I have booked my first cruise and it will be on the Golden Princess, RT out of Seattle to Alaska leaving on August 7th. We booked directly with Princess and have a guaranteed balcony. I'm curious what our chances are of being upgraded and if Princess gives a priority to the customers that book directly with them? I would like my first cruise experience to be a great one. I'm sure I will be posting additional questions as they come up. Thanks in advance!
We were upgraded only once - on our very first cruise on the Grand in 2002 - from a Cat. BC to a mini-suite. That was quite a while ago, and the upgrades don't seem so easy to come by these days. I try not to count too much on getting an upgrade and just book the best cabin I can afford.
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I just checked the cruise personalizer and although we don't have a stateroom assignment, it is listed as CAT BF. I did a google search on this and found a forum that was quite unfavorable towards this balcony because it's just a balcony that overlooks a walkway rather than the water. Do you have any recommendations?
Looking at the deck plan, there are four BF and four BE cabins forward on Emerald Deck. They appear to look out on the Promendade that goes up a few steps from Promendade Deck to continue around the ship. Golden Princess Deck Plans : Princess Cruises