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I had already done the exchange from Canadian to US that's why I said about $1600 USD. Bid was $2200 CAD

 

Google says that with today's conversion rate $2200 CAD is $1,673.64 USD. So it could be they won the bid by ~$73.

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Oops,YVR Bass, sorry about the "his". It's not often that I have anything relevant to post. In my excitement I generalized.

 

didn't bother me, just made me realize my photo isn't showing up, not sure why it isn't

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Two days ago I put in a bid to upgrade from our Balcony BD cabin on deck 8 for a mini suite on our upcoming cruise this Friday the 6th on the Dawn. I heard within hours that my bid was accepted. I was very happy because I had not realized when I selected the cabin a few months ago that it was a “PrivaSea” balcony. I would have been very unhappy with that. My bid for mini suite was $200 per person.

 

 

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Two days ago I put in a bid to upgrade from our Balcony BD cabin on deck 8 for a mini suite on our upcoming cruise this Friday the 6th on the Dawn. I heard within hours that my bid was accepted. I was very happy because I had not realized when I selected the cabin a few months ago that it was a “PrivaSea” balcony. I would have been very unhappy with that. My bid for mini suite was $200 per person.

 

 

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What is a PrivaSea balcony?

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What is a PrivaSea balcony?

 

 

 

Rather than the balcony sticking out from the ships superstructure and having a railing, the balcony is contained within the ship and the rail is steel and solid. The view out is through an opening in the ships structure.

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Since this is a new thread (and I am way not interested in sorting through 5000 posts in the old thread), can someone give an overview of how the upgrade bidding process works? New to NCL so I'm not familiar with the idea.

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Since this is a new thread (and I am way not interested in sorting through 5000 posts in the old thread), can someone give an overview of how the upgrade bidding process works? New to NCL so I'm not familiar with the idea.

80 days prior to cruise, you are given the opportunity to request an upgrade for up to 2 cabin classes above your booked room (Inside to balcony, oceanview to mini-suite, balcony to suite, mini-suite to suite).

 

The system will tell you what the minimum and maximum bid is, and you pick a number between the two. These are the per-person bids (multiple by 2 for the amount you will pay if your bids are accepted). High end suite bids start at $2000 x 2 (you would have to bid a lot more to win). Low end ocean view bids (from inside) can be very affordable.

 

If there is a lot of inventory, low end bids are awarded soon after they are made. Bids for suites are usually award a few days before departure. Notifications that bids are not accepted are made around 48 hours before departure.

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Since this is a new thread (and I am way not interested in sorting through 5000 posts in the old thread), can someone give an overview of how the upgrade bidding process works? New to NCL so I'm not familiar with the idea.

 

Quick answer is they send you an email normally 80 days before cruise date offering you the opportunity to place bids on several room categories above your reserved room. There is a “dial” you turn that goes from poor to excellent to place your bid. There is a minimum bid for each category, normally higher for the better ones. You can bid on none, one, several or all. They can notify you any time between when you place a bid and 48-hours prior to the cruise if you win. They almost always send an email if your bid(s) is not accepted.

Good luck!

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Rather than the balcony sticking out from the ships superstructure and having a railing, the balcony is contained within the ship and the rail is steel and solid. The view out is through an opening in the ships structure.

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Thanks for that info. I've been cruising awhile and never heard of these balconies .....and I don't want one!!![emoji15]

 

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These are the per-person bids (multiple by 2 for the amount you will pay if your bids are accepted). High end suite bids start at $2000 x 2 (you would have to bid a lot more to win).

 

Thank you @BirdTravels and @GADave!

 

I notice that the bid price is pp and you should multiple by 2 to get the actual price you pay. What if there are 3 in the room? For example: our balcony room is currently for 2 adults and a teenager. Am I bidding for each person in the room or is the maximum price paid for 2 regardless of the reservation number?

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Thank you @BirdTravels and @GADave!

 

I notice that the bid price is pp and you should multiple by 2 to get the actual price you pay. What if there are 3 in the room? For example: our balcony room is currently for 2 adults and a teenager. Am I bidding for each person in the room or is the maximum price paid for 2 regardless of the reservation number?

 

It is per person, double occupancy. So you only pay the bid times 2. But, also realize the taxes, etc increase, as well as the cost of insurance, if you bought it from NCL.

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Thank you @BirdTravels and @GADave!

 

I notice that the bid price is pp and you should multiple by 2 to get the actual price you pay. What if there are 3 in the room? For example: our balcony room is currently for 2 adults and a teenager. Am I bidding for each person in the room or is the maximum price paid for 2 regardless of the reservation number?

 

All upgrade bids are for double occupancy (so times two) regardless of the number of people in the room. One person in the room? Two times the bid. Five people in the room? Still two times the bid.

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Thanks for that info. I've been cruising awhile and never heard of these balconies .....and I don't want one!!![emoji15]

 

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"Privasea" is a marketing term that came out a few years back. Normally called a "hull" balcony.

 

Could be o.k. if weather not the best or if you don't want the sun unlike the bride who "cried the whole trip and stayed on bed" after getting a hull balcony on honeymoon.

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Two days ago I put in a bid to upgrade from our Balcony BD cabin on deck 8 for a mini suite on our upcoming cruise this Friday the 6th on the Dawn. I heard within hours that my bid was accepted. I was very happy because I had not realized when I selected the cabin a few months ago that it was a “PrivaSea” balcony. I would have been very unhappy with that. My bid for mini suite was $200 per person.

 

 

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I bid on the Dawn for our cruise back in May. We had a BD but put in bids for everything but the mini-suite. Only because the least you could bid was actually the difference on the website! Not a good deal to me. We did end up winning an SJ family suite for $370pp.

 

Have a great cruise and enjoy your MS!

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I’ve only been on two cruises, both with fairly large groups, so upgrades were never offered or considered. When they happen, does the cruiseline contact you with an offer? Is it done prior to departure or when you are checking in at the cruise line? And you “bid” on them? How exactly does that work? We have a balcony on NCL Bliss this tiime.

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I’ve only been on two cruises, both with fairly large groups, so upgrades were never offered or considered. When they happen, does the cruiseline contact you with an offer? Is it done prior to departure or when you are checking in at the cruise line? And you “bid” on them? How exactly does that work? We have a balcony on NCL Bliss this tiime.

 

You would have received an email about the bid opportunity 80 days before your sail date. It would also appear on your MyNCL page. If you book through some travel agents, you would not get the offer to bid.

Notices of upgrades can occur anytime between booking and 48 hours prior to cruise date/time.

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I’ve only been on two cruises, both with fairly large groups, so upgrades were never offered or considered. When they happen, does the cruiseline contact you with an offer? Is it done prior to departure or when you are checking in at the cruise line? And you “bid” on them? How exactly does that work? We have a balcony on NCL Bliss this tiime.

 

You should receive the offer to upgrade as an email approximately 80 days prior to sailing. You will have the opportunity to bid on staterooms within two "metas" of your own. So if you are in an inside, you can bid on ocean view and balcony. If you are in an ocean view, you can bid on balcony and mini-suite. The caveat being that if you are in a balcony or above, you will have the opportunity to bid on individual Haven categories rather than the Haven meta as a whole.

 

When you receive the email, for each upgrade option, you will be able to bid within a range. There will be a minimum and maximum bid for each category and you can bid anywhere within that range. A little dial/meter will help you gauge whether your bid is "poor, fair, good, or strong". You will be competing with everyone else on your sailing who may be bidding for upgrades to the same category. Bids are *usually* processed within a week of sailing. Sometimes you will hear of bids being accepted far in advance of the sailing, but that is rare. Typically they are processed 4-5 days prior to sailing and they can be processed as late as 48 hours before sailing. Personally, I received acceptance of my latest upgrade bid about 50 hours prior to sailing.

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Rather than the balcony sticking out from the ships superstructure and having a railing, the balcony is contained within the ship and the rail is steel and solid. The view out is through an opening in the ships structure.

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I believe the privasea (or hull or enclosed) balcony photo you posted is from the Epic, not the Pearl. The Epic has two different types of hull balcony, neither of which I would want. The hull cutout in both are too high to see over when sitting down but in one type the opening is wider than the other.

 

The Jewel ships Pearl, Star, Gem and Jade and the Dawn and the Star have much better privasea balconies. Here is a youtube video of 10008 on the Pearl. The hull opening is wider and deeper than on the Epic. You can sit on the balcony and enjoy the view. Some people use the lower ledge as a drink holder or foot rest. I think this type of balcony would be great for Alaska or rainier weather cruise or for those that don't like their neighbors peering around the balcony divider.

 

 

This is 12015 on the Epic. I would NOT like this.

 

 

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If your bid gets declined, can you bid again? Also what do you think would be a good bid going from a ocean view (OK) category, to a mini suite. Minimum bid is 50. Going on the Gem end of July.

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If your bid gets declined, can you bid again? Also what do you think would be a good bid going from a ocean view (OK) category, to a mini suite. Minimum bid is 50. Going on the Gem end of July.

 

I do not believe you can re-bid once it is declined, but I will let others comment based on their experiences. I do know you can adjust your bid(s) before they make the decisions, as I have already done that on two bids. Bids are really dependent on how many mini-suites are available (try doing a fake reservation), how many people in the lower categories are able to bid, etc. I simply bid what I am comfortable spending and hope luck is on my side. If not, I am very happy with the cabin we already have booked.

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If your bid gets declined, can you bid again? Also what do you think would be a good bid going from a ocean view (OK) category, to a mini suite. Minimum bid is 50. Going on the Gem end of July.

 

Usually you won't receive your "bid has been declined" until final bids are processed close to 48 hours from sailing. While I have heard of people having bids *accepted* much further out, I have never heard of people having bids *declined* before more than a couple of days out. At that point, bidding will be closed for your sailing.

 

As GA Dave said, you can change your bid any time up to the point where it is processed. So if you are going for a mini-suite, I would suggest doing a "mock booking" to see what mini-suites are currently still available. As inventory dwindles, you may want to bump up your bid. But definitely only bid what you are comfortable with. An ideal bid would be in a range where you will be happy if you win because you get the upgrade, and happy if you lose because you'll have the money to spend on something else. Also, be sure your bid doesn't push you into a total price that would be higher than had you just booked the mini-suite outright to begin with!

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Anyone receive an upgrade offer yet for the Escape trip out of NYC to Bermuda coming up this Sunday, 7/8/18? We made an offer but have not received a response yet.

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Anyone receive an upgrade offer yet for the Escape trip out of NYC to Bermuda coming up this Sunday, 7/8/18? We made an offer but have not received a response yet.

 

We are too! And no I have bid on two Haven rooms and not received anything yet either. Haven is showing as sold out so I am not holding out much hope.

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I believe the privasea (or hull or enclosed) balcony photo you posted is from the Epic, not the Pearl. The Epic has two different types of hull balcony, neither of which I would want. The hull cutout in both are too high to see over when sitting down but in one type the opening is wider than the other.

 

The Jewel ships Pearl, Star, Gem and Jade and the Dawn and the Star have much better privasea balconies. Here is a youtube video of 10008 on the Pearl. The hull opening is wider and deeper than on the Epic. You can sit on the balcony and enjoy the view. Some people use the lower ledge as a drink holder or foot rest. I think this type of balcony would be great for Alaska or rainier weather cruise or for those that don't like their neighbors peering around the balcony divider.

 

 

This is 12015 on the Epic. I would NOT like this.

 

 

Sorry the links aren't clickable..... you'll need to copy and paste into your browser.

 

I have never heard of this before. Are these rooms that people who pay for a "guaranteed" balcony get? If so, I would not be happy with those either, if I thought I was getting a "real" balcony. Is this a separate category?

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I have never heard of this before. Are these rooms that people who pay for a "guaranteed" balcony get? If so, I would not be happy with those either, if I thought I was getting a "real" balcony. Is this a separate category?

 

If you get a Sail Away Balcony, you could end up with one of these. If you get a GTY in a specific category that includes these, then yes, you could end up with them as well. That's why it's always good to do your research on the ship and deck plans prior to booking. Not all ships have this style of Balcony, just have to do your research.

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Just upgraded to The Haven!!!! So excited!! Actually saved $$$ by doing a direct upgrade instead of my bid. :D

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Just upgraded to The Haven!!!! So excited!! Actually saved $$$ by doing a direct upgrade instead of my bid. :D

 

 

 

How? When I looked into this, it still was like double my balcony rate.

 

 

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Just upgraded to The Haven!!!! So excited!! Actually saved $$$ by doing a direct upgrade instead of my bid. :D

 

Yayayayay! Congrats to you! I assume prices dropped quite a bit.

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Yayayayay! Congrats to you! I assume prices drop quite a bit.

 

Yes, it dropped $500/person overnight. With the extra OBC and cruise excursion credit we received, plus free internet, it was about $400 less than the bids we had placed, grats, taxes and fees included! We got the Haven Courtyard Penthouse with Balcony, 16710. There are still (14) of those available.

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Yes, it dropped $500/person overnight. With the extra OBC and cruise excursion credit we received, plus free internet, it was about $400 less than the bids we had placed, grats, taxes and fees included! We got the Haven Courtyard Penthouse with Balcony, 16710. There are still (14) of those available.

Congrats and enjoy!!! Can't wait to hear how your experience was

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Congrats and enjoy!!! Can't wait to hear how your experience was

 

Going to remove all of the pictures from my phone before I go so I can go crazy. :D

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So just a curiosity question...just this week booked a mini on the Escape leaving 9/2/18 & the Haven has been "sold out" for a little while now (at least 2 weeks & past final payment)...so why would I get 5 different Haven category bid offers ?

 

Not new to cruising but only our second trip on NCL so trying to get some understanding on all the "biding" :confused:

 

TIA :D

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So just a curiosity question...just this week booked a mini on the Escape leaving 9/2/18 & the Haven has been "sold out" for a little while now (at least 2 weeks & past final payment)...so why would I get 5 different Haven category bid offers ?

 

Not new to cruising but only our second trip on NCL so trying to get some understanding on all the "biding" :confused:

 

TIA :D

 

They take bids in case people cancel, etc. It happens more often than people think.

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So just a curiosity question...just this week booked a mini on the Escape leaving 9/2/18 & the Haven has been "sold out" for a little while now (at least 2 weeks & past final payment)...so why would I get 5 different Haven category bid offers ?

 

Not new to cruising but only our second trip on NCL so trying to get some understanding on all the "biding" :confused:

 

TIA :D

 

Allowing bids for sold out categories has multiple advantages for NCL. First, in case there are any last-minute cancellations, they can make additional money. Second, they get very valuable data on which to base future pricing decisions.

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Allowing bids for sold out categories has multiple advantages for NCL. First, in case there are any last-minute cancellations, they can make additional money. Second, they get very valuable data on which to base future pricing decisions.

 

That was what I was thinking ;)

 

Thanks for the responses....definitely wont be holding my breath for a Haven Spa Suite ;p

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That was what I was thinking ;)

 

Thanks for the responses....definitely wont be hold my breath for a Haven Spa Suite ;p

LOL me either, I have 5 Haven bids in, that are still pending on a totally sold out cruise

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