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2 hours ago, simone said:

I am leaving on the Oasis of the Seas on Jan 13th. I just received the email for the  RoyalUp.  I put a bid for a Junior suite and Grand suite.  For those of you that got upgraded, how much more did you bid over the minimum amount?  Was the location of the room at the lower decks? I am traveling with my husband and 3 kids and need more room.  I have a ocean view suite at the moment.

I am also curious/concerned  about the noise level with decks 6, 7 and 8.  

I have seen one person post on here that they won a bid (I don't read every blog post obviously), I think it was an interior to an ocean view and if I remember correctly he was not notified until 24-48 before the scheduled departure date.

My specific Royal up offered was for the Royal Loft suite, minimum bid was $800pp to $3100PP, I bid $801PP, I'm not holding my breath.

I have a work buddy that is going on Harmony next week, he received a Royal up from balcony to Junior or Grand, minimum for the Junior was $300PP, he bid $301PP, Royal called him and asked him if he would increase his bid, he said no $602 was his total budget, they ask him if he would bid for the Grand and he said yes $602 was his budget, they said that they would make note, this all happened today, so he hasn't heard anything. They made note that the Harmony was not full for next week.

CORRECTION: Just re-read and earlier topic and there were 2-3 people that said they had won and upgrade.

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I am shocked...just got an e-mail of our successful bid. We were below the waterline with an "Ocean View" on Deck 2. I low balled (as low as I could bid) for a balcony at $150ea...Shazzam!, we're now on Deck 6 with a balcony. And for less than we would have paid if we were to book it straight up (for the particular cruise, Feb 10 on the FOS).

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Thanks for the reply.  The Oasis of the Sea Suites are completely sold out. The minimum upgrade for the junior suite is $200/person and the grand suite $500/person. I placed a bid for both but the grand suite is above my budget.

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I received my offer today for Brilliance of the Seas March 4 Western Caribbean. We went from an ocean view on deck three to a 1D balcony on deck 9 for 100 per person. I'm a first time cruiser and don't really plan on the ability to cruise often to build points so C&A status isn't something I'm chasing. For this trip I'm traveling with my best friend, I won't have better half and tiny humans in tow so many of the decisions I've made have been to purchase items at their lowest and make it as nice as a vacation as it can be within the budget I set forth because I'm paying for 1 (or 2 if I'm covering it as a gift) rather than 4. Even if I love this trip, as a family we wouldn't be able to justify cruising once a year much less multiple times a year so options like Royal Up and The Key allow me to have a wonderful vacation with my friend and enjoy amenities that would normally be out of my reach. I'm probably the target market Royal has chosen for these programs and I am very excited for my long overdue break! 

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I'm probably not going to answer this correctly, but I believe you will get a Royal up email asking for you to bid and then much closer to your cruise date you will get another email telling you they have either accepted or rejected your offer.

Maybe what you are referring to is the email saying that they have accepted your offer, but the timing seems early for a March cruise, most people have not been hearing that they won until 24-48 hours before.

I have received 2 emails, one asking me to bid and one saying they had received my offer, but I have not received an email saying that they accepted or rejected and I leave for my cruise Saturday.

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@tiny260, no my initial was bid around black friday, it may have been the day that Royal announced the program Nov 28th. This was the actual email stating my bid was accepted. It followed with a receipt that my card had been charged and my cruise planner now shows my new cabin number. I've been checking daily and doing mock bookings just to see what might be remaining and gave up hope of the chance of an upgrade yesterday as all higher cabin types for which I bid showed as booked (I think Royal says unavailable?). Low and behold at 2pm today  received the notice of upgrade. For anyone keeping an eye on their inbox, the acceptance email comes from royalup@rccl.com and you will get two additional emails from DONOTREPLY@royalcaribbean.com with your reservation information included (3 total emails from royal).

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Just now, Gisser said:

I'm sailing on Freedom on 3/3 and was just notified today that I "won" the upgrade. I wanted a Grand Suite, and got a two-bedroom grand suite. For two people. Seems silly.

I'm sure you could find a couple of volunteers here to fill that second bedroom......

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Just now, coneyraven said:

I'm sure you could find a couple of volunteers here to fill that second bedroom......

Honestly, I would gladly swap with someone who's in a Grand Suite that has more than two people. I'm going to call Royal and ask them about it. Swap rooms, that is 🙂

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1 hour ago, RachelLevena said:

@tiny260, no my initial was bid around black friday, it may have been the day that Royal announced the program Nov 28th. This was the actual email stating my bid was accepted. It followed with a receipt that my card had been charged and my cruise planner now shows my new cabin number. I've been checking daily and doing mock bookings just to see what might be remaining and gave up hope of the chance of an upgrade yesterday as all higher cabin types for which I bid showed as booked (I think Royal says unavailable?). Low and behold at 2pm today  received the notice of upgrade. For anyone keeping an eye on their inbox, the acceptance email comes from royalup@rccl.com and you will get two additional emails from DONOTREPLY@royalcaribbean.com with your reservation information included (3 total emails from royal).

That is awesome, I'm happy for you, I doubt mine comes through, I'm in a Star/Sky loft suite on Allure and they ask me to bid on the Royal Loft Suite, I put in the minimum PP bid and didn't really care if I got it or not.

It's really nice they are notifying people this far out.

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I am on Oasis 1/27, and the minimum bid to upgrade from interior to Outside view is $300 per person!  Ocean view balcony is a minimum of $500 per person bid.   Easy choice.  Besides, I don't have to worry about closing the shade.

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I got the infamous email today.  OUr sailing is Feb 14th on Grandeur.  Now, let me ask, we are currently in an Owners Suite.  There is only one more place to go after that on Grandeur and it's the Royal Suite.  Do we really need 1110 square feet for two or us and to spend another $1300 (starting bid at $650 pp) and I'm sure there will be someone with a larger family that would take that. So I think we will stick with what we have!

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37 minutes ago, Boston Babe said:

I got the infamous email today.  OUr sailing is Feb 14th on Grandeur.  Now, let me ask, we are currently in an Owners Suite.  There is only one more place to go after that on Grandeur and it's the Royal Suite.  Do we really need 1110 square feet for two or us and to spend another $1300 (starting bid at $650 pp) and I'm sure there will be someone with a larger family that would take that. So I think we will stick with what we have!

We had a chance to RoyalUp on our recent Grandeur cruise too and I declined.  Once you're in a full suite, there are no real advantages other than bragging rights and a little extra real estate.  I wasn't willing to pay any more money for that.  As it turned out, the RS was already booked and did not open up so any bid would have been pointless anyway.  My guess is that suite doesn't normally become vacant.

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15 minutes ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

Once you're in a full suite, there are no real advantages

HOnestly that's the way I look at it especially for Grandeur.  Different story if on Oasis and go from something like Junior Suite and bit above it to get CK etc.

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1 hour ago, Boston Babe said:

I got the infamous email today.  OUr sailing is Feb 14th on Grandeur.  Now, let me ask, we are currently in an Owners Suite.  There is only one more place to go after that on Grandeur and it's the Royal Suite.  Do we really need 1110 square feet for two or us and to spend another $1300 (starting bid at $650 pp) and I'm sure there will be someone with a larger family that would take that. So I think we will stick with what we have!

I have friends in high places.

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1 hour ago, Boston Babe said:

I got the infamous email today.  OUr sailing is Feb 14th on Grandeur.  Now, let me ask, we are currently in an Owners Suite.  There is only one more place to go after that on Grandeur and it's the Royal Suite.  Do we really need 1110 square feet for two or us and to spend another $1300 (starting bid at $650 pp) and I'm sure there will be someone with a larger family that would take that. So I think we will stick with what we have!

You need it!  It's got the best bathroom on the boat....and a piano...  😉

 

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