You should turn down an upgrade on a cruise ship because you might not be getting a better deal


CRUISE passengers who have been offered a complimentary upgrade during their holiday should think twice before accepting it

According to an expert, it might not always mean getting a better deal and could mean a worse room.

 Never say yes to a cruise upgrade without checking it first

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Sam Katterfield, senior editor for travel search platform HolidayPirates, told Business Insider that it isn’t always a good move if you have picked a certain room for a reason.

For example, a complimentary cabin room upgrade may make the holiday worse.

He explained: “When offered an upgrade, and if it is not complimentary, it is important to consider if the price is worth it, and to be sure that you understand what the upgrade entails.”

Sam explains that there are three things to consider when accepting an upgrade.


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One of the changes to consider is the category of cabin, such as inside or outside, balcony view or suite.

He explains that inside rooms are often smaller and without windows.

Sam said: “When faced with an upgrade proposal, make sure to check if you will stay in the category you have already booked, or if you will need to move up a category.

“If there is a cost involved, is it worth it?”

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He also explained location is important, with rooms lower in the ship better for those who are seasick, and in the middle of the ship for quieter rooms.

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Sam said: “For example, if you have booked your cabin to ensure that you are close to the spa area, you will probably want to make sure that your upgraded cabin is not located on the other side of the ship.”

Finally, he said the amenities are worth considering such as meal reservations or private service.

He explained: “When faced with an upgrade proposal, make sure you ensure that the amenities you have already paid for are still included in the new offer, and that the additional amenities offered are worth the price of the upgrade.”

Another way to get a bargain is to book a holiday on a cruise ship which has recently been renovated.

Instead of choosing a brand new ship, a newly-decorated cruise liner will offer a luxury holiday for a fraction of the cost.

However, don’t be caught out by daily charges, with a number of cruise ships hiking the cost of daily tips.





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