What was your upgrade offer and what did you bid

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#21
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Originally posted by fdpevey
Is it correct if you bid and change to a Haven cabin/suite you lose your current perks and don't receive the perks that typically come with a Haven cabin (which is everything that is offered), or any for that matter?

We're in a balcony on a future cruise, and are getting UBP and free daily service charge. IF we receive the invitation, and IF it was accepted, does that mean we would no longer get UBP and need to pay the daily service charge (at the higher Haven rate)? ... even though a person booking a Haven cabin/suite on the website would get every perk offered on that day ( no matter how close to sailing).

Would REALLY like to hear from one of you who have sailed in a Haven cabin/suite after changing through the bid process, if possible, rather than just a reference to the fine print. We all know what happens in real life on ship can be different that what "it" (whatever "it"is) says.
You keep what you have and in fact if you prepaid gratuities before upsell you don't even have the increase
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#22
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Hello all and thanks in advance. So I'm not 100% clear how the bidding works. How do I go about this in NCL site? Me and the wife are getting ready to book the Breakaway leaving from NYC end of April 17'. Any tips advice would be great..thanks again. Much appreciated.
#23
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Originally posted by bklynfinest77
OK so there's lots of talk about this new upgrade bid system that went fleet wide recently.. so Im wondering
- what offer everyone received
-what cabin do you have now?
-did you bid ?
- if you don't mind telling what did you bid
- was it accepted
-how long did it take to get accepted?

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Did you get upgraded? I'm on same cruise as you and I just noticed all the havens are gone


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#24
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We booked 2 balcony rooms and one was offered the upgrade.
When I spoke to NCL they said that I could request that the 2nd room be allowed to bid.
I was wondering if anyone can call and offer to bid.
I am most interested in the aft balcony.
It appears that the aft balcony is less desirable in the bidding process as it is not in the HAVEN proper.
I think that I may have overbid.
After reading other posts I bid in the "FAIR" range.
I sail on 2/18 so I should find out next week.

This bidding process seems to allow more people to have the ability to upgrade
and for NCL to get more $$ than if they just offered a few people the upgrade.

In addition, in reading reviews of people that did get the upgrade they almost always have the same room.
Their balcony is next to the ping pong or some other activity.
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#25
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Originally posted by kimstoess
Did you get upgraded? I'm on same cruise as you and I just noticed all the havens are gone


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I notice that too so I'm guessing I wouldnt be getting one ugh🙁...

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#26
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Well I sail the 11th and thought for sure they would be pulling the inventory and accepting bids late yesterday. Nope still waiting inventory still there. NCL is holding out surely today has to be the day. Cruise before us posts said they were upgraded Monday. So they do not have a set schedule except as they state notification no later than 2 days prior to cruise.


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#27
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I'm on a high demand March cruise too. I just noticed all the Havens sold out. I low-balled my bid and kept increasing when I noticed a lot of inventory left. Last night, I noticed there was one left. Learned my lesson on that. I would bet its best to just come in at "Fair" and slowly increase your bids on a high demand sailing. Because, even at Fair, you're still only paying, or would have been paying in my case, about 60% of the going rate. But you also have to weigh the fact that a couple of thousand dollars can buy your family a decent land-based vacation. I like to go on as many vacations as possible. Ha.
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#28
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Originally posted by Julieh40
We are on the Breakaway last week of March. We are currently in a large balcony room. Received my email 3 days ago and bid on a Haven forward facing penthouse with balcony. Minimum bid was $400 for 2 guests, so a total of $800 minimum. I bid $430/ person for a total of $860. I hope this bid gets accepted. The more i read about the Haven, the more I think I need it! I'm dying to know if/ when it will be accepted so if anyone can answer my question that would be great!!
Watch out - it is nearly impossible to go back and cruise with the masses after being in the haven!!
#29
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The cruise I'm on is also sold out of Haven but I can still modify my bid for a Haven cabin. Why would that be ? I can bid more for something they don't have. Why wouldn't the offer just say bidding closed or no longer available ?
#30
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There are many reasons a cabin class will appear as sold out on the website - mock bookings, a group blocks off a number of rooms, a TA blocks off a batch or single rooms etc.

With cancellations and upgrades rooms come and go right up until last boarding call.


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#31
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Right. I may still up my bid but at this point, you're likely reliant on someone cancelling or moving to another Haven category if those are still available.
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#32
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Another question. I am in a BB balcony cabin. My upgrade options to bid on were all Haven cabins. Why couldn't I bid on a spa cabin ? There are lots of those available. Is a spa cabin considered more than a two cabin upgrade even though they are less expensive ?
#34
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Also, anyone know the difference between Sold Out and Not Available? Before I saw the Haven Aft room we were bidding on was sold out. Now its Not Available. Interesting. I know when we looked at mini suites with large balconies on deck 8 there were some Not Available because they only slept 3 and not 4. But the Haven Aft rooms we were looking at all looked like they slept 4.
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#35
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so if you are in a window room you will never get the chance to bid on a suite or haven, right? since 2 categories up would be balcony and mini-suite.

given that i was able to upsell from a window to a haven room on my last cruise, this is a downer. we prefer to book windows (which we can be happy with) as they are often much cheaper than a balcony.

the bidding process probably makes more money for NCL, but not sure how its easier for NCL unless its all computer generated/automated. seems crazy that a first timer in a balcony room could potentially get a nice bid offer for haven over someone who is platinum plus in a window room.
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#36
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I have only read on these boards about being able to bid only two categories up. I don't know if that is actually a policy of NCL.
#37
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Originally posted by mark290
I have only read on these boards about being able to bid only two categories up. I don't know if that is actually a policy of NCL.
Quote from NCL Upgrade Advantange terms and conditions:


4. Upon receipt of an Invitation, you may submit a Bid on up to two categories higher than your current class of service category for the original itinerary booked

https://www.ncl.com/content/upgrade-advantage-terms
#39
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Got my bid accepted for an H6 sailing Sat on Escape my bid was low fair area I was in a comped CAS spa minisuite. Can't wait for the Haven Aft Penthouse! This was my 3rd successful upsell since Oct! First on the bidding process.


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#40
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Originally posted by Horsegoer
Hello all and thanks in advance. So I'm not 100% clear how the bidding works. How do I go about this in NCL site? Me and the wife are getting ready to book the Breakaway leaving from NYC end of April 17'. Any tips advice would be great..thanks again. Much appreciated.
anyone? Thx