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I have read quite a lot of the threads on the bidding process but haven't found any information on my situation.

 

I used a land based casino offer to book an inside room for a cruise to Alaska. I only paid admi fees and taxes.

 

Will I be offered an option to bid on an upgrade even though I didn't pay full price?

 

I guess what I'm asking is when I do a cost comparison between an inside cabin and ocean view or balcony I am using what my type of room currently costs ($3034 US), not what I actually paid ($762.42)

 

Will I not get a chance to upgrade simply because they aren't making a lot of money off me anyways (I say that because it seems the point of upgrading is to charge people more for an empty more expensive room and then fill the original cabin as well).

 

 

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The fact that you booked with a casino certificate won't keep you from getting an opportunity to bid. No one is guaranteed the opportunity, but you aren't "disqualified" because of the rate you paid. Good luck and enjoy.

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For the cruise we took in Jan on Breakaway we booked with land based casino offer, we received offer to bid on upgrade and won our bid. Went from inside to balcony. In 2018 we also booked with same offer, bid but didn't win the bid that time. 

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Just now, Stlcardsfan79 said:

For the cruise we took in Jan on Breakaway we booked with land based casino offer, we received offer to bid on upgrade and won our bid. Went from inside to balcony. In 2018 we also booked with same offer, bid but didn't win the bid that time. 

 Thanks for the info.

I know I am over thinking this but I have a little bit more money and thinking a balcony would be much better.

 

Can I ask how much the upgrade bid was? I know it's a different ship, cruise, etc. Just curious on the price difference?

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We had always had an oceanview room before but we decided we would just book the inside after all we aren't in the room that much anyway and if given the chance to bid we would. Well as the cruise date got closer I started thinking 10 days is a long time in an inside cabin. We did get the upgrade offer and I would go in every day or so and nudge the bids up. I put a small bid in on oceanview and bigger on balcony and spa balcony (didn't really care about the spa). I called several times to see about just paying for an upgrade but it was a crazy amount so I passed. Anyway 10 days before cruise we were notified we had won bid for aft balcony (didn't even know that was a possibility) winning bid was $300 p/person. BTW normally you get the opportunity to bid at 80 days but all the people I know from our cruise got it at 72 days. Good luck! 

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14 hours ago, Stlcardsfan79 said:

We had always had an oceanview room before but we decided we would just book the inside after all we aren't in the room that much anyway and if given the chance to bid we would. Well as the cruise date got closer I started thinking 10 days is a long time in an inside cabin. We did get the upgrade offer and I would go in every day or so and nudge the bids up. I put a small bid in on oceanview and bigger on balcony and spa balcony (didn't really care about the spa). I called several times to see about just paying for an upgrade but it was a crazy amount so I passed. Anyway 10 days before cruise we were notified we had won bid for aft balcony (didn't even know that was a possibility) winning bid was $300 p/person. BTW normally you get the opportunity to bid at 80 days but all the people I know from our cruise got it at 72 days. Good luck! 

Thank you for that info. 

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Yes, you should receive an offer.  We bid on our last two cruises, CAS offers, and won both bids.  But I do hear folks on CC say that everyone does not receive an offer to bid.  Don't know how true that is though.

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9 hours ago, DKane said:

Yes, you should receive an offer.  We bid on our last two cruises, CAS offers, and won both bids.  But I do hear folks on CC say that everyone does not receive an offer to bid.  Don't know how true that is though.

 

The cruise I'm going on seems to be a little strange. There are a lot of inside cabins and not a lot of ocean view or balconies. Most of the Haven is sold out.

I"ll need to decide financially whether a balcony is worth it. Our last cruise was an ocean view room and I didn't like it. I just like knowing I have an option to upgrade, whether I'm offered one or not.

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Just a couple  things to keep in mind with casino comped room:

 

- all promos are based on your comped room category

- if you purchase an upgrade, the offer to participate in the Advantage Upgrade Program (bid) will now be from the upgraded category not the comped category. So if you have an Inside comp but you purchased an upgrade to a Balcony..... your bid opportunity would be to Mini-Suite and Haven.

- if you purchase an upgrade, the promos are still based on the comped room category no matter what you upgraded to. 

 

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19 hours ago, esm54687 said:

Just a couple  things to keep in mind with casino comped room:

 

- all promos are based on your comped room category

- if you purchase an upgrade, the offer to participate in the Advantage Upgrade Program (bid) will now be from the upgraded category not the comped category. So if you have an Inside comp but you purchased an upgrade to a Balcony..... your bid opportunity would be to Mini-Suite and Haven.

- if you purchase an upgrade, the promos are still based on the comped room category no matter what you upgraded to. 

 

Thank you for the clarification. It would be nice if the upgrades and perks was simple to understand.

I have an inside room and was offered one perk - internet. As long as I don't lose that I'm good since the rest of the perks I don't want. 🙂

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