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  1. FPJC03

    What was your upgrade offer and what did you bid

    I have been in similar thermal suite on HAL and the idea is that you should relax and BE QUIET! The spa is there to unwind and chill, not to have loud conversations. Just let the waters massage your body and take out the tensions, a real oasis....
  2. FPJC03

    Getaway 2/10/19 Review- Haven Suite 9106 (H7)

    The negative issue with the forward facing Haven suite (H9),is that it is so far forward towards the bow that you will get lots of motion compared to midship locations. My question for the ladies - did you CHOOSE this cabin or was it part of a upgrade bid situation? If you chose it, I would have researched the best locations for FF and the positives and negatives.
  3. FPJC03

    What was your upgrade offer and what did you bid

    GETAWAY March 10 sailing - started midship minisuite. Bid on courtyard haven (min $500 - bid $700), spa haven (min $500 bid $700) and aft haven (min $750 - bid $800). Waiting on one successful bid, hopefully. The first two are in the LOW fair category and the aft is in POOR.
  4. FPJC03

    What was your upgrade offer and what did you bid

    Do you consider the fact that SOME people might EMBELLISH the truth to get their point across and make them look like great negotiators? Just because it is on the internet, doesn't mean it is TRUE. Also, if there are more empty cabins on one sailing than on yours, there is a better chance of lower bids being accepted.
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    What was your upgrade offer and what did you bid

    Spacedaisy - nice try and I see how it got off on a tangent. I understand that different cruise dates could have different results depending on capacity. Maybe the best factor is the rating of your bid as POOR, FAIR, GOOD and where in that range you stood? BTW, I was going to bid on an aft Haven suite but minimum was $750 and $1200 in the fair range. Wondered if you get the effects of being in the Haven class that far back on the ship. Those aft suites are HUGE with a great balcony. But we declined that one and the forward haven suites too.
  6. FPJC03

    What was your upgrade offer and what did you bid

    You are right on. Maybe we need to start a NEW post that says "WINNING BIDDERS - what was your successful bid?" Might generate some people to think it over and add their two cents... couldn't hurt. This thread has just gotten sooooo long and out of hand. Also looking for spa or courtyard Haven for 3/10 Getaway. Bid $700 on each, listed in low fair category. Last checked there was availability in those two categories, looked to be about 75% vacant in Haven sections.
  7. FPJC03

    What was your upgrade offer and what did you bid

    I would agree with huntersh2 and their angle calling out the posters as selfish and short-sighted. But considering that many of the successful bids are sent within 2-3 days of the cruise sailing, many of them are probably already en route to the port. So they might not have the chance to send a response. It would be great if CC would let the users of the forum contact those successful bidders and vice versa via email. Then we would have a better chance to get that info.
  8. FPJC03

    What was your upgrade offer and what did you bid

    It really is all about percent of capacity on the ship. I am on the 3/10 Getaway and ALL categories are still available 5 weeks out. I bid on H5 and H9 in the low fair range. Hope to get one of them accepted, but in midship minisuite, so won't be disappointed if we get rejected. You have to look at it as a game - keep checking on capacity of each category and bid a bit more if needed. Just so you don't overbid and feel cheated if you get it and price yourself at the retail price!
  9. Detected the LAWNG ISLAND accent. Great honest descriptions and emotions on the video. I am from Oceanside but now in Ohio for while. Will be on the Getaway in early March for first time on NCL. How does it compare to other lines? Have been on RCL, Celebrity, Holland and Regent 7 Seas. Prefer Celebrity overall.
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    What was your upgrade offer and what did you bid

    Jamie has great advice - you should be happy with your original cabin choice if you bid is declined and HAPPY if it is accepted, as long as you don't believe you bid TOO MUCH. Buyers remorse is a terrible thing. Waiting 5 weeks till 3/10 Getaway, but in a mini-suite now, which would be fine for me. Bid on Courtyard and Spa Haven in low fair range.
  11. Fun review, but could have done some editing to make it shorter and to the point. Honest review of many areas of the ship. Sounds like you are retired NYers living in Florida. I am originally from Long Island, now in Ohio. Good comparision with RCL.
  12. Don't you all see that this is the "American way" using the bidding system? How many of you go to a yard sale and pay what the label says? You bargain and negotiate until you agree on a price you are satisfied with. Same here. We booked a midship minisuite that is a fine cabin and then bid on a Haven spa and courtyard suite in the lower FAIR price range. Having checked the availability of Havens, there are still more than 90 percent empty. So we expect to get upgraded for this March cruise. As one other poster said, perhaps you are on a date that is fully booked. Same as an airline that is at capacity or hotel fully booked. If you want to be on it, you pay a higher price than if the plane or hotel were almost empty. I was born and raised in New York, where you bargain for everything and only suckers pay retail. Might be a bit harsh but that is the reality of the capitalist system....
  13. FPJC03

    What was your upgrade offer and what did you bid

    On the Getaway for 3/10 Western Caribbean. All categories are available, over 90% of Haven suites still open. Booked midship mini-suite on deck 11. Bid $600 for spa haven and $700 for courtyard Haven. Both are in upper poor-lower fair range. Hoping to get one of them.
  14. The only place to wear a baseball cap is at a BASEBALL game. It looks classless and shabby. Also makes it look like you couldn't take the time to wash your hair or clean up enough for a nice dinner.
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    What was your upgrade offer and what did you bid

    Nosaints43 - congrats on winning the bid, but why did you offer so much to get it? Were they the last suites left in the Haven? I am in a midships mini-suite with balcony and have offered $700/pp for courtyard and spa suite Haven and it is the lower half of the FAIR range. Not much has sold in the Haven for 3/10 cruise, so hope to win that one.