Does anyone have experience with bidding for a cabin upgrade?

Does anyone have experience with bidding for a cabin upgrade on Royal, Celebrity, or Norwegian? Instead of offering free upgrades shortly before sailing, they send out emails to guests in lower cabin categories, allowing them to enter a bid (if they want) for one category or more higher.

I'm wondering what everyone's experiences are here with that, good and bad? And if you've done it, if you'd share what you bid and whether or not it was accepted? This has been around for a few years now, and MSC just recently announced they'll be doing the same thing.

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15 Answers

Well done Sarah

I've bid, but have never received an upgrade. I'm pretty sure it is because I bid too low.

Thank you!

Happy nice article!

We sailed on the Norwegian Dawn 10-night southern Caribbean itinerary this past February. We booked a family mini-suite with balcony. Put in a minimum bid ($600/pp, $1,200 total) on a 2-bedroom family suite with balcony, and to my great surprise, we actually got it.

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