Much is made of upgrades....and the upgrade fairy is a fickle one....I know I book the cabin I want, on the deck I want ,near an elevator I also like to be in the thick of things, so ships that have cabins on the Pursers deck is where I like to be if I can...Sooo, if I got an upgrade, that just bumped me up a deck or two. and not in a great spot.. This would not make me happy..IF someone got bumped from inside to outside, or from an outside to a balcony, in whatever spot, or a a greater bump up..this I say would be great...BUT to take my chosen cabin away, to put me gosh knows where a floor ot two up..I would say..No Thanks...You??
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I stay on a low deck. Although I have always booked specific cabin, I have two guarantees booked. I am more concerned about these. Only reason I booked guarantee is that cheapest cabins were sold out. I sure hope I get one of the cheap cabins.
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First of all, I guess my fellow CruiseMates are not impressed with two-ategory upgrades that they don't have to pay for. As I said this a.m., the Upgrade Fairy has never visited us. And as I have also said, I suspect that we've paid too much in the past, but you go on CruiseMates not just for the social aspects, but also because it offers a wealth of information. I wish you gave typing lessons, too. ARRGGHH!
Anyway, this time, we were upgraded from a standard outside cabin to what is called an "Ultra Deluxe" cabin on 2 Deck. It ain't gonna be a "grand suite, I know. The restaurant changed from Caronia to the Princess Grille. Also on this deck are the Midships Lobby, the Purser, and the Computer Center, so it's certainly in the middle of everything.
The downside? According to the DH, after looking at detailed deck plans, it's possible (he's not sure) that this cabin looks out on the Promenade where people run. In addition, it's quite a bit further forward than the original cabin. Incidentally, we didn't pick that one, either. We were put on a wait list and did so willingly, because we thought the price was good, and because this is an historical cruise. The QE won't make crossings any more. Is all this good or bad? I'll know when I get there.
We always book a guarantee (we're cheap) for an outside room. We have been upgraded a deck or two most of the time, but once on the Pride we were bumped up two decks and as most of the activities were one deck below our original booking it was not a good upgrade. Instead of climbing/descending one flight of stairs we were taking the elevator.