Quest, June 2019, 10 days Alaska
Originally booked a window cabin. (This was a last minute cruise for us, we only booked about 8 weeks out)
bid $200 per person for balcony (min. bid was $200, obviously our bid was “weak”)
upped it $50 more per person about 10 days before sailing when I saw some balconies were available again
status: Discoverer Plus (2nd cruise on Azamara, 25+ on Celebrity)
2nd bid was successful about a week before we sailed.
We had a balcony for Cuba in February for our 1st Azamara Cruise & loved it! I’m sure we would have enjoyed the OV as well, but we were very happy to get the upgrade for $500, which was significantly less than if we had booked a balcony originally.