Dubious Upgrade

Today I received a notice that I’ve been given a cabin “upgrade” on the 9/22 cruise.  I’ve been moved from a forward window cabin down the hall from the International Cafe (which I specifically chose) and put into an inside cabin on the Aloha Deck that’s midship.  

 

I like the idea of experiencing a midship cabin but I wanted at least a window and I wanted to be on the same deck as the International Cafe.  

 

Anyone else ever have a “dubious upgrade” meaning an upgrade that seems more like a downgrade?

 

I’m going to think it over then perhaps call about it tomorrow.  Not so crazy about it right now.

14 Answers

JCOAKML-----Sounds like they have inside info that you have lost your mind or something. 

If in doubt AT ALL, turn it down. We were offered an “upgrade” once but it was definitely not one in my opinin. Plus, we were to pay more for a room we didn’t want, so I didn’t have to think about it, it was an immediate “no thanks”. 

 

Yes!  I think you’re absolutely correct.  It’s a crazy deal.  I called immediately after reading your post but they’re closed right now.  

 

I love Princess Cruises so I can’t stay upset at them too long.  And even if this doesn’t go exactly the way I want I’ll still enjoy sailing on them.  They’ve been perfect for me.  

 

JC.. Go with your first hunch... If it doesn't thrill you and you already have what you want... Turn it down.  I had one upgrade offer to a very nice suite cabin.  I thought about and wanted to try it.  It was a $500 upgrade and I was very happy about it.  But... I wouldnt  do it again.  That is my first thought if I get an upgrade offer?  Is it being than what I have and is it worth it.  

No upgrade accepted til I know the exact cabin position.

As much as I love Princess, it seems that they end up giving out way to many upgrades, many of which people do not want.

Although you can call Princess and have them mark your booking as "no upgrade" or "meta upgrade only", it defaults to "upgrade me without my knowledge" and no explanation of your choices.

While I would love to receive an upgrade to a suite, I doubt it will ever happen.

As it is, my favorite cabin location is "in the cheap seats" -- the lowest cost category for a balcony. Any regular upgrade would be, in my opinion, a downgrade. Filling those cabins is what the guarantee bookings are for. I chose my cabin location for a reason.

 

If you do not like the offer do not take it. If you already have the cabin you want pass on the offer.

We were given an upgrade once the day before sailing and it was a bigger cabin on the same deck...we were literally headed out of the door to the airport and did not have the deck plan in front of us.  I asked the logical questions: how close to the elevators, what's above and below, why is it better?  It sounded good as it was  a bigger cabin (for 4) and not near anything we wanted to avoid.  The problem was you couldn't sit on the bed and read because the headboard was configured for the drop-down bunk, the ladder took up a good portion of the closet (not any bigger than the regular closet) and it felt cramped. We were not pleased. So I recommend you call and ask details of the cabin... maybe it is better. We are far enough out you can get it adjusted to your liking.

K it’s all good.  I’m still getting the room I originally booked.  Deck 5 down the hall from the International Cafe.  I can taste the early morning hot chocolate and pastries already!  Five weeks to go!!!!!

 

You got it...the reason we book so early for all our cruises is to get EXACTLY the cabin we want, in the location we want....we have turned down upgrades...I think so far there have been three offered...you go online, see the ship layout, and ask yourself if you would have chosen that cabin to begin with...try to forget the price differential....sounds cold blooded and counterintuitive doesn't it? nope...never regretted the choice we made when we had virtually the entire ship to choose from.

 

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