You aren't doing anything wrong. Guarantees are not available on every sailing and there are actually less of them then there were a few years ago.
They may be available later or they may be available for a certain time and then removed and later put back in.
The inventory management systems the cruise lines use are a mysterious and complex system that maximizes the number of bookings and revenue. How they actually work is something I don't believe many people know.
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I am not much of a gambler when it comes to my cabin. I book where I know I will be happy, with my set of requirements. Ending up under a lounge would not make me happy. Maybe less people requesting guarentees has changed the game. Sid, wishing you well, if you decide to roll the cabin dice.
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I think the smart decision when booking a guarantee cabin catagory, is booking the catagory that you want. Also, making sure where all those cabins are located, so there will not be one that is not to your liking. Then, if you should happen to be upgraded, all the better.