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Checking for folks opinions here on our Royal Up Bids

We booked Suite GTY and have a JS assigned, put in RUB for all the suites and all are still "pending." I've heard from others on the cruise that some of their bids show expired so trying to figure out if we still have a chance with all these bids still pending.

 

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1 hour ago, SpeedNoodles said:

Mine showed "pending" up until I got the email that said that it was upgraded..

I'm heading out on Mariner of the Seas on November 5th, but I never see anything in regards to 'pending' within the website.  Is there somewhere I can check?  Also, how far in advance have they been upgrading folks, I have 16 days left?

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28 minutes ago, Ambykind said:

I'm heading out on Mariner of the Seas on November 5th, but I never see anything in regards to 'pending' within the website.  Is there somewhere I can check?  Also, how far in advance have they been upgrading folks, I have 16 days left?

Most people seem to get upgraded 1-4 days prior to sailing.

You can check the status of your bids here:  https://www.royalcaribbean.com/booked/cruise-room-upgrade

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38 minutes ago, SpeedNoodles said:

Most people seem to get upgraded 1-4 days prior to sailing.

You can check the status of your bids here:  https://www.royalcaribbean.com/booked/cruise-room-upgrade

I hear what you're saying @SpeedNoodles and yet I still can't help but check my Royal Up every.....single.....day. It's like an obsession! 😂

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It will show pending from the moment you bid until the offer is accepted or rejected.
 

However, some people have reported seeing other offers rejected while one offer still showing pending but ability to modify offer has gone away. I’m most cases that offer is accepted within a day or two but on the rare occasion even those have been rejected last minute. 

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Like others, I go from Credit Card, to Royal website, to "...booked/cruise-room-upgrade" link at least twice a day.  Attempting to go from a JS to OS.  Currently,  my bid is not editable.  Frozen.. I emailed (no response) and called.  The answer was; bid is still valid, but wait.  Hmmm... I thought any bid could be modified until 3 hrs before scheduled boarding.  I do "find a cruise" and know OS are available.   We have 7 more days to go.  I guess I will let my bid play out.

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Also, important to note, 30 days does not actually mean 30 days… I have put in Royal Up bids outside of 60 days multiple times, it’s hit or miss. Much like the old days where a 1:00pm check in at the port meant you were on the ship eating lunch by 11:30am, RC always has play built into its parameters I’ve noticed.

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Mine showed pending until I received the attached email. Notice it was sent today, Oct 24 after 8pm…I received it while I was sitting in the Royal Theater waiting for the show to start. Good thing I had internet to know my bid was unsuccessful…three hours after sail-away! This is the second time in two weeks that this happened.

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We’ve bid on five different cruise upgrades in the past couple years, bidding on multiple cabin types every time. 
 

Each time, within a week (give or take) of the sail date, all but one of the bids has shown expired when we click the “modify/cancel” link on the original email (the one that says they’ve received our bids).  This has always happened days before our card gets charged and we see a new room assignment  

The one bid that doesn’t show expired has been still in pending mode but we cannot modify it.   Each time, that pending bid has been a successful upgrade. 

We are just one couple with limited cruise experiences.  Everyone else’s mileage may vary.  In my opinion (based on reading here), the higher class cabin you bid on, the lower the odds are that you’ll be upgraded, especially when bidding on star class upgrades.  

We usually book at the lowest end of the cabin choices, so Royal Up is a cheap way to have a chance to see other cabin types…some of them we weren’t aware of before we received the opportunity to bid.    With one exception, we have always bid the minimum amount.  

The exception was on our first post-pandemic cruise out of Nassau in September.  We booked a balcony guarantee and bid minimum +$50 pp on a junior suite. This was a successful bid. 
 

On our next two early November cruises, we are currently pending (with all other bids expired) on a promenade view for $10 pp and an ocean view balcony for $60 pp.  
 



 

 

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3 hours ago, teddy said:

We’ve bid on five different cruise upgrades in the past couple years, bidding on multiple cabin types every time. 
 

Each time, within a week (give or take) of the sail date, all but one of the bids has shown expired when we click the “modify/cancel” link on the original email (the one that says they’ve received our bids).  This has always happened days before our card gets charged and we see a new room assignment  

The one bid that doesn’t show expired has been still in pending mode but we cannot modify it.   Each time, that pending bid has been a successful upgrade. 

We are just one couple with limited cruise experiences.  Everyone else’s mileage may vary.  In my opinion (based on reading here), the higher class cabin you bid on, the lower the odds are that you’ll be upgraded, especially when bidding on star class upgrades.  

We usually book at the lowest end of the cabin choices, so Royal Up is a cheap way to have a chance to see other cabin types…some of them we weren’t aware of before we received the opportunity to bid.    With one exception, we have always bid the minimum amount.  

The exception was on our first post-pandemic cruise out of Nassau in September.  We booked a balcony guarantee and bid minimum +$50 pp on a junior suite. This was a successful bid. 
 

On our next two early November cruises, we are currently pending (with all other bids expired) on a promenade view for $10 pp and an ocean view balcony for $60 pp.  
 



 

 

Any thoughts on why all my bids would still show pending?  If not in "expired" state does that mean still an opportunity to get RU?  We sail on Sunday, so today is the 5 day mark.

And hello from a fellow Mainah!

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49 minutes ago, sandc4e said:

Any thoughts on why all my bids would still show pending?  If not in "expired" state does that mean still an opportunity to get RU?  We sail on Sunday, so today is the 5 day mark.

And hello from a fellow Mainah!

I would say that if all are still pending and you still have the ability to modify them, then no decisions have been made. 
 

I’ve read here that some have received emails the day of their sailing….both successful and unsuccessful. 
 

51 minutes ago, sandc4e said:

And hello from a fellow Mainah!

Nice to see you.  I’m outside of Portland and it looks like we’re going to get soaked later today. 

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That's amazing that you were able to get an upgrade from GTY to Junior for only $60 per person.  I'm bidding the same for my cruise in Dec on Harmony for a very small bid of $80 per person for GTY Balcony to Oceanview Balcony.  The website is considering this a weak bid, but if you were able to win an upgrade at $60 pp, I'm feeling a little more hopeful!  The Royal Up page says my bid is still Pending, and I am able to modify until my cruise which is 40 days away. 

Still debating if I should put a few more bucks into the bid.  From what it looks like, if I were to select my own room just playing with the website, it seems that the Oceanview Balconies are going quicker than the lower level balconies (ie. non-oceanview balconies).  I guess I'm betting on lower pandemic capacity to win with a cheap bid.

8 hours ago, teddy said:

rst post-pandemic cruise out of Nassau in September.  We booked

 

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13 minutes ago, DenV said:

That's amazing that you were able to get an upgrade from GTY to Junior for only $60 per person.  I'm bidding the same for my cruise in Dec on Harmony for a very small bid of $80 per person for GTY Balcony to Oceanview Balcony.  The website is considering this a weak bid, but if you were able to win an upgrade at $60 pp, I'm feeling a little more hopeful!  The Royal Up page says my bid is still Pending, and I am able to modify until my cruise which is 40 days away. 

Still debating if I should put a few more bucks into the bid.  From what it looks like, if I were to select my own room just playing with the website, it seems that the Oceanview Balconies are going quicker than the lower level balconies (ie. non-oceanview balconies).  I guess I'm betting on lower pandemic capacity to win with a cheap bid.

 

Oh no...we bid the minimum +$50...it came out to $250 pp because the minimum bid was $200 pp

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15 minutes ago, teddy said:

Oh no...we bid the minimum +$50...it came out to $250 pp because the minimum bid was $200 pp

Oh I see!  

Current minimum for GTY Balcony to Oceanview Balcony for my Harmony cruise is $40 with maximum $300.

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On 10/21/2021 at 6:41 PM, sandc4e said:

Checking for folks opinions here on our Royal Up Bids

We booked Suite GTY and have a JS assigned, put in RUB for all the suites and all are still "pending." I've heard from others on the cruise that some of their bids show expired so trying to figure out if we still have a chance with all these bids still pending.

 

Mine was pending until three hours AFTER we sailed. LOL

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