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Royal Up opened for bids on Tuesday, 2/1 for my cruise departing 4/3, for anyone wondering how early the bidding can open.  That's 61 days before departure.  Hoping they accept that OS bid!

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I'm curious as to if these upgrades come out of for sale inventory. During this time of reduced capacity is there an available to upgrade hold back?

Been watching what's available on our 2/25 sailing and it was just suites for a while. I saw the royal suite disappear then a balcony appear as the only cabin for sale yesterday.  

 

I know a bunch of us on our sailing are stuck in a locked pending state for various levels. 

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Just now, Moon Orchid said:

My bid for a 1 bedroom Grant Suite for Symphony next Saturday sailing was accepted yesterday morning. Stayed in Junior Suites before but this will be our first time in a GS. So excited 😊

Enjoy the suite life!

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34 minutes ago, Moon Orchid said:

My bid for a 1 bedroom Grant Suite for Symphony next Saturday sailing was accepted yesterday morning. Stayed in Junior Suites before but this will be our first time in a GS. So excited 😊

congratulations! Do you mind if I ask what your winning bid was? I will be sailing on Allure in 22 days. Hoping to move from an ocean view balcony to a Grand Suite. 

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46 minutes ago, Moon Orchid said:

My bid for a 1 bedroom Grant Suite for Symphony next Saturday sailing was accepted yesterday morning. Stayed in Junior Suites before but this will be our first time in a GS. So excited 😊

We are on the Symphony on the 26th and someone in our FB group just got her offer accepted 21 days out.  Inside to an OV balcony.  

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1 hour ago, Moon Orchid said:

My bid for a 1 bedroom Grant Suite for Symphony next Saturday sailing was accepted yesterday morning. Stayed in Junior Suites before but this will be our first time in a GS. So excited 😊

Congrats! What was your original stateroom?  A Junior suite or a balcony?  Or? 

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14 hours ago, jahannah said:

Royal Up opened for bids on Tuesday, 2/1 for my cruise departing 4/3, for anyone wondering how early the bidding can open.  That's 61 days before departure.  Hoping they accept that OS bid!

It really can vary. I've had it open about 3 months prior to sail date.

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18 hours ago, rockmom said:

Congrats! What was your original stateroom?  A Junior suite or a balcony?  Or? 

We had a D2 ocean view balcony, I bid on Junior suite and the Grand suite, the Junior suite expired couple days ago then the bid for GS was accepted 😀

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18 hours ago, binro01 said:

congratulations! Do you mind if I ask what your winning bid was? I will be sailing on Allure in 22 days. Hoping to move from an ocean view balcony to a Grand Suite. 

At first I bid the minimum $250 for one person for Junior suite, $450 pp for Grand Suite, $550 for Owner Suite. Then about 2 weeks ago they offered up to 50 percent off of the bidding amount on JS and GS. I changed it to $150  for JS and $370 for GS.
We booked the balcony room with a low price because of kids sail free rate. I am happy that with the upgrade my husband and I , we each only paid $1090 and $730 for our 5 years old grandson.Not bad for the GS 😊

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16 minutes ago, Moon Orchid said:

At first I bid the minimum $250 for one person for Junior suite, $450 pp for Grand Suite, $550 for Owner Suite. Then about 2 weeks ago they offered up to 50 percent off of the bidding amount on JS and GS. I changed it to $150  for JS and $370 for GS.
We booked the balcony room with a low price because of kids sail free rate. I am happy that with the upgrade my husband and I , we each only paid $1090 and $730 for our 5 years old grandson.Not bad for the GS 😊

Excellent information! Enjoy the suite life!

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2 hours ago, Moon Orchid said:

We had a D2 ocean view balcony, I bid on Junior suite and the Grand suite, the Junior suite expired couple days ago then the bid for GS was accepted 😀

That's fantastic!  Enjoy!  I had bids in for my Symphony sailing in early March, hoping to have your luck.  🙂 

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On 1/30/2022 at 2:10 PM, imola said:

We were never told either way on our bid. Sailed in the cabin we had booked. Good news we were very happy with that cabin.  I did share with Guest Services that the lack of customer service from the RoyalUp company was not a good look for Royal Caribbean.  They said sorry but clear they didn't really care. 

I absolutely agree with you. It is not a good look for Royal. For some people this is the first interaction that they have with Royal. Not a good start at all. 

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Does anyone know if Junior Suites with large balconies are considered normal Junior Suites in the Royal Up system, or are classed as their own biddable category?

 

Asking because on our upcoming Anthem sailing, we can bid on Junior Suites and Grand Suites, but none of the large balcony JS. There’s also still 12 or so large balcony JS available for booking via the royal Caribbean website, so I know they exist. 

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what i find fascinating about people bidding on royal up is 1. expecting they will win and planning around it. 2. annoyed they won and have their new cabin in a undesirable spot. 3. trying to bid again after they win a royal up. 4. bidding the max amount. 5. not repricing their desired cabin to see if they can get it cheaper AND pick their room possibly.  Edit:  6. thinking they WON a bid and not realizing nothing is free.

 

And yes, I am guilty of at least 1 of these!

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20 minutes ago, jean87510 said:

what i find fascinating about people bidding on royal up is 1. expecting they will win and planning around it. 2. annoyed they won and have their new cabin in a undesirable spot. 3. trying to bid again after they win a royal up. 4. bidding the max amount. 5. not repricing their desired cabin to see if they can get it cheaper AND pick their room possibly.

You can do point five and still enjoy Royal Up for what it is. I personally did an old fashion upgrade when prices went down from a GTY Neighborhood Balcony to a 2D Oceanview Balcony for just 170.00 more.

 

Some folk who have a casino free cruise tend to be the folks who do the max bid on Royal Up to give them the best chance for the room they want at a great price, mainly because they are only invested in for taxes and port fees only.

 

I don't know about points one and two. At least that's not the impression I have received following this thread. I think it helps people's understand that it's a chance, not a guarantee, and you are at the whim of where Royal places you if you win a bid.

 

As for point three, I can see myself trying for a CLS if I get upgraded to a JS and I'm given the opportunity, mainly because I only have the option to bid up to an owners suite at this time.

 

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5 hours ago, binro01 said:

You can do point five and still enjoy Royal Up for what it is. I personally did an old fashion upgrade when prices went down from a GTY Neighborhood Balcony to a 2D Oceanview Balcony for just 170.00 more.

 

Some folk who have a casino free cruise tend to be the folks who do the max bid on Royal Up to give them the best chance for the room they want at a great price, mainly because they are only invested in for taxes and port fees only.

 

I don't know about points one and two. At least that's not the impression I have received following this thread. I think it helps people's understand that it's a chance, not a guarantee, and you are at the whim of where Royal places you if you win a bid.

 

As for point three, I can see myself trying for a CLS if I get upgraded to a JS and I'm given the opportunity, mainly because I only have the option to bid up to an owners suite at this time.

 

the observations of mine were from other social sites and message boards besides cruise critic.  You'd be surprised.

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On 2/1/2022 at 11:29 AM, sgmn said:

Congratulations,  

How did the whole jabs to travel and board go.  Did you have the one to board here or arrange once in USA? 

Hope we can return to USA next year 

No problems really. Verified all jabs etc. via the RCI app before leaving and wasn't asked for proof again.

I had the one to board done in the UK 2 days prior to sailing for the flight to the USA and then used the same result again to board.

 

Hope you are able to travel to the US again soon. It was great to be back in the sunshine.

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1 hour ago, nolimits said:

Boarding today,My. Bid still says pending 

is it possible to be checked in on ship and find out after Boarding 

Odds are you did not get it. If you didn’t win your bid, you can try for an upgrade via the Guest Services route once you board. See if you can get in a list for an upgrade from a no-show / last minute positive COVID test cancellation. 

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On 1/25/2022 at 4:15 PM, pretzlaff said:

Booked a 4 night out of Port Canaveral for 7Feb22 last week for cheap. $200 per person for an ocean balcony. Unable to bid prior to an email offer today. 
 

The page claimed that all the bids were “50% off”, whatever that means. Still we were offered everything from a JS at a minimum bid of $15 (!) to a Royal suite. Mid grade suites had minimums of only about $100 up to the RS at $200. 
 

i bid about a quarter of the way up the scale rather than my usual $20 over the minimums. I bid $400pp for the RS.  $200pp for each of the OS and 2 bed GS. And $160 for the 1 bed GS.  I did not bid on the JS because I did not want that bid to compete with my others and a JS isn’t a big deal to us. 
 

We have gotten suites on our last 3-4 sailings thru royal up, and I really like playing this game!

No joy for us as we jump in the car to head to the port.  All my bids stayed 'pending'.  Yesterday I bid on the JS just to see if that would make a difference.  No.

 

If I had to guess what happened, I would say that booking it only two weeks out put us behind the process.  Looking at other posts, it seems like things are happening earlier than a few months ago.  It all seems to be happening 3-4 weeks out rather than during the last week.

 

Still happy with our cheap balcony.  We have 4-5 more cruises this year and should have a better bid up chance on those.

 

Cold, foggy, and rainy here in central Florida today.  Hope to find sun off the coast and a little south.

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27 minutes ago, binro01 said:

Odds are you did not get it. If you didn’t win your bid, you can try for an upgrade via the Guest Services route once you board. See if you can get in a list for an upgrade from a no-show / last minute positive COVID test cancellation. 

Not that it hasn't happened but I can't recall of reading of anyone that received the upgrade after checking in and being on the ship.  I laughed at some of the FB groups that I was on and all the people not unpacking until 7pm "in case they were upgraded",, that and thinking that because they bid they would definitely get upgraded.

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If you're in a room solo, do you pay for 2 people or just 1?

 

My situation is probably different than other solo travelers. I am going to be in a room alone because my cousin, who I had initially planned to travel with, refuses to get the vaccine. So, I haven't yet removed her from my reservation but got FANTASTIC deals for royal up, but of course they're for 2 people. Does anyone know if I were to remove her from the reservation, will I be able to bid for just 1 or do I pay for both "per person"?

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1 minute ago, jilluh said:

Does anyone know if I were to remove her from the reservation, will I be able to bid for just 1 or do I pay for both "per person"?

You pay the bid amount x 2 (regardless of how many are in the cabin). Don't remove her - have her be a no show.

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