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Awwwww, bummer! I actually had a bid on a GS for my Feb Symphony sailing.  I withdrew it when I realized that our current cabin number matched MrSpeedNoodle's birthday, and, considering last time he w

When Royal first started RoyalUp, I imagined that it was in their best interest to sell all of the suites at their full “retail” price.  It didn’t seem to make sense to me that they would hold suites

@Justice. Agree.  I bid on a GS and won.  I was notified on February 15 with a set sail date of February 24, 2019.  Moving from a JS was great.  

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19 minutes ago, carmanj said:

Would royal offer you the opportunity to bid on a particular cabin if one was not available?  Seems odd that they would offer some cabins but not all if that were the case.

Yes, it seems like they offer the RoyalUp even if there are no cabins available in that/those category.  That way, if they happen to have a higher category cabin cancellation at the last minute they will have everyone poised to move up automatically and fill the higher category cabins.  If nobody cancels, nobody gets an upgrade.

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The biggest problem I see with the Royal Up Program is with the extras.  For example, if I am in a Oceanview balcony room and I get The Key Program and get an accepted bid to a grand suite The Key is essentially useless.  I would much rather do a Voom combo with the drink package then only to have The Key with a GS.  I have a bid in for a JS and GS on my upcoming sailing on Liberty.  I would keep The Key if I got upgraded to the JS but would change two things if I upgraded to the GS.  If I got the GS I would not get The Key.  Instead I would get the Deluxe Beverage Package with Voom and the Chops lunch special.

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59 minutes ago, Mathew Jones said:

The biggest problem I see with the Royal Up Program is with the extras.  For example, if I am in a Oceanview balcony room and I get The Key Program and get an accepted bid to a grand suite The Key is essentially useless.  I would much rather do a Voom combo with the drink package then only to have The Key with a GS.  I have a bid in for a JS and GS on my upcoming sailing on Liberty.  I would keep The Key if I got upgraded to the JS but would change two things if I upgraded to the GS.  If I got the GS I would not get The Key.  Instead I would get the Deluxe Beverage Package with Voom and the Chops lunch special.

All factors to consider when placing a bid. 

Keep in mind suites do not get dedicated access to activities and on many ships they don't come with Voom.  Key vs. Suite benefits don't overlap entirely except for maybe dedicated seating areas at certain shows.  

Royal UP isn't for everyone or for every cruise.  

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On 4/18/2019 at 9:13 AM, WAAAYTOOO said:

Yes, it seems like they offer the RoyalUp even if there are no cabins available in that/those category.  That way, if they happen to have a higher category cabin cancellation at the last minute they will have everyone poised to move up automatically and fill the higher category cabins.  If nobody cancels, nobody gets an upgrade.

This is true.  I've had to explain this to hubby multiple times because he had to take an OV instead of a JS on the Empress because none were available and keeps getting Royal UP offers to bid on a JS when they have been completely booked for a long time.

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On ‎4‎/‎20‎/‎2019 at 6:24 PM, Hoski said:

This is true.  I've had to explain this to hubby multiple times because he had to take an OV instead of a JS on the Empress because none were available and keeps getting Royal UP offers to bid on a JS when they have been completely booked for a long time.

Yeah - I just confirmed this with Royal this weekend... a little disappointing, as we assumed that if they were offering an opportunity to bid, then there would actually be a cabin available.  We still love the cabin we booked, so all is well.

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On 4/19/2019 at 9:26 AM, mworkman said:

Anyone know how it works if you bid on a royal up room and you have a linked reservation for another room?

I think that would be something you would have to check when you got on board.

I remember one person posting that they won a Royal Up bid, but they had a lot of Casino perks that didn't automatically move to the new room number.

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Cruising in Oct 2020 to Greece for 7 nights on Rhapsody. Currently in a JS. I have not purchased any dining or drink pkgs yet. What do you think would be a "fair" bid to move up to a GS. I know its a way off and current price difference between JS and GS is currently $1200 PP.

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4 hours ago, FManke said:

Cruising in Oct 2020 to Greece for 7 nights on Rhapsody. Currently in a JS. I have not purchased any dining or drink pkgs yet. What do you think would be a "fair" bid to move up to a GS. I know its a way off and current price difference between JS and GS is currently $1200 PP.

Thanks

Would being in the GS make a difference in choosing the dining or drink package?  Rhapsody doesn't have Coastal Kitchen, so the only real food related benefit is free room service and being able to dine from the MDR in your room.

Is your itinerary port heavy?  If you aren't going to spend that much time in your room anyways, it may not be worth a whole lot just for a bigger room.  You're already getting double points in the JS.

Personally it wouldn't be worth much more than $100-$200 per person for that switch.

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I purchased a Jr Suite GTY and was assigned a Jr. Suite.  I also purchased The Key.  I bid on a (RoyalUp) GS, and today that bid was accepted.  Like someone above posted, most of the benefits of The Key are included in the Sky Class  of the GS.  So I quickly went online to cancel The Key.  4 days til cruise day!  Just in time! 

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36 minutes ago, Abu said:

I purchased a Jr Suite GTY and was assigned a Jr. Suite.  I also purchased The Key.  I bid on a (RoyalUp) GS, and today that bid was accepted.  Like someone above posted, most of the benefits of The Key are included in the Sky Class  of the GS.  So I quickly went online to cancel The Key.  4 days til cruise day!  Just in time! 

Excellent !

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On 4/14/2019 at 11:13 AM, WAAAYTOOO said:

I have read one account of someone who was able to get their RoyalUp stateroom assignment changed but I think that was a one-off.  Officially once they accept your offer and charge your credit card you are stuck with whatever they assign you.   It's a little safer in the Suites categories b/c there are few truly bad suites locations.  For the lower categories you are definitely taking a risk.

Curious what suites are in bad locations.  Was planning to bid on grand suite or higher...Tks!

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On 4/18/2019 at 8:13 AM, WAAAYTOOO said:

Yes, it seems like they offer the RoyalUp even if there are no cabins available in that/those category.  That way, if they happen to have a higher category cabin cancellation at the last minute they will have everyone poised to move up automatically and fill the higher category cabins.  If nobody cancels, nobody gets an upgrade.

Same exact thing the airlines do with their "Regional Upgrade Certificates".  You are basically added to a wait list if they have open first class seats (available for upgrade) or someone cancels last minute they would LOVE to take your certificate and redeem it to get it off their books.  

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I have a question on Royal Up, I have never been on a cruise before so I just got the email asking about bidding. Question I have is it only says a price per person. But is that a 1 time fee or is per day. It just ask for an amount per person but can't figure out if its on a per day basis.

 

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7 minutes ago, DaArsonist said:

I have a question on Royal Up, I have never been on a cruise before so I just got the email asking about bidding. Question I have is it only says a price per person. But is that a 1 time fee or is per day. It just ask for an amount per person but can't figure out if its on a per day basis.

 

Thanks 

It is per person for the first 2 people in the cabin only.  And that is a one-time charge for the ENTIRE cruise, not per day!

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We are currently booked in 2 balcony cabins. If I submit a bit for a Grand Suite-2 bedroom AND win...what is the penalty for cancelling the two cabins we have now?  I'm nervous to bid, in case we win and then don't know what kind of penalty we might incur for the new 2-bedroom suite...

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