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Originally posted by Selbourne
Secondly, as many of us have stated, whilst the cabin grade is guaranteed (as a minimum) and is therefore a condition of booking, the bed configuration is a preference and merely that. When you accept a booking without a specified cabin, you take your chances.
Provided you are actually told that.

As I said before, when I was allocated fixed twins on a Saver I complained I had been asked whether I wanted twin or double and when I asked for a double it was not explained a double may not be available.

This was a booking direct with P&O over the phone.

They went away and played the tapes, agreed they had messed up, and allocated me a cabin with a double bed.

Long gone are the days of companies being allowed to bury important matters in the T&C's and not explicitly tell you.
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Originally posted by picsa
Provided you are actually told that.

As I said before, when I was allocated fixed twins on a Saver I complained I had been asked whether I wanted twin or double and when I asked for a double it was not explained a double may not be available.

This was a booking direct with P&O over the phone.

They went away and played the tapes, agreed they had messed up, and allocated me a cabin with a double bed.

Long gone are the days of companies being allowed to bury important matters in the T&C's and not explicitly tell you.
An example of where booking direct with P&O can be advantageous. We do the same. Removes the middleman. Sadly the OP didn’t, and used a clueless TA.
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I have been watching this thread with interest as it has been rather like a 'soap' and some very good advice and information has come from the wonderful cruise critic posters. I am watching as I have booked a guarantee cabin for the second time for a cruise in June on Azura. This will be the second time we have done this on Azura - last time to the Caribean in 2017 when we received a very slight upgrade and had a good inside cabin and a great holiday. We booked both times through a TA who specialises in Cruises and we were made very aware of the gamble this can be. Currently I don't know what our cabin allocation will be and our information on the Cruise Personaliser just says as below. We did ask for Queen bed but we know even that is not always possible. We choose this way of booking a saver fare because the price is right for us and we poor are at booking holidays a long way in advance. Not sure if this is of use to the discussion but I am watching the thread in the hope that I will learn the eventual outcome like lots of others here.

Number: GUAR Category:Deck: TO BE ASSIGNEDBed Configuration: Queen
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Originally posted by Selbourne
Just a few closing thoughts from me, as I feel that this thread has now run its course.

Firstly, the OP has never said that this was their honeymoon. In fact I’ve just double checked and re-read all their posts. The ‘honeymoon’ aspect was added in error by a respondent. The OP has consistently referred to it as a holiday and nothing more. Classic case of Chinese whispers! Perhaps if they said it was their honeymoon they might get more of a reaction - but it isn’t.

Secondly, as many of us have stated, whilst the cabin grade is guaranteed (as a minimum) and is therefore a condition of booking, the bed configuration is a preference and merely that. When you accept a booking without a specified cabin, you take your chances.

Finally (and I say this as someone who offered support in my responses), am I alone in getting frustrated when someone effectively joins Cruise critic to effectively complain about something, elicit lots of helpful responses from many of us, only to then vanish? The OP has not posted on this thread for almost a week now. I’m sure that many of us would have liked to know how this ended up or at least, as a courtesy, an update - even if just to say there is no update!

If the OP isn’t going to return, are we wasting our time?


I tend to agree with you on this. I have looked each day to see if there is a resolution.....


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Originally posted by Ukulele girl
I have been watching this thread with interest as it has been rather like a 'soap' and some very good advice and information has come from the wonderful cruise critic posters. I am watching as I have booked a guarantee cabin for the second time for a cruise in June on Azura. This will be the second time we have done this on Azura - last time to the Caribbean in 2017 when we received a very slight upgrade and had a good inside cabin and a great holiday. We booked both times through a TA who specialises in Cruises and we were made very aware of the gamble this can be. Currently I don't know what our cabin allocation will be and our information on the Cruise Personaliser just says as below. We did ask for Queen bed but we know even that is not always possible. We choose this way of booking a saver fare because the price is right for us and we poor are at booking holidays a long way in advance. Not sure if this is of use to the discussion but I am watching the thread in the hope that I will learn the eventual outcome like lots of others here.

Number: GUAR Category: Deck: TO BE ASSIGNED Bed Configuration: Queen
Your information shows a queen size bed, so the line is required to provide a queen size bed based upon:

Number: GUAR Category: Deck: TO BE ASSIGNED Bed Configuration: Queen


They can assign any deck and any cabin number that meets the requirements. Even if this information was supplied by the TA, it is now part of the contract. Not the contract you and the cruise line but the contract with the credit card service.


The cruise line and or TA takes credit cards for payment. The credit card user agreement has first place over the cruise contract. They (Credit Card Service) would consider not giving a queen bed or larger a material change, and would allow and process a credit card dispute.


The cruise line must give you a queen bed or risks losing the payment. They (Cruise Line) also cannot take any negative actions against you if they lose a credit card dispute. Because of the Merchant Agreement with the processing service.


Many guest to not understand the rights they have and allow the cruise line to push them around don't fall into this group.
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Why, o Why did the OP not report back on what happened!!! Inquiring minds want to know


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It also disappoints me when posters ask for information and members reply providing loads of detail in long posts and often it appears a fair bit of research has been done on the OP's behalf with links etc. Then they haven't the manners to offer thanks - or even give any indication they've bothered to read the replies. I know I shouldn't, but I always feel disappointed by such an omission.






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Originally posted by kruzseeka
It also disappoints me when posters ask for information and members reply providing loads of detail in long posts and often it appears a fair bit of research has been done on the OP's behalf with links etc. Then they haven't the manners to offer thanks - or even give any indication they've bothered to read the replies. I know I shouldn't, but I always feel disappointed by such an omission.
I agree but I put a positive spend on things. Yes we post the reply for the OP and if they never come back it is on them... but really we are not posting for the OP but we are posting for all those who want to learn more or have had this problem or this question about cruises. It is not good that OP does not even reply but many more will learn from the questions and replies. As for the OP it is their lost not mine.
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They upgraded me on our last cruise, even though I had booked on board and specifically asked for No Upgrade. We had been moved from D deck just forward of midships to A deck. To my mind moving me up there under the Lido deck is not an upgrade, it's a downgrade, although the price is higher, not sure why. I spent some time on the phone getting us moved back.
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Originally posted by the english lady
The cruise was in June, wasn't it. so she has been on the cruise, and no we will never know what happened.


Like a thriller suspense novel where you are just going to find out who did it and the page is ripped out!
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Well, I have learnt. I have a superior Deluxe Balcony DE Early Saver booked on Azura for July 19. My agent told me that none of these grade of cabin are bad and that the only thing booking a higher grade (albeit an Early Saver) would result in nothing more than gaining a more mid-ship position (I don't care about that) and that there is only deck D and deck E with these cabins and either deck is fine.

However, I have spent the last hour or so checking reviews and pictures of all the DE grade cabins on Azura and am confident that what he told me is correct, although I am now starting to be fearful of getting an 'upgrade' which is not an upgrade on the basis that the small print says that Guaranteed DE means you will get that grade cabin or something 'higher'.

Time will tell. :-)
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Originally posted by kilmeedyman
Well, I have learnt. I have a superior Deluxe Balcony DE Early Saver booked on Azura for July 19. My agent told me that none of these grade of cabin are bad and that the only thing booking a higher grade (albeit an Early Saver) would result in nothing more than gaining a more mid-ship position (I don't care about that) and that there is only deck D and deck E with these cabins and either deck is fine.

However, I have spent the last hour or so checking reviews and pictures of all the DE grade cabins on Azura and am confident that what he told me is correct, although I am now starting to be fearful of getting an 'upgrade' which is not an upgrade on the basis that the small print says that Guaranteed DE means you will get that grade cabin or something 'higher'.

Time will tell. :-)


The higher cabins than DE are all on D deck nearer the middle. Unless you get a suite.


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