Every upgrade until our most recent experience had been very good, however the most recent one that we've droned on about moved us from a chosen cabin to one that was below a potentially noisy area, next to a void which most likely housed crew work areas/quarters. These areas are also smoking areas for the crew, and can be very noisy with machinery or de-mob happy crew. We were very happy to be 'downgraded' to our original cabin.
btw not sure if this is a Carnival wide policy now or just P&O, but as we didn't state that we did NOT want an upgrade, P&O reserve the right to move you to any other cabin on the ship, without notice, and it only has to be 1 grade higher now, not one category as it was in the 2011/2012 brochure. Be warned, read the T&Cs every time the brochure comes out in case your chosen provider change their rules !!
Alan - I'll try & shut up about this now ;-)
Last Cruise: Royal Princess August 2015
Next: P&O Oriana October 2015
Then: Queen Victoria January 2016
Book a Guarantee.....Be prepared for the worst and hope for the best.
Book a specific stateroom you do not want to be moved from.....Advise whomever you have booked with that no upgrades will be accepted.
Book a specific stateroom and be willing to be "upgraded"......make sure you are advised of the change and able to refuse the upgrade.
Book a specific stateroom and get the "UPSELL CALL"......Before accepting the offer, make sure you know the specifics of the "Upgrade" i.e. stateroom location, whats above/below you, if it is in a location you can deal with for the length of your cruise, AND the total costs.
A knowledgeable and travel savy passenger will come out ahead in any scenario above if they are prepared and have done their homework.
__________________ Your Travel "angel" ~~~ Curtis
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