Yes, I have noticed that too. I booked via a rep so if you booked via Cunard direct, I would contact them and ask about an upgrade. We were upgraded via the rep but still paid more than I am seeing it for now. I have consoled myself with the fact that I was happy to pay it at the time and at least my mind was at rest that it was booked and I could relax. Good luck.
We sat with people on our last cruise same thing. What they did was cancel their original booking, and then purchase from an agency at reduced price. Although they had to pay a cancellation fee they still saved around £500 per couple by doing this, it might be worth checking out.
This seems to be the case a lot of the time... best advice is to shop around before you book. However, some cruise companies, especially on the internet, advertise cheaper cruises but then when you add fuel surcharge, taxes and other hidden expenses they normally end up costing mor.
I would agree with Mr or Mrs Burke, Look around on the net, on teletext and the Sunday papers and check to see what the same cabin would cost you were you to buy it now. Then it's a simply exercise to see whether by cancelling you can beat the price. I would also go back to the Cunard rep and see if you can get a better deal from them. The fact is that if you have the knowledge you are better off. So study before you make a purchase the same as you would before you have work done on your house, buy a new car or suite of furniture. The same applies to your ports of call find out what's there to see and avoid the crowded tour buses by doing what you want and save money as well. Good luck, Neil Dow.