Luckily, this is how most of these threads finally end. A newbie dips their toe in the pixie dust post. We veterans do not sugar coat it. A few people get on and say they were definitely in receipt of pixie dust, but did not remember asking for it and agree it was beyond their control. OP comes back and thinks "hotels" usually have last minute discounts and upgrades. Veterans remind them these are resorts, not hotels. OP does not come back and thread eventually dies out, but is quickly replaced by another one. Resorts do upgrades when it is to their bottomline business advantage. I can say on my land/sea package in 2004, my mom and were upgraded from my annual cabin (5685) because the ship was not fully booked. We were upgraded from a interior cabin to a waterview cabin on deck 7 to give the staff a break. Ever since then, the last five cruises we went - we booked the same category. Now, that is good business practice for a resort business.