I have read postings on several sites about free upgrades-especially on the Spirit. Is this just an arbitrary-get lucky-thing or is that an inquiry that can be made? I would love to be upgraded to a suite (wouldn't we all) and would hate to miss out on it just because I didn't ask.
On NCL I have found it is mainly pay for upgrades as in "upsells". They will call you close to sailing and ask if you want a higher cabin that they have available for a set amount per person. For me it was around $350 per person for an upsell to a suite from a balcony. We did not take it but it was nice to be asked. Debbie
Free upgrades is often misleading. You only go up a category or two in the cabin you've already booked. On all ships today, cabin size is standard for inside, outside, balcony. Going up a deck isn't really going to matter -- you'll have the identical size stateroom.
What doesn't happen with free upgrades is moving from an inside to outside cabin, outside to balcony, balcony to suite.
An upgrade is not always the blessing you think it is. For me, where I want to be on a ship is always location, location, location. You can be "upgraded" to a higher deck, but in a lousy spot (next to elevators or over a club or the kitchen) I know that some people have gotten lucky and gotten a better cabin but I think that is the luck of the draw so would not want to take the chance. For that same reason, I would never ever book a guarantee. You can be placed anywhere they want to put you and I think a lot of the time, it is in the cabins that do not sell. I have been in a few cabins that had problems, so now I try to pick very carefully where I want to be. My advice would be to study the deck plans, book a cabin by number in a good spot and enjoy every minute of your cruise. Never could understand why upper decks are such a status symbol anyway, there's a lot more motion up there and you could end up under the pool deck(been there) and its pretty noisy. Happy sails!
Thanks sealegs......its just a matter of mistakes I've made and learned from. A lot of people are flattered to be offered an upgrade, but sometimes it is so the cruiseline can fill a higher category cabin in a lousy location that didn't sell.....and then resell your lower category but better one to someone else. It's not because they like you, just a financial decision. Common sense really. Nothing's free in this world....we need to examine "gifts" carefully to see if they are worth opening. Happy sailing!