MY TA Karen from Uniglobe called Princess to see if I could get a refund. The new rate was for new bookings. They did upgrade me from a BA to AC minisuite.
My other family members were moved from cat. JJ to a BA and BC. From inside to outside with a balcony. How often does this happen?
> MY TA Karen from Uniglobe called Princess to see if I could
> get a refund. The new rate was for new bookings. They did
> upgrade me from a BA to AC minisuite.
> My other family members were moved from cat. JJ to a BA and
> BC. From inside to outside with a balcony. How often does
> this happen?
Not too often, but with the recent tragic events, they are trying to fill up the ships, so I would think upgrades are there, just glad you got some really great ones, congrats and enjoy the cruise.
The same thing just happend to my wife and I, We are booked on the ocean princess in nov and we had a BC guar. then we were bumped up to a BA. On monday the price of the BC went down to $999 per person. My TA called princess and they would not give the refund but we got a AC mini suite
the thinking in the princess sales dept probably goes something like this: ships sell out from the top down, and the bottom up, meaning the scarce supersuites and the reeealy cheap inside rooms sell out first.the cruise lines WANT to sell out the ship, because every passenger on the ship represents possible revenue, or someone who will spend money once on the ship.since the cruise lines almost never discount the supersuites, and they may have a bunch of unsold rooms in the mid-price range, they will take passengers from the lower priced rooms, bump them up, and open up the lower priced rooms, hopefully for the bargain conscious last minute traveller.the passengers who get the upgrades are happy, 'cause, hey, they got an upgrade. the cruise line is happy because it will probably sell the lower priced rooms, thereby filling the ship with money-spending passengers. with the events of 911, combined with a slow time in the cruise season, your chance of getting upgraded are quite good.
bravo for not cancelling, and bon voyage.
You seem to have described the dynamic correctly. The key question is why they don't just lower the prices on the mid-grade cabins to the point at which the passengers who end up there would book them in the first place.