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Old 05-05-2006, 08:39 AM
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We have an Ocean View Guaranteed Stateroom. My understanding is sometimes you are upgraded. Is it better to board the ship early or later, for chances of getting a better upgrade?

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Old 05-05-2006, 09:45 AM
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You should know at the time you get your cruise documents if you have been upgraded.
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Old 05-12-2006, 08:08 PM
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I booked a "Guaranteed 1A" on the Canival Glory Last Year. That is the cheapest room avialable with an upper and a lower berth on the lowest deck on the ship.

To my suprise, they upgraded me to a Category 4B - an inside cabin one deck higher with 2 single beds pushed together into a king sized bed. If I had booked the room I got, it would have been an extra $300. This year I travelled on the Victory, I booked a cat 8A, and they gave me an instant upgrade to an 8C - my 4th trip with Carnival.

The upgrading procedures are done well in advance of boarding. I don't know the exact procedures they use, but reservation date - earlier the better, and previous cruises with Carnival are also factors.

Carnival does tend to look after its repeat customers, as thanks for your business
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Old 05-12-2006, 08:57 PM
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Our last three cruises have all been guarantee bookings. So far each has given us an upgrade.
Granted it is not always a huge upgrade, but if you book a guarantee at the lowest grade you would be happy with, then you have nothing to lose. FOr our Alaskan trip, we booked interior and they moved us to a Frenchdoor Oceanview. So, like you we got a good deal.

As far as what time to board, look down the Carnival forumn and read the thread on that subject. Titled "What's the best time to board."
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Old 05-15-2006, 02:18 AM
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We have sailed twice with Carnival booking guarentees with both. The first was a guarenteed balcony and we got upgraded to a Balcony Suite, we were surely spoiled then, it was FANTASTIC... last cruise we booked a guarenteed oceanview and might have gotten upgraded to a higher category oceanview but we booked so far in advace that our travel agent with Carnival practically guaranteed us a balcony upgrade which didn't happen when we recieved our tickets. Two weeks prior to cruising we called and paid the extra $400 to upgrade to a balcony and were glad that we did. My parents did have a nice oceanview stateroom up on the Spa Deck which had a HUGE panoramic window for them and they could see everywhere but I like balconies especially at night time and when I just want to get away from the family....
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Old 05-15-2006, 08:14 AM
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Been in that panoramic oceanview cabin. It is really nice. You have your own little table/sitting area in the window space that you don't get in a normal oceanview stateroom. Almost like a mini suite. The windows goes floor to ceiling/wall to wall. The only drawback is that you can't go out on the balcony (because it doesn't have one), but if you don't need that, its a great room.

I just haven;t found the need to do the balcony. Not worth the extra cost to me. Of course we have been sailing with our two girls lately. Once the wife and I are solo, it might be nice to have the balcony.

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