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51 minutes ago, Ourusualbeach said:

Bob, group space is also recalled by Royal 4 months prior to sail date.

 

Thank-you Ken.

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1 hour ago, Ourusualbeach said:

Bob, group space is also recalled by Royal 4 months prior to sail date.

 

13 minutes ago, Host Clarea said:

 

Thank-you Ken.

Book Early and Book Often😇🍺

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8 hours ago, molly361 said:

When we were in a OV balcony the cost to upgrade to a JS was $150 pp (we self upgraded for around $180 total for 2)  The OS upgrade (highest category offered)  when we were in a balcony was $550 min pp.

 

Once in a JS the upgrade minimum to a CL was $400 pp and to an Aqua Theater $550 pp

Thanks for the reply.  You stated that the "cost to upgrade to JS was $150pp" which would have been $300.  However, in the next sentence you stated that you upgraded for $180 TOTAL which implies that, somehow, you were able to "self" upgrade for less than the minimum.  Not certain how that happens but regardless your is really helpful considering the minimum of $300 ($150pp) + the $800 ($400pp) for the total upgrade costs from the OV balcony to the CL for a total costs of $1,100 (or less) seems like a bargain.  Wish something like that had been available on our cruise.

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4 hours ago, CasinoCruzGirl said:

Congrats. What ship are you on?

That poster's signature shows the "Navigator" May '19

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17 minutes ago, ndabunka said:

Thanks for the reply.  You stated that the "cost to upgrade to JS was $150pp" which would have been $300.  However, in the next sentence you stated that you upgraded for $180 TOTAL which implies that, somehow, you were able to "self" upgrade for less than the minimum.  Not certain how that happens but regardless your is really helpful considering the minimum of $300 ($150pp) + the $800 ($400pp) for the total upgrade costs from the OV balcony to the CL for a total costs of $1,100 (or less) seems like a bargain.  Wish something like that had been available on our cruise.

Yes the price for the JS dropped a few weeks before sailing to less than the upgrade offer.  It's always a good idea to check the prices before bidding in case you can upgrade yourself rather than use the RoyalUp program.  There have been a couple of cases on here where people could have paid for their own upgrade for less than the bidding process but they did not check and ended up paying more and not having control of their location

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21 minutes ago, molly361 said:

Yes the price for the JS dropped a few weeks before sailing to less than the upgrade offer.  It's always a good idea to check the prices before bidding in case you can upgrade yourself rather than use the RoyalUp program.  There have been a couple of cases on here where people could have paid for their own upgrade for less than the bidding process but they did not check and ended up paying more and not having control of their location

Good point.  We have done similar prior to the upgrade program.  However, it seems that information is now getting harder and harder to find so we have used AAA for our last 2 cruises rather than doing it ourselves.  Maybe we are just getting old & lazy. LOL

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Just trying to confirm suite benefits with the Royal Up program.  You receive all of the class benefits associated with your cabin type (sea, sky, star) except the double crown and anchor points, correct?  I assume that if you originally start out in sea class (JS) you still receive the double points. I don't want to incorrectly factor in the cost of the drink package, gratuities, and specialty dining if I get the chance to go star class.    

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7 minutes ago, RoperDK said:

Just trying to confirm suite benefits with the Royal Up program.  You receive all of the class benefits associated with your cabin type (sea, sky, star) except the double crown and anchor points, correct?  I assume that if you originally start out in sea class (JS) you still receive the double points. I don't want to incorrectly factor in the cost of the drink package, gratuities, and specialty dining if I get the chance to go star class.    

You are correct. We are in a CLS (Sky) and bid on an ATS 2 bed (Star). If we were to win we would get all the star perks

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Another update.  Still no word from RC about my bid for the oceanview or the junior suite aboard the Enchantment of the Seas on Monday, May 13.  Expecting the 6:00 p.m. rejection tomorrow, (but still hoping).

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On 5/6/2019 at 9:38 AM, texastennis said:

My husband and I are officially one week away from our cruise on May 13th, so I've started seriously watching and waiting to see if my Royal UP bid was accepted.

 

Background: I received an invitation to bid around the first of April.  Currently, we are in an oceanview and was given the option to bid on a balcony and/or suite.  The minimum bid on the balcony was $75 and on the suite the minimum was $150. 

 

Since I am happy with our current cabin, I decided to take the "it can't hurt, let's see what happens" attitude and bid just slightly above the minimum, yet still considered in the "weak" category.  Also, given the cost of the balconies and suites my bids would be considered pretty nice deals (for me), and probably not worth accepting for RC.

 

As of today, all of the balconies and suites for my cruise are showing "sold out."  They have been for a little while, so I'm not sure if that really means anything.   I've gone on other cruise booking sites and have seen that a few cabins in these categories are still available. 

 

I am expecting to receive the rejection email from RC any day now and will be absolutely fine with that.  However,  if either of my bids are accepted I'll be thrilled!  I'll come back here to let you know what happens on Saturday which will be the 48 hour mark.

 

Stay tuned!

 

Just officially received the email from RC stating that my bid offer had not been accepted.

 

Ah, well! Happy to be sailing no matter what!  

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  I am sailing on Majesty of the seas, May 22 royal up offer to a balcony would have been 800 for two of us! are they nuts? This is a five day cruise .800.00 will pay for what we spend at the hotel ,dinners for two nights ubers and a few beers on the ship Think I will keep my cabin with the window 🙂

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1 hour ago, Reader0108598 said:

  I am sailing on Majesty of the seas, May 22 royal up offer to a balcony would have been 800 for two of us! are they nuts? This is a five day cruise .800.00 will pay for what we spend at the hotel ,dinners for two nights ubers and a few beers on the ship Think I will keep my cabin with the window 🙂

 

You would have been jumping to a Junior Suite, right?

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3 minutes ago, Host Clarea said:

 

You would have been jumping to a Junior Suite, right?

I don't think so this is my 30th cruise but I have never been on Majesty of the seas .I have the highest oceanveiw now ,we usually get a balcony but they were way too expensive for a 5 day cruise.Even a Junior suite would not be worth it for me that was the minimum bid!

 

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6 minutes ago, Reader0108598 said:

I don't think so this is my 30th cruise but I have never been on Majesty of the seas .I have the highest oceanveiw now ,we usually get a balcony but they were way too expensive for a 5 day cruise.Even a Junior suite would not be worth it for me that was the minimum bid!

 

 

One of the issues with Majesty is that there are no balcony staterooms lower in category than a JS.  Tends to be expensive.

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13 minutes ago, Host Clarea said:

 

One of the issues with Majesty is that there are no balcony staterooms lower in category than a JS.  Tends to be expensive.

I figured as much! just happy to be on a ship again we will make do 🙂

 

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Looks like our May 26th cruise is just about full. The suite we are bidding on has completely disappeared from all sites, I.e. RCI, Priceline, Expedia, etc.  I have been tracking it and today all gone poof lol. I’ll be happy with my CLS regardless but was fun dreaming of the 2 bedroom ATS. 

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For our recent Allure May 5th sailing we had the opportunity to bid on an aquatheatre suite and the Royal suite, we got the rejection e mail Saturday the evening before we sailed.

 

Interesting though, on  the cruise in the casino, for every 50 points you got on the slot machine, you were automatically given a chance for an upgrade raffle for the aquatheatre suite.  The raffle was held on Wednesday, and a man claimed the prize.

 

So, is this the new gimmick.

 

Before I remember suites being won at bingo.............now the casino.

 

 

Thought it was different.

 

 

Sea Ya

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31 minutes ago, Lionesss said:

For our recent Allure May 5th sailing we had the opportunity to bid on an aquatheatre suite and the Royal suite, we got the rejection e mail Saturday the evening before we sailed.

 

Interesting though, on  the cruise in the casino, for every 50 points you got on the slot machine, you were automatically given a chance for an upgrade raffle for the aquatheatre suite.  The raffle was held on Wednesday, and a man claimed the prize.

 

So, is this the new gimmick.

 

Before I remember suites being won at bingo.............now the casino.

 

 

Thought it was different.

 

 

Sea Ya

Was it for the cruise he was already on or future cruise?

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7 hours ago, CasinoCruzGirl said:

Looks like our May 26th cruise is just about full. The suite we are bidding on has completely disappeared from all sites, I.e. RCI, Priceline, Expedia, etc.  I have been tracking it and today all gone poof lol. I’ll be happy with my CLS regardless but was fun dreaming of the 2 bedroom ATS. 

I was in 1 bedroom ATS... I had bid for the 2 bedroom ATS... I watched it disappear as an option on the booking sites a couple weeks before and assumed it was gone and mentally thought oh well no biggie.  Which is why when my bid was accepted Th morning for Sat departure I was in shock!!  You never know......good luck!  

 

Ps our ship the symphony was also full that week.

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46 minutes ago, CasinoCruzGirl said:

Was it for the cruise he was already on or future cruise?

Current cruise. 

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1 hour ago, Lionesss said:

For our recent Allure May 5th sailing we had the opportunity to bid on an aquatheatre suite and the Royal suite, we got the rejection e mail Saturday the evening before we sailed.

 

Interesting though, on  the cruise in the casino, for every 50 points you got on the slot machine, you were automatically given a chance for an upgrade raffle for the aquatheatre suite.  The raffle was held on Wednesday, and a man claimed the prize.

 

So, is this the new gimmick.

 

Before I remember suites being won at bingo.............now the casino.

 

 

Thought it was different.

 

 

Sea Ya

That is very interesting. Never heard of that one before and I am in the casino a lot! So I am wondering if RC has a certain bid in mind, and if they do not get that amount, they would rather sail with an empty suite or raffle it off? That just sounds like a weird business move!

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2 hours ago, Lionesss said:

So, is this the new gimmick.

 

I wouldn't think so.  Maybe this was a pier no-show.  By then it is too late to Royal someone Up so they probably just made the best of it and gave it away as a "prize".  I realize that, in the past, they would simply upgrade someone at the pier but it seems as if those days are long gone and they don't want to upgrade anyone in that manner anymore.  I will admit though....it is very bizarre.

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1 hour ago, Zendeck said:

I was in 1 bedroom ATS... I had bid for the 2 bedroom ATS... I watched it disappear as an option on the booking sites a couple weeks before and assumed it was gone and mentally thought oh well no biggie.  Which is why when my bid was accepted Th morning for Sat departure I was in shock!!  You never know......good luck!  

 

Ps our ship the symphony was also full that week.

Good to know. Can you tell me was your bid at top end or low or middle. Have a great cruise

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31 minutes ago, RFerrington said:

I wouldn't think so.  Maybe this was a pier no-show.  By then it is too late to Royal someone Up so they probably just made the best of it and gave it away as a "prize".  I realize that, in the past, they would simply upgrade someone at the pier but it seems as if those days are long gone and they don't want to upgrade anyone in that manner anymore.  I will admit though....it is very bizarre.

It would be interesting to know if he was upgraded right then and moved...edit whoops just saw it was on current cruise and for that it makes no sense unless no one bid on it

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1 hour ago, CasinoCruzGirl said:

Good to know. Can you tell me was your bid at top end or low or middle. Have a great cruise

Sure it was highest at 600 so 1200 for me and hubby.  I justified it by the star class gain... I was able to cancel our 2 adult drink pkgs, 2 kids refreshment pkgs, and our BOGO Dinner.  It pretty much was a break even and sooooooo worth it!

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