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Old 03-06-2012, 11:31 PM   #1
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Can you request a guaranteed Category?

If you already have a stateroom assigned to you when you book your cruise, can you request to change it to GTY?
Will the odd of getting an upgrade be better if you have a GTY reservation?
When I booked my 11C stateroom for my next cruise, they assigned me a stateroom right away becasue they still had plenty to choice from. Now I see they started taking resevations with just GTY catogory, can I request to have that instead? or it doesn't make any different at the end?
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Old 03-06-2012, 11:35 PM   #2
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If you already have a stateroom assigned to you when you book your cruise, can you request to change it to GTY?
Will the odd of getting an upgrade be better if you have a GTY reservation?
When I booked my 11C stateroom for my next cruise, they assigned me a stateroom right away becasue they still had plenty to choice from. Now I see they started taking resevations with just GTY catogory, can I request to have that instead? or it doesn't make any different at the end?

Here is my blurb on upgrades....more info than you wanted....but may help.

If you called DCL and "ask" for an upgrade DCL would assume you are willing to pay for that upgrade....but when DCL upgrades you on their own there is no cost to you.

DCL really does not upgrade out of the kindness in their hearts well, maybe sometimes they do sometimes!!!....But, in reality, they upgrade based on their inventory requirements at any given time. There is really no rhyme or reason or set pattern....it does not matter if you booked your cruise early or last minute, booked GTY status or got an assigned cabin, are a return cruiser or first timer, had a TA book it or booked on your own, paid off cruise early or at the due date, had 1 stateroom booked or many, had adjoining cabins or connecting cabins, booked onboard or from home, booked via phone or on the web, booked directly at the DCL site or with DCL on the phone, used DVC points or cash or reward dollars, yadda, yadda, yadda, etc.....none of these things matter in regards to DCL upgrading a cabin. Believe me, if there was a secret formula, the people on this board would have figured it out already!!! LOL!!!

You would find out if you were upgraded by checking on your reservation at the DCL site and seeing a change in cabin number if you were assigned a cabin or if you were GTY status to see if a cabin number was assigned. You can check the deck plan to see if it was an upgrade or not. If you booked with a TA they may call you if they noticed you were upgraded. Note....the category you booked in will ALWAYS STILL SHOW on your reservation but the way to tell if you were upgrade will be by checking the cabin number on a deck plan.

I like this website...

http://www.cruisedeckplans.com/DP/Main/CL-Disney.php

or you can find the deck plans on this Dis here....

http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/cruis...-deckplans.htm

Sometimes DCL will contact you and offer you a paid upgrade at a lower price than if you booked it yourself....and sometimes there is availability the day of sailing to upgrade at a signficant discount. You would do this at the port after you check in. You would head to the supervisor's desk and inquire about a paid upgrade. They have a chart (no one here has it) and they price the upgrade based on their chart but it is cheaper than upgrading ahead of time.

On the flip side...if you picked a cabin in an area of the ship that you like and you don't want to be upgraded then call DCL or your TA and tell them to put a DO NOT MOVE notation on your resevation. Some people pick a specific cabin that they want and don't want to be moved.

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Old 03-06-2012, 11:35 PM   #3
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A GTY booking doesn't mean that you have a better chance to get an upgrade. Those are few and far between and there is no consistent system to them being assigned. Both times it happened to us we booked a specific room very early. The first time first cruise I noticed it on our final payment receipt. Our third cruise it happened two weeks prior to the cruise after our luggage tags were sent to us so we just had the cross the number out with a Sharpie and write the new number.
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Old 03-06-2012, 11:51 PM   #4
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I got upgrade once out of the three cruises I took. I just see it as a game, doesn't matter if I will get a free upgrade or not, I will still be happy as long as I got to go on a Disney cruise!
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