I would like to know how they do it, is it if you book a room way in advance you get an upgrade? We went on our first cruise in January on the Miracle and I had actually picked the room that I wanted (cabin 5208). When we received our documents it had the cabin I had picked, but when we went to board they changed our cabin to 4226. Just curious to see if it was because I booked it so early, because I really want to book another one and I'm wondering if I should book early again or not. Guess you could say that we had a GREAT time and I am hooked!
When you book your room, that room is reserved for you, but if a group comes along and also wants rooms, but they need them all together, you could be bumped out of your room to accommodate them. They also bump you up, so that you will most likely agree. Sometimes they also give upgrades when the ship is not full. They bump up all the paying guests, and offer the lower rooms at a discount, to encourage full capacity.
Please send the upgrade fairy to the Conquest...tell her to look for the "Jackies Friends and Family" group! We need miraculous upgrades! I had to book guaranteed inside cabin to stay with the group, when I really wanted balcony cabin ! If the upgrade fairy waves her wand just right, maybe I can get upgraded to an inside cabin on a balcony floor! Then I just have to hope there is a balcony room available so I can pay the upgrade rate for that. However, if the upgrade fairy is feeling extremely generous, tell her she can upgrade me to the balcony room!
BTW How are you feeling today? You must be tired after transporting all of those germs around!
If you are going to walk on thin ice, you may as well dance!
You know, upgrades happen all the time. It will depend on how full the ship is. I have been so lucky to get upgrades on all our bookings so far, and never had to pay extra. This time we won't because I wanted a certain room, or rooms. Planned these rooms down to how far the laundry room was from them.
Gotten rid of most of the germs, but some are still hanging out.
We always pay for the inside guarantee (cheapest cabin) and we have usually received an upgrade. You are usually upgraded only within a category: inside to more expensive inside, etc. I don't really feel that these are a big deal, you are only moving up higher on the ship.
Sometimes, however you get a killer upgrade, we have had inside to outside twice.
I think it depends on many factors, how the ship is selling, how early you have booked, if you have sailed the line before.
Princess seems to offer the least chance of an upgrade.
If you book a specific cabin, it is almost impossible to receive an upgrade.
I always book two connecting balcony cabins for my family, which are very few. Because connecting cabins at an upgraded level would be really hard to come by, I never expect an upgrade!
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One critical thing to remember is that the upgrade fairy visits on her own descretion, so don't book an inside expecting a veranda. I always book insides, but I'm willing to accept an inside stateroom. It usually comes out at about 50/50 odds booking an inside then being upgraded to an outside.