We always get inside cabins when we cruise since we are on a pretty tight budget. For the past few years we have used a large agency not in our own city that was swallowed up by a still larger cruise agency group. We have already gotten one small price adjustment since booking for our 2002 cruise, & got one on our big "30th anniversary" cruise last year. Since we are not big spenders, & since our agent handles many, many bookings, would it even be worth a try to ask her to please contact us if she should see a chance at a balcony upgrade for a very minimum extra cost? Five or six years ago we sailed a new ship at a busy time of year. We were using a different agency then. About 3 or 4 wks. before sailing, our agent phoned to ask if we'd like a balcony cabin for only $l00 more, but we declined. We kicked ourselves once we got on board! If my agent asked me that now, I'd JUMP on it. We are dying to try a balcony! But aren't most T/As just too busy to be watching for that sort of thing to remembering they have some cheapskate customer out there wanting a deal? What would you agents out there think if a customer asked you to try & watch for a balcony deal for them?
Persistence! This will be our first cruise as well in Feb. After reading rates had lowered I called my TA. Initially she said rates had not changed....but after an upgrade offer, and persistent phone calls we now have a balcony for $131.CDN more than we paid for a inside cabin.Great deal! Good Luck!
Hi, I don't think anyone is a "cheapskate" we have to live within our means! I too love to pamper myself one week a year and take a nice trip, but I usually have to settle for coach rather than first class, but I still have a nice time and make the most of my well earned vacation! Your not "out of line" to want a bargain and that is what a good TA should be doing! Also keep yourself well informed of any specials you might see on the internet and contact your TA if you discover something that maybe he/she has overlooked. Happy Crusin'
Thank to all of you who answered & gave me the guts to pursue this. (Which I AM going to do.). Hopefully something good will happen, but if not, we'll still have a great time. That saying, "you don't miss what you've never had" has applied to us so far, so getting to try a balcony will come someday, if not the next cruise. And by the way, this is a SUPER SIGHT!