It’s always nice to get a little more for your money, isn’t it? A cabin upgrade on a cruise ship would be a great thing, if you can get one. While most upgrades are not free, there are some upgrades you can get for a small fee. But remember, it’s doubtful you will get to jump up more than one or two tiers on an upgrade; so don’t be hoping that if you booked an inside, lower deck cabin, you’ll be able to score a balcony suite for next-to-nothing.

Here are some tips for you to consider trying on your next cruise. While none of these ideas are guaranteed to work 100% of the time, you never know until you try.

  1. Use a trusted  travel agent who specializes in cruises to book your cruise. Check back with him or her about two weeks before your cruise is set to sail to see if there are any upgrades available.
  2. Cruise during the off-season, when there may be more empty cabins available. This increases your chances for an upgrade.

    Mentioning a special occasion may get a cabin upgrade. (Photo: melpomen / 123RF )

     

  3. Are you cruising for a special occasion, such as a birthday milestone or an anniversary? Mention it and see what happens.
  4. Don’t get the cheapest cabin in the first place. Upgrades happen from top tier down, so the higher up on the tiers you begin, the more chances of an upgrade to a nicer cabin. Cruise lines want their most expensive staterooms filled first.
  5. On the second day of the cruise, go to the front desk and ask if there are any cabin upgrades available. Why the second day? That’s when the cruise ship has confirmed everyone is aboard and there may be some people who are no-shows, leaving a nice cabin open.

    Larger ships may have more cabin upgrades available. (Photo:nik0s / 123RF )

     

  6. Some ships have higher odds of having cabin upgrades available, particularly the newer, mega-ships that have a lot of great staterooms, unlike some ships which generally have only smaller cabins and few deluxe cabins available. So do your research.
  7. If you cruise a lot, join your favorite cruise line’s loyalty program, where you will be offered an upgrade before those who don’t belong to the program.

    Joining a cruise line’s loyalty program can be beneficial. (Photo: netsay / 123RF)

     

  8.  Finally, there’s a way to book your cabin to give you a chance for an upgrade, and it’s called To Be Assigned (TBA). Basically, when you book your cruise like this, you don’t actually get to choose your stateroom; however, you are guaranteed a stateroom at the level you booked or higher, so you could get an automatic upgrade. Just remember, an upgrade is never guaranteed.

 

Article curated from Cruise Fever.

 

It’s always nice to get a little more for your money, isn’t it? A cabin upgrade on a cruise ship would be a great thing, if you can get one. While most upgrades are not free, there are some upgrades you can get for a small fee. But remember, it’s doubtful you will get to jump up more than one or two tiers on an upgrade; so don’t be hoping that if you booked an inside, lower deck cabin, you’ll be able to score a balcony suite for next-to-nothing.

Here are some tips for you to consider trying on your next cruise. While none of these ideas are guaranteed to work 100% of the time, you never know until you try.

  1. Use a trusted  travel agent who specializes in cruises to book your cruise. Check back with him or her about two weeks before your cruise is set to sail to see if there are any upgrades available.
  2. Cruise during the off-season, when there may be more empty cabins available. This increases your chances for an upgrade.

    Mentioning a special occasion may get a cabin upgrade. (Photo: melpomen / 123RF )

     

  3. Are you cruising for a special occasion, such as a birthday milestone or an anniversary? Mention it and see what happens.
  4. Don’t get the cheapest cabin in the first place. Upgrades happen from top tier down, so the higher up on the tiers you begin, the more chances of an upgrade to a nicer cabin. Cruise lines want their most expensive staterooms filled first.
  5. On the second day of the cruise, go to the front desk and ask if there are any cabin upgrades available. Why the second day? That’s when the cruise ship has confirmed everyone is aboard and there may be some people who are no-shows, leaving a nice cabin open.

    Larger ships may have more cabin upgrades available. (Photo:nik0s / 123RF )

     

  6. Some ships have higher odds of having cabin upgrades available, particularly the newer, mega-ships that have a lot of great staterooms, unlike some ships which generally have only smaller cabins and few deluxe cabins available. So do your research.
  7. If you cruise a lot, join your favorite cruise line’s loyalty program, where you will be offered an upgrade before those who don’t belong to the program.

    Joining a cruise line’s loyalty program can be beneficial. (Photo: netsay / 123RF)

     

  8.  Finally, there’s a way to book your cabin to give you a chance for an upgrade, and it’s called To Be Assigned (TBA). Basically, when you book your cruise like this, you don’t actually get to choose your stateroom; however, you are guaranteed a stateroom at the level you booked or higher, so you could get an automatic upgrade. Just remember, an upgrade is never guaranteed.

 

Article curated from Cruise Fever.