We're planning to embark on a cruise in about a week's time. This will be our first ocean cruising experience, so it will be a bit of a change for us since we're normally (but not always) "independent" travellers.
I had done quite a lot of reserach on the internet about various aspects of ocean cruising, but this was new to me. However, when I searched some cruising forums for the expression "Move over offer", I found that such offers are not uncommon, and occur because cruise lines - like airlines - deliberately overbook cruises and sometimes they don't get quite as many cancellations as they plan for. In fact there are some cruisers out there who relish the opporunity that such an offer provides. To receive one on our first cruise would be regarded by some as indeed fortunate. There is a theory that if you live in the departure port, you're more likely to receive an offer.