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42 minutes ago, marktwothousand said:

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

How long ago was the booking? If it was recent it could take a little time for the info to get to the RoyalUp program. Also, some TAs do not allow their booking to participate in RoyalUp from what I have read.

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7 hours ago, binro01 said:

How long ago was the booking? If it was recent it could take a little time for the info to get to the RoyalUp program. Also, some TAs do not allow their booking to participate in RoyalUp from what I have read.

Yes- my nephew uses a big box TA and they do not participate in the Royal Up program.  

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On 10/31/2021 at 8:24 PM, Biker19 said:

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

Since the upgrade would only be $200 pp, it pays to do it yourself.  You might get a cabin with a preferred location.  When you bid for an upgrade- you get the "left overs"  Might not be an ideal location.  So why gamble?

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22 hours ago, B&J_Pgh said:

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.


I've been cruising since the 1980s, and a room you picked has historically and typically ALWAYS been more than a GTY room. (Just recently I've seen GTY rooms quite often being even more expensive than pick-your-own rooms, likely a product of Royal's IT department's ineptitude with coding the algorithms for supply/demand pricing... kind of like when an inside or outside window room is more expensive than a balcony room due to supply/demand.)

I think you're getting hung up on the fact that they now offer you the choose-or-not option during the booking process for pretty much every category.  It's not that they're charging more to pick your room, it's that they're offering you a chance to save money to let them pick your room.  

A large number of cruisers don't have any preference at all about where their room is located.  They literally don't care because their room isn't their destination -- the ship itself is. 

 

Whenever I hear people get all in a tizzy about room location, I wonder how they deal with booking a room at a hotel.  VERY few hotels show you all available rooms on any given day and let you choose which one will be yours at the time of the booking.

 

 

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On 10/31/2021 at 8:52 AM, 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)

We got the JS upgrade email just now!!  Super excited.  Can anyone tell me what kind of bathroom to expect (shower/tub/# of toilets/etc.)?  The Odyssey has only sparse details about staterooms on the site.  We are in 12638 -  J4 starboard on the bump out.  I'd appreciate any details you might have!

 

Woo-hoo!!!

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15 minutes ago, benkon said:

We got the JS upgrade email just now!!  Super excited.  Can anyone tell me what kind of bathroom to expect (shower/tub/# of toilets/etc.)?  The Odyssey has only sparse details about staterooms on the site.  We are in 12638 -  J4 starboard on the bump out.  I'd appreciate any details you might have!

 

Woo-hoo!!!

Congrats. May I ask what you had before and what you bid? Which date are you on? We are hoping for a RoyalUp option but we don't travel until end of January. 

 

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1 hour ago, benkon said:

We got the JS upgrade email just now!!  Super excited.  Can anyone tell me what kind of bathroom to expect (shower/tub/# of toilets/etc.)?  The Odyssey has only sparse details about staterooms on the site.  We are in 12638 -  J4 starboard on the bump out.  I'd appreciate any details you might have!

 

Woo-hoo!!!

 

I've been following your "journey." At what point did your modify/cancel option go away? We sail on the 28th and just got the RoyalUp email last Friday.

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22 hours ago, marktwothousand said:

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

 

I have gotten that message on two different cruises. And I never got an email to Royal Up either.

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51 minutes ago, amc80 said:

 

I've been following your "journey." At what point did your modify/cancel option go away? We sail on the 28th and just got the RoyalUp email last Friday.

The modify/cancel option disappeared about 7 days ago.  We sail on 11/6.  Our Royal Up was from a Spacious Balcony to a Junior Suite at $135pp.  

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2 hours ago, jonj said:

Congrats. May I ask what you had before and what you bid? Which date are you on? We are hoping for a RoyalUp option but we don't travel until end of January. 

 

Spacious Ocean View Balcony to Junior Suite at $135pp.  We sail on11/6

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3 hours ago, benkon said:

We got the JS upgrade email just now!!  Super excited.  Can anyone tell me what kind of bathroom to expect (shower/tub/# of toilets/etc.)?  The Odyssey has only sparse details about staterooms on the site.  We are in 12638 -  J4 starboard on the bump out.  I'd appreciate any details you might have!

 

Woo-hoo!!!

Congratulations!!!!

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3 hours ago, benkon said:

We got the JS upgrade email just now!!  Super excited.  Can anyone tell me what kind of bathroom to expect (shower/tub/# of toilets/etc.)?  The Odyssey has only sparse details about staterooms on the site.  We are in 12638 -  J4 starboard on the bump out.  I'd appreciate any details you might have!

 

Woo-hoo!!!

We had a J4 cabin #13238 on our August Odyssey cruise. The room had the split bathroom. When you entered the cabin, to the right was a bathroom with a toilet and sink. To the left was a bathroom with a bathtub, sink, and small walk-in shower with a rain head. 

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1 hour ago, ustasmom said:

 

I have gotten that message on two different cruises. And I never got an email to Royal Up either.

So what happened in the end? You were not able to resolve the issue and unable to bid upgrade?

 

I contacted my TA and they haven’t responded. 

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31 minutes ago, marktwothousand said:

So what happened in the end? You were not able to resolve the issue and unable to bid upgrade?

 

I contacted my TA and they haven’t responded. 

I've bid and won Royal Up with the TA so it isn't that. But now the entire cruise seems to have been closed to new bookings. One would think that they would work on upgrades but who knows.

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15 hours ago, benkon said:

We got the JS upgrade email just now!!  Super excited.  Can anyone tell me what kind of bathroom to expect (shower/tub/# of toilets/etc.)?  The Odyssey has only sparse details about staterooms on the site.  We are in 12638 -  J4 starboard on the bump out.  I'd appreciate any details you might have!

 

Woo-hoo!!!

 

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Do you ever get a new set of RoyalUp options if you change your stateroom? For my December cruise I originally booked just an interior GTY. Got a list of RoyalUp bids ranging from OV to Spacious Balcony and bid on them. Recently had a huge price drop and switched to Balcony GTY from less than I originally paid for the interior. Right now my RoyalUP page is still showing the same options and saying my booked stateroom is interior GTY

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12 minutes ago, hotsauce126 said:

Do you ever get a new set of RoyalUp options if you change your stateroom? For my December cruise I originally booked just an interior GTY. Got a list of RoyalUp bids ranging from OV to Spacious Balcony and bid on them. Recently had a huge price drop and switched to Balcony GTY from less than I originally paid for the interior. Right now my RoyalUP page is still showing the same options and saying my booked stateroom is interior GTY

I never changed staterooms when Royal Up was in motion. They probably have to do some sort of sync to see what rooms you qualify for to upgrade to, and it might not be dynamic. (ie. happens immediately.) My guess is there is some system back end process does a clean up routine at some predefined time. When that happens is anyone's guess, but I'm pretty sure it exists. Because what if you put a bid in for a Balcony, and you already are in one... They would need to clean that bid up.. remove ones that will be a downgrade, and repopulate with new options for you.

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On 11/2/2021 at 5:15 PM, benkon said:

We got the JS upgrade email just now!!  Super excited.  Can anyone tell me what kind of bathroom to expect (shower/tub/# of toilets/etc.)?  The Odyssey has only sparse details about staterooms on the site.  We are in 12638 -  J4 starboard on the bump out.  I'd appreciate any details you 

 

Been following your journey congratulations 🎊.  

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3 hours ago, hotsauce126 said:

Do you ever get a new set of RoyalUp options if you change your stateroom? For my December cruise I originally booked just an interior GTY. Got a list of RoyalUp bids ranging from OV to Spacious Balcony and bid on them. Recently had a huge price drop and switched to Balcony GTY from less than I originally paid for the interior. Right now my RoyalUP page is still showing the same options and saying my booked stateroom is interior GTY

It took mine 2 days to update after I did an upgrade.

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We just won a Junior Suite RoyalUp bid on the Odyssey of the Seas departing Nov. 6th.  About a week ago I was sure I was going to get my bid for the Grand Suite 1 Bedroom with large balcony but in the last 3 days that was unavailable and the Junior Suite turned to pending after being unavailable.  Obviously, they got a better bid on the Grand Suite than mine.  There were and still are many Junior Suites still available with huge price reductions. My upgrade was from a Oceanview Balcony with a bid of $85pp. 

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