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  1. Sailing 1-6 on Breakaway. Started in an OC assigned O1, booked with a 20% latitudes discount. Got the invitation to upgrade at about 60 days. Bid $5 more than the cheapest cost to upgrade OX to MX (high poor range, I think). Upgrade bid for an MA accepted at 3 days before sailing. When BX dropped below what I paid I called my PCC to see if he could upgrade me, and he told me no--that if the balcony was even $1 he would do it, but couldn't if it was less. Said I could buy up to MX, but that would have cost me another $300 in fare PLUS I'd lose all the Free at Sea amenities (some of which I need.) The O1 is pretty cool, I would have been happy there also, so we just waited for the bidding process. Now we get to try out a mini suite-- sweet!
  2. I'm also watching this cruise (Breakaway 1/6/19) We upgraded to an OC guarantee a month or so ago and it was just assigned an O1 yesterday. I had hoped that the removal of that option would mean that maybe we'd be upgraded to a balcony. No dice! We paid $749 on the 20% off to latitudes members fare and got 3 perks. BX is now $699. The minimum bids we have access to are jumping all over the place, minimum on balcony varying from $25-50 ea. There are about 500 cabins booked as interior or ocean view and by the time 40 or so balcony cabins upgrade to the available spots above them, there could be around 240 balcony cabins for those lower category passengers to bid on.
  3. @bbnjcruiser: I don't think so. The (i) button on the bid rating says that the meter given reflects the "range of successful offers on past similar cruises." I would say that maybe the jumping around of the minimum bid is related to the processing of bidding on other cruises. It does not appear that any of the bids are read at all until the batch is processed. It seems like they first process the bids for the suites, and work their way down the categories.
  4. @opshannon When you bid, you have to put a credit card in, on the upgrade advantage website. It doesn't automatically use your original form of payment.
  5. I would guess the back and forth of the quality of the bid is related both to the target category and the booked category current prices. If your current category has dropped in price, your bid to move up is worth less than it was, since reselling that cabin gets NCL less. If the target cabin drops in price, the amount NCL could possibly get by selling that cabin retail is less also. All of which is fairly unrelated to whether or not what you have already paid is more than the current offer and whether you should call and see if you could get a free upgrade.
  6. I am guessing that the bid prices are related to what NCL could get for the room you are vacating as well as the target cabin's value. For example, we're in an OX sailaway Jan 6 Breakaway, and the minimum bid on balcony was initially $25pp. Now, the price has dropped a little for oceanviews, so selling our vacated cabin would not offer as much revenue, and they have upped the minimum bid for us to upgrade. I'm keeping my grandfathered in bid, because chances are the balcony fare is likely to drop and we could just upgrade for the same price we've paid. There are so many open balcony cabins on this cruise, I don't know if they will sell them all.
  7. One thing I haven't seen considered in this discussion is the relative number of cabins in the type you're coming from and bidding on. For instance, on the Breakaway there is something like 450 inside cabins, 156 ocean view cabins, and like 998 balcony cabins. I would guess this means there is relatively less chance of getting an ocean view cabin with your bid up from inside, compared to a balcony cabin. I don't know how many mini suites or haven cabins there are, but if there are less than 100, and most of the 900 balcony cabins bid on them... your bid would need to be much more competitive than the bids from inside or oceanview to balcony. Theory: a poor bid from inside or OV to balcony has a good chance, but winning a suite of any kind would require coaxing the dial past fair to good, because more people are bidding on fewer cabins.
  8. I called NCL general reservation number to ask to be sent an invitation to bid. The agent had never heard of the ability to request this. Her info said that it was "random" who gets the invitation, and out of her control. We are at day 67. I guess I'll wait a bit more, will probably just upgrade directly--expect the price to drop a bit. Has anyone with a cruise past Jan 1 received an invitation?
  9. Has anyone from the Breakaway Jan 6 2018 from New Orleans cruise received an email to upgrade yet? We have an inside cabin booked right now. I'm wondering if we might be given the chance to bid on, say an O1 cabin or if you are only given the option of OX?
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