I've read a lot of posts over the last few hours, and am wondering if I made the right choice in regards to my room selection. When I booked on the Fascination for 3/7, I automatically selected my room. Should I have selected a guarantee instead in the hopes of being upgraded to another level?
This is my first time cruising so I am still learning the tricks of the trade, and I am virtually certain I will be satisfied with what I got anyway (according to Carnival the day I booked, they were offering a free 4 category upgrade, so I booked a 6a, but am getting a 6d).
Also, It appears as though they have quite a few suites left with only a week and half to go to sailing, do they typically allow current passengers to upgrade to those suites? If so, what do they usually charge if we only paid $249 pp?
Thanks for helping out a newbie. Any other great advice would be wonderful!
They called us a couple of weeks before we were to sail and offered us veranda deck with obstructed view for free. There were 3 families with us and we all got upgraded. We had decks and were much more conveniently located. Don't know why they called us. They said it was because we booked early. I would call and ask very nicely if you can be upgraded...it never hurts to ask and you could get lucky. It was wonderful to sleep with the doors open each night.
It never hurts to ask. Even for a nominal fee, upgrading to a suite or better cabin may be great for you. That would be your option. By the way, IMHO, you did the right thing by reserving a particular cabin. With a guarantee, you never know where they will put you in the least desirable or higher categories than you have chosen. Knowing where your cabin is located gives peace of mind. You can't put a $$ figure on that. Have a wonderful vacation.
Unless you go to a suite the only differance is the deck, the rooms are identical in size and configuration on that ship. Also the chances of getting an upgrade to a suite are very, very slim. Yes it does happen but if someone tells you they booked the lowest cat inside and were upgraded to a suite just smile and walk away as they are telling tall tales. <G> The trick is to never book anything less than you will be satisfied with, period. Upgrades are nice but as pointed out, they may actually be in a worse location all the way forward or towards the aft where you hear more noise and movement. You also would not want a cabin right over or under the casino or bar. Upgrading and paying for it may work out but it may also be expensive. Your TA should be able to give you the best up to the minute advice on this.
JIM IS CORRECT. Got upgraded on Carnival from 6A to 6D, and ended up on Empress 259, all the way aft on ship. Felt every movement and wave. Never had an aft cabin before, and will never get one again. Just because they say it's an upgrade doesn't make it so. Next time, we go with an assigned cabin mid-ship.
I'm just shocked that you got the upgrade. I responded to that same offer, but told them we were working with a travel agent. They told us it made no difference if we booked with them or with our agent. I cancelled a tentative reservation with Royal Caribbean, who we've always sailed with, because we really did want to try something different and RC rooms are small. We booked the 6-A and gave the promotional code to our travel agent, we were even told we had to pay a $600.00 deposit within like 5 days which we rushed to do. Now, they say there was no guarantee of an upgrade, but I was told this on the phone just as you were and it was on the website. The one good thing about RC is you can pick whatever cabin you want, I wish we could do this with Carnival as well.
Wow, I'm really shocked, because I saw the upgrades available on Travelocity, Expedia, and Orbitz, and could select the cabin. From what I understood, no guarantee was available for the the 4 category upgrade. If you didn't select a cabin, then you were stuck with whatever they chose for you.