Originally posted by jacquelinec:
closer to the cruise, IF there are suites available (I have a BA Balcony) is it possible to upgrade to these at a somewhat discounted rate than now or do they just leave these empty?
No, NCL will not be given away empty suites. What NCL does is attempt to sell them to passengers already booked in a cheaper cabin. It's called an upsell.
Suppose an AA Owner's Suite is empty. Assuming the fare is $5,000 ( fares vary per week) and someone has already booked an AC Penthouse Suite for $3,500, NCL would offer the AA to the passenger in the AC for 50% of the difference. In this case, for an additional $750.
Then NCL would try an upsell on the AC from someone already booked in an AF Mini-Suite. Then NCL will try another upsell for the AF from someone already booked in a BA Balcony. Eventually, NCL will have some Inside cabins empty.
NCL's upsell department is very small, with just one working a particular ship. Their policy is,
"Don't call them, they will call you."
When you get an upsell call, people refer that as getting a call from the upsell fairy. Whether you get a call from the upsell fairy depends upon if and which cabins are empty, and what cabin you have booked. Sometimes, all the Suites are booked, and there's zero chances you'll get an upsell call.
I hope this explanation helps.