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1 hour ago, SilkShirt said:

I'm sailing on the Joy for 12 nights on 10-27-2019. Currently in booked in mini suite.

I'd like to get into the haven. The bidding range is from $500 pp to $2000 pp.

I'm a solo traveler so I need to pay double. There is lots of inventory available on this sailing. I'd like an idea on what to bid. Anyone have success with a Haven bid?

 

On the Getaway, I went from a large balcony (NOT aft) to a Haven Courtyard Penthouse (H5) for 705/person. Worth every penny (and then some!). Good luck!!! 

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For my upcoming Escape to Canada New England cruise I went from inside cabin on 9 to aft balcony on 10 for a 180.00 bid

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Well, seems like it's official....I assume that my upgrade bid was rejected on Pride of America. 

--Booked in large balcony

--Bids on Deluxe Penthouse with Large Balcony (750pp) and Owner's Suite with Large Balcony (1100pp). 

 

Cruise sails this Saturday. I couldn't wait any longer and called to ask if any owner's suites were still available...they said they were all sold out. She couldn't tell me if they were upgrades or purchased outright (five were available for purchase as of this past Saturday August 24). 

 

Ah, well. Hope this helps someone! 

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I’m currently in gambling mode, 12 days away from final payment date for all categories, and the rate for an H5 on my 5 night cruise has dropped $200 pp.

Do I wait and see what rates fall to past final payment,  or do I bid for a H5 when the bids go out- assuming I’ll get offered! 

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On 8/27/2019 at 10:25 PM, kayhil3 said:

For my upcoming Escape to Canada New England cruise I went from inside cabin on 9 to aft balcony on 10 for a 180.00 bid

Was that each or total ? 

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We have now been allocated inside IB on deck 5 Getaway, I presume now we have a cabin number the email will follow shortly....lots of availability in all categories so would that mean a lower bid for a balcony might work ?

 

what is the lowest anyone has bid and won from inside to balcony , not interested in OV ?

 

thanks 

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I recently learned that NCL uses a third party company called Plusgrade for their Upgrade Advantage program. https://www.plusgrade.com/partners/ 

The people at NCL have nothing to do with the bidding to buy an upgrade. Lots of airlines and other cruise lines use the same company. A computer algorithm 

 determines if your bid is accepted, not NCL management.

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2 minutes ago, SilkShirt said:

I recently learned that NCL uses a third party company called Plusgrade for their Upgrade Advantage program. https://www.plusgrade.com/partners/ 

The people at NCL have nothing to do with the bidding to buy an upgrade. Lots of airlines and other cruise lines use the same company. A computer algorithm 

 determines if your bid is accepted, not NCL management.

Yes lots of information about it in this thread 

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7 minutes ago, SilkShirt said:

I recently learned that NCL uses a third party company called Plusgrade for their Upgrade Advantage program. https://www.plusgrade.com/partners/ 

The people at NCL have nothing to do with the bidding to buy an upgrade. Lots of airlines and other cruise lines use the same company. A computer algorithm 

 determines if your bid is accepted, not NCL management.

 

NCL still determines the policies and goals that fuel that algorithm.

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On 8/26/2019 at 7:52 PM, alliecat44 said:

 

On the Getaway, I went from a large balcony (NOT aft) to a Haven Courtyard Penthouse (H5) for 705/person. Worth every penny (and then some!). Good luck!!! 

What sailing?

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4 hours ago, debgreg said:

We have now been allocated inside IB on deck 5 Getaway, I presume now we have a cabin number the email will follow shortly....lots of availability in all categories so would that mean a lower bid for a balcony might work ?

 

what is the lowest anyone has bid and won from inside to balcony , not interested in OV ?

 

thanks 

Getting a cabin assignment on a gty or a sail away has nothing to do with bidding.  If you are within 75 to 80 days prior to sailing you should have already been invited to bid, if eligible, they do not invite everyone, lots of travel agent bookings do not participate in upgrade advantage and also some group sailings are not given the offer. I've seen minimum bids offered on off season sailings as low as 50 a person not them winning very often but it has happened, what I've also seen in two plus years of this program is a lot of people over bidding hoping to get their cabin earlier which doesn't happen but it's allowed them to increase often minimum bids based on that knowledge of past data info

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Question what is the best bid I should offer:

 

NCL Escape- NYC-Bermuda November 15-20 2019

 

I see Spa Balcony is available, I can bid between $0-500 per person on slider?

 

I have CAS Comp inside room from a promo, not sure if anyone has ever gotten upgraded from those. I usually get Balcony for vacations, but thought it would be a nice budget short vacation before the holidays. Any thoughts?

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1 minute ago, time391 said:

Question what is the best bid I should offer:

 

NCL Escape- NYC-Bermuda November 15-20 2019

 

I see Spa Balcony is available, I can bid between $0-500 per person on slider?

 

I have CAS Comp inside room from a promo, not sure if anyone has ever gotten upgraded from those. I usually get Balcony for vacations, but thought it would be a nice budget short vacation before the holidays. Any thoughts?

I had a CAS comp inside room for a Boston - Bermuda cruise on the Dawn.  I paid for an upgrade to a balcony room, then won a bid for an upgrade to a suite.  I don't remember what all of that bidding and upgrading cost, but I do remember it was cheaper than booking the suite at the price stated on the website.

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6 hours ago, Nclgetawaymenhoney said:

Getting a cabin assignment on a gty or a sail away has nothing to do with bidding.  If you are within 75 to 80 days prior to sailing you should have already been invited to bid, if eligible, they do not invite everyone, lots of travel agent bookings do not participate in upgrade advantage and also some group sailings are not given the offer. I've seen minimum bids offered on off season sailings as low as 50 a person not them winning very often but it has happened, what I've also seen in two plus years of this program is a lot of people over bidding hoping to get their cabin earlier which doesn't happen but it's allowed them to increase often minimum bids based on that knowledge of past data info

Thanks, we are just over 70 days. I know our TA participates as we got the offer last time but I wasn’t aware some group bookings weren’t eligible ( we have 3 cabins) I guess I have to wait and see 🙈

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53 minutes ago, debgreg said:

Thanks, we are just over 70 days. I know our TA participates as we got the offer last time but I wasn’t aware some group bookings weren’t eligible ( we have 3 cabins) I guess I have to wait and see 🙈

I'm talking about a real group with group pricing, anyhow just because your TA used to participate doesn't mean they still do,  I would check my ncl page for the let's get you upgrade banner and also ncl messages

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2 hours ago, Nclgetawaymenhoney said:

I'm talking about a real group with group pricing, anyhow just because your TA used to participate doesn't mean they still do,  I would check my ncl page for the let's get you upgrade banner and also ncl messages

Thanks that's good to know, we only sailed in July so unless a lot has changed since.....I didn't get the banner or a message on my NCL account last time, just an email I found in my spam ?

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3 minutes ago, debgreg said:

Thanks that's good to know, we only sailed in July so unless a lot has changed since.....I didn't get the banner or a message on my NCL account last time, just an email I found in my spam ?

Yes, if you don't have email, banner or the my ncl inbox with it you are probably out of luck, not everyone gets the invite, especially thoughts booked thru ta's, it's also been reported that some people were able to call ncl directly and ask for the invite but that seems to be met with mixed success, if I was going to do that I would wait until the call center wasn't so clogged up with hurricane questions.  Good luck no matter what cabin your on a cruise 

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2 minutes ago, Nclgetawaymenhoney said:

Yes, if you don't have email, banner or the my ncl inbox with it you are probably out of luck, not everyone gets the invite, especially thoughts booked thru ta's, it's also been reported that some people were able to call ncl directly and ask for the invite but that seems to be met with mixed success, if I was going to do that I would wait until the call center wasn't so clogged up with hurricane questions.  Good luck no matter what cabin your on a cruise 

Thanks, I do remember it was about 50 days out last time but I booked it late and it was about two weeks after booking. I am not really bothered just one of our group really likes a balcony but the cost difference at time of booking was enough to book another cruise ha. They have dropped a lot since and the ship doesn't seem all that full (71 days out) at present but I don't think we can call and pay the difference here in the UK ?

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9 hours ago, time391 said:

Question what is the best bid I should offer:

 

NCL Escape- NYC-Bermuda November 15-20 2019

 

I see Spa Balcony is available, I can bid between $0-500 per person on slider?

 

I have CAS Comp inside room from a promo, not sure if anyone has ever gotten upgraded from those. I usually get Balcony for vacations, but thought it would be a nice budget short vacation before the holidays. Any thoughts?

The thermal Spa on the Escape is Great!

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14 hours ago, time391 said:

Question what is the best bid I should offer:

 

NCL Escape- NYC-Bermuda November 15-20 2019

 

I see Spa Balcony is available, I can bid between $0-500 per person on slider?

 

I have CAS Comp inside room from a promo, not sure if anyone has ever gotten upgraded from those. I usually get Balcony for vacations, but thought it would be a nice budget short vacation before the holidays. Any thoughts?

Our cruise last Jan we booked under a land based casino offer. We bid on upgrades and moved from inside to aft balcony. 

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When the OV rate dropped as low as what we'd already paid for inside, our TA called NCL and they moved us to OV no charge. Now we have a pending bid in for balcony. If the price has dropped, that might work for you. Good luck!

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Just received our upgrade confirmation. Booked a sail-away balcony for $329 pp on the Sun leaving 9/2/19. Offered $400 per person (the absolute minimum) for a Forward-Facing Penthouse Suite and it was accepted. That makes it $729 pp for a suite! Not bad!

 

Now just waiting to see if we actually get on the ship... Hoping Dorian doesn't delay too much of our trip (and of course hoping that the impact to other people and locations are MINIMAL)!

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Just received our upgrade confirmation on the Spirit for Sept 1, 2019 cruise.

Bid $500 CAD from inside to Balcony.

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Thanks everyone for the information, I have another cruise planned for May 2020 on NCL Epic in Barcelona.

 

For this one, I actually do have my preferred Balcony stateroom. However, after this cruise, I'll have enough rewards points from my NCL credit card to obtain "Meta category upgrade".  I think I'll try to use those for NCL epic to upgrade my Balcony stateroom to higher meta category for larger room.

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On 8/14/2019 at 3:52 PM, JamieLogical said:

 

You can find out if there are many rooms left by doing a mock booking on the NCL site. Note that will only show you a maximum of 15 rooms per category, but it's a good place to start. I would guess that with a Panama canal sailing, the balconies are going to sell out though, so your chance of an upgrade is low, even if you bid very high.

 

Jamie,

 

I am on the NCL website doing a mock booking. I want to see how many cabins per category are remaining. Im looking but cant find that info. Where do they post that during the booking process?

 

Thanks!

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