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Quick question about what rooms can I expect to be allowed to bid on. I’m currently booked in a Neighborhood Balcony Guarantee room on the Allure OTS for our end of February cruise. I figure we would be given an opportunity for an OV Balcony and a JS, but I was hoping we might also get a chance at a GS. Anyone with history with RoyalUp coming from this stateroom category on an Oasis class ship?

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1 hour ago, binro01 said:

Quick question about what rooms can I expect to be allowed to bid on. I’m currently booked in a Neighborhood Balcony Guarantee room on the Allure OTS for our end of February cruise. I figure we would be given an opportunity for an OV Balcony and a JS, but I was hoping we might also get a chance at a GS. Anyone with history with RoyalUp coming from this stateroom category on an Oasis class ship?

We are an ocean view balcony on the symphony and we allowed to bid on a grand suite, owners suite and 2 bed owners suite as well as junior suite, and spacious balcony.

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On 10/10/2021 at 4:13 PM, diana11 said:

It was my first time on RCL last week and therefore my first time experience of the bid up system. I put a bid for a GS and waited and waited and waited for a response. Finally got the rejection email 24 hours after sailing! What a joke 

OK...that's making sense now.   I've not gotten any updates in 5 days.   3 bids are still pending.  1 has Upgrade Unavailable Status - and i sail tomorrow.     I've wasted a lot of time checking to see if something changed...cause i couldn't help my self.   Oh well...thank you for sharing.   

 

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So, we bid on a Grand Suite (we had booked a balcony) on Oasis about 2 weeks ago. Immediately, our bid became "locked" and we weren't able to modify or cancel or bid on any of the other categories. Today we called to find out why we can't modify or cancel when the program rules say you can change up to 2 days in advance. We were hoping that it meant they accepted our bid and after a lot of time on hold with Royal, it appears that is the case. I will feel better when I actually get the confirmation email! We've never submitted a bid on RoyalUp and bid the minimum on the GS just to see if we'd get it. 

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On 10/24/2021 at 7:35 AM, Cruise a holic said:

IMO the larger room with two bathrooms is the best.  The wow factory balcony doesn't impress me.  Actually might disturb me.  The noise from the bell at the rockclimbing wall and all of the activities including the Aqua theatre would disturb me.  Enjoy the CLS our favorite suite on the ship.

That's why for me the best of both worlds is the OS. Quiet yet spacious room and balcony. Bathtub and walk-in closet which the CLS lacks. I agree about liking the two bathrooms, but my hatred of stairs makes it a draw. Still, if OS are unavailable I'll take a CLS. 

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We are sailing Jan 29 2022 on the Odyssey, are in a balcony room, never have done a Royal Up option before. I understand every sailing is different, however does anyone have a guideline or share what they bid and if it was accepted upgrading to a JS or higher suite? Thank you 

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On 10/24/2021 at 2:58 PM, binro01 said:

Quick question about what rooms can I expect to be allowed to bid on. I’m currently booked in a Neighborhood Balcony Guarantee room on the Allure OTS for our end of February cruise. I figure we would be given an opportunity for an OV Balcony and a JS, but I was hoping we might also get a chance at a GS. Anyone with history with RoyalUp coming from this stateroom category on an Oasis class ship?

 

On 10/24/2021 at 6:31 PM, Biker19 said:

No, you should be limited up to JS. 

 

Yes, this is exactly what our best biddable room was on Harmony. We had a neighbourhood balcony (although not a GTY) and the four options offered to us were Oceanview Balcony, Spacious Ocean View Balcony, Ultra Spacious Ocean View with Large Balcony, and Junior Suite.

 

We did not bid as we were travelling with another couple and did not want to risk the chance of one of us winning and the other not.

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47 minutes ago, jonj said:

We are sailing Jan 29 2022 on the Odyssey, are in a balcony room, never have done a Royal Up option before. I understand every sailing is different, however does anyone have a guideline or share what they bid and if it was accepted upgrading to a JS or higher suite? Thank you 

There is really no guideline. It’s purely an algorithm that is based on availability, bids received and a touch of voodoo magic.

 

Some rules of thumb I seen talked about is the 30% rule. Take the price difference between your category room and where you are upgrading to, get 30% of that number. Offer that. I don’t know or can’t speak of the success rate for this. 

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1 hour ago, FionaMG said:

 

 

Yes, this is exactly what our best biddable room was on Harmony. We had a neighbourhood balcony (although not a GTY) and the four options offered to us were Oceanview Balcony, Spacious Ocean View Balcony, Ultra Spacious Ocean View with Large Balcony, and Junior Suite.

 

We did not bid as we were travelling with another couple and did not want to risk the chance of one of us winning and the other not.

Well, with this information, I decided to pay for an "upgrade" the old fashion way, via my TA. I was able to move from a GTY Neighborhood Balcony to a GTY Oceanview Balcony on the Allure of the Seas for only $182.00, but now I definitely have a nice ocean view from my balcony and the option to bid for a GS with Royal Up. I think I still did pretty darn well with this booking. GTY Ocean View Balcony for $1,165.26, Feb 27th Allure OTS, 6 Night, with 245 OBC. (100 from WoW sale due to my new reprice, 45 from my TA, and 100.00 from playing my silly myVegas phone slot app via Casino Royale for free)

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17 minutes ago, binro01 said:

Well, with this information, I decided to pay for an "upgrade" the old fashion way, via my TA. I was able to move from a GTY Neighborhood Balcony to a GTY Oceanview Balcony on the Allure of the Seas for only $182.00, but now I definitely have a nice ocean view from my balcony and the option to bid for a GS with Royal Up. I think I still did pretty darn well with this booking. GTY Ocean View Balcony for $1,165.26, Feb 27th Allure OTS, 6 Night, with 245 OBC. (100 from WoW sale due to my new reprice, 45 from my TA, and 100.00 from playing my silly myVegas phone slot app via Casino Royale for free)

 

Excellent! Glad I was able to help. Fingers crossed you're lucky with your bid. :classic_smile:

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Just received a Royal Up to a Junior Suite on Symphony for Saturday (Oct 30). Instructions say to reprint Set Sail and luggage tags. Set Sail has been updated but luggage tags have not. Is this something that updates overnight?

 

I know I can just get the correct room on tags at luggage drop-off on Saturday, but I have a (severe) psychological condition which mandates that everything be as perfect as possible for my cruise book that I assemble afterwards!😜

 

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Jerry

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1 hour ago, gidewey52 said:

Just received a Royal Up to a Junior Suite on Symphony for Saturday (Oct 30). Instructions say to reprint Set Sail and luggage tags. Set Sail has been updated but luggage tags have not. Is this something that updates overnight?

 

I know I can just get the correct room on tags at luggage drop-off on Saturday, but I have a (severe) psychological condition which mandates that everything be as perfect as possible for my cruise book that I assemble afterwards!😜

 

Thanks -

Jerry

Give Royal a call, maybe they can get the luggage tags rebuilt for you? Perhaps? We don't want this luggage tag situation drive you to jump off the pier.

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On 10/23/2021 at 3:26 PM, august16th said:

Thanks for the reply.  My card has been charged, and the app has not changed. I'll give it until tomorrow and call again.  Maybe they'll upgrade me to a GS at the port...  Wishful thinking,I know!

Do you mind if I ask, what cabin grade did you upgrade from to the JS and what was your bid?

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3 hours ago, binro01 said:

Give Royal a call, maybe they can get the luggage tags rebuilt for you? Perhaps? We don't want this luggage tag situation drive you to jump off the pier.

Thanks Binro . . . Called RCCL and they said they would issue new docs for me with updated luggage tags. 24-48 hours! We’ll see! Not on suicide watch yet. 😎
 

Jerry

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16 minutes ago, PigsCanFly said:

We just received a RoyalUp email for our Nov 6th Symphony cruise (11 days from now). The min bids for Royal Loft and Ultimate Family suites is $5000pp.  We will stay with our junior suite and use the $10000+ at the casino.

LOL. That a crazy min bid.


My guess is they already have a locked bid on an upgrade domino chain that in order for a bid from a JS to supplant that chain would need to minimally bid 5k to get the room. So close to sailing, I'm sure there is are 2 people sitting with those rooms in a pending locked state. Hoping beyond hope that no one decides to bid on that 5k min and cause them to be kicked them from that room.

Since the supply of these 2 cabins are so scarce, Any bids from others where the min might have been lower but they bid the max, now makes new players in the game have a much higher max.

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In the eyes of Royal Up, there is no such thing as a B2B. You could win your bid for one, both or neither of your B2B legs and if you do win either or both there is no guarantee that the rooms would be anywhere near each other.

In this particular case, I reckon you're better sticking to the cabins you chose originally.

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