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Did not get upgraded on our sold out Epic Med cruise.  First time ever in an inside and we survived - we slept like bricks as it was cool and dark and we were never in cabin on a port intensive itinerary.  We were on a CAS comp.  But just as an FYI to others, I had bid $350 per person for mini suite, spa balcony and spa mini.  I didn't bid for regular balcony (which I am sure hurt me) because I was concerned about location of some of the balcony cabins.

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7 hours ago, Firepath said:

I'm new to NCL bidding and cruising in general, so please forgive my ignorance. I booked a Sail Away interior cabin on POA and made offers on oceanview and balcony when I received the email. Today is 65 days out and we were just assigned an inside cabin today. We are quite happy with the location, but wonder if the cabin assignment at this point means our offers were not accepted. Or could we still be reassigned as it gets closer?

POA sails full pretty much so chances there probably lowest in the fleet.

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4 hours ago, kimandtim said:

Did not get upgraded on our sold out Epic Med cruise.  First time ever in an inside and we survived - we slept like bricks as it was cool and dark and we were never in cabin on a port intensive itinerary.  We were on a CAS comp.  But just as an FYI to others, I had bid $350 per person for mini suite, spa balcony and spa mini.  I didn't bid for regular balcony (which I am sure hurt me) because I was concerned about location of some of the balcony cabins.

We didn't get upgraded on our Epic med either, but as you said, we survived ha

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Got a good deal on a balcony cabin on Encore for January and the only upgrade I'll be interested in is the spa balcony.

I'm not interested in what I'd have to pay to upgrade possibly to Haven but maybe I could get away with a smaller bid to just step up to the spa balcony. My wife and daughter would probably love the spa. I'll see how it goes when it gets closer.

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8 hours ago, debgreg said:

Thanks , if there were plenty of cabins available and we all bid the same I presume we would have a chance of all getting upgraded?

 

At the moment there are lots 

Everyone that gets the opportunity to bid has a chance. Myself I've won all four of my bids at 5, 4, 3 and exactly 48 hours out.  My last one on Escape at 80 days out I could see inventory At The amount of 342 balcony cabins, didn't win that bid until 48 hours before sailing, my most expensive bid at 195 to go from ocean view to balcony.  Good luck , be patient and remember it's all about supply and demand and no matter where your cabin is your on vacation so have a awesome trip

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1 hour ago, Nclgetawaymenhoney said:

Everyone that gets the opportunity to bid has a chance. Myself I've won all four of my bids at 5, 4, 3 and exactly 48 hours out.  My last one on Escape at 80 days out I could see inventory At The amount of 342 balcony cabins, didn't win that bid until 48 hours before sailing, my most expensive bid at 195 to go from ocean view to balcony.  Good luck , be patient and remember it's all about supply and demand and no matter where your cabin is your on vacation so have a awesome trip

Thanks, we are three couples so it doesn’t really matter if we’re not together and I don’t really care where my cabin is, near the lifts are good 😊  We don’t t really use a balcony much, we are up and out, in and out kind of people and when we have had them previously we have looked out when leaving port etc. They  look really small on Getaway but it would increase the size of the room. 

 

This might sound mad mad but are the insides on Getaway really dark, on Epic there were hardly any lights which made getting ready quite difficult. Insides on Royal are bigger and have more lights 😊

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On the Escape now, and have been the past few weeks. I will be here next week as well (18th), and just got an email that my bid from my current H5 to the H3 Owners Suite was accepted. Given that this sailing has been off the website for a while, everyone thought it was sold out. I was pleasantly surprised when I got this email. $810pp 

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3 hours ago, romalley99 said:

On the Escape now, and have been the past few weeks. I will be here next week as well (18th), and just got an email that my bid from my current H5 to the H3 Owners Suite was accepted. Given that this sailing has been off the website for a while, everyone thought it was sold out. I was pleasantly surprised when I got this email. $810pp 

 

I want your life!! 

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21 hours ago, fvalanzola@gmail.com said:

Just got our H5 bid for Sunday's Escape sailing!

Do you mind sharing the cost of your winning bid and what category were you originally booked in please?

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On 8/2/2019 at 8:53 PM, romalley99 said:

 

I have yet to lose a bid, and I booked through CAS most of the time. That doesn't decrease your chances just like booking a sailaway category do not decrease your chances. 👍

What type of bid do you normally do, such as poor, fair, good, excellent? (I think I'm missing one)

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4 minutes ago, debnjoe1438 said:

What type of bid do you normally do, such as poor, fair, good, excellent? (I think I'm missing one)

Actually you are missing two - NONE and STRONG

 

NONE - POOR - FAIR - GOOD - STRONG - EXCELLENT *

* If bidding Excellent you really should have bought the farm and quit fooling around just book the darn cabin !

 

You are so close to losing it by penny pinching.

 

NCL should have casino game of booking cabins by upgrade (bidding) for practice !  LOL !

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1 minute ago, don't-use-real-name said:

Actually you are missing two - NONE and STRONG

 

NONE - POOR - FAIR - GOOD - STRONG - EXCELLENT *

* If bidding Excellent you really should have bought the farm and quit fooling around just book the darn cabin !

 

You are so close to losing it by penny pinching.

 

NCL should have casino game of booking cabins by upgrade (bidding) for practice !  LOL !

Hi, how's life treating you these days 🙂  You know "strong" and "Excellent" are too rich for my blood (especially the haven). Got grandbabies who want Christmas gifts, and whatever else we can pick up for them 🙂 

 

At any rate trying to gleam some information from this thread. Joe and are doing a TA in October and we have put a bid on a few categories higher than our balcony. I believe one may be a low fair. The others a high - poor.  

 

One of these days I'm going to "buy the farm" and get a haven - just because.

 

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Opinions or answers wanted, please and thank you.  We booked and PIF in Canadian dollars so.... does the range we will see have the 30% more baked in or should we look to add it ourselves in our bid.

 

Anyone know if the range they give to non US bookings is in that country's currency? 

JamieLogical are you out there?

Thanks

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2 hours ago, Offcourse said:

Opinions or answers wanted, please and thank you.  We booked and PIF in Canadian dollars so.... does the range we will see have the 30% more baked in or should we look to add it ourselves in our bid.

 

Anyone know if the range they give to non US bookings is in that country's currency? 

JamieLogical are you out there?

Thanks

We have a bid in for our upcoming cruise in £s the currency we paid in based on that I think you will bid in Canadian Dollars. 

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I wonder if they look at things besides just the amount of your bid, such as if you appear to be a "spender" with NCL; i.e. food or beverage packages, excursions with NCL, other cruises taken or booked. I guess we'll never know, but it's interesting to see what others are bidding for different upgrades and if they are or aren't winning. 

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Late last week I received an email stating that our bid of $155 pp for an upgrade from midship inside to deck 10 balcony BA was accepted.

Pride of America

Sep 28th sailing (believe this week had many available cabins)

Over 40 days to go

Bid was in the high poor range

No NCL status but did cruise earlier this year on the Escape

 

We are super excited as the balcony cabins were not affordable to us on this cruise. Also did not expect to hear anything this soon.

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1 hour ago, msky44 said:

Late last week I received an email stating that our bid of $155 pp for an upgrade from midship inside to deck 10 balcony BA was accepted.

Pride of America

Sep 28th sailing (believe this week had many available cabins)

Over 40 days to go

Bid was in the high poor range

No NCL status but did cruise earlier this year on the Escape

 

We are super excited as the balcony cabins were not affordable to us on this cruise. Also did not expect to hear anything this soon.

That is good news! We are on POA Oct. 19 and that is our same situation, even the same bid amount. Congrats on your upgrade!

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Congrats, msky44! Really helpful information for future PofA passengers. 🙂

 

--Still waiting to hear about upgrade on my August 31 sailing (still over 20 suites open!!!) 

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Yes I did check prices again this morning and there doesn't seem to have been any price drops for our cruise so that theory does not apply to our case. Almost all the  balcony cabins seemed to have disappeared though so I believe there have been upgrades awarded all through August as there was a point when the remaining balconies were dwindling a couple of weeks ago, which worried  me. 

 

Good luck to all the PoA folks out there!

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80 days out for me today, does the email usually come bang on the day or a few days later. Last time we booked at 50 days out and I got it a few days after ?

 

I had no banner on my account last time, we are in the UK

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6 minutes ago, debgreg said:

80 days out for me today, does the email usually come bang on the day or a few days later. Last time we booked at 50 days out and I got it a few days after ?

 

I had no banner on my account last time, we are in the UK

It really is a big window. Some People have bids accepted 80 days out. some have them 48 hours before cruise..But for the most part, I would say 65 to 75% of people get accepted the 2 weeks before the cruise. 

Most likely depends on how busy your cruise is. 

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1 hour ago, debgreg said:

80 days out for me today, does the email usually come bang on the day or a few days later. Last time we booked at 50 days out and I got it a few days after ?

 

I had no banner on my account last time, we are in the UK

We got ‘do you want to upgrade” email 70 days out we are now 12 days out and not heard anything yet. They are still selling inside cabins on our sailing so I haven’t  given up hope yet. 

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6 minutes ago, ppcox said:

We got ‘do you want to upgrade” email 70 days out we are now 12 days out and not heard anything yet. They are still selling inside cabins on our sailing so I haven’t  given up hope yet. 

Normal majority of bids awarded 3 to 5 business days prior to sailing, yes some earlier but normal for your situation is still 7 days or more away good luck!

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