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#21
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Someone asked why would a person book a suite, well my answer is this; my wife and I cruise every few years; we do land vacations too. Since we really don't have any status thru the loyalty programs we book suites; one for the perks, two for the extra space they afford, and three; when we travel with friends and family, it provides a nice living room and balcony large enough to have everyone over. Our cruise last year we were in two bedroom family suite with grandkids. It was wonderful. The kids got spoiled by getting on board ship first; having their own bath and bedroom; specialty dining; club class dining, special dining room for breakfast. The little things add up; and this is why we sail in suites. We choose different cruise lines based on itinerary first then the ships sailing to those locations. I do have a budget I work with but still enjoy having my wife pampered. We have only been in a window cabin once that was in 1987, all the rest have been balconies, then suites with balconies
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#22
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Originally posted by Tedferg
Suites on the other hand cost so much more that I wonder why people choose them - unless money is no object.

We book WS (on the Grand) frequently, with 4 in the room. Normally that room is within $200 (up or down) from 2 insides and we get all the suite benefits. Don't get me wrong, it's a pain sharing a room (sometimes). But the suite perks are worth it to us.

Perks that we wouldn't get: Specialty dining first night (times 4, $120 value, extra onboard credit from FFC (times 2, $100+), same day laundry (not elite, so priceless!), CC dining (no way we could afford this without 4 in the room). Priority everything (even the staff treats us differently once they see the suite card, I don't understand why). I feel that we are getting the best value and the bathroom (oh the bathroom, my bathroom, my tub, my word!)

So no, they don't have to cost more, just have to make concessions!
#23
Sacramento Area, CA
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Good points Justafem. I have looked at suites as an 'upgrade on a mini-suite' and as stated earlier, did not think the mini-suite we had was that much better than a balcony. Never thought about extra room to have people over nor more than one bedroom. I usually check prices often after we have booked, but only for our cabin :-(

Must pay more attention !

OK Just checked Canada NE 2019, Suite versus Balcony, extra price for suite 7 day $3,300; 10 day $4,900; 13 day $7,200
#24
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Originally posted by AF-1
"but still enjoy having my wife pampered."


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#25
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Originally posted by Tedferg
Good points Justafem. I have looked at suites as an 'upgrade on a mini-suite' and as stated earlier, did not think the mini-suite we had was that much better than a balcony. Never thought about extra room to have people over nor more than one bedroom. I usually check prices often after we have booked, but only for our cabin :-(

Must pay more attention !
Sometimes it just looking at it from a different perspective that opens the eyes to another experience.

I have a tendency to look at all the rooms available. Frequently have more than 2 in our party, which gives us options of room configurations.

And I'll agree, I don't see much of a difference between MS and balcony (other than the tub, I love me a good tub). But I do see a HUGE difference between and inside and a suite. For the same (ish) price for 4, why the HECK not!

I've gone on cruises with family or with friends. For me, most of the time, it's a place to sleep and that's it. I'm happy just to be on a ship!
#26
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Originally posted by compozer
Suites use to book up first so you had to grab them right away - 2 years out. But since they have eliminated suite perks, many people I know have gone to mini suites ( those should not be called suites - it screws up too many new cruisers thinking they get suite perks). Now you see suites still available a month out. We have been booking suites for over ten years and none of ours have ever gone down in price. When the suites are sold out, you can not get any type of a discount.
I have been thinking it is time to give them out but my husband loves sitting out on the aft balcony and he hates to travel so if booking a suite makes him agree to travel, I will stay with them.
Window suites are not for us, we need the balcony.

Maybe a cruise during the summer to the Caribbean may have some deals for suites. good luck finding one.
Besides the unlimited internet what suite perks has Princess eliminated? I know Club Dining was added. I am just curious.
Thanks.
#27
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I am booked in an aft mini suite. Luckily I had read hear about Princess doing automatic upgrades which we definitely didn't want because we love aft and didn't want to be "upgraded" mid ship. My question, we waitlisted for a Vista suite noting we were interested in only 2 specific staterooms that were already paid in full. We are hoping one of those 2 are upgraded to a Premium opening up the Vista that we are hoping for. Does Princess typically upgrade one level of suite to another or non-suite guests to a suite? Trying to gauge our chance of grabbing the Vista we really want.


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#28
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Originally posted by arubaaruba
I am booked in an aft mini suite. Luckily I had read hear about Princess doing automatic upgrades which we definitely didn't want because we love aft and didn't want to be "upgraded" mid ship. My question, we waitlisted for a Vista suite noting we were interested in only 2 specific staterooms that were already paid in full. We are hoping one of those 2 are upgraded to a Premium opening up the Vista that we are hoping for. Does Princess typically upgrade one level of suite to another or non-suite guests to a suite? Trying to gauge our chance of grabbing the Vista we really want.


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I can't say what Princess "normally" does, but I've never seen anyone post that they were offered an upsell from one type of suite to another. I've seen posts saying that someone was offered an upsell from a balcony or mini to a suite though.
#29
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I booked a Window Suite on the Grand for next January then when the Landmark Sale started, I rebooked to a Vista for not a whole lot more. For the cruise after that I booked a Window Suite on the Caribbean with every expectation of staying there since the Vista's are significantly more. Between my casino pricing and the TA discount, I got the WS for less than what a balcony is going for right now. Then I rebooked when the sip and sail went live, paid a little more but since we would buy the drink package anyway, still saved $700. I'm in it for the perks and I'm afraid I'll have a hard time going back.
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#30
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Originally posted by compozer
Suites use to book up first so you had to grab them right away - 2 years out. But since they have eliminated suite perks, many people I know have gone to mini suites ( those should not be called suites - it screws up too many new cruisers thinking they get suite perks). Now you see suites still available a month out. We have been booking suites for over ten years and none of ours have ever gone down in price. When the suites are sold out, you can not get any type of a discount.
I have been thinking it is time to give them out but my husband loves sitting out on the aft balcony and he hates to travel so if booking a suite makes him agree to travel, I will stay with them.
Window suites are not for us, we need the balcony.

Maybe a cruise during the summer to the Caribbean may have some deals for suites. good luck finding one.
Just curious, what suite perks have been eliminated? Thanks.
#31
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The only time I have ever called and asked for an up sell the suite was only $500 more than the mini suite that we had booked. It’s a very port intensive sailing with only one sea day. Maybe that was why there was one available? Lucky us! British Isles on the Royal/with Liverpool 8/5/18.
#32
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We’ve received price reductions twice on suites we had already booked (yes, it does happen). Twice we paid the price of the suite at time of booking. Booking a suite for us is ship/itinerary dependent and when booking we are willing to pay the price as booked, but constantly monitor the cruise price up until final payment. When we don’t book a suite we book a mini-suite (Club Class since available). This past May we sailed in a Club Class mini on a 11 night Mediterranean itinerary we had booked 18 months in advance, then took advantage of a sale last October and got it for the same price as a regular mini-suite with a ton of OBC. It ended up saving us $3,400 for two on the cruise based upon the original booking price. Even if you use a TA, we’ve found that the best way to save money regardless of the cabin type booked is to constantly monitor it too, weighing the pros/cons of the new promotion offered.
#33
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Originally posted by TheRabbit
Better make sure your DW is on board with this Bob as she may not let you retire!
Dang, I never thought about that.....

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#34
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We have a window suite booked on the Grand Oct. 2019. We always book mini suites but got the window suite for the same price as a mini and get all the benefits of a suite. We like a balcony so we’ll see how much we miss not having one.
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#35
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I am not quoting posts but will try to remember a few:

Suite perks eliminated: unlimited internet and chocolate covered strawberries

Yes, I have been upgraded (not upsell) from a Window Suite to a Penthouse Suite. I did it once and decided never again. I love the location of the Window Suites and I do not miss a balcony.

I do not have unlimited funds but do enjoy my travels in a suite. Especially with lots of sea days. Most of the time, a Window Suite can be reserved for about the same price as a CC mini (or even at a bargain). I have booked Window Suites 18 months out to get the one I "really" like (unmentioned to avoid competition).

Enjoy your suite experience without the guilt.
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#36
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Wow! Tons of great information...thank you so much.
Now I have another question:
we choose our own cabins and always say "no upgrade" so we don't end up getting moved to a location we don't like. We have no idea how one gets an "upsell" offer. (I guess I am not even really sure what that is. I assume Princess contacts you and says, "You can go into a higher category for XXX$$$" but doesn't actually CHANGE your booking?) So...is there any way to still get an upsell when we say "no upgrade"?
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#37
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I have gotten upsell offers the last 2 years from a mini to a full suite. We generally are on long cruises (14-21 days) so it is a real treat. They will take a class of cabin and send out e-mails offering you a suite at a price lower than the suite usually costs. You have to call back, leave a voice mail and then the call in the order you voice mail was left. Last year we went from a mini suite to an owners suite on the PP for a trans Atlantic.
#38
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Originally posted by compozer
Suites use to book up first so you had to grab them right away - 2 years out. But since they have eliminated suite perks, many people I know have gone to mini suites ( those should not be called suites - it screws up too many new cruisers thinking they get suite perks). Now you see suites still available a month out. We have been booking suites for over ten years and none of ours have ever gone down in price. When the suites are sold out, you can not get any type of a discount.
I have been thinking it is time to give them out but my husband loves sitting out on the aft balcony and he hates to travel so if booking a suite makes him agree to travel, I will stay with them.
Window suites are not for us, we need the balcony.


Maybe a cruise during the summer to the Caribbean may have some deals for suites. good luck finding one.
Perhaps it's time to look iinto aft-facing balcony cabins - especially those on Caribe deck where the balconies are bigger. We've only sailed in one of those once but absolutely loved it. (Suites are not even vaguely an option for us.)
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Originally posted by memoak
I have gotten upsell offers the last 2 years from a mini to a full suite. We generally are on long cruises (14-21 days) so it is a real treat. They will take a class of cabin and send out e-mails offering you a suite at a price lower than the suite usually costs. You have to call back, leave a voice mail and then the call in the order you voice mail was left. Last year we went from a mini suite to an owners suite on the PP for a trans Atlantic.
Do you normally have your reservation designated "no upgrade"? Or do I have to leave that as a possibility?
We normally do approx. two week cruises and that would be HEAVENLY!
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#40
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An upsell is different than an upgrade. You can mark your reservation "no upgrades" and still get an upsell offer. The big difference is that you'll know about an upsell before it happens and you will be able to negotiate the specific cabin. For instance, if you receive an upsell from an inside to an obstructed oceanview, you'll want to go on line to see which are available and which have the least obstruction. Then when the Princess agent offers you the one with a lifeboat fully in front of it, you calmly ask for the number of the one with minimal obstruction....and you win big time.

On the other hand, an upgrade may happen at any time and you won't necessarily know unless you look at your booking regularly. And what YOU consider an upgrade may be very different than what Princess considers an upgrade. By the time you see it, your original cabin may be no longer available...and you are not a winner!