I just received a phone call from my TA yesterday indicating that Holland would upgrade me from my HH Obstructed View Guarantee Cabin to a full balcony for $99 per person. I received an excellent rate and decided to pay the difference. Is this a common thing done on cruise lines? I knew I stood a chance of an upgrade, but I didn't know I would have to pay for it. Nevertheless, for $99 per person, it seemed like a great idea. Has this happened to anyone else?
A guarantee is never a sure thing when it comes to an upgrade and you usually don't upgrade between cabin classes. I.E. inside to outside or outside to balcony, so a $99 upgrade to balcony was probably worth it, especially if you feel that the balcony is something you will use.
Going from and obstructed view to a balcony is a good thing. BTW: You never mentioned what ship. If it is an S class (Statendam) ship a balcony is a min-suite.
I prefer a balcony and use it all the time and I would have gone for the upgrade. There are folks who spend little time in their cabin and don't care for a balcony and will probably tell you that the balcony isn't worth the money but once you sit out there and watch a sunset you won't regret it. I don't know anyone who has regretted NOT having one.
Take care and enjoy that balcony cabin.
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I have noticed that all the cruise lines have various sales promotions they do all the time. For HAL it is the "View & Verandah Sale" which gives people an upgrade for a very reasonable price.
This is why it is a good idea to subscribe to newsletters like the CruiseMates bargains newsletter. You get a chance to time all these sales.
Carnival does one-day sale every other month with up to 5 category upgrades. Princess does $100 deposits with $200 shipboard credit and free upgrades, NCL does a "Sale of all Sails" once a year. Every thursday is clearance day for RCI & Celebrity.
Seriously, if you have a regular travel agent subscribe to their newsletter, too. They will keep you apprised of all current specials.
When we were on the Zuiderdam last September, it was fully booked. I happened to be down by the main desk, and noticed they had quite a few upset people. They were being told there were no cabins available for upgrades so they would have to stay where they were. One woman was frantic. She said she had booked a too-small cabin, expecting an upgrade! Does this happen very often? We've been on 2 cruises and so far, have opted for a guaranteed cabin.
We had a suite our first cruise, but couldn't get one our second cruise. We thought a smaller cabin would be just as nice, but we were wrong. We spend a lot of time in our cabin, enjoying room service and our verandah. Smaller was definitely not for us. When we go next month, we'll have a Deluxe Verandah Suite. We're older and have decided we've earned a little spoiling!
Here's the thing Woodsy, you did it backwards. You did the verandah first, then tried to go back. Sorry that doesn't work. We had a good number of cruises without a verandah and enjoyed each one of them a lot. In fact, we had some cruises on ships that didn't have a lot of verandahs. O.K. I'll admit it I'm as old as the hills, well as ld as McCarrtney anyway. (see my post on the "Chit Chat" topic re "traumatic event.")
But then we splurged and got a verandah, and now we wouldn't book a cruise without one. It's like a car with an automatic transmission, (until you get to be my age and get that BMW M3 and have to have the 6 speed stick shift) Once you try it you gotta have it forever. Verandahs are just better. End of story. Now you are like us, you are addicted to verandahs. We are both spoiled. Welcome to the club
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