How the Heck Do You Get Upgrades???
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Multiple Choice Poll.
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15 cruises, never a hint of an upgrade.
Grand Princess - Alaska - 8/17 -- Crown Princess - California Coastal - 4/16 -- Star Princess - Coastal Vancouver - 11/15 -- Ocean Princess - Western Mediterranean - 10/10 -- Ruby Princess - Eastern Caribbean - 3/10 -- Island Princess - Coastal 5/09 -- Sapphire Princess - New Zealand/Australia 3/08 -- Sapphire Princess - Coastal 5/07 -- Tahitian Princess - Tahiti/Hawaii 7/06 -- Island Princess - Coastal/Alaska 5/06 -- Golden Princess - Southern Caribbean 9/04 -- Sun Princess - Coastal - 4/04 -- Sun Princess - Panama Canal - 4/01 -- Carnival - Caribbean - 11/00 -- Royal Caribbean - Caribbean 7/99 -- Grand Princess - Caribbean - 11/98 -- Pacific Princess - Mediterranean - 11/97 -- Sun Princess - Western Caribbean - 12/95 -- Regal Princess - Western Caribbean - 11/94 -- Dawn Princess - Mexico 5/93 -- Dawn Princess - Mexico 4/93 -- Fair Princess - Mexico - 12/92 -- Regal Princess - Alaska - 5/92 -- Regal Princess - Eastern Caribbean - 8/91 -- Fairsky - Western Caribbean - 4/87 -- Fairwind - Eastern Caribbean - 4/84
Thus, probably an inferior location.
Hawaiian Islands - Star Princess - January 3, 2018
South Pacific & Australia - HAL Noordam - September 30, 2018
I really don't think there is any way to signficantly increase your chances of a substantial upgrade (sea view to balcony, or balcony to suite, for example), as it's governed by the economics of filling the ship - if there are more passengers trying to book lower grades with spare capacity in upper grades then some of those will be upgraded. However, if there is a chance of filling the upper grades with folks paying the full cost then the line will obviously take that option and turn down those wanting cheaper suites if the ship is near full.
2015: Oceania Marina: Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro
2015: Seabourn Quest: Route of the Conquistadors (Manaus to Caribbean to FLL and TA to Barcelona)
2014: Celebrity Eclipse: Icelands and Fjords (Round trip from Southampton)
2013: Seabourn Quest: Route of Magellan (TA Barcelona to Rio de Janeiro)
2012: Grand Princess: Canary Islands (Round trip from Southampton)
2011: Seabourn Quest: Adriatic Coast (Athens to Venice)
2009: Cunard QM2: Southampton to NYC and back
2008: Emerald Princess: Eastern Med and Greek Islands (Venice to Rome)
1964: Cunard Queen Elizabeth to NYC, back on Queen Mary - does that count?!?
The last few cruises we have booked a specific cabin and marked it "no upgrade."
Hoping for another trip to the land of Aloha!
Carnival Jubilee - Mex. Riv.; Sensation - W. Caribb.; Holiday (2Xs) - Baja; Paradise - E Caribb; Ecstasy - Baja; Star Princess - Mex. Riv.; Sapphire Princess - Alaska; Island Princess - Hawaii; Golden Princess - Hawaii (one of the best cruises ever!!!!); another Golden Princess -- Hawaii
Read about my most recent cruise at http://www.sites.google.com/site/holidayalohaii/home
It's good to keep in mind some people are paying the full price for those cabins someone wants a free upgrade to.
It's a great idea to book the cabin you know you will be happy in and if you are given something worth more, good going!!!
Remember that if you are upgraded you will be getting a cabin that no one else wanted.
Thus, probably an inferior location.
Sometimes they upgrade or upsell, to free up less costly cabins that are easier to sell than the higher priced ones. There are cases where people get a great 'freebie' but, of course, that is not the rule nor should anyone come to expect it.
There is no way to predict who will get a free upgrade. Some people are offered upsells.
Some people have gotten wonderful upgrades -- others ended up in locations that they were not happy with.
Still waiting for an upgrade -- have been offered upsells only twice.
Stopped counting a few years ago -- have done over 140 cruises.
If there was something you could do get get an upgrade, everyone would be doing it.
Paul hit the nail on the head!
We book the cabins we want.
And if we did know some magic method (which doesn't exist), "do 'ya really think we'd post it on a public forum?"