We are going on the Oasis this coming Saturday and were booked in a Junior Suite. This afternoon RCI called and offered to move us to a Grand Suite. Obviously I took them up on the offer. Our first cruise as Diamond Plus members and we get a 'real' upgrade. Cool.
Realistically it just means more room (about 100 sq ft, but a humongous balcony), a gold card, and access to gold card areas such as the private sunning area and bar on the pool deck, since we already had concierge lounge access as D+, and were getting double points for the JS. But still, I am quite excited about it.
A friend of mine is just one cruise away from making Pinnacle Club and it was only in the past 3 years that he finally got his first upgrade. I guess there is no rhyme or reason to it sometimes. I'll take them when offered, but if I never get another upgrade it won't bother me.
A real deal upgrade. From Junior Suite to Grand Suite. No upsell, except that they did say we'd have to pay the higher automatic gratuities they charge for a GS and above. This will be around $50 more for the staff, but I don't look at it as an upsell.
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Congrats on the upgrade. DW and I have been D+ for several years now. On our Allure cruise we booked the JS and when we got to the pier we were notified that we had been upgraded to the Crown Loft Suite. Congrats also on reaching D+. Enjoy all of the perks that comes along with it.
Congrats on the upgrade and Enjoy!! Looks like a beautiful cabin!!!
Maybe I'll be lucky too and have an upgrade waiting for me at the pier later when I check in.... I highly doubt it....
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Earlier this year I had booked an ocean view cabin on the Freedom OTS. About a month before the cruise I went on RC's "My Cruises" to do my online check in and discovered I had been upgraded to a balcony cabin. I'm only a Diamond level, so it was a pleasant surprise. In the right place at the right time, I guess.
If you are asking me, I have less than half the points you do. I was just in the right place at the right time. They apparently needed the cabin I was occupying and upgraded me to get it. It had an adjoining cabin, that was probably why. Also check your profile and make sure you have it marked that you will accept an upgrade. I think there are several categories and I marked the most flexible and accomodating choice.
I think the chances of an upgrade on a full sailing are slim, possibly his cruise still had some open cabins and they decided to upgrade in hopes of selling the less expensive cabins?? Just my two cents as to how this works, or doesn't.