As I have posted previously, I am taking the final voyage of the "real" Pacific Princess 10/27, and currently booked in cat. "C". I realize that my chances of an upgrade, at best, are slim, and would like one of the remaining larger category BB cabins, however, the current asking price is very steep, at $800 per passenger more.
I have read that Princess will sometimes sell an upgrade, if available, the week prior to sailing at a discount, rather than give the cabin away as an upgrade. Even though my trip was purchased through an agent, today I called Princess myself to see what they would tell me their policy is on this subject. The woman with whom I spoke, although very polite and willing to humor my inquiry, was somewhat definite that Princess would rather give the upgrade away as opposed to lower the price on the cabins, and that the price in place now (which she of course could not reveal, although I knew what it was) would be the same price up until the sail date, with no other reductions planned.
Does anyone have any first hand knowledge or experience with the purchase of an upgrade at the "last minute" as I am mentioning? Is it possible that my agent could get me a discount, say on 10/21, and this woman didn't either know this, or want to reveal this fact, thinking I may purchase the upgrade now at the current offered price?
Incidentally, I when I inquired as to the methods use to upgrade passengers, she indicated this this was executed entirely by computer, at random, based upon Captain's Club membership, and then booking date. From all the many posts I've read on this and other boards, I've never seen any mention of computers selecting who gets an uprade.
Any thoughts or information much appreciated,