THOSE "BARGAIN" UPGRADES....not so much..

I know we've played with this b4...but now Im getting the usual precruise "offers"...and as usual I got think about it, b4 I ignore em.  and heres why.

1. we spend a lot of time picking our cabin and its location...especially on BREAKAWAY and GETAWAY, because of the bump-outs...snagged those "corners" on all 4 booked cruises.

2. but even if we didn't have them, why should we give up what we picked for some unknown location?  not all those sexy upgraded cabins are sexy...veteran cruisers probably understand that.

3. why should we upgrade to get some amenities, which, aren't all free...or cheap, or needed.

4. while they may be a bargain, sorta...some of those upgrades can get you to massively "upgrade" the cost of our trip.  Enough upgrade $$ equal a whole nother cruise.."greed kills.."


The good part is, when these offers start flowing, it means the ship isn't sold out...which is fine with me.   aaaaahhhhh….space......

11 Answers

Good observations.

I agree not all upgrades are created equal. I am interested in bump outs you referenced.

Yes but, one of those upgrades introduced us to a suite! Come to think of it, that has been expensive as every now and again we decide to pamper ourselves. Hmmmmmm........

yes...but..."increased pampering becomes increasingly expensive..." that's not the original quote, and I don't remember where I read I apologize to somebody...probably daid anyway...

I toyed with the idea of starting nother thread, but in the vain hope those particular cabins stay below the radar, I'll just answer direct...knowing that any answer just makes the competition for em worse.

There are other ships on other lines probably similar, but notably NCL's BREAKAWAY and GETAWAY have massive "bump out" sections, fore and aft, to accommodate huge elevator shafts. Spotted em a long time ago while docked next to one of them..cant remember which ship it was. My eye was drawn to them, simply because they looked VERY interesting, even from the dock looking up. Looking at a ships layout makes it easier to understand. However, while some folks may argue that the difference of a couple square feet inside is unnoticeable, that's NOT why certain cabins become prizes...If you look closely at the "corners", fore and aft, of those bump out sections, you will notice that there are certain cabins whose balcony isn't rectangular. Its almost triangular.One side is the normal depth, while the other is significantly several feet. Two on each side face forward, two face aft. So there are 8 of these cabins per deck...The "wind" factor is unnoticeable to us...its not like you're out there in the breeze. They get snagged IMMEDIATELY< asa theres an announcement where these ships will be. We have the same cabin on BREAKAWAY for 2 cruises, and the equivalent on GETAWAY 2 cruises. Same upper deck, facing forward, near the elevators. (There are no midships elevators on these two behemoths) and FWIW....We have NEVER heard noises from the elevators, come to think of it, on any ship we've been on,. Either lucky, or we're both getting hard of hearing...but if the idea of these kinds of balconies is worth your while...reserving one of them waaaaay in advance is the way to go.

good observations but, some upgrades are pretty good

The only "upgrade" I have been offered was from a balcony to an OV. The payout was acceptable at the time, so I took it.

Never again, though.

Now if they offered me a suite for free. . .

Some certainly are LaMONTE...but what stops me first and foremost is #2......and 3......and 4...#1 is a fluke because of these two ships particular layouts...but the others? I hate surprises, and walking off the ship thinking..."well...I wont do THAT again...." or to paraphrase Laurel and Hardy (yeh Im dating meself)…"well...heres another fine mess Ive gotten me into..."

You wont get it, because of the stampede...led by me....and 12,000 of my closest new friends hehehehehehe

I don't do the upgrades unless I catch a great price and can choose a good cabin. The bidding process on NCL doesn't interest me because there are too many unknowns. I have to know what I am getting.


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