What is your tip (that you believe works) when seeking to upgrade to a suite.

I have often wondered how cruisers are solicited to upgrade to suites by cruiselines and travel agents and others are not. Do you have a secret you can share? Thanks

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So lets see..put it here and its a "secret"...just between us...cruise a lot...the more you cruise, the more they'll solicit you. then the real secret comes into play. The secret is that sometimes that upgrade gives you a great view of a lifeboat, or under a dining venue. PSSST...don't tell anybody...

He he..but there is truth to that.

I have a sneaking suspicion that cruise lines will put you on their upgrade list when it comes down to the wire if you book directly with them rather than through a travel agent. I'm not sure of that but it kinda seems that way.

Upgrades? A mystery for sure. Check your email- ya never know.

With NCL and RCL that has now become very easy. Throw money at them. The free upgrade offer or upgrade for a few bucks offers are gone from those 2 lines. They now post available categories and list a minimum amount and ask how much you are willing to pay to move up. If you pay more than they think they can sell it for your in .. otherwise your not.

OGW, you got it..ppl think its some kind of fair bidding, its not. You're bidding against the house rules, and you don't know what they are. further, is it a popular cruise?? is it sold out?? and so on and so forth. Which is why I laff at folks who "start" by thinking they're getting a bargain somehow.

You know that is what MSC does too. I think this is a fair way to get the mystery out of the upgrade and the Upgrade Fairy process. Hoping other cruise lines will do the same.

Gotta disagree. In this day of the internet, all it takes is starting to publish a list of all remaining available cabins, with an upgrade premium clearly listed next to the ones "so designated" by the line. Start say 30 days b4 sailing. And of course, do it real time. first come first served. no bidding at all. a cabin is worth what its worth, no more. no more difficult than buying a ticket to a ballgame, and they do it thousands of times too, in real time. mebbe I've cruised enough to realize the cruiselines have figured out a way to squeeze out more $$, but i bet theres STILL a bunch of unsold cabins, even on so-called sold out cruises.

Thanks for sharing. We learn as we go,

Simply pay a higher rate. Works every time.

Kinda takes the fun and suspense out of it that wayBig Smile

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