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Old 07-15-2013, 11:07 AM   #16
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5 cruises (1gty category), no upgrades for free none available for $$$ at any price I would have considered a "bargain".

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Old 07-15-2013, 11:12 AM   #17
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On our first Disney Wonder cruise we had two inside Cat 11 GTY cabins booked and we got upgraded to two OV's on Deck 2 mid-ship. I was thrilled! :-)
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:38 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by jasmine91 View Post
Ok, we booked a navigator's verandah room and will be happy with it I am sure! But, it sure would be nice to get a verandah! We have heard that discounted upgrades are more common than free. We'll see!
We booked a 7A GTY and were upgraded to a 5B. This was not a discounted rate (IGT/OGT/VGT) but a "guaranteed" (GTY) room.
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Old 07-15-2013, 12:08 PM   #19
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Six cruises - on our first cruise in Feb 2000, we were upgraded from a category 10 inside guaranteed to a category 7 navigator's verandah. We booked the cruise about 3 or 4 weeks prior to sailing, and when we received documents in the mail shortly after we had been upgraded. On my third cruise (Oct 2009) we were offered the opportunity to upgrade from a category 12 inside to a category 9 oceanview for $99 total, which we took. We had booked about seven months prior to the cruise, and received the offer about two months before the cruise. That one was odd, but I have learned not to question things! We have upgraded at the port for a small fee a couple of times.

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Old 07-15-2013, 12:19 PM   #20
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I also booked a 7A GTY for Sept and just received my cabin assignment last week. Upgraded to a 5A

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Old 07-15-2013, 12:36 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by tweis View Post
We booked a 7A GTY and were upgraded to a 5B. This was not a discounted rate (IGT/OGT/VGT) but a "guaranteed" (GTY) room.
Same here. Had booked a specific inside cabin (cat 10A) while on the Wonder last year for the Dream this August. (They tend to not change your room when you have booked a specific cabin number.) DW and I decided to upgrade to a 7A. Cabin number went to GTY. Couple of weeks later the cabin number came out and it is a 5B.
Also cabin was upgraded on the first Hawaii cruise last year as well.

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Old 07-15-2013, 01:36 PM   #22
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On our first cruise we booked a cat 12 (GTY) and were upgraded for free to a cat 9 . The second cruise we booked a coveted SPH cabin and kept that cabin . The third cruise we booked 2 connecting cat 11C (GTY) cabins and were upgraded for free to a cat 9B . We have two connecting cat 11C cabins booked for our Fanatsy cruise next May. We have actual cabin assignments, so I don't know what our odds are for a free upgrade . We are cruising with a group of DIS friends, so unless we are all upgraded, I want to stay on deck 2 with everyone else .
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Old 07-15-2013, 01:45 PM   #23
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We have always booked specific rooms. It doesn't decrease your chance of being upgraded. Overall, it is a rare occurrence especially if the cruise has sold well.

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Old 07-15-2013, 06:08 PM   #24
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1st cruise in 2005 we booked Cat 12 and ended up with a nice Cat 11 on deck 7 aft.

The only other cruise we didn't pick our stateroom and put a 'Do not upgrade or change room request' was booked Cat 11C GTY. We were 'upgraded' to an awful, noisy Cat 9C on deck 2. Never again. Just because a room is in a higher category doesn't make it an upgrade IMHO.

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Old 07-15-2013, 06:11 PM   #25
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Old 07-15-2013, 06:40 PM   #26
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On our only cruise thus far we were upgraded from category 12 to a Navigator's Verandah. We were such newbies... We'd done no research, etc., but we were so excited after we'd picked up our documents from the TA.
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Old 07-15-2013, 06:43 PM   #27
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We've been upgraded on 3 of our cruises. Just little, baby upgrades - 9C to 9B.

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Old 07-15-2013, 07:02 PM   #28
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We are sailing 9/1 - originally had two Cat 9D GTY rooms, then paid $100 extra per room and upgraded ourselves to a Cat 7 GTY. Just found out this week BOTH rooms were upgraded to a Cat 5 ADJOINING rooms!!!!! So happy!!!!
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:01 AM   #29
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Originally Posted by Silverfox97 View Post
Just because a room is in a higher category doesn't make it an upgrade IMHO.

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I definitely agree with that statement, and you have to watch Disney on it as well because they try this a lot I think. They have tried it on us twice, but I had no problems getting them to switch us back to the stateroom that we had picked specifically. If you get a "so called" upgrade in advance of the cruise, always do a little research on the old interweb to see if what you got is actually better than what you had.
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Old 07-17-2013, 05:04 AM   #30
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We have only had the mini-upgrades too. Twice 11C to 11A, once 8D to 8C. Twice same category as we booked.
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