5/8/11- Viking River Rhine Getaway - Sun and Helvetia
5/8/10 Sapphire Princess LAX-YVR*
5/9/09 Sapphire Princess LAX*YVR.
6/4/08- Oceania Regatta|Baltics.
11/3/07-Regent Voyager|Monte Carlo/FLL-Grand Crossing*
5/14/07-HAL |Amsterdam LA/Vancouver*
8/06-Regent Mariner|Mush to Alaska!!!!!*
8/06-RCCL|Monster (Monarch) of the Seas*
6/06-Regent Voyager|MC to Dover*
5/21/05-Regent Paul Gaugin|Party in Paradise*.
5/03-Regent Mariner|Panama Canal*
6/01-Regent Mariner|Alaska Inaugural*
9/98 & 1993-RCCL Viking Serenade*
12/97-RCCL Splendor of The Seas|Caribbean*