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#1
New Jersey
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Joined Jan 2013
Can't figure out why anyone would book a cruise under a guarantee status. We have 26 cruises and always chose a specific cabin. There are too many variables with cabin location, deck, public spaces above or below etc. to risk an expensive cruise by having someon else determine where I'm staying for the cruise.

Do people think their chances are better for an upgrade if they are under a guarantee status? Would have to imagine that the percentage of anyone, regardless of booking status, that are upgraded is a minicule percentage.
#2
Maryland
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Joined Sep 2011
Unfortunately not everyone can afford the difference between a guarantee and the next level. We have cruised every December for the last couple of years in AQ. This year our travel budget is not as big. We decided that we would rather be anywhere on the ship than not on the ship at all and did a balcony guarantee. Neither of us are light sleepers or very picky. Right now we are in a 2c on the Silhouette. The obstruction is not being able to look down at the water but we can look out. The difference between the guarantee and an unobstructed view pays for our port excursions. The nice thing is that everyone can choose what works for them and their budget.
#3
4,752 Posts
Joined Jul 2003
Redman1947,
In addition to Allygator14's response, not everyone has been as fortunate as you or I. We know the score after many cruises. A guarantee, at a lower price point, may be very attractive to a new cruiser who knows zilch about cabin selection. The same could hold true to a cruiser who may be booking late and just wants on a ship, even if their cabin of choice is not available. Lots of things to think about when cruising.
#4
Coastal GA USA
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Joined Nov 2007
Last year, I booked a 2C on Silhouette, figuring a partially obstructed balcony in the Med. was better than none. A few days later, there was a sale with a balcony gty same price as inside. I jumped on it. For a saving of $1200 I would be happy with any balcony, even a 2D. We ended up in a 2A on the hump. Great value. I book what I can afford, just to be on the ship. Insides, OV, balcony. Doesn't matter, as long as it is a bargain. EM
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#5
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Originally posted by Redman1947
Can't figure out why anyone would book a cruise under a guarantee status.
Saving $1000 is why. We did book a Concierge guarantee, to ensure that we didn't get an obstructed-view balcony. We were very happy with our assigned cabin.
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#7
200 Posts
Joined Jan 2011
I'm always hearing of people booking on the guarantee basis and then kicking up a big stink once their room has been allocated.

why oh why book on guarantee if the room location is so important to you!!

I guest that's people for you lol
#8
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Joined Dec 2002
I've been on over 20 cruises with many of them being a guarantee rate. The reasons are simple:

1) The savings can be substantial (if not there is no point in booking a guarantee).

2) While people complain about bad cabins in reality there are only Good cabins and Better cabins. When considering a guarantee we research the worst cabins on board and while we rarely get them we decide beforehand that we would be OK if assigned one. We have never complained about a cabin assignment as we understand that is part of the deal.

3) The savings have allowed us to cruise more often than we otherwise would have as well as cruise to locations that many put off until retirement.

Ultimately to each their own. If a guarantee cabin is something people don't want to consider it is not a big deal.
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#9
South Carolina
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Joined Dec 2002
We just booked a veranda guarantee. It is cruise 67 for us so we've been in just about every "terrific" cabin/suite on a ship. If we can't get one of the sought after cabins, we are not picky. We like a specific category (it varies and can be a veranda, AQ or suite) but that is all that is really important to us.

The cruise we just booked is in 6 weeks and most all the cabins left are really not in the desirable locations, so what we will be assigned is likely not much better than what we would get if we booked a specific cabin at this late date.

We"ll book a guarantee if there is a significant savings. We NEVER expect a cabin category higher than our guarantee.

In our case, for our cruise in just 6 weeks, we will save $1050-$1650 by booking the guarantee

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#10
Pepsicola FL
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Joined Feb 2006
Originally posted by Redman1947
Can't figure out why anyone would book a cruise under a guarantee status. We have 26 cruises and always chose a specific cabin. There are too many variables with cabin location, deck, public spaces above or below etc. to risk an expensive cruise by having someon else determine where I'm staying for the cruise.

Do people think their chances are better for an upgrade if they are under a guarantee status? Would have to imagine that the percentage of anyone, regardless of booking status, that are upgraded is a minicule percentage.
some people genuinely DO NOT care about where the cabin is.

Our very first cruise, our TA suggested we take a GTY cabin because it was slightly cheaper and her agency was offering a category upgrade( we paid for the lowest category balcony and was guaranteed a cabin in the highest category)

and yes I am sure some people take a gamble that paying for a GTY OV will land them a balcony.
#11
We live on a small lake in rural Nebr.
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It's all about price for us; we will book a guarantee if it is significantly cheaper than picking a specific room. We are not doing it for an upgrade, though we usually do get a room in a slightly higher category.

So far, we've been satisfied with our assigned guarantee room and have sometimes saved $1000 or more for the two of us. Since we don't really care where we are on the ship, except that we want a balcony, we always look at guarantees.

People who are booking guarantees and expecting a big upgrade are just naive; yes, it happens, but it is rare.
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#12
Central California
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Joined Mar 2007
Face it--once you are on the ship, you are entitled to every amenity there is: food, entertainment, bars, pools, etc. If you're like us, the cabin is just a place to sleep and keep your stuff. We are not "cabin dwellers"--we like to be out and about on the ship. So if I have a balcony so I can get some fresh air, I am happy.

The other thing the OP, who is from the US, is not taking into consideration is that once assigned, you can generally move to any other open cabin in your category. I have done this successfully.
#13
Greater Toronto Area, Ont, Canada
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Joined Jun 2007
For me, I also like a little surprise... so far it never disappoint.

On the upcoming Transpacific in May 2014, I did make a specific cabin reservation, as it is a Sweet Sixteen cabin on the Millie. I can't pass up on that and I paid the same price as the veranda guarantee.
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#14
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Originally posted by CathyCruises

The other thing the OP, who is from the US, is not taking into consideration is that once assigned, you can generally move to any other open cabin in your category. I have done this successfully.
They have always been happy to let us move if we want and we still save $1,000.
#15
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There are no "guarantees" even if you pick your cabin. You can still have noisy neighbors or people who make noise in the hall or their balconies.

I book what fits the budget.
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#16
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Joined Jul 2007
I used to think like you. Always carefully selected the best cabin in the best location with the biggest balcony in our price range. For our upcoming cruise, got a 1A balcony on the hump. Cost of cruise: $2900.

Then I logged in to check for price drops and saw this: Balcony guarantee for $799. Wow, almost half price. I jumped on it. Friends of ours cruising with us chose to keep their 1A on the hump.

My thought process was: cabin exactly the same, and even the worst 2D cabin still has a balcony! And savings of over $1,000 will pay for our airfare, shore excursions, and even some drinks.

After 3 week we were assigned a 2D cabin, we'll be on deck six with some lifeboats blocking our view down to the water. Right now it doesn't feel like a big deal, and I doubt I'll let that ruin the cruise once i'm there!
#17
SW Ontario, Canada
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Joined Apr 2006
micmacmissy, it is a 2C balcony cabin on S class ships with a lifeboat in front and that's what you previously mentioned as what you were assigned for your gty. A 2D has the higher tender, up to the railing level, so the view outwards is obstructed when sitting.
We booked an Concierge XC gty for our upcoming cruise and that saved us $800 over picking the C1 we were assigned. If we didn't have senior pricing selecting a C1 would have cost us $1200 more.
Originally we had been assigned a more forward, near front elevators/stairs, connecting cabin which was the best option when assigned but a few weeks back a slightly aft of the mid-ship elevators/stairs non-connecting C1 became available. An email to our TA got us that better cabin. Previously we've also have been able to change our gty assigned cabin for another available in the same category of cabin with out difficulties.
#18
United States
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Joined May 2012
Almost half of my cruises have been solo - and for them I always book an inside guarantee cabin. Twice I wound up with OV; and never have I had a "bad" cabin.

When I cruise with my husband, he insists on a balcony, so I always get a balcony guarantee. Again, never been disappointed in what was assigned.

The rest of the times I have cruised with a friend or acquaintance, and then normally let her decide on the type of cabin. About half of the reservations have been guarantees, the rest for specific cabins. The only ones that presented any problems at all were among the selected cabins, and both times it was for a strange, very loud, very random occurring but repeated noise during the night. On one of the cruises it sounded like someone beating on the hull with a large wrench, and lasted for three nights. The hotel manager apologized, sent wine and chocolate-covered strawberries, and gave us a free specialty restaurant meal. On the other it sounded like a heavy door being slammed shut and lasted just one night.
#19
Maryland
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Joined Mar 2004
sorry - deleting as I'm not really a Celebrity cruiser (except for one cruise.)
#20
New Lenox,IL,Eagle River,AK
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Joined Feb 2011
We did not plan on cruising next year until the Thanksgiving special came out. We booked a 5 nt. cruise with a 2b class room at what we thought was a good price which fit in our time limits. After further investigating we found a 7 nt. cruise for less in a veranda gtee. class. Checked our res. today and we are in a 1a bump out cabin. We are particular on rooms when we travel with a group but when we travel alone we just roll the dice and hope for the best. The end result is we are cruising!!!!!