Bidding on Upgrades

Hey there Cruiseline guru's,

I keep seeing posts re: bidding to upgrade rooms. I've never heard of this, and I had a couple questions about the process.

1. Is this available on all lines?

2. Where do I look to find out more about the process...I have not seen it posted on Carnival or Princess sites, and I've searched a bit and read all the FAQ.

3. What is a reasonable amount to bid?

Thanks, in advance, for the info.

Good Cruising!

Tags: Princess Cruises

8 Answers

Norwegian now does this.

I’m not sure about the other lines. I have cruises booked on MSC and Carnival in the coming months and haven’t had any upgrade bidding offers.

Norwegian is the only line that I know of that does the bidding for upgrades. They have a phone line and department dedicated to it. Most other cruise lines may email or call you with an upgrade offer.

I received an offer to place a bid on our upcoming cruise. Unfortunately, we require an accessible cabin and we don’t know the exact cabin we would be bidding on. They only offer the category.

‘This was in my NCL message box

Upgrade Advantage - how it works.

Welcome to Upgrade Advantage. In just a few clicks, you can submit an offer to upgrade your stateroom on your upcoming cruise.

Browse through the stateroom options below. Making offers on multiple rooms will increase your chances of getting upgraded, but you'll only ever pay for one upgrade.

Here's how it works:

Name your bid to upgrade your stateroom on your upcoming cruise, then click Continue. We'll notify you via email if your request for an upgrade has been approved.

If your offer is accepted, you'll be charged for the upgrade. If not, you pay nothing and keep the stateroom you have.

Offers are based on two occupants per stateroom for the entire duration of the cruise - only the first and second guest will be charged.

This is something NCL implemented fairly recently and you do not have to look for it. Your message box on their site and your email will be actively spammed with requests to bid on upgrades. Used to be that they would email or offer a variety of upgrades or you could call them and try to negotiate one for the better rooms that remained unbooked close to the sail date. Now you may put a bid of whatever you are willing to pay to upgrade your room so in theory you could purchase a sail away inside (cheapest cabin) and bid 1 dollar and upgrade to a suite. In the real world of course we know it does not work that way but you get the gist of it.

Haven't yet cruised NCL, but I understand the process now. Thanks for the helpful tips everyone!

Neither Carnival nor Princess do it!

It’s also based on your original booking. We have an inside, so we wouldn’t be asked to bid on a suite or the Haven. If we had a balcony cabin, yeah, those might be options. But we were offered an OV or balcony.


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