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20 hours ago, Starry Eyes said:

“Spacious OV balcony” on RoyalUp seems like sort of a mishmash, making it difficult to know just what one might win.  I believe there is a disclaimer on RoyalUp saying either the cabin or the balcony might be larger; I think the photo is misleading.  If you won on Harmony, I suspect you might be assigned a cabin with a larger balcony and you would not know the location on the ship (so it could be noisy).  Personally, if I were already in an OV balcony in a location I liked, I would not bother to bid for the “spacious balcony” category, as I might pay to end up with a bigger balcony but in a location I liked much less.  Just my opinion. 

 

I don’t know what BOV means.

 

The GS is a nice option, especially as that bid is within budget.  Remember you will get suite lounge access with drinks, Coastal Kitchen, suite Sun deck, VOOM internet, and a bit higher gratuities.

Agreed. The "Spacious Oceanview" can be a real downer when you realize the "Upgrade" We just got one on Oasis. The balcony appeared to be about a foot wider than the regular.

 

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20 hours ago, Starry Eyes said:

“Spacious OV balcony” on RoyalUp seems like sort of a mishmash, making it difficult to know just what one might win.  I believe there is a disclaimer on RoyalUp saying either the cabin or the balcony might be larger; I think the photo is misleading.  If you won on Harmony, I suspect you might be assigned a cabin with a larger balcony and you would not know the location on the ship (so it could be noisy).  Personally, if I were already in an OV balcony in a location I liked, I would not bother to bid for the “spacious balcony” category, as I might pay to end up with a bigger balcony but in a location I liked much less.  Just my opinion. 

 

I don’t know what BOV means.

 

The GS is a nice option, especially as that bid is within budget.  Remember you will get suite lounge access with drinks, Coastal Kitchen, suite Sun deck, VOOM internet, and a bit higher gratuities.

Sorry the BOV was Balcony Ocean View ,  that is because this ship has other balconies that look in to central park and forum, and those do not face out side to ocean only.  

what is the  Ultra Spacious ocean view balcony room look like? 

and JS was only 250 min , so we put a bid in on that as well. 

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I had a Spacious Balcony (on the hump) on the FoS, and a few weeks ago, put in a $150pp bid on a Junior Suite, and a few other higher bids on a GS, OS, and RS.  Just today, I decided to check the pricing on a JS for me to actually pay for one after I noticed an Aft JS was open (LOVE those cabins).  At first he told me it was a $320 (total) upgrade, so I pulled the trigger. Then as he was processing it, he said that the price dropped to $160 (Total) upgrade cost. So, now I have an Aft JS for less than half what my Royal Up bid was. 

 

I asked him about the best way to handle my Royal Up bids and he said just go and cancel the JS bid, which I did.  I left the GS, OS, and RS bids active.  FWIW, our sailing is Mar 14. 

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43 minutes ago, phnett said:

Sorry the BOV was Balcony Ocean View ,  that is because this ship has other balconies that look in to central park and forum, and those do not face out side to ocean only.  

what is the  Ultra Spacious ocean view balcony room look like? 

and JS was only 250 min , so we put a bid in on that as well. 

I know the Oasis class neighborhood vs oceanview balconies very well, having sailed many times on Oasis Class.   I just have not seen anybody use the BOV abbreviation.  The space you were thinking of, by the way, is called “Boardwalk” not “forum”; if on board you ask for directions to the forum, I do not know where they might send you, LOL.

 

How many in your party?  I believe the Ultra-spacious balconies have a set of bunk beds as well as a sofa bed, so they are nice for large families, especially ones with kids.  I have no use for the bunk beds and did not bid on those for the requested minimum bid.  If you google it, you can find video tours on you tube if you think it might interest you. 

 

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7 minutes ago, Toddcan said:

I had a Spacious Balcony (on the hump) on the FoS, and a few weeks ago, put in a $150pp bid on a Junior Suite, and a few other higher bids on a GS, OS, and RS.  Just today, I decided to check the pricing on a JS for me to actually pay for one after I noticed an Aft JS was open (LOVE those cabins).  At first he told me it was a $320 (total) upgrade, so I pulled the trigger. Then as he was processing it, he said that the price dropped to $160 (Total) upgrade cost. So, now I have an Aft JS for less than half what my Royal Up bid was. 

 

I asked him about the best way to handle my Royal Up bids and he said just go and cancel the JS bid, which I did.  I left the GS, OS, and RS bids active.  FWIW, our sailing is Mar 14. 

That is a wonderful deal.  I would expect you to get a new set of Royal offers (new minimum bids) from JS, though it may take days (last one I recall said theirs took six days to repopulate with new offers after an upgrade)

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9 minutes ago, Starry Eyes said:

I know the Oasis class neighborhood vs oceanview balconies very well, having sailed many times on Oasis Class.   I just have not seen anybody use the BOV abbreviation.  The space you were thinking of, by the way, is called “Boardwalk” not “forum”; if on board you ask for directions to the forum, I do not know where they might send you, LOL.

 

How many in your party?  I believe the Ultra-spacious balconies have a set of bunk beds as well as a sofa bed, so they are nice for large families, especially ones with kids.  I have no use for the bunk beds and did not bid on those for the requested minimum bid.  If you google it, you can find video tours on you tube if you think it might interest you. 

 

I guess I have Rome on my mind ha , I just booked the Venice to Rome cruise too
So good fees back , I will update my bid  on the Ultra spacious room, it’s just the two of us and we do not need bunk beds either so no need to bid on it 

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My bids for 3/11 Independence of the Seas sailing- just booked 2-3 days ago and got email this am (2/17).

 

Booked 3V interior (literally the only 3 pax room available when we booked)

My Bids:
Spacious Interior: $30/pp ($15 min)

Ocean view: $20/pp ($20 min)

Spacious oceanview: $35/pp ($25 min)

Spacious Panoramic Oceanview: $55/pp ($30 min)

Ultra spacious Oceanview: $55/pp ($35 min)

 

We didn't bid balcony- was a $75/pp min and not worth IMO for a 3 night cruise 

 

Will keep posted if we get any of them- fingers crossed we get one of the larger rooms since we will have 3 guests 

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4 hours ago, Crism said:

Odyssey of the Seas

Feb 26, 2022

Free Casino Cruise

Interior to Oceanview Balcony

Minimum Bid = $90/pp

Awarded @ Minimum Bid of $90pp

 

Congrats!  And nice that your RoyalUp was confirmed over a week before sailing, as some have reported not receiving their confirmation until after boarding!

 

 

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Just now, Lisa&Neb said:

We put in 3 bids, 2 have now expired and 1 is pending.  I have my fingers and toes crossed that the pending one sticks.

Can you modify the pending one?  Wishful thinking on my behalf that mine is pending and I can modify or cancel it, there is a chance for us to get an upgrade.  My cruise is not until the end of March

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37 minutes ago, Cruise for vacation said:

Can you modify the pending one?  Wishful thinking on my behalf that mine is pending and I can modify or cancel it, there is a chance for us to get an upgrade.  My cruise is not until the end of March

No, you cannot.  We are in the same situation as @Lisa&Neb on the same cruise, and 2 of our bids have expired and one is still pending.  It will not let us re-bid on the 2 expired bids, nor will it let me cancel or raise the bid on the pending one.  The cruise is in just over 3 weeks.

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4 minutes ago, Russ Lomas said:

No, you cannot.  We are in the same situation as @Lisa&Neb on the same cruise, and 2 of our bids have expired and one is still pending.  It will not let us re-bid on the 2 expired bids, nor will it let me cancel or raise the bid on the pending one.  The cruise is in just over 3 weeks.

Looking good for you. Good luck

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2 hours ago, Russ Lomas said:

No, you cannot.  We are in the same situation as @Lisa&Neb on the same cruise, and 2 of our bids have expired and one is still pending.  It will not let us re-bid on the 2 expired bids, nor will it let me cancel or raise the bid on the pending one.  The cruise is in just over 3 weeks.

 

Good luck. Hope you win your bid. 

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I have 4 bids out for Odyssey coming up. OS, 2 bed GS, GS and JS.  JS  now says upgrade unavailable. OS still able to modify. The others still say pending.  No clue as to what any of it means except I was hopeful to get a JS as I put in the max bid.  I know there were some loft suites still available a week ago.  Hoping those from suites were upgraded and we will move up but who knows?  
 

 

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On 2/16/2022 at 5:12 PM, Starry Eyes said:

Many are allowed to bid sooner.  The “30 day” notice seems to be a pretty generic error message for the RoyalUp system.  It comes up if I go to the site very soon after I book (even if cruise is soon), if I make a typo, or if it is indeed too soon.  I believe those not invited to bid (including those whose travel agencies do not participate) get such messages, too.

Yeah, my last cruise I got that right up to sailing date. While my friend that booked at the same time through the same TA had no problem getting in. For whatever reason I wasn't eligible on that cruise.

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Shockingly I got my RoyalUp for my March 13th Liberty Cruise. Went from a JS to GS. I big just inside the "good" range @ $640/ea. The $640x2 plus my original fare put the fare&fees right at 5K, which I thought was fair for a GS for 3 people on Spring Break.

 

When I booked back in October there was nothing higher than a JS. Based on our roll call a lot of other people got their Royal Ups today as well.

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9 hours ago, OSUZorba said:

Shockingly I got my RoyalUp for my March 13th Liberty Cruise. Went from a JS to GS. I big just inside the "good" range @ $640/ea. The $640x2 plus my original fare put the fare&fees right at 5K, which I thought was fair for a GS for 3 people on Spring Break.

 

When I booked back in October there was nothing higher than a JS. Based on our roll call a lot of other people got their Royal Ups today as well.

Wow that's very early to get notified. Congrats!

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3 hours ago, Ourusualbeach said:

One of my clients just had their bid of $275pp accepted to go from an Owners suite to the Grand Loft Suite on Odyssey.  That is a great deal to make the jump to Star Class.

Indeed indeed indeed 😀

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