My wife and I just booked our first cruise with a travel agent for a 9/16/07 cruise on Conquest. We purchased a balcony cabin and just received the first batch of papers indicating a Guaranteed cabin. What are the chances we get upgraded from balcony if first-time cruising ?
Going on 1st cruise with wife of 7 yrs on 9/16/07 on the Conquest.
you have a chance since you booked early.
September cruises are usually full though, since it is cheaper to cruise during hurricane season. If you booked a balcony....there is not much chance for a "better" cabin. I've never had a bad view from a balcony.
You obviously booked a CAT 8 guarantee. This means you'll recieve at least a balcony cabin on the main deck (CAT 8A) or better and you paid less than an 8A outright. There's probably a good chance you'll be "upgraded" to a CAT 8B or C meaning you'll have the exact same style cabin but on a higher deck. Chances of being upgraded to a CAT 11 or 12 would be very slim. Your exact cabin assignment should be on the documents you rx from Carnival about a month before you sail. Then you'll be able to find you're exact location on the ship. There ain't a bad seat in the house on Conquest. I've sailed her sister ship Glory twice and it was AWESOME. You picked at great ship, fantastic itinerary, it's gonna be really difficult to have anything other than the best vacation you've ever had.
I will have to agree with the posts above, since it is your first time cruising you have picked a great ship, which has a fantastic itinerary. The Balcony is a very nice cabin on an upper deck and the chances of upgrading during the time you are going is not real likely, but just remember even if it does not happen you will surely have a great time.
My wife actually prefers the lowest available balcony. Likes to be closer to the water and can see the flying fish better. Watch for them in the mornings and the evenings. You usuallysee them out in the open waters, at first they look like small grey birds flying close to the water, then they plop back into the water.
Most of the "upgrades" just move higher up on the ship. They charge more for these rooms because of the tradition of the cheap rooms being on the bottom and expesive rooms on the top near the deck. There is very little real advantage to the higher decks on modern cruise ships.
I think the only real value of being on a higher deck is walking, my first cruise I was on the Main deck and I got so tired of going up and down stairs b/c it takes a while to wait on an elevator I guess Iam to impatient for that..lol but it really depends where you spend you days on the boat anywhere you go your going to have to go from one level to the next.
Once you are issued a cabin number, is it possible to get bumped up or is that it?
I've never been bumped once they gave me a cabin number. I would hate to get a cabin number, think that it's a good cabin, and then get reassigned to one less desirable. I once got an offer for an 'upgrade' if I was willing to pay extra, but the 'upgrade' they were offering wasn't worth the price they wanted to charge.
We have been quite a few cruises (11 on Carnival) and on four of those we have booked an inside guarantee. Three times we received an ocean view cabin and only once were we given an inside cabin. The three times were during the season when the kids are in school. So I guess the ship might not have been full so we were upgraded to ocean view cabins. When we booked a bacony guarantee last summer, we received the balcony on a higher deck. It wasn't an upgrade, but it was in a great location and we had no obstructions. By agreeing to a guarantee, it was a lot cheaper than us having booked that cabin directly. We have never been unhappy with any cabin on our cruises.
The best upgrade we ever received was the first time we sailed on Royal Caribbean (Adventure of the Seas). It was around the end of May in 2005. We booked an inside guarantee at a great rate. I believe we might have booked a category M guarantee. Anyway, when we got there, they upgraded us to a Superior Ocean View Balcony Cabin possibly on deck nine. It was cabin 9672. Of course we were estatic. And that was the first time we had ever sailed with RCL. We don't know how it happened. We assumed that maybe the ship had not sold out, but later that night there was a sign posted at the Purser's Desk that no upgrades or cabin changes were available as all rooms were sold out. We appreciated our good fortune.
It remains a mystery how people are upgraded, but we have been very lucky.
So, if I already have my cabin number assigned to me on the Legend (5/06) then there isn't as much of a chance of me being upgraded? I already have an extended balcony, so I guess the next thing would be a suite, I'm not that lucky.....
We went on our first cruise and I had actually picked a balcony and the cabin number i wanted. The documents came and it had the right cabin number on them, but when we got there it was a different cabin. We were upset but the lady at the counter said that they never give you a downgrade always an upgrade so we left it. Found out on board that it was a cat.12 so i guess they can change it after they send the documents.