Do you book Guarantee Cabins ? I do and I have got a lot of free upgrades
Not sure what you mean by guaranteed cabin.
I have yet to book a cruise where I wasn't assigned one at the time of booking.
We now book handicap cabins out of necessity.
Guarantee cabin - the cruiseline picks your cabin , most of the time it is a upgrade
the problem is, a lot of people book those, assuming they will get a huge upgrade, and when they don't get any, they complain to anyone who will listen ( and those that don't want to).
I think they use to be called unassigned/ category guaranteed. You pay for an interior, and that's your guarantee. You might get an upgrade to an OV, maybe a rare lower deck balcony. But it's a crapshoot. You must be a lucky one. We prefer to book a particular cabin, and not worry about an upgrade.
I do not plan on a big upgrade , have been very lucky, one time I booked the lowest inside cabin and got a balcony , that was my best one , that was on the Carnival Spirit
Rule of thumb should be; be happy with the cabin you book, at the price you book. Too many people think upgrades and price drops are the norm. Up sells are more common than upgrades. Price drops happen often, but not on every cruise. Can't tell you how many complaints deal with someone actually having to cruise in the cabin they booked, and that they paid more than the person who booked a month later.
again, for you new cruisers:
be happy with the cabin you booked, and the price you paid. Don't worry about the other guy.
I book what I can afford and 99% of the time I love it. Blessed to have had two upgrades in my short cruising career. That reminds me I need to get to work on my next cruise because I seem to be having withdrawals.
I do not care what cabin I have , I just want to be on the ship :)
I have never booked a guarantee because I like to know exactly where my cabin will be and attempt to avoid bad areas like being under the buffet (had a bad experience once with them moving tables at 3am) or near the casino (smoke). However, if there are lots of upgrades possible then maybe it is a good idea! I know on NCL they are very specific that it is a guarantee for the type of cabin you booked, so I don't think people would be/should be disappointed if they aren't upgraded.
If you do not care where your room is its a good way to save a few bucks.
Do not expect an upgrade it is rolling the dice. You could get a room your not happy with or you might get lucky. You will have no choice in the room and NO they will not move you to a room you like better once assigned.
If your particular about where your room is located do not book a guarantee. Also, even if you pick your own room some cruise lines might upgrade your room andmove you to a room that although an upgrade might not be one you like better than the one you picked so tell your travel agent if you are open to an upgrade or not.
I always try to book a particular cabin. We have received free upgrades but rarely. One time our family of four was upgraded to a suite on HAL because we were four people in a stateroom. On occasion we had to book Guarantee Cabin & have always been please with a small upgrade. One couple was dismayed then they got an upgrade but it was to a handicap cabin where everything was too low for them. They did not consider it an upgrade.