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15 hours ago, PY_Mpls said:

Odyssey of the Sea for the 23rd and 2 of 3 of my bids have switched to expired, Junior Suite still showing pending!  Hopefully that is a good sign!  

Definitely a good sign! We LOVED the JS on Odyssey - lots of great little touches like the automatic curtain open/close modes, a huge amount of space, espresso machine, and very nice padded lounge chairs on the balcony. 

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4 hours ago, KLA said:

Definitely a good sign! We LOVED the JS on Odyssey - lots of great little touches like the automatic curtain open/close modes, a huge amount of space, espresso machine, and very nice padded lounge chairs on the balcony. 

So glad to hear that!  I'm very excited!

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  • 3 weeks later...

I received the email for the RoyalUp today. Thanks to all that have commented on this post, as it was very informative in deciding if I wanted to try for an upgrade or not.

My wife, daughters 15 and 10, and myself are booked in a JS on the Allure of the Seas, departing March 27, 2022. I ended up bidding a little over the minimum for a 2 bedroom Grand Suite, and the minimum for a 2 bedroom Aqua Suite. I'm really hoping we win one of them, and if we do, I'm not telling my family about it until we open the doors on the ship! I can only imagine the surprise looks on their faces, especially if we get the Aqua Suite!

Again, thank you all for the posts! 🙂

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3 hours ago, BillSikkenga said:

I received the email for the RoyalUp today. Thanks to all that have commented on this post, as it was very informative in deciding if I wanted to try for an upgrade or not.

My wife, daughters 15 and 10, and myself are booked in a JS on the Allure of the Seas, departing March 27, 2022. I ended up bidding a little over the minimum for a 2 bedroom Grand Suite, and the minimum for a 2 bedroom Aqua Suite. I'm really hoping we win one of them, and if we do, I'm not telling my family about it until we open the doors on the ship! I can only imagine the surprise looks on their faces, especially if we get the Aqua Suite!

Again, thank you all for the posts! 🙂

You got a decent shot at the ATS. There's 4 available right now and only a short while til your sail date. Bidding from a JS puts you in a good position too. What a cool surprise that would be for them! Good luck

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On 6/22/2021 at 5:21 PM, tonyfsu21 said:

Just curious, how much luck does this group have with Royal up? Personally since the program started I have managed to be the winning bidder for upgrades (mostly from within Royal Suite Class) about 90% of the time. Let’s see how our cruise at the end of July pans out but if I win an upgrade then I’m either lucky or I bid too high! Either way, I really enjoy having the option to upgrade. 

I think it is depend on the price you are bidding. I don't think luck has anything to do with it. 

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13 hours ago, AspiringCruisePlanner said:

You got a decent shot at the ATS. There's 4 available right now and only a short while til your sail date. Bidding from a JS puts you in a good position too. What a cool surprise that would be for them! Good luck

AspiringCruisePlanner, can you tell me how you found out there were 4 of the ATS rooms still available? Did you just go to the RC website and do a ghost booking on that cruise?

 

Thank you!

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Congrats @BrianB...that will be a great room on Anthem.

The RoyalUP news has been quiet lately, and started to wonder if the team in charge of picking the winning bids had run out of good mojo.   Still no word on our bids for Oasis at the end of February, but hoping for the best.

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2 hours ago, BrianB said:

Just notified my bid for an Owner’s Suite was accepted for the Anthem leaving in nine days…Feb 11.

I’m on Anthem right now we they accepted our  Royal Up bid taking us from a balcony to a grand suite then once we got on board (and I’ve never done this before) my husband and I went down to guest services right after the sail away after we cleared the Verrazano Bridge to see if they had any empty suite higher than a grand we got an onboard upgrade to an owners suite for only $900 additional dollars total not per person. We started out with the balcony guarantee got the Royal UP decided to roll the dice when we got onboard scored an upgrade to the owners suite all for $7,100 dollars TOTAL!!!!!  That is a far cry from the near $17,000 dollars Royal wanted for this 11 night cruise if we would have booked the Owners Suite out right when we book this cruise last minute.  

To top things off we went to the casino last night played one hand Wheel of Fortune and won $500 dollars.  

You could have knocked me over with a feather.

I have never had this much luck in all my life and I’m 41 years old.

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18 minutes ago, JasonOasis said:

You could have knocked me over with a feather.

I have never had this much luck in all my life and I’m 41 years old.

Jason,

That's amazing 🙌🏾. I'll be on Anthem Feb 11.... I think Brian and I got the last two Owner Suites today lol.

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3 hours ago, JasonOasis said:

I’m on Anthem right now we they accepted our  Royal Up bid taking us from a balcony to a grand suite then once we got on board (and I’ve never done this before) my husband and I went down to guest services right after the sail away after we cleared the Verrazano Bridge to see if they had any empty suite higher than a grand we got an onboard upgrade to an owners suite for only $900 additional dollars total not per person. We started out with the balcony guarantee got the Royal UP decided to roll the dice when we got onboard scored an upgrade to the owners suite all for $7,100 dollars TOTAL!!!!!  That is a far cry from the near $17,000 dollars Royal wanted for this 11 night cruise if we would have booked the Owners Suite out right when we book this cruise last minute.  

To top things off we went to the casino last night played one hand Wheel of Fortune and won $500 dollars.  

You could have knocked me over with a feather.

I have never had this much luck in all my life and I’m 41 years old.

Congrats on the Royal up and on the casino win!

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7 hours ago, BrianB said:

Just notified my bid for an Owner’s Suite was accepted for the Anthem leaving in nine days…Feb 11.

That's great! Funny thing is today I finally got an email to do Royal up. We bid on a JS, if we don't get it I won't be upset, but that second bathroom is such a plus! 

See you onboard in 9 days!

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We were going to bid on an upgrade from a balcony to a Jr Suite on our upcoming March cruise but when we contacted Royal (it is booked through Casino Royale) we found that to go ahead and upgrade through them was actually less expensive than the RoyalUp and we are able to double our double points 😁. May have been less due to the wife's casino and our C&A status but their RoyalUp minimum prices seems to have increased lately and I have been unable to manually "modify" the bid to less than their minimum.

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Our friends that we're sailing with just got this confirmation on 2/1... They were originally in an interior stateroom (not a virtual balcony). Not bad! $230 for Ocean View balcony upgrade! Now they'll be directly below us (one deck) and a couple of cabins over. We'll be able to look over our balcony and see them, LOL!

 

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2 hours ago, JohnK6404 said:

Our friends that we're sailing with just got this confirmation on 2/1... They were originally in an interior stateroom (not a virtual balcony). Not bad! $230 for Ocean View balcony upgrade! Now they'll be directly below us (one deck) and a couple of cabins over. We'll be able to look over our balcony and see them, LOL!

FYI, if you booked this prior to January 15th of this year the rate for balconies, oceanviews, and interiors has dropped by about 50% since then.  Time to utilize the cruise with confidence price guarantee and claim that OBC.  Could be around $600 per person.

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4 hours ago, AspiringCruisePlanner said:

FYI, if you booked this prior to January 15th of this year the rate for balconies, oceanviews, and interiors has dropped by about 50% since then.  Time to utilize the cruise with confidence price guarantee and claim that OBC.  Could be around $600 per person.

Thanks, but no such luck for us. 🙄  We booked our cabin very early on back on 4/20/20. It's currently about $400 more than we originally booked it for now. I've been watching it like a hawk and it has never dropped below that price from almost 2 years ago.

It's definitely a deal for those that book a guaranteed ocean view balcony now, but not if you picked your room and want to keep that location (near our travel buddies).

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4 hours ago, WAYNO said:

I also was contacted by Royal, over a month ago, offering us a Royal Up, from a Balcony to a Junior Suite on Odyssey.  I offered the top available bid, but at 3-weeks til we cruise, I've heard nothing. 

 

My fingers remain crossed.🤞

For my Odyssey sailing last month, I was notified of my winning bid to a JS 2 days before departure. Good luck!

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6 hours ago, Rcnewbie said:

This is my first RC cruise and had a question on the royal up program. If we have two rooms book and win the bid for a two bedroom suite could we cancel one room and have all four people in the suite? 

Short answer:  No.

Of course, you CAN, but if you do that the 2 BR booking would be repriced and your RU savings (not to mention the cost of the RU itself) would be lost.

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I have three bids out going from my OV room on Symphony - Regular OV Balcony, Junior Suite, and CLS. 

I'd be VERY happy with any of those (I mean, I'd also be perfectly happy in our OV on deck 8 nearby Central Park), but I'm REALLY hoping for that CLS (even with the price tag the upgrade carries - which I still feel is pretty reasonable going from an OV). Absolute dream cruise room - I'd never leave, and eat all meals in Coastal Kitchen. 

 

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On 9/27/2021 at 10:41 PM, twangster said:

Depends.  Who did you book through?  Not all travel partners or travel agencies participate.  There is a well known big box retailer that offers cash cards but they don't participate so if you booked through, there won't be a  RoyalUp option.  Other big online type travel companies also do not participate in the upgrade program.  

Once you get away from the large online or warehouse type travel agencies most "regular" travel agencies do participate in RoyalUp.

We are 106 days out. Is it too early to bid? We also booked throughm sister's Pueblo Bonita Timeshare agency so I wonder if we are even eligible for Royal Up..

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2 hours ago, KLA said:

I have three bids out going from my OV room on Symphony - Regular OV Balcony, Junior Suite, and CLS. 

I'd be VERY happy with any of those (I mean, I'd also be perfectly happy in our OV on deck 8 nearby Central Park), but I'm REALLY hoping for that CLS (even with the price tag the upgrade carries - which I still feel is pretty reasonable going from an OV). Absolute dream cruise room - I'd never leave, and eat all meals in Coastal Kitchen. 

 

When are you sailing?  

I am like you, we have a JS.  Ocean on the hump deck 9 mid.  I love the location, but CLSs bathroom in the master makes me drool....

 

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20 minutes ago, Pima1988 said:

When are you sailing?  

I am like you, we have a JS.  Ocean on the hump deck 9 mid.  I love the location, but CLSs bathroom in the master makes me drool....

 

April 30th! 

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17 minutes ago, KLA said:

April 30th! 

Me too.  We have bids for CLS, GS 1 BDRM and something else, can't recall....hubby did it.  I think OS.   It would be funny if you got my JS or we both got CLS.

I doubt our bid will be accepted.  We placed it on Valentines day and now others are saying their start bid is 700 pp. The min back than was 250, and we went much higher, but I am not going 1400 tor a min to move from a US hump to a GS 1 bdrm. 

I will stick with the Key and unlimited dining....taking my chance for CK dining at night.

 

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8 minutes ago, Pima1988 said:

Me too.  We have bids for CLS, GS 1 BDRM and something else, can't recall....hubby did it.  I think OS.   It would be funny if you got my JS or we both got CLS.

I doubt our bid will be accepted.  We placed it on Valentines day and now others are saying their start bid is 700 pp. The min back than was 250, and we went much higher, but I am not going 1400 tor a min to move from a US hump to a GS 1 bdrm. 

I will stick with the Key and unlimited dining....taking my chance for CK dining at night.

 

Haha, yep. We'll see how it goes - good luck to you both! I'll be missing a JS this cruise for sure but the 3 night dining package will be nice. 🙂 Really looking forward to this sailing - only a few more days until check in opens! 

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Hello! 
My family and I are going on our first cruise on mariner of the seas within the week! I’m so excited but nervous about getting a cabin with the bunk type beds for my kids. Right now we’re in an interior cabin that’s already been assigned but I’ve done 5 royal up bids on every upgrade available- all bids in the middle left of the scale. I was hoping that at least ONE of them would bite, especially since we’re are only sailing at 50% capacity (right?). So far, they are all still pending. Any advice? I just want an upgrade that will allow my kids to sleep somewhere other than three feet above me. Should I increase my bids? Wait it out? 

I’ve never posted on one of these so any advice is appreciated!!
 

 

 

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44 minutes ago, VAmarshbag said:

 I was hoping that at least ONE of them would bite, especially since we’re are only sailing at 50% capacity (right?). S 

 

 

 

Welcome to the forums!

I believe capacity is above 50% these days - that doesn't mean you won't get your Royal Up, but there's never any way to know for sure.  If you really want to ensure an upgrade, it's better to just go ahead and call Royal or your TA and just do that.

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