Can someone tell me if its best to just wait until boarding to ask for an upgrade or should we do it before-hand? We booked our cruise thru cruise.com. We are booked in a Cat. 8A on the Upper deck of the Conquest (family of 4) but,hey if we can get a suite...I'll take it. Thanks.
Location: Wisconsin....about 100 miles south of the Frozen Tundra and 70 miles east of Camp Randall
Re: upgrade request
Diane - those type of upgrades are soooo rare! Best is to call your TA and see what is available...maybe the prices can come down and you can upgrade for a small amount. Besides Carnival usually upgrades inside to inside, outside to outside and balcony to balcony.
Crown Princess 1/18/14....the NEW Me, Myself and I cruise!
Do not wait until you board. You can ask but I can tell you exactly what they will say. You will either have a sign pointed out to you that says "ship full, no cabins available" or they will tell you that yes you can upgrade and it will only cost you the differance in the price of your cabin to the suite which from an 8A to a 9, 11, or 12 would be as much as $500pp. Yes, you see people say that they got a suite upgrade from an inside but it is in reality very, very rare and it is usually because someone knows someone that pulled a string or two or called in a favor or someone got a wild hair that thought it would be fun to do. Talk to your travel agent, that is always the best way outside of actually buying the upgrade itself. Never book a cabin that you would not be satisfied with with the hopes of getting an upgrade as you will probably be dissappointed.
There are very rarely free rides and I always wonder about those "fantastic" upgrade stories.
I just got off the Brilliance of the Seas and saw their chart that they use for "upgrades".
Best prices were inside to inside (better location), outside to outside, inside to outside, outside to balcony, which we did. It was $ 200 each, to go from our H cabin to a D. If we had done it through the travel agent, it was the same $200 but for an E3. However, we knew what we were doing because the ship wasn't full. Yes, we got a good location but we still paid EXACTLY what we would have ahead of time and a D is the same size cabin as E3 only on deck 9 instead of 7. We were very pleased and I'd say lucky the ship wasn't full. The rule ALWAYS IS, pay for what you will make you happy, do not count on cabins being available on sail date and upgrades are not free at the pier
Trust me, the cruise lines know exactly what they are doing! There were people ahead of us wanting to go from inside to balcony and upset that it was pricey. They paid for an inside cabin and think they'll give you a balcony for $ 200? Nope closer to $ 800 EACH! If you pay for an outside or balcony, you have a little more bargaining power at the pier, but it will still cost you and usually per person.
My husband and I have been on 10 cruises and have been upgraded 4/5 times and it was always via our travel agent and we never knew until we checked in what we were going to get. We've taken to cruising 2/3 times a year now and our most important thing is to get ON the ship. The last 3 cruises, we booked inside and got upgraded to: balcony on 1, oceanview on 1 and well, the last one you can't really count as we were on the Sun Princess cruise that terminated in Hawaii (hundreds of passengers sick with the flu) -- we were allowed to stay on the ship for passage back to Los Angeles and they put us in a balcony (5 days of bliss).
Our best upgrade was an upgrade from a suite to the Owner's Suite. That was a treat of a lifetime!
I think the TA holds the key -- my guy loves to wheel and deal. And, of course we are ever so appreciative of his efforts!
All 4 of our Carnival cruises have sailed full and we sail at non-peak times. They will drop the prices the last few weeks to fill up the ship because having someone in the room is better then no one because people will spend money on drinks, souviners and in the casino if they are on the ship.
Definately have your TA ask about upgrades before you sail because once you get to the pier it is usually no upgrades, full sailing.
You might want to keep a close eye on the prices as the sailing approaches. If you see the prices go down call your TA and ask him/her to call and ask about an upgrade. It doesn't hurt to ask.
These upgrades can and do happen but to be on the safest side I would ask before and then again while boarding, you may get lucky then. I was upgraded from a inside on u-deck to a ov on r-deck. They said that was the best they had, so I took it a week later I call back and get upgraded to the u-deck with ov. Then I called last Friday to book another couple going with us and the prices had dropped so much I asked for on board credit and they gave me $450 back, I only got so much b/c I had booked 3 rooms, it was $150 per cabin. Not bad I think now I don't need to worry about spending money! Now last year when I went I didn't know about upgrades and credits, I got stuck with what I paid for.
Our May cruise on the Pride has dropped 250. pp. Ta said Carnival wasn't offering any credit but did get an upgrade from an 8C to cat 9. So for now we are getting a deal but I'm sure the price will keep dropping. Roger
check the price of your cruise and see if it's dropped. we got a choice of a 200.00 on board credit or a choice to move from a 6-A cabin on the bottom floor to a 6-D cabin three floors higher. We took the upgrade, although several folks have said we should have taken the credit. We sailed before on the bottom floor and it was a pain waiting for elevators and it was the last floor to be allowed off the ship, so it was worth it to us. That may be one way to get an upgrade.
I am a travel agent, and I had a client booked for her honeymoon on Conquest. She paid for a Cat 4A, and did not care where she ended up, I thien kept an eye out for the rates, as time went on, and ended up moving her 4 times to better cabins. At the end of this, she ended up in a category 6B, but on Deck 7, in the very front of the ship, she LOVES it!! As a extra perk, I seemed to have booked myself on the same cruise, her new hubby HATES that, but she is happy!
It is assigned as $150 per cabin, but since I paid for all the tickets (Christmas) I asked if I could have it all put on mine, he said he couldn't do it but when we get our sail and sign card he said to tell them to put it all on our cabin.