Go Back   CruiseMates Cruise Community and Forums > Cruise Lines (Mainstream) > Holland America
Register Forgot Password?

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old February 8th, 2006, 10:40 AM
Junior Member
Beginner
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 8
Default Guarantee + $99= Balcony?

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?
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2 (permalink)  
Old February 8th, 2006, 12:53 PM
Mike M's Avatar
Administrator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: You're Looking At Me
Posts: 23,860
Default

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.
Mike
__________________
Cruisemates Community Leader/Moderator

"There is a great difference between being well traveled and just having been to many places." ~Me

"Fear is the assassin of dreams." ~Me
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old February 8th, 2006, 07:58 PM
Fern's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 5,107
Default

Hi michiganjeff,

This is called an "upsell" and I would have jumped on it like you did! Upsells are relatively common, probably more than free upgrades.

The only problem is that once you have a balcony cabin you'll never want to go back to anything else !

Have a wonderful cruise!
__________________
Fern

"A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour."

Carnival Inspiration 2002 Carnival Elation 2004
Grand Princess 2004 NCL Sun 2005
Sun Princess 2006 NCL Dream 2007
Caribbean Princess 2007 NCL Dawn 2008
Island Princess 2008 Island Princess 2009
Golden Princess 2009 Carnival Conquest 2010
Grand Princess 2010 Island Princess 2011
Grand Princess 2011 Carnival Magic 2012
Carnival Dream 2012 Island Princess 2013
Carnival Magic 2013 Carnival Legend 2014
Sea Princess 2014
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old February 9th, 2006, 01:17 PM
Paul Motter's Avatar
Administrator
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: in my office!
Posts: 10,908
Send a message via AIM to Paul Motter
Default

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.
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old February 9th, 2006, 03:59 PM
Fieldmouse's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: California
Posts: 1,109
Default

Paul:

I thought that RCCI and Celebrity's specials were on Tuesday??
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old March 11th, 2006, 01:34 AM
Junior Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 23
Default People were really upset...

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.
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old March 11th, 2006, 07:59 PM
Fern's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Arkansas
Posts: 5,107
Default

Hi woodsy,

That frantic woman obviously hadn't been to these boards! (Or had a very bad TA.)

The rule is to NEVER book a guarantee in a category you won't be happy with. You obviously know that!

With most ships sailing full these days the "upgrade fairy" doesn't show up very often !

On all of our cruises there have been signs in the terminal and at the purser's desk saying that the ship is full and there are no upgrades available.

We like a certain area of the ship so we always pay a little more to select our cabin, but that's a personal preference.

Did you get a visit from the "upgrade fairy" on either of your cruises?
__________________
Fern

"A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour."

Carnival Inspiration 2002 Carnival Elation 2004
Grand Princess 2004 NCL Sun 2005
Sun Princess 2006 NCL Dream 2007
Caribbean Princess 2007 NCL Dawn 2008
Island Princess 2008 Island Princess 2009
Golden Princess 2009 Carnival Conquest 2010
Grand Princess 2010 Island Princess 2011
Grand Princess 2011 Carnival Magic 2012
Carnival Dream 2012 Island Princess 2013
Carnival Magic 2013 Carnival Legend 2014
Sea Princess 2014
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old March 12th, 2006, 04:39 PM
richstacy's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Denver Colorado, USA
Posts: 1,413
Default Re: People were really upset...

"She said she had booked a too-small cabin, expecting an upgrade! Does this happen very often? [/quote]

Only to the terminally naive
__________________
RichStacy
Landlocked in Denver, but cruisin every chance we get.

Polynesia, Carib. '86
Cr. Odyssey, Scandinavia, '91, 30 Day S Pac. 2002
Crystal Harm, Aust., N.Z., '94
Royal Odyssey, AK,'96
Old Cr. Pr. Canal, '97
RCCL, Carib, 1998
Volendam, Car, 2000
Ryndam, 35 day S. Am., Antarctica, '03
Is. Pr., Canal, 2004
Statendam, 34 day China, Japan, AK '06
Cr.Pr., Carib. 08
Eurodam, Atlantic, Med. '10
Golden Princess
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old March 12th, 2006, 08:22 PM
Junior Member
Passenger
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 23
Default Prefer suites

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!
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old March 12th, 2006, 09:08 PM
richstacy's Avatar
Senior Member
Admiral
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Denver Colorado, USA
Posts: 1,413
Default

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
__________________
RichStacy
Landlocked in Denver, but cruisin every chance we get.

Polynesia, Carib. '86
Cr. Odyssey, Scandinavia, '91, 30 Day S Pac. 2002
Crystal Harm, Aust., N.Z., '94
Royal Odyssey, AK,'96
Old Cr. Pr. Canal, '97
RCCL, Carib, 1998
Volendam, Car, 2000
Ryndam, 35 day S. Am., Antarctica, '03
Is. Pr., Canal, 2004
Statendam, 34 day China, Japan, AK '06
Cr.Pr., Carib. 08
Eurodam, Atlantic, Med. '10
Golden Princess
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
america, holland, upsells

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Balcony Guarantee chence All Things Cruising 10 May 19th, 2010 06:28 PM
balcony guarantee?? ferrangi Carnival Cruise Lines 18 December 7th, 2007 08:01 PM
Balcony Guarantee Dannysdad Carnival Cruise Lines 4 November 1st, 2007 01:52 AM
Balcony Guarantee luv crusing Carnival Cruise Lines 4 December 12th, 2006 09:22 PM
Balcony Guarantee Sunlover Ask CruiseMates Staff 7 May 15th, 2006 06:30 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


 

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:14 AM.
design by: Themes by Design

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1