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I was wondering if the lower capacity numbers during COVID would make it more likely that a Royal Up bid will be accepted? Does any who has sailed since the restart have any feedback/advice regarding thier Royal Up Bids? Do you feel the capacity of the ship had any effect?

I feel like if they are forced to sail at 50%-60% then they would have to block off a lot of cabins across all classes. So, I assume there would be more availablilty for people to get thier Royal Up bids accepted? 

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Yes - there have been lots of Royal Up bid win stories with the reduced capacity here. I went from a GTY Balcony to a Junior Suite for a bit over the minimum bid, but there are even some stories here of people winning Star Class bids and getting all of the benefits of that experience. 

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This past October I went from a balcony to a Grande Suite.  My bid was over the minimum bid.  I did so because my balcony room was a free casino room (paid port charges and taxes). Since original balcony room was really cheap, and I really wanted to try the grande suite, I made sure my bid reflected that.  At the end, I still got the grande suite way less than half of what it was going for on the internet.  

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Generally, yes, lower capacity increases your chances, but it is somewhat sailing/cabin category dependent.  I got both upgrades for our AOS sailing in August for incredibly low bids (GS to OS for one week, JS to OS for the next week) but for my upcoming sailing next week, low bids (even solid medium high bids) are not winning for JS and above.  Inside to OV or Balcony are much easier.  

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22 minutes ago, atseau said:

Quick Question Do the bid prices ever go down or up or do they stay the same?

I have observed that the minimum bid does go up and down.  One time I saw it go up after I submitted a bid so I deleted my bid and it went back down.  Apparently I was the one causing the minimum bid to go up and down.  

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My Royal Up bid was just accepted this morning a full two weeks ahead of the sail date. My bid was right in the middle of the "Fair" category.

I'm thinking that I  probably could have gotten it a lower price, but I got our original fare so low with a re-price that our total price after the upgrade is still more than worth it!

BTW, does anyone know when our eDocs with the new luggage tags might be updated? Our Set Sail passes are updated on the app and on the website, but the eDoc PDF still have our previous deck and room number listed.

***UPDATE*** I asked Royal Caribbean through a DM on Twitter about new eDocs. In UNDER 2 MINUTES, I received a response that I should expect new eDocs within 48 hours of my bid being accepted.

***UPDATE 2*** Exactly 7 hours after received my Royal Up upgrade email, I received an email containing my new eDocs.

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3 hours ago, SPS said:

My Royal Up bid was just accepted this morning a full two weeks ahead of the sail date. My bid was right in the middle of the "Fair" category.

 

I haven't heard about my RoyalUp on that sailing, yet.  What categories did you move from/to?  And most of all, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

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I was not going to bid on a balcony, but I checked this week on the bid I do have for a neighborhood interior and saw for the balcony category a notice, "Pricing above reflects a 25% discount to normal bid pricing. Act fast as this promotion is only valid until Jan 31, 2022" 

Has anyone else seen this in RoyalUp? Is it normal? Might it go lower?  It's extremely tempting as I have never had a balcony.

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32 minutes ago, The Fox said:

Just received our Royal Up on the Oasis, Jan 30, from Interior to Neighborhood View with a minimum bid. Docs came today too.

Did they send you an invite or did you go on the web page and just checck if u could? 

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3 hours ago, SpeedNoodles said:

I haven't heard about my RoyalUp on that sailing, yet.  What categories did you move from/to?  And most of all, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

We went from Interior to Balcony. We generally cheap out and get an interior room so we can put more money toward excursions, dining, drinks, etc. We have a real "just get us on the ship!" mentality. 😆

Like I said, though, our fare ended up being so low that bidding extra to get a balcony was still more than reasonable.

PS: Don't tell my wife we got a balcony, it's a surprise! 😆

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4 minutes ago, SPS said:

We went from Interior to Balcony. We generally cheap out and get an interior room so we can put more money toward excursions, dining, drinks, etc. We have a real "just get us on the ship!" mentality. 😆

Like I said, though, our fare ended up being so low that bidding extra to get a balcony was still more than reasonable.

PS: Don't tell my wife we got a balcony, it's a surprise! 😆

That will be such a FUN surprise!  I'm so happy for you guys!!!!

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23 hours ago, SpeedNoodles said:

I haven't heard about my RoyalUp on that sailing, yet.  What categories did you move from/to?  And most of all, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

I never received anything on Royal up for my February sailings.  However, when I went to the royalup website and put in my reservation number it showed the bids available to me.  Same happened for my January cruise, but I did receive one for my March cruise.  Seems to be an issue somewhere!

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