Cruise: Many people are keen to bag a free upgrade when it comes to their rooms
Cruise ship holidays offer their passengers plenty to keep them busy during their trip. Cruises provide a plethora of onboard entertainment as well as stops at various ports. However, no matter how much you plan to keep yourself occupied, you’ll still spend a fair bit of time in your ship cabin.
Even if all you intend to do is sleep in your cruise cabin, it’s still key you’re happy with the one you spend your holiday in.
Many people are keen to bag a free upgrade when it comes to their rooms.
Upgrades can seem quite hard to come by, so how can you boost your chances of getting one?
A frequent cruiser has revealed one unlikely trick to bagging an upgrade.
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Cruise: Upgrades can seem quite hard to come by, so how can you boost your chances of getting one?
The top tip was shared on cruise website Cruise Critic.
A contributor to the site suggested that the best way could be to simply ask for an upgrade.
“Maybe the secret is calling without expecting anything and being very polite,” offered Cruise Critic member momoftwinteens.
The cruiser tried this tactic herself with success.
According to Cruise Critic, momoftwinteens “landed a free upgrade from an obstructed-view cabin to an ocean-view cabin.
“She made the telephone call directly to Norwegian Cruise Line after noticing a price drop once her final payment went through.”
Cruise Critic added: “Most free upgrade decisions are made by cruise line directors or other higher-ups in the revenue department.”
However, there are more guaranteed ways of getting a cruise ship cabin upgrade.
Cruise: “Maybe the secret is calling without expecting anything and being very polite”
One method is to go on holiday with the same cruise company often.
This is because cruise lines offer loyalty programs and are likely to reward members with upgrades.
However, you will have to cruise regularly with that company to benefit from these perks.
“An important point to remember is that the more frequent the cruiser, the more likely she or he would be offered a free or paid upgrade.
“Merely joining a cruise line’s loyalty program won’t get you automatically upgraded – even after you’ve taken a handful of cruises.”
However, there can be an element of risk when you request an upgrade. Cruise Critic urges passengers to be careful of what they wish for.
Sometimes you might bag an upgrade but you might not actually consider the new cabin superior.
One Cruise Critic member was given an upgrade the cruise line considered a bonus only to find it “directly underneath the dining room, where some pretty intense vacuuming revved up each night at midnight.”