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#21
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Joined Dec 2004
This might cheer you up. We bought a balcony gty cabin on a Carnival ship three days prior to sailing. When we checked, there were only two balcony cabins available. Both were OK, not perfect spots but acceptable. We were happy just to get on the ship for the price we paid.

This was our expectation. So much so that we hardly paid attention to the subsequent assignment the next day. We do carry on only so there was no need to fill out any bag tags at the port.

Finished the formalities, boarded, and headed to our cabin. MUCH to our surprise we had been upgraded to the primo balcony cabin. Mid ships, high up, one floor from the pool and bar, quiet sundeck area just a few steps down the hall. I can only assume the previous assignee got upgraded to a suite at the last minute.

We often do late booking gtys. You just never know. Have patience, remain hopeful, and the very best of luck to you!
If you do not get upgraded it will still be a fabulous cruise.
#22
18 Posts
Joined Sep 2017
Originally posted by iancal
This might cheer you up. We bought a balcony gty cabin on a Carnival ship three days prior to sailing. When we checked, there were only two balcony cabins available. Both were OK, not perfect spots but acceptable. We were happy just to get on the ship for the price we paid.

This was our expectation. So much so that we hardly paid attention to the subsequent assignment the next day. We do carry on only so there was no need to fill out any bag tags at the port.

Finished the formalities, boarded, and headed to our cabin. MUCH to our surprise we had been upgraded to the primo balcony cabin. Mid ships, high up, one floor from the pool and bar, quiet sundeck area just a few steps down the hall. I can only assume the previous assignee got upgraded to a suite at the last minute.

We often do late booking gtys. You just never know. Have patience, remain hopeful, and the very best of luck to you!
If you do not get upgraded it will still be a fabulous cruise.
Gotta love surprises. We're looking forward to it to be sure. It leaves on our first wedding anniversary.
#23
San Diego, CA
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Joined Sep 2001
Originally posted by sopo1953
Don't like not knowing but we rolled the dice and will have to wait.
That was your mistake, but you live and learn, right? There's always next time!
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#24
San Diego, CA
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Originally posted by voyageur9
Our latest assignment was our best upgrade ... from an interior to a verandah.
Okay, but you leave out a key bit of information, in our view... where? Was it a fully obstructed veranda, or perhaps a cabin directly over the disco?

There are so many variables in cabin location, that simply saying 'we got an upgrade from an interior to a veranda' is not necessarily the whole picture.
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#25
NM Northern Mts
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Originally posted by my heart will go on
Gotta love surprises. We're looking forward to it to be sure. It leaves on our first wedding anniversary.
Congratulations on your celebration cruise! I'm sorry your are frustrated with HAL before the cruise begins, even to the point of saying it's the last time you'll book them, but fingers crossed for you for a nice cabin assignment and a cruise of good memories together. Maybe HAL will go up a notch in your opinion with a good vacation experience in at least a Signature suite.


I'm sure you'll be checking for your cabin number daily, and we'll all be checking here to see how it turns out! m--
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#26
Vancouver
109 Posts
Joined Jul 2014
[quote=sopo1953;54106889]We are four days from cruising and still no cabin. We have received two upgrade offers. The first was from inside to outside for $129 each. The second was for the exact same upgrade for $79. Fortunately we said no the first time. We have also declined the second offer. The categories they offered were in the bowels of the ship and far forward. We might still get assigned those cabins but we won't have paid extra. Don't like not knowing but we rolled the dice and will have to wait.

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You may be on the same cruise to Hawaii that we are (on the Noordam) leaving on Sunday. We have also received the same 2 upgrade offers you have. Can't figure out how a cruise that is listed as sold out on the website has cabins to be upgraded to. We're staying put. Maybe we'll get a free upgrade at the dock.
#27
San Diego, CA
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Joined Sep 2001
Originally posted by iancal
MUCH to our surprise we had been upgraded to the primo balcony cabin. Mid ships, high up, one floor from the pool and bar, quiet sundeck area just a few steps down the hall. I can only assume the previous assignee got upgraded to a suite at the last minute.
This is just additional evidence that the perception of a 'primo' cabin location is always in the eyes of the beholder.

For us, we would have declined this 'upgrade' in a nanosecond, as a completely undesirable location.

But to each their own, I guess, right?
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#28
San Diego, CA
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Joined Sep 2001
Bit of advice... Take all of the drama and stress out of cabin selection by avoiding the gaurantee, and selecting your cabin of choice at time of booking. Done deal, no drama and no stress!
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#29
USA
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Joined May 2016
Originally posted by KroozNut
Okay, but you leave out a key bit of information, in our view... where? Was it a fully obstructed veranda, or perhaps a cabin directly over the disco?

There are so many variables in cabin location, that simply saying 'we got an upgrade from an interior to a veranda' is not necessarily the whole picture.
Does hal have any fully obstructed verandas? To my thinking, pretty much any veranda would be better than an inside. While I don't want to be over a bar I'm ok with any cabin, front, back or middle. Some people are very picky and wouldn't like most of those. Just because someone doesn't like the wait it doesn't mean they shouldn't book a gty. If you don't want to that's fine but don't assume others shouldn't do it either.
#30
San Diego, CA
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Joined Sep 2001
Originally posted by Florida_gal_50
Does hal have any fully obstructed verandas?
Yes, Cat HH, of which we we were recently offered an 'upgrade', and which we quickly declined.

Originally posted by Florida_gal_50
To my thinking, pretty much any veranda would be better than an inside.
That's where our opinions differ. Location is so important to us that we would take an inside cabin in a great location over a veranda in an undesirable location anytime.

Originally posted by Florida_gal_50
Just because someone doesn't like the wait it doesn't mean they shouldn't book a gty.
Oh, but yes it does! If you don't like the wait, take that out of the equation altogether and book your cabin up front.... no wait, and no stress!
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#31
USA
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Joined May 2016
Originally posted by KroozNut
Yes, Cat HH, of which we we were recently offered an 'upgrade', and which we quickly declined.



That's where our opinions differ. Location is so important to us that we would take an inside cabin in a great location over a veranda in an undesirable location anytime.



Oh, but yes it does! If you don't like the wait, take that out of the equation altogether and book your cabin up front.... no wait, and no stress!
An HH cabin is an an oceanview not a balcony. Did hal tell you this? Take a look at deck plan. It someone told you that it was a balcony they were very wrong. I understand location is important to you and it's a great idea to book a room you are happy with. If you have a laundry list of wants I don't think a gty is the best choice. Others are not so particular. I book a specific room on occasion but I don't think I have a right to tell others what they should do just because they are wondering when they will land.
#32
San Diego, CA
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Joined Sep 2001
Originally posted by Florida_gal_50
An HH cabin is an an oceanview not a balcony. Did hal tell you this ��? Take a look at deck plan. It someone told you that it was a balcony they were very wrong. I understand location is important to you and it's a great idea to book a room you are happy with. If you have a laundry list of wants I don't think a gty is the best choice. Others are not so particular. I book a specific room on occasion but I don't think I have a right to tell others what they should do just because they are wondering where they will land.
Booking a guarantee is ALWAYS a BAD choice if you care about 'where you will land'.
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#34
New Brunswick, Canada
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Joined Feb 2014
Originally posted by Florida_gal_50
An HH cabin is an an oceanview not a balcony. Did hal tell you this? Take a look at deck plan. It someone told you that it was a balcony they were very wrong. I understand location is important to you and it's a great idea to book a room you are happy with. If you have a laundry list of wants I don't think a gty is the best choice. Others are not so particular. I book a specific room on occasion but I don't think I have a right to tell others what they should do just because they are wondering when they will land.
People could easily mistake an HH as a balcony from looking at pictures as it has the floor to ceiling windows that look like patio doors. (As opposed to port holes or the standard rectangular windows). Balcony STYLE windows would be the best description.
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#35
Oceanside, Ca
39 Posts
Joined Oct 2005
My cruise leaves in 7 days and still no assignment (though others on my roll call have gotten their assignments.) What was interesting to me is that when HAL pulled the sailing and labeled it "sold out" (a couple weeks ago) they still had 90 "unallocated" ocean view rooms (one of which was obstructed and two were port holes) and 30 "unallocated" inside rooms. Obviously all those cabins were for "guarantees." My booking is an "obstructed ocean view" and I am hoping that with so may "guarantees" and only one available "obstructed" cabin left they will run out of obstructed views....:-) We'll see....:-)
#36
USA
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Joined May 2016
Originally posted by Shih-tzu
People could easily mistake an HH as a balcony from looking at pictures as it has the floor to ceiling windows that look like patio doors. (As opposed to port holes or the standard rectangular windows). Balcony STYLE windows would be the best description.
I agree, if they are looking at pictures they could easily be mistaken. That would be easily fixed by looking at a deck plan. I like these rooms myself and book them instead of an oceanview.
#37
CO
301 Posts
Joined Jun 2017
Originally posted by KroozNut
We received our cabin assignment last December for our sailing next week, because we selected it and confirmed it at time of booking.
Wow. You mean booking a selected cabin and booking a guarantee cabin don't work the same? Who would have ever guessed THAT??

I'm sure that was very helpful for the OP.
#38
12,062 Posts
Joined Dec 2004
We never have any drama or stress when booking a gty. Sometimes it is a straight balcomy gty, sometimes a gty at a certain balcony category level or better.

When we book, we always assume two things. First that we will get the worst cabin in the lowest category on the gty sheet. Second, that there is no way in haddes that we will be upgraded.

Never been disappointed yet. Always been fine, more often than not delighted, with the assignment. Only once on a Carnival ship were were not thrilled with the gty assigned so they put us back in the pool and we pulled a much better cabin the second time around. HAL, Princess, Carnival, RCI, Celebrity, NCL...we have had gty's on all of them. All good.

We always assume that we will get the cabin number until the last day or day prior.
#39
Oceanside, Ca
39 Posts
Joined Oct 2005
I, too, have booked guarantees for all 43 cruises I have taken and been happy with every single one. I love them....it's like a lottery ticket....a chance to get more than you paid for...:-)
#40
San Diego, CA
5,887 Posts
Joined Sep 2001
Originally posted by Toofarfromthesea
Wow. You mean booking a selected cabin and booking a guarantee cabin don't work the same? Who would have ever guessed THAT??

I'm sure that was very helpful for the OP.
Just making a point..... not so subtle?
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