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Sailing Allure late Oct and we have a room we can live with, but that does not mean we're not interested in entertaining the offer for an upgrade.  I have received 3 emails from Royal up in the past week, but its the same offer.  Do they change at all or get any more reasonable as the sail date nears?  The minimum bids are too high for us to be interested currently.

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I can't speak for anything post-Covid and I've never won a bid, but I have seen bid prices decrease in the past as the cruise gets closer. 

I have two bids out right now for a Grand Suite and a Junior Suite and I've been checking the status on them excessively. The GS bid was minimum and the JS bid was "fair" - but both are a steep discount under what suites are being sold for right now. These are both for our early October cruise. 

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Sailed Allure Aug 29 and won a JS bid with a very modest bid. Ship was only at 30% occupancy with <1800 passengers and <1100 crew, so not surprising we won it. We've made bids in the past but have never seen them solicit a second offer.

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9 hours ago, RBo said:

Sailed Allure Aug 29 and won a JS bid with a very modest bid. Ship was only at 30% occupancy with <1800 passengers and <1100 crew, so not surprising we won it. We've made bids in the past but have never seen them solicit a second offer.

Out of curiosity - how long after you placed the bid / how long before sailing did you find out you won?

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32 minutes ago, Wilson said:

We were not going to bid, but the minimum dropped last week for our 10/01 Indy sailing. 
JS went from $150 to $50 and GS dropped from $250 to $150. 

Prices are similar for my 10/3 Odyssey sailing. JS min is like $50 and GS is like $100 and a little higher for GS w/ Large Balcony. We went a over minimum for all 3 (but nothing higher than “weak” or “fair” on the JS) since we realized we probably wouldn’t have a shot at these rooms for that cheap again on a ship that has royal suite class and this would be the perfect chance for us to try one. Though I guess that might also be a downside of getting one of those rooms. 😆

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1 hour ago, KLA said:

Prices are similar for my 10/3 Odyssey sailing. JS min is like $50 and GS is like $100 and a little higher for GS w/ Large Balcony. We went a over minimum for all 3 (but nothing higher than “weak” or “fair” on the JS) since we realized we probably wouldn’t have a shot at these rooms for that cheap again on a ship that has royal suite class and this would be the perfect chance for us to try one. Though I guess that might also be a downside of getting one of those rooms. 😆

I'm all for the chance at a RoyalUp.  YOLO; go for it.  The part I don't like is the "small print" in the terms.

The terms and conditions of your original cruise booking will remain in effect following the acceptance of an Offer or if an Offer is not accepted. This includes terms and conditions pertaining to cancellation, penalties, changes, the Crown & Anchor® Society.  Accepted offers will earn Crown & Anchor points at the original stateroom category purchased, and not the category of the upgraded stateroom. Upgrade does not include any additional promotions. If you purchase an Upgrade RCI cannot guarantee a specific cabin number assignment within the upgraded category. Your cabin number will depend on space availability.

Underlined the unappealing parts for me.  (Probably some more).

 

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20 minutes ago, JustMeJoe said:

 

I'm all for the chance at a RoyalUp.  YOLO; go for it.  The part I don't like is the "small print" in the terms.

The terms and conditions of your original cruise booking will remain in effect following the acceptance of an Offer or if an Offer is not accepted. This includes terms and conditions pertaining to cancellation, penalties, changes, the Crown & Anchor® Society.  Accepted offers will earn Crown & Anchor points at the original stateroom category purchased, and not the category of the upgraded stateroom. Upgrade does not include any additional promotions. If you purchase an Upgrade RCI cannot guarantee a specific cabin number assignment within the upgraded category. Your cabin number will depend on space availability.

Underlined the unappealing parts for me.  (Probably some more).

 

I’ve more or less accepted that - plus with the current promotion it’s still at least double points, isn’t it?

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Our recent junior suite cost us $500 total through Royal Up. 
 

Before I submitted the bid, I did a mock booking and it was $1700 more than we paid for our balcony guarantee, so we paid $1200 less than if we booked it. 
 

We personally have no problems with not getting the extra suite C&A points for this cruise 

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11 minutes ago, Wilson said:

Agree with teddy. 
C&A points are irrelevant once we made D+. We will never make Pinnacle. 

I presented a spreadsheet to hubby. If I do 21 cruises at double points/solo sailers I can make pinnacle by December  ‘22.  I’m not too sure he’s bought into that idea

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Well shoot.  Since it will not get quad points I see no point in paying extra for the Jr Suite Royal Up from the Spacious Balcony Cabin my mom and I are sharing. It pays to read the fine print.

Unless it’s affordable to book 2 separate cabins, as a solo sailer  I believe you’ll get 4 Pts a night

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Unless it’s affordable to book 2 separate cabins, as a solo sailer  I believe you’ll get 4 Pts a night

Some couples are doing that. Booking connecting balconies. More room…two bathrooms, lots of storage space…no arguing over the TV. Plus being solo in a balcony will get you four points per night. 

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I received a Royal Up on my first RCG sailing, I didn't understand so I opted out. Right now the offers seem to be too good to be true. However, it is important to consider all factors. Unless your already in a suite, you won't get the suite double points. Then it becomes about space, with reduced capacity on ships you have more freedom to explore. That might mean less time in the room. Lastly, could you spend that money on experiences? Lots of times we can barely scratch the surface on shows and entertainment. With limited show times and option, you have more time to do everything. Or more time to avoid chair hogs and hang out on deck drinking. 

@Pattycruise

I am doing a couple of solo sailings in jr. suites to reach diamond. I would love to book more but I don't live near a port. I am work from home with my bookkeeping job and would literally do a month or two worth of Mon-Fri sailings if I lived close to a port. Not just to reach a certain status but because I love cruising. 

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On the Independence out of Galveston?  We are scheduled on the September 19th sailing on her. 2 out of our 3 bids already were "expired" (rejected) but the other said "pending" a little while ago. 

We are more anxious about our Covid-19 test tomorrow, but thinking about the possibility of upgrading is keeping me distracted, a little. 

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2 minutes ago, Sushitex said:

On the Independence out of Galveston?  We are scheduled on the September 19th sailing on her. 2 out of our 3 bids already were "expired" (rejected) but the other said "pending" a little while ago. 

We are more anxious about our Covid-19 test tomorrow, but thinking about the possibility of upgrading is keeping me distracted, a little. 

That's typically a good sign. 

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