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2 hours ago, TYMAN said:

Our original cost for Hump balcony with the casino comp was $383.13. We bid $1310.00pp for first two, and got it. Total of $3003.13 or $143pp per day. I think it was a pretty good deal for a CLS. I don't expect it to happen when capacity goes back up. 

Congratulations, you did get a good deal! I don't understand how they come up with the numbers to royal up. Our minimum bid was $1900 pp to go from one Star class suite to another Star class suite. We have already paid for all of the perks so the bid would just be for more space.  RC math doesn't make sense. I passed on bidding and booked another cruise.

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Okay, I could use some help. A friend is going on Odyssey on 10/23. They want to bid for a JS or GS. I did that too but have no idea what I bid or if it was even appropriate. Or if they will work!!! Anyway, I cannot give them any help as I don't know. They are in a regular balcony and paid about $2000 total for two. He wants to bid $200/$300 per person and she thinks it needs to be at least double that or maybe triple. Any educated guesses???

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CHUCKMARILYN— Okay, I could use some help. A friend is going on Odyssey on 10/23. They want to bid for a JS or GS. I did that too but have no idea what I bid or if it was even appropriate. Or if they will work!!! Anyway, I cannot give them any help as I don't know. They are in a regular balcony and paid about $2000 total for two. He wants to bid $200/$300 per person and she thinks it needs to be at least double that or maybe triple. Any educated guesses???

 

 

RESPONSE—Not exactly an educated guess….but I have 12 cruises booked and have been following discussion for a bit.  I would look at the minimum “fair” bid on the royal up meter on the royal up bidding page and use that as a base.  Anything below that is unlikely, but if they don’t care much, they could still get lucky…especially with reduced occupancy.   Anything in the fair area has a good chance as long as the inventory of vacant cabins they are bidding on is pretty large.  Many people don’t bid because they don’t want to give up their hand-picked location.  If the type of cabin they want isn’t widely available, they need to bid on the upper end of fair to somewhere in the “strong” area.  As long as the bid is cheaper than purchasing outright, they are saving money….as long as they would have purchased at full price.       For me at least, any bid higher than the “fair” area is probably not a good value.  I have one bid right now in the low-strong area on a cruise, but it’s for a special anniversary and my base expense was a super low good value.  Hope this helps.  Just my 2 cents.

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1 hour ago, chucknmarilyn said:

Okay, I could use some help. A friend is going on Odyssey on 10/23. They want to bid for a JS or GS. I did that too but have no idea what I bid or if it was even appropriate. Or if they will work!!! Anyway, I cannot give them any help as I don't know. They are in a regular balcony and paid about $2000 total for two. He wants to bid $200/$300 per person and she thinks it needs to be at least double that or maybe triple. Any educated guesses???

Was booked in an extended balcony cabin on Odyssey just a few weeks ago (what you pay I don't believe has any bearing...think it's more category). Max bid for a JS was $220/pp which is what I bid and got it. I also bid much higher on a GS...somewhere like $750pp and was turned down. The max bid on the GS was $1100/pp and I know someone that bid that and did get a GS. If the JS max bid isn't bad I would go for the max bid if you really want the JS like I did. In my case $440 total was a bargain as the JS usually is around $2000 over the cost of a balcony on Odyssey. Someone else on my sailing bid $150/pp for a JS and didn't get one....and there were over 20 JS's available on my sailing the week prior to departure....6 GS's available.

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6 hours ago, Heymarco said:

 

Same happened to me for our November cruise. I was able to make offer up bid before even making final payment. It seems that one is not dependent on the other.

I just got an email from Royal advising me that we do not have to pay for our January oasis cruise 90 days in advance.  Due 30 days in advance.  I assume that this will impact the move up program!  Of course since our cruise is Jan 2 and 9th we paid in full yesterday!  This modification is due to covid!

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Last night a number of people for my Sunday cruise received emails that their Royal ups were accepted. Mine still shows pending. There's still quite a few junior suites available on Royals website for booking. Do I still have a chance still since there's rooms still for booking or since a wave of people got upgrades and I didn't, I'm out of luck? 

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33 minutes ago, colesc15 said:

Last night a number of people for my Sunday cruise received emails that their Royal ups were accepted. Mine still shows pending. There's still quite a few junior suites available on Royals website for booking. Do I still have a chance still since there's rooms still for booking or since a wave of people got upgrades and I didn't, I'm out of luck? 

You still have a chance if it's showing pending...mine didn't happen on the first wave...I received mine on the second wave.

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Is a Lift and Shift rate not eligible for Royal Up? I'm trying to log in now that our cruise is under 30 days, but it keeps telling me check back or my info is incorrect. I tried with the info of our travel partners who booked this cruise directly and they can get in. Thoughts?

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21 minutes ago, Jocelyn13 said:

Is a Lift and Shift rate not eligible for Royal Up? I'm trying to log in now that our cruise is under 30 days, but it keeps telling me check back or my info is incorrect. I tried with the info of our travel partners who booked this cruise directly and they can get in. Thoughts?

I received the email on a Lifted and Shifted cruise.  I was given a choice of five categories, ranging from $100 pp for a JS to $800 pp for a RS on the Mariner.  I am not interested because I have one of the corner aft balconies with the stripper pole, but I thought the minimums were quite low.  

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53 minutes ago, ZoeyVictoria said:

I received the email on a Lifted and Shifted cruise.  I was given a choice of five categories, ranging from $100 pp for a JS to $800 pp for a RS on the Mariner.  I am not interested because I have one of the corner aft balconies with the stripper pole, but I thought the minimums were quite low.  

We did not get the email, does that mean they won't let us bid yet? I went to the website directly.

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1 hour ago, ZoeyVictoria said:

I received the email on a Lifted and Shifted cruise.  I was given a choice of five categories, ranging from $100 pp for a JS to $800 pp for a RS on the Mariner.  I am not interested because I have one of the corner aft balconies with the stripper pole, but I thought the minimums were quite low.  

its why I bid the minimum ($240) on a GS on upcoming cruise.  I have 1388 on the Adventure and I will only give that up for a GS.

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Just got notified our Royal Up was accepted for Sunday on Odyssey of the seas. Moving from a balcony to a j3 junior suite. I THINK j3s have the one and a half bathrooms! Current j3 book on the website is nearly 4k more than what we paid for the balcony, and my bid was only $105 per person! 

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1 minute ago, colesc15 said:

With the upgrade, how do you handle new luggage tags? When I login to the website, my old luggage tags are still listed in the docs

 

If they don't update in time for you to print off the new ones then they can print new ones for you when they check in your luggage at the port.

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I realize this is a general opinion question since no one knows for sure how the algorithm works but wanted some thoughts thoughts:

 

We get on board Oasis on Sunday, currently in a CLS. Earlier this week there were at least 2 different star class rooms were available to book (Ultimate Panoramic, 2BR Aqua). I have bids in on both of them as well as some others. I've seen 2 waves of people confirming their royal ups went through (looks like mostly Neighborhood balconies to Oceanview balconies, and then a second wave the next day of Oceanview balconies to either JS or 1 BR Grand Suite). All my bids show as pending, and no one else in our group (which I know is a small portion of the cruise), has seen any accepting or rejecting on their star class bids.

 

Does that mean:

- They're just waiting closer to sail?

- I should increase my bid because none are high enough for them to want to accept?

- Just keep waiting they're just taking their sweet time?

- Something else.

 

Thoughts are welcomed!

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1 hour ago, ryanbarckley said:

I realize this is a general opinion question since no one knows for sure how the algorithm works but wanted some thoughts thoughts:

 

We get on board Oasis on Sunday, currently in a CLS. Earlier this week there were at least 2 different star class rooms were available to book (Ultimate Panoramic, 2BR Aqua). I have bids in on both of them as well as some others. I've seen 2 waves of people confirming their royal ups went through (looks like mostly Neighborhood balconies to Oceanview balconies, and then a second wave the next day of Oceanview balconies to either JS or 1 BR Grand Suite). All my bids show as pending, and no one else in our group (which I know is a small portion of the cruise), has seen any accepting or rejecting on their star class bids.

 

Does that mean:

- They're just waiting closer to sail?

- I should increase my bid because none are high enough for them to want to accept?

- Just keep waiting they're just taking their sweet time?

- Something else.

 

Thoughts are welcomed!

From my experience, "Pending" is usually "Accepted" bid.

 

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3 hours ago, ryanbarckley said:

I realize this is a general opinion question since no one knows for sure how the algorithm works but wanted some thoughts thoughts:

 

We get on board Oasis on Sunday, currently in a CLS. Earlier this week there were at least 2 different star class rooms were available to book (Ultimate Panoramic, 2BR Aqua). I have bids in on both of them as well as some others. I've seen 2 waves of people confirming their royal ups went through (looks like mostly Neighborhood balconies to Oceanview balconies, and then a second wave the next day of Oceanview balconies to either JS or 1 BR Grand Suite). All my bids show as pending, and no one else in our group (which I know is a small portion of the cruise), has seen any accepting or rejecting on their star class bids.

 

Does that mean:

- They're just waiting closer to sail?

- I should increase my bid because none are high enough for them to want to accept?

- Just keep waiting they're just taking their sweet time?

- Something else

 

Thoughts are welcomed!

We board Anthem today (Sat). We are currently in JS and put in bids on higher suites, we still have 8 bids pending. I assume that means we are not getting anything (unless people don't turn up). Many others on our cruise are in a similar situation mostly waiting for upgrade to JS. A couple of days ago lots were upgraded to balconies, one or two to JS but not seen anyone say they had anything higher even though there were a few GS available.

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