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4 hours ago, benkon said:

Correction to my last reply:  we are six days out and still pending with no option to modify/cancel.  Fingers crossed!!  (Not obsessed at all.  lol)

Sounds like you have a great shot at getting your upgrade, good luck. 

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6 hours ago, benkon said:

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.

When you say no option to modify, is it greyed out when you look at the bid(s)?  Mine allows to modify or cancel, so maybe not in the hopeful stage with 3 days out. 

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I'm three weeks out and I cannot modify or cancel for the past 4 days. I think this is game Royal plays to lock you in while they try to get higher bids and or sell remaining inventory at higher rates, while still keeping your bid in their back pocket. Personally, I want to change my bids at this point, and I've already emailed them, but no reply. I'm supposed to be able to edit or cancel my bids until two days before sailing, unless they accept my offer, which they have not.

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1 hour ago, NameThatFunnel said:

I'm three weeks out and I cannot modify or cancel for the past 4 days. I think this is game Royal plays to lock you in while they try to get higher bids and or sell remaining inventory at higher rates, while still keeping your bid in their back pocket. Personally, I want to change my bids at this point, and I've already emailed them, but no reply. I'm supposed to be able to edit or cancel my bids until two days before sailing, unless they accept my offer, which they have not.

I’m in the same situation and agree with you 100%. Why not allow changes if the cabins are still listed as bookable inventory. It seems like RC put all my eggs in one basket for me. But to be fair, I have not called to ask to change my bid. It may still be possible and limited to phone call changes for technical issues. Wouldn’t be the first “glitch” in Royal history, lol. 

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3 minutes ago, marktwothousand said:

I’m new to Royal. Is it better to do these bids or just transfer your payment to another room? Does Royal even allow transferring of payments from one room to another for the purpose of upgrades that close to a sail, or do they reserve the right to holdback?

Are you asking if you can pay the published rate for the upgrade?

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7 minutes ago, marktwothousand said:

I’m new to Royal. Is it better to do these bids or just transfer your payment to another room? Does Royal even allow transferring of payments from one room to another for the purpose of upgrades that close to a sail, or do they reserve the right to holdback?


I've "upgraded" myself several times by changing to a different category of room and paying the difference.... although lately, I've upgraded categories and gotten a REFUND because the price has dropped.

Bidding is a gamble.... changing categories is a guaranteed room change.

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2 minutes ago, Boz575 said:

Are you asking if you can pay the published rate for the upgrade?

Yes. Here is my example:

I am looking at paying $1200 total for an inside. Balconies are $1400. I am not sure what Bid upgrade would offer me to up to a balcony, but if works out to be more, I’d rather just pay the $1400.

 

Am I ENTITLED to port my $1200 into a new reservation or is it at the cruise line/TA’s discretion? I normally cruise with NCL and upgrading in this manner is not a “right”, it’s discretionary.

 

of course, these situations would  only apply for small peanuts upgrades (interior to balcony ie.). I am sure it would always be a better deal to bid-upgrade in situations where you want a suite or something 

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Just now, Biker19 said:

Yes, that’s a self upgrade- possible at any time. 

Nice!

 

the thing is, I am always seeing sales on RCCL’s webpage. Are these true sales or just sales tactics? I’m never sure when to jump on something because the countdown timer on their homepage is always resetting

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10 minutes ago, marktwothousand said:

Nice!

 

the thing is, I am always seeing sales on RCCL’s webpage. Are these true sales or just sales tactics? I’m never sure when to jump on something because the countdown timer on their homepage is always resetting

Keep in mind, you (or your TA) can always ask Royal to reprice a cabin if you see a lower price. I watch mine like a hawk and reprice a lot before sail. Did a reprice today for Ovation in Aug 2022. Price was down a couple hundred. Royal gave me the lower price, no problem. 

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1 minute ago, Boz575 said:

Keep in mind, you (or your TA) can always ask Royal to reprice a cabin if you see a lower price. I watch mine like a hawk and reprice a lot before sail. Did a reprice today for Ovation in Aug 2022. Price was down a couple hundred. Royal gave me the lower price, no problem. 

I’m a last minute booker (usually within a month out) so I don’t know if that would apply to me. I doubt they could do anything after final payment

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3 minutes ago, marktwothousand said:

I’m a last minute booker (usually within a month out) so I don’t know if that would apply to me. I doubt they could do anything after final payment

I have seen OBC given after final payment has been made.

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18 minutes ago, marktwothousand said:

I’m a last minute booker (usually within a month out) so I don’t know if that would apply to me. I doubt they could do anything after final payment

Currently, RC is giving OBC for price drops right up until 48 hours before sail date.  I don't know how long this will last.

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18 hours ago, borg1of2 said:

When you say no option to modify, is it greyed out when you look at the bid(s)?  Mine allows to modify or cancel, so maybe not in the hopeful stage with 3 days out. 

The modify/cancel button is actually gone from the bid completely.

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On 10/29/2021 at 12:53 PM, borg1of2 said:

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. 

It used to be called the "Upgrade Fairy"  Haven't heard about one in years!

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3 minutes ago, B&J_Pgh said:

I know as a business they need to make money.  How long has it been since (maybe 3 years) you've had to pay more in order to pick your own cabin.  


It's always been that way... GTY rooms have always been cheaper to begin with (although that isn't always the case these days).  

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12 minutes ago, brillohead said:


It's always been that way... GTY rooms have always been cheaper to begin with (although that isn't always the case these days).  

I'm sorry to contridict but it hasn't always been this way.  You were weren't charged more for a cabin which you picked.

 

On 10/29/2021 at 12:53 PM, borg1of2 said:

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. 

It used to be called the "Upgrade Fairy"  Haven't heard about one in years!

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2 hours ago, B&J_Pgh said:

You were weren't charged more for a cabin which you picked.

If both a pick your cabin and GTY rate is offered at the same time, the norm is to have the GTY rate be less (for obvious reasons). The exception is when the pick your cabin rate is less than GTY and likely a short lived mistake on RCI's part.

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Sorry for the DUMB question, but I just booked through a TA, and when I go to upgrade site, it gives me this error (see below). Does it usually take some time before I am eligible to do a bid? I think I am in category: ZI-GTY. thanks in advance for advice 

 

Please ensure your sailing is within the next 30 days
Please ensure there are no errors in the information you entered

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