How the Heck Do You Get Upgrades???

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Poll: How the Heck Do You Get Upgrades??
Poll Results
How the Heck Do You Get Upgrades??

Book a Guarantee Cabin -- in the hopes of an automatic upgrade

Just Ask!

Cruise the Same Line Often -- loyalty perks

Cruise Different Lines Often -- lines will court new passengers and offer upgrades

I'm Feeling Lucky -- no rhyme or reason to it

Get Cruise Line Branded Credit Cards -- offer perks like upgrades and onboard credit

Book During Off Peak Times -- more likely to get an upgrade when ships are not full

Take a Luxury Cruise -- all of those cabins are "upgrades" anyway

Multiple Choice Poll.

Voters: 161.  You may not vote on this poll.

4 Posts
Joined May 2009
I'm looking for the best way to get upgrades on cruises. This question is not cruise line specific, just speaking in general. Check all that apply, and comment on your experiences -- what's worked, what hasn't. What's the big mystery behind it all. Is there a tried and true way to guarantee you'll get an upgrade?
Petaluma, Ca. 94954
29,499 Posts
Joined Jul 2000
The system of upgrades is a closely guarded secret. No one has ever mentioned really knowing how it is done. Rumors have it related to demand for cabins- low demand in a higher level cabin will generate upgrades. But how they decide you get it, and I don't is closely held.

15 cruises, never a hint of an upgrade.
Oak Park, CA
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The most reliable way to get an upgrade is to pay for it. Other then that, there is no sure way.
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Crown Isle, BC & Fort Mohave, AZ
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I agree with both of the above posters...we have had a two upgrades in the past couple of years with Princess...but how and why we really don't why.
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The Third Coast - Nashville
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Joined Mar 2001
The times I've been upgraded were when I booked a guarantee. The cruise line upgraded me for free. Sometimes you get an upgrade, sometimes you don't. There are a lot of factors that go into their decision to upgrade.
south burlington,vt.
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Joined Dec 2008
I do believe the amount of upgrades are equal to the amount of people who attended Woodstock.......far different numbers in what people say and reality.....
North Yorkshire (UK)
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Joined Jun 2011
Not had an 'upgrade' as such, but did book a guarantee veranda suite, which could have been anything from V1-V6, and we got V5, which would have cost us more if we'd chosen this.

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.
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A couple of times we were upgraded. On my first cruise, we ended up with an upgrade that should have been considered a downgrade -- under a dining room and we heard vacuuming every night around midnight.

The last few cruises we have booked a specific cabin and marked it "no upgrade."
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82,812 Posts
Joined Aug 2000
To expect to get something for nothing sets you up for disappointment.
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!!!

IMO ....
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Originally posted by Steamboatin
Remember that if you are upgraded you will be getting a cabin that no one else wanted.

Thus, probably an inferior location.

Not always.

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.

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Welcome to Cruise Critic.

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.
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Originally posted by paul929207
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.
82,812 Posts
Joined Aug 2000
Why would any of us pay the price for suites if we knew how to get them as free upgrades?

And if we did know some magic method (which doesn't exist), "do 'ya really think we'd post it on a public forum?"

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Moon Township, Pa
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I have 67 cruises on nearly every line out there and have gotten ONE upgrade, on Regent.
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