So far I have gotten a mini-upgrade.
I booked a Cat 1A Guaranteed on the Carnival Liberty. Just this week I checked and saw that I have been upgraded to a Cat. 4A. Just one category up. Cat. 4A is also an inside room but it has the two bed which is what I like. The location is on the lowest deck but that is fine with me b/c it means that getting off the ship at port will be a breeze. This cabin is right over the gangway. Also it is towards the front of the ship and further forward of any of the elevator banks so hall noise and traffic will be minimal. I am quite content with its location.
In fact, the price of this cruise dropped a few days ago and I called to get OBC to offset the difference between what I paid and what they are now charging. The PVP initially wanted to give me an upgrade to Cat. 4C but those cabins are in the middle of ship on the Upper Deck which is directly over the Casino, Dance Club, Karaoke. Therefore, I turned down the upgrade and asked for OBC instead which they granted me. This was before I had a cabin assignment.
A day or two later I check and saw I as put in a cabin on the Riviera Deck. If the price goes down again, I will call back and see what type of upgrade they are offering then. I guess the Upgrade Fairy's Escalator has been at work because previously booked cabins are now becoming available.
Since I am a Cat. 1A guarantee does anyone know whether or not I stand a change to get a further upgrade or am I like to keep what they have assigned me thus far -- which may or may not be a better location than any upgrade they are likely to grant me.
At this point, if I can't get a windowed or balcony (not likely), I would just as soon stay where I am.
Since I am a solo, I always assumed they would not waste an gigantic upgrade (balcony) on me even though I am a frequent cruiser (not quite platinum).
(cruzin' solo by design)
Freedom ('09), Imagination ('08), Victory ('08), Destiny ('08), RCCL Navigator ('08), RCCL Majesty ('08), Glory ('07), Liberty ('07), Fantasy ('07), Destiny ('06), NCL PofAm ('05), Fascination ('04), Victory ('04), Fascination ('04), RCCL Voyager ('03), Fantasy ('99)