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#1
UK
86 Posts
Joined Nov 2011
Hi, we won an Eastbound transatlantic on the QM2 in June. The cabin is an inside basic. We have been in contact with the agent to see about an upgrade to an assigned sheltered balcony.

Question how much extra would you think is a reasonable cost for this upgrade. Just want to have a price in my head when they contact me tomorrow.

Many thanks, Joanne
#2
New Hampshire
727 Posts
Joined Aug 2007
I would suggest going on the Cunard site and doing a dummy booking first for the cabin category you have now and then for the sheltered balcony location you want. A little subtraction should give you an idea of what the going rate is.

We have received a number of sale prices for next year's TA's so there may be some bargains out there.

As to how much it's 'worth' well that's up to you. We usually book an obstructed view balcony cabin on deck 8 for our transatlantics (we've done 10). There is nothing to see out in the ocean really but we like the sunlight coming in from the balcony. Also, some of them do have views in between the life boats. Good luck.
#3
Gower Peninsula, Wales
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Joined Jan 2006
I think it's all but impossible to say how much one should/could/would pay for an upgrade, since we all place our own value on our accommodation choice.

We are in the category of those that WILL pay a reasonable amount. I think the post above is absolutely right; do a dummy booking and see what you find. Good luck, I hope you are successful.
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#4
South Lincolnshire
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Joined Jan 2009
If it is the one on June 10th, at present the difference in the lowest price of an inside and a balcony is around £200 pp. So it could cost you £400 for two of you. On P&O we have had similar upgrades offered, and they cost £50, it all depends how the cruise is selling, but generally they seem to charge the actual difference, and sometimes make a charge for doing it.

In the end it will cost you loads more, we won a cruise on QE2 in 1991 and were hooked, and I would hate to think how much we have spent on cruising since!
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#5
UK
86 Posts
Joined Nov 2011
Many thanks for the replies. The agent has not come back with a price yet. As for getting hooked, it would not be hard, I think it's in the genes as my Mum is a cruise queen, usually doing around 6 a year.
#6
Honiton, Devon, England
174 Posts
Joined Aug 2015
Well the good thing about Cunard is that whether your inside or balcony, both are good cabins and your treated the same as you have access to the wonderful Britannia Restaurant on board plus all those other great venues like the Commodore Club. Have a great voyage which ever you choose.
#9
Chester, UK
1,406 Posts
Joined Apr 2011
Myself, I would not pay for an upgrade. Because if you win something, there's no point if it's costing you money, because that means you have not really won anything.

For example, a couple of years ago I won two tickets (entered a competition on UKGold's website) to an exhibition at the NEC. It turned out the tickets were around £15 each. Then I added up what it was going to cost me to go (petrol, parking or train) and it was way more than the value of tickets. So I chucked them in the bin. Why ? Because my "win" was going to cost me a load of money - so that's more of a loss than a win !

I'm not saying chuck your QM2 tickets in the bin of course !
#10
Honiton, Devon, England
174 Posts
Joined Aug 2015
Originally posted by ToadOfToadHall
Myself, I would not pay for an upgrade. Because if you win something, there's no point if it's costing you money, because that means you have not really won anything.

For example, a couple of years ago I won two tickets (entered a competition on UKGold's website) to an exhibition at the NEC. It turned out the tickets were around £15 each. Then I added up what it was going to cost me to go (petrol, parking or train) and it was way more than the value of tickets. So I chucked them in the bin. Why ? Because my "win" was going to cost me a load of money - so that's more of a loss than a win !

I'm not saying chuck your QM2 tickets in the bin of course !
You can always give them to ToadOToadHall
#12
Seattle, Washington
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Joined May 2009
Since we spend little time in the cabin we almost always purchase the least expensive cabin. If upgraded at no cost to us, great. If offered a discounted upgrade, no thank you.
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#13
Kansas City
420 Posts
Joined Nov 2012
Originally posted by Cruise NH
As to how much it's 'worth' well that's up to you. We usually book an obstructed view balcony cabin on deck 8 for our transatlantics (we've done 10). There is nothing to see out in the ocean really but we like the sunlight coming in from the balcony. Also, some of them do have views in between the life boats. Good luck.
We also tend to book an obstructed balcony cabin for TA crossings. In addition to saving a little money, the location of those cabins is mid-ship which saves some walking and seems to help reduce motion in rough seas.
#14
Chicago
260 Posts
Joined Jun 2017
Originally posted by josey1964
Hi, we won an Eastbound transatlantic on the QM2 in June. The cabin is an inside basic. We have been in contact with the agent to see about an upgrade to an assigned sheltered balcony.

Question how much extra would you think is a reasonable cost for this upgrade. Just want to have a price in my head when they contact me tomorrow.

Many thanks, Joanne
Me, personally? $100 per person.

We had an inside "basic" last month and it was sufficient space for a husband and wife, once we were unpacked and our luggage was stowed under the bed. Put it this way: we could've purchased an upgrade to a balcony cabin for $250 per person and I don't think that would have been worth the money.