Ever wish you could upgrade your stateroom on a cruise? Now, Princess Cruises is giving you the chance. You can now bid for an upgrade on your stateroom at the price you want to pay for it.
Starting on September 6, in partnership with PlusGrade, guests can secure a coveted upgrade to an oceanview, balcony, deluxe balcony, mini-suite, and even a full suite.
“Upgrading is a popular request from our guests and we’re pleased to deliver a process that lets them improve their stateroom category by making an offer that fits their budget and lifestyle,” John Padgett, president of Princess, said in a release.
How Does The Princess Upgrade Work?
The process to bid for a stateroom upgrade is pretty simple and straightforward. First, check to make sure your cruise is eligible for bidding on an upgrade. Once your sailing is within the final payment period and full payment has been received, you’ll get an invitation to take part in the program.
Next, you can look at the upgrade options that are available and place your bid to upgrade your stateroom to one above your currently booked suite. You’re encouraged to make multiple bids on staterooms to increase your chances of being upgraded and you’ll only pay for one.
If your request for an upgrade is approved, you’ll be notified via email. If your bid is accepted, you’ll be charged for the upgrade. If not, it’s still a win-win. You’ll simply enjoy the stateroom you already have and won’t be charged anything additional.
Your bid is priced per person and based on two guests per stateroom. Third and fourth guests in a stateroom are upgraded without an additional cost.
The option to upgrade will start on five North America-based ships: Caribbean Princess, Discovery Princess, Enchanted Princess, Regal Princess, and Ruby Princess. There are plans to roll out fleetwide by the end of October.
You must be 21 years or older to submit a bid. Your booking must be paid in full and the voyage must be at least 5 days within final payment. For a cruise 5 days or less, final payment is due 75 days prior to sailing and bidding opens 70 days prior. Six to 14 days, final payment is due 90 days prior, with bidding opening 85 days prior. If you’re cruising for 25-plus days, final payment is due 120 days prior to sailing with bidding opening at 115 days prior.
To learn more about Princes cruises, visit the Princess website.
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