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First off I would like to say nice to meet you all and thank you for all the information I have gathered in the past year of ghost reading! I have a cruise coming up and needed some answers.

I am sailing on Harmony of the Seas currently in a Balcony Ocean View Cabin on March 29th, 2020.

I apologize in advance for all the questions.

Firstly, I have read a lot on RoyalUp and bidding, I did get a Balcony Cabin comped from the Casino but was able to participate in some bidding, almost all rooms are available for bidding but don't show availability on the cruise which I have read previously they do a lot incase of cancelations and etc.

I bid $1250 per person on a owners suite and $810 on a grand suite, are these good offers? They were around $200 over the minimum

I haven't heard back but I do want to upgrade regardless, I am open to the Junior, or anything at all bigger I just didn't want to place bids on all room types and get stuck with one of the lower ones, I thought about bidding on the owners and grand for now and waiting till a week before boarding then bidding on all of them, is this a good Idea?

I also have been reading on the suites, I don't see much of a difference between the grand and owner, its bigger of course one has a bidet but the layout and balcony size seem almost Identical, Is it worth another bid of $900 total from the grand suite or should I just up my offer?

I was also kind of thinking that a suite that cost 9K for a 7 day cruise 2 people should have quite a bit perks, it don't seem like it, seems like I get priority boarding, some Wi-Fi, some soap and a concierge specialist, if i'm correct, I still can't dine at any restaurant I want? I would need to buy the dining package as well? I know I get access to Costal Kitchen, my main goal is to be on the ship and not worry about charges getting racked up, I want to be able to drink what I want and eat what I want without me having to pay more every time, so I'm assuming for this I would have to pay for the Drinking Package and the Ultimate dining package?

As far as the Drinking Package, I see its buy one get one 50% off, I don't see how that's possible as it's still charging me $61 per day per person, so normal price is around $76 per day per person? I also don't see how I can pick certain days, every time I add to cart, it adds every day for the whole trip, over $1000 including gratuity for 2 people, is this correct?

I had seen a offer for all day access at CoCoCay for $200 per person, any idea what this includes and do you need this in order to go down? Doesn't say much of what this includes.

I hear flies at the Honduras are horrible, my parents went on the same ship and travel back in November and they said its horrible, they are sometimes overdramatic, is this true?

Some people were saying that they were able to call and upgrade and get cheaper then bid price minimums from what I have read, is this true?

I see a Royal Loft Suite for sale on the website for the cruise, but it isn't on the RoyalUp, anyway to place a bid on this room? I would love to get this room and bid around $3500 as it includes the drink package and gratuities which would ultimately, be the same as paying $2500 for the Owners Suite.

Have any of you stayed in the Grand or Owners suite on this ship and if you did how was the experience from lets say a balcony? Worth the upgrade?

Is it true with UDP, you can only use it for lunch on Sea Days and for dinner the rest of the days? If this is true, I think that is ridiculous you buy a package and still have limitations.

Any tips for securing a suite at a discount or anything else on what to do on Harmony Of The Seas?

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I stayed in a Grand suite on Harmony in August and loved it.  We ate primarily in the Coastal Kitchen (the suites restaurant) which we thought was very good.  We did not feel the need to go to any specialty restaurants.  You also have access to the suite lounge, which serves a limited selection of beer and wine from 11 am to 11 pm and a limited selection of liquor from 5 to 7 at no cost.  Depending upon your habits, you may not need the DBP if you are in a GS.  We did have the DBP because we wanted to sample all the different bars on the ship.

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I can't answer your questions about Royal Up or Suites but will attempt on some of the others.  What is worth it to some is not a value to others.  If you don't feel the perks that are in the suite program are worth the price that you'd pay then don't bid on the suite.

Drink Package on the cruise planner is buy 1 get 1 off the onboard price.  The price you see is the price you pay.  You buy it for the entire cruise and can't just pick the days you want. 

I've been to Roatan in March and did not experience the flies.  Maybe while we ate but that is somewhat typical of most beach places with food.

You are traveling during a busy time with Spring Break on a very popular ship, Harmony.  I don't think there will be too many discounts.  I think you have very high expectations of what "should" be included vs the reality.  

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Did you try pricing out with the casino what it would cost to just pay to directly upgrade your cabin?  I believe @WAAAYTOOO does this all the time and gets into Star Class suites this way.

I believe only being in a balcony room may limit what you can RoyalUp bid into.  If you were to pay for an upgrade to a junior or grand suite, it may open up the bidding for the Star Class suites which would come with the drink/dining package that you want.  You may just be better off paying out of pocket for both of these relative to the costs of upgrading when all things are considered.

15 minutes ago, BTCking said:

I was also kind of thinking that a suite that cost 9K for a 7 day cruise 2 people

IMO depending on when you are trying to cruise, if you book when the itineraries first drop you may be able to snag a Star Class room close to this price range for 2 people easily.   

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47 minutes ago, AshleyDillo said:

Did you try pricing out with the casino what it would cost to just pay to directly upgrade your cabin?  I believe @WAAAYTOOO does this all the time and gets into Star Class suites this way.

I believe only being in a balcony room may limit what you can RoyalUp bid into.  If you were to pay for an upgrade to a junior or grand suite, it may open up the bidding for the Star Class suites which would come with the drink/dining package that you want.  You may just be better off paying out of pocket for both of these relative to the costs of upgrading when all things are considered.

IMO depending on when you are trying to cruise, if you book when the itineraries first drop you may be able to snag a Star Class room close to this price range for 2 people easily.   

I did ask the host, he wanted around $9000 for the upgrade to the Royal Loft Suite, I didn’t want to spend that much on just a room but was considering it. If it was less then $5000, I would have done it and I tried to contact the customer service but every time I ask about paying for a upgrade, they either say only the Royal is available or they try to transfer me to my host.

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1 hour ago, BTCking said:

I also don't see how I can pick certain days, every time I add to cart, it adds every day for the whole trip, over $1000 including gratuity for 2 people, is this correct?

Yes, you cannot "cherry pick" days. It's for the entire cruise.

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I concur with AshleyDillo.  The reason that you are not eligible for Star Class RoyalUp bids is b/c your “baseline” cabin is a balcony.  Were you already in a full suite, the chances are you would be eligible for SC RoyalUps.

We upgrade complimentary casino cruises to SC all the time. It REALLY helps to have a Travel Agent who understands the casino comp rules.  At this point, I suspect that your only option for getting the RLS is to upgrade yourself.  I’m not sure what “host” you are referring to, but if it is someone used to dealing with casino comp upgrades, and he/she verified that your total cost to upgrade is $9K, then that’s probably accurate.  The RLS is the most expensive suite on the ship.  Paying $9K total for that room is a bargain - a seriously good bargain.  I feel sure (without taking the time to look it up) that it would cost more than $9K per person to buy outright.

As for the differences between a Grand Suite and an Owners Suite, it is only real estate - a bigger cabin. It also comes with a full size inside dining table and usually fancier loungers on the balcony. There are no additional suites perks with the OS versus GS. The only suite class that includes all specialty dining and Deluxe Beverage pkgs is Star Class.

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2 hours ago, WAAAYTOOO said:

I concur with AshleyDillo.  The reason that you are not eligible for Star Class RoyalUp bids is b/c your “baseline” cabin is a balcony.  Were you already in a full suite, the chances are you would be eligible for SC RoyalUps.

We upgrade complimentary casino cruises to SC all the time. It REALLY helps to have a Travel Agent who understands the casino comp rules.  At this point, I suspect that your only option for getting the RLS is to upgrade yourself.  I’m not sure what “host” you are referring to, but if it is someone used to dealing with casino comp upgrades, and he/she verified that your total cost to upgrade is $9K, then that’s probably accurate.  The RLS is the most expensive suite on the ship.  Paying $9K total for that room is a bargain - a seriously good bargain.  I feel sure (without taking the time to look it up) that it would cost more than $9K per person to buy outright.

As for the differences between a Grand Suite and an Owners Suite, it is only real estate - a bigger cabin. It also comes with a full size inside dining table and usually fancier loungers on the balcony. There are no additional suites perks with the OS versus GS. The only suite class that includes all specialty dining and Deluxe Beverage pkgs is Star Class.

Thank you for your reply. I haven’t had any play with the casino itself, I actually used a company called urcomped.com they have took care of me in Vegas and what not and I seen multiple cruise offers they sent me and they got it compre without any prior history, That suite was 18K for a 7 day trip last time I checked, I will consider upgrading but not sure if it’s really in my budget, I want to leave a x amount for gambling shows food excursions and what not. Any idea if they have baccarat, craps, and pai Gow on this ship?

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On 2/26/2020 at 1:07 PM, BTCking said:

I hear flies at the Honduras are horrible, my parents went on the same ship and travel back in November and they said its horrible, they are sometimes overdramatic, is this true?

We were there in September and didn't notice any issues with flies.  

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