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5 minutes ago, Castle25 said:

we have booked a B2B on same ship in same cabin - how does it work for the royal up?  Does it do both at the same time as we dont want to have to move cabins during the changeover day.

No...each leg is separate. I have never heard of anyone that has won for both legs keeping them in the same cabin.

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Question is probably asked in this thread, but couldn’t find anything. Royal Up offer for a cabin category that royal and third party sites are showing no inventory available?  Is that expected, or should we look at category that is available?

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1 hour ago, borg1of2 said:

Question is probably asked in this thread, but couldn’t find anything. Royal Up offer for a cabin category that royal and third party sites are showing no inventory available?  Is that expected, or should we look at category that is available?


Also, they use Royal Up bids as market research, figuring out what people are willing to pay for certain categories.

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1 hour ago, Biker19 said:

Yes, Royal Up offers are made regardless of current available inventory.

Thanks. It’s interesting they are offering category that isn’t available and not offering category that they do have inventory. 
 

1 hour ago, Lou33 said:

@borg1of2Yes.  The will come available because people will cancel and people already in that category can be upgraded.

Our sailing is only 1 week away. Doubt there will be too much canceling at this point. 
 

48 minutes ago, brillohead said:


Also, they use Royal Up bids as market research, figuring out what people are willing to pay for certain categories.

Good point. 
 

another question. Are they doing pier upgrades these days?

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I have gotten an offer to upgrade on my last two sailings.  Am I the only one that thinks the prices are crazy?  I have a GS on Anthem and the lowest bid to go to the next category is $500 pp for a GS with larger balcony. That’s $1000 more than I’m paying to get a little more balcony. 

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7 minutes ago, RosieRoo said:

I have gotten an offer to upgrade on my last two sailings.  Am I the only one that thinks the prices are crazy?  I have a GS on Anthem and the lowest bid to go to the next category is $500 pp for a GS with larger balcony. That’s $1000 more than I’m paying to get a little more balcony. 

 

Yes, in some cases, prices have gone really high.  🙂 I make a note ahead of time for the lowest price they offer those cabins, and keep that in mind as I bid.  I guess some will pay those high rates....or at least they are trying to find out if someone will. 

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13 hours ago, brillohead said:


I haven't heard of one of those in a decade!  

My take is that ships were always sailing very near full, and the few available were given for c&a to surprise, or for the high tier members. Then RoyslUp came along to manage the availability. I was curious with now because ships aren’t full, if anyone got one at the pier. 

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I'm in a situation where I have 3 weeks until departure, one of my bids went expired two days ago and the other is pending with no way to change or cancel it. Just prior to this happening,  I was thinking of changing my bids or just booking a different combination of rooms outside of Royal Up. Now I don't want to change my booking if there's an upgrade coming, but I also don't want to wait until last minute to find out I didn't get it and can longer take my other direction. Unless they are accepting an offer, I don't think they should ever remove the ability to cancel or change bids (even for a day or two) outside of their rules that state "you may modify or cancel your offer up until 2 days prior to departure, provided that your offer has not already been accepted by RCI and provided your credit card has not been charged".

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3 hours ago, RosieRoo said:

I have gotten an offer to upgrade on my last two sailings.  Am I the only one that thinks the prices are crazy?  I have a GS on Anthem and the lowest bid to go to the next category is $500 pp for a GS with larger balcony. That’s $1000 more than I’m paying to get a little more balcony. 

I have a grand suite on allure on 11/27 had a bid for 550 per person to go to 2 bedrooms grand suite offer say pending, also have offer for 2 bedrooms aqua for a little more than 2k per

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2 hours ago, NameThatFunnel said:

I'm in a situation where I have 3 weeks until departure, one of my bids went expired two days ago and the other is pending with no way to change or cancel it. Just prior to this happening,  I was thinking of changing my bids or just booking a different combination of rooms outside of Royal Up. Now I don't want to change my booking if there's an upgrade coming, but I also don't want to wait until last minute to find out I didn't get it and can longer take my other direction. Unless they are accepting an offer, I don't think they should ever remove the ability to cancel or change bids (even for a day or two) outside of their rules that state "you may modify or cancel your offer up until 2 days prior to departure, provided that your offer has not already been accepted by RCI and provided your credit card has not been charged".

This is very similar to what happened to me. I bid on a GS 3 weeks before our cruise. That bid was pending for the past 2 weeks with no ability to modify or cancel. That seemed unfair because the rules say you can modify or cancel up until a few days before the cruise. So, we called and after a lot of checking, the representative told us that our bid was accepted and that we would be notified a few days before our cruise. Today (5 days out) we got the email that our bid was accepted and we got all new cruise docs today as well. So, I don't know that anything is a guarantee, but it sounds like you might be getting your upgrade, although you may not get the documents until closer to your departure date. Hope your experience is the same as ours!

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8 hours ago, RosieRoo said:

I have gotten an offer to upgrade on my last two sailings.  Am I the only one that thinks the prices are crazy?  I have a GS on Anthem and the lowest bid to go to the next category is $500 pp for a GS with larger balcony. That’s $1000 more than I’m paying to get a little more balcony. 

Don't try to figure it out as it doesn't make sense at times. My Odyssey sailing last month...I was in a balcony cabin and the MAX bid on a JS was $220/pp...thats was a no brain'r to bid the maximum bet....which I bid and won. Then I am on Allure in Dec in a JS and they sent me a Royal Up offer and the MINIMUM bid for a Crown Loft Suite was $545/pp. 2 weeks after I got the offer they dropped pricing on the Owners Suites and Crown Loft suite down to below that of my JS.....I was able to call them and upgrade myself to the Crown Loft and it cost me nothing. So don't even try to figure it out and check your pricing.....as it's sometimes cheaper or even no cost to just upgrade yourself. 

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On 10/25/2021 at 9:46 PM, binro01 said:

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

Sorry for the late reply.  I didn't see this til I just returned from my cruise today!  I was an aft view balcony (partially obstructed) and bid $85 pp for the JS ($170 total).  I think that was $10 over minimum.  Had a bid screw up by Royal - they didn't assign my cabin til I had to ***** at Customer Service onboard.  But, it got done and I was able to move before I had unpacked in the aft cabin.

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We are on the Odyssey for the 11/6 sailing with an Oversize Balcony stateroom.   Put in Royal Up bids for a JS, 2 types of OS.  Today, the two OS bids "expired" and the JS is "pending" with no more option to modify or cancel (still six days until sailing).  Is that a good sign that the JS might have been accepted?  

 

*Sorry, in advance, if this post is redundant.

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2 hours ago, benkon said:

We are on the Odyssey for the 11/6 sailing with an Oversize Balcony stateroom.   Put in Royal Up bids for a JS, 2 types of OS.  Today, the two OS bids "expired" and the JS is "pending" with no more option to modify or cancel (still six days until sailing).  Is that a good sign that the JS might have been accepted?  

 

*Sorry, in advance, if this post is redundant.

Yes, our GS 1 bdrm bid expired and our JS was pending until 4 days prior to sailing, when we got the congratulations notice. We also were not able to modify the bids for the JS once it went to pending. We got one of the suites on the hump and looks like it has the separate shower. Good luck, hope it works out for you.

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20 hours ago, TennisCruiser62 said:

Yes, our GS 1 bdrm bid expired and our JS was pending until 4 days prior to sailing, when we got the congratulations notice. We also were not able to modify the bids for the JS once it went to pending. We got one of the suites on the hump and looks like it has the separate shower. Good luck, hope it works out for you.

That gives me hope!!!!  Thanks for sharing.  Four days out now and it's still pending with no option to modify/cancel.  I'm checking my app like an addict.

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