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Old 05-01-2008, 12:33 PM
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we just have been notified that we have been upgraded to E731 {Mini suite,} from A505, would this be a good move on crown princess ? we have 48 hours to let princess know if we prefer to keep A505. thank you {p.s. we are new to cruising)
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Old 05-01-2008, 12:50 PM
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E731 is a Cat AD mini-suite, 277 sq ft. A505 is on a higher deck but is a Cat BC balcony cabin, 168 sq ft. The only advantage to the balcony is being mid-ship. The mini-suite would be my choice. Its larger and has a larger balcony but is an aft cabin (toward the rear of the ship). I'd take the upgrade unless someone in your cabin has a serious problem with motion sickness. Pretty good upgrade and rare to get it complimentary.

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Old 05-01-2008, 07:57 PM
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When the "upgrade fairy" shows up with an offer like that, jump at it. Don't worry about motion; you are low enough it will probably be smother there than midship on Aloha.

I've got E731 on Sapphire Princess in October. Maybe I'll get an upgrade to a Penthouse Suite . . . . .RIGHT!
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Old 05-02-2008, 03:13 PM
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This post is a good example of Princess upgrade system. A first time cruiser got an upgrade, not just to a higher balcony but to a Suite. Many loyal Captains Circle members don't like that PCL assigns upgrades randomly and that a first timer can get one when clients who have sailed 25 times or more may not. It is purely a lottery. Some lines do take into account the number of sailings or number of days sailed when assigning upgrades. With HAL, if you're a Mariner with lots of sailings, you'll be the first upgraded. Different lines have different rules. I think the random selection is the fairest but understand why those with long loyalty don't like the system. Rick, I hope the upgrade fairy visits you soon!

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Old 05-02-2008, 06:41 PM
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The "most traveled" passenger on our last cruise had 67 cruises with Princess. Makes my 40 look pretty insignificant. At least with the lottery system, I know I have as good a chance as he does.
 
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