Thanks Neil. It is interesting how they do it differently. Not to go down memory lane, but before CCL was a mega corp. you could actually call the "ship/sailing coordinator" and make a request. I have done it a few times when I booked the old "run of the ship" rates. I got this real nice lady once, and she told me my choices. The last time that happened was in '96 though. Then they started making you fax in requests. I don't think they even do that now.
My resident rates and past guest rates are usually the same or better than the Guarantees now, especially when the upgrade promos are available. So I have been picking my cabin the last several years.
Thanks again for the information, I love learning things.
Best wishes for the New Year,