Almost every ship I have ever cruised had a sign at the purser desk indicating,
FULL SHIP - NO CABINS AVAILABLE
I have my doubts as to the truth in this, but they do not like moving
people around once their system has you in a cabin.
I am reasonably sure they have a cabin empty, just in case the plumbing
backs up in someones cabin. But, I doubt if you can get into it.
If you feel the need to upgrade, call your T/A. I have been upgraded
by my travel agent. I never did know what he told them, but it worked.
I too have seen them upgrade people at the dock for a fee, which is essentially the difference in the cabin prices...so even if they say "sold out" and you are willing to pay for the upgrade, it's worth asking.
What is everyones experience booking best available ocean view or inside cabin? I have booked best available ocean view .........where will we end up? Should I have booked a specific cabin? I am thinking the adventure of it all might be worth it!! Possibly a balcony for free what are the chances??
Wouldn't count on it, you will more than likely end up at the bow or aft. Both have more movement and noise than midship. This is not so much a problem on the larger ships however. Whatever cabin you end up with, just remember you won't spend much time in it anyway. I hope you enjoy your trip. You'l have a great time!
In 2000, when we checked in at the pier, they told us they upgraded us to a suite. We had a room with a window (Cat H). I don't know why. When you get to the pier, and after checking in, go to the pier coordinator. That person will be the one for upgrades. At this point you will be charged a difference. Most of the time it is cheaper thatn if you booked it from the start.
I just called my Travel Agent yesterday. I am sailing on the Monarch in Feb. I asked about upgrades and she advised that RCI wasn't offering any, but she did upgrade me from an Inside Cabin to an Outside Cabin with a Picture Window for $30.00. I went for it.
When I first booked the cruise in November an Outside Cabin was $200.00 more.
I hate to bag on "RCI" about this but "post-booking" upgrades have really gone by the wayside. Now this could be a good thing because upgrades at time of booking (sometimes at a reduced rate, sometimes free) seems to be happening more and more. Also, the balcony discount for past passengers is sweetening the pot (I just booked a balcony room cheaper than an inside cabin on the same cruise because I got my "Crown and Anchor" balcony discount PLUS a free air offer for booking a balcony).
Most cruisers will tell you that if you want or need a specific type of cabin, book it, don't hope for it. I disagree with some folks that say "you are never in your cabin anyway." A balcony on a voyage with sea days makes a balcony a real pleasure for us. If we are on a "busy" itinerary (on the go all the time), I don't care about my cabin, just the price so I can spend the $ off the ship.
If you think about it, why would they give you a free upgrade at the pier? You are already booked and are sailing with them and at this point they can't resell your room to a prospective passenger. They are unlikely to receive revenue from you while you are on board that you weren't already planning to spend. While they might obtain some goodwill from you, why should they offer a freebie to you rather than the person ahead of or behind you? At the point where you are about to board the ship, be prepared to take what you have booked, or to pay some sort of additional amount for a higher category stateroom.