11 Of The Stupidest Reasons Cruisers Have Given For A Free Cabin Upgrade

August 6, 2015

Getting a surprise upgrade on your cruise has to be one of the most exciting things that can happen on your holiday.

Just picture it; you’re checking in and the clerk behind the desk hands you your room key with the great news you’ve been upgraded. What could be better?

Unfortunately some people seem to think that a free upgrade isn’t just a nice surprise, it’s a god given right and woe betide anyone if they don’t get it!

Over the years we’ve heard a lot of angry customers demanding their free upgrade of either us or the cruise line direct but perhaps our favourites have been the patently absurd reasons, the ones we just couldn’t roll our eyes at then smile politely….


It’s my birthday

Which would be fine if you weren’t lying and the cruise line didn’t know you were lying as you’d just given them your passport at check-in with your date of birth in it!

It’s my birthday, can I have a free upgrade please?


We know we shouldn’t laugh but…

My pet pygmy goat just died and I’m really upset… but an upgrade on my cabin might make me feel better


Every man for himself

My wife’s pregnant and is really stressed and short tempered; do you think I could have my own cabin please?



I’m not ‘feeling’ the feng-shui in my cabin… Can I look at some better ones please?


Merry Christmas

It’s Christmas. No one ever cruises over Christmas so I think I should get a free upgrade!

Good idea… Except with the exception of the summer holidays Christmas is the busiest time for cruising!


Ummm, no!

I know I booked an inside cabin but I feel I’m much more of a ‘suite’ kind of person. Could you upgrade me to one of those please?

Don’t be ‘that’ person

I’ve personally met the Captain on three separate occasions… I’m sure he’d want you to upgrade me.


We stopped counting how many times we’ve heard this a long time ago!

grumpy man



We’ve just checked into our cabin and there’s no complimentary slippers. My wife didn’t pack any and now our holiday’s ruined. We demand an upgrade as compensation!


I’m claustrophobic… No one told me my inside cabin wouldn’t have a window!


You have to wait for the ship to leave port first!

The view from my balcony is of the dock. The brochure showed a view of the sea; can you upgrade me to a sea view balcony?


Trust us, there’s a right way and a wrong way to get a free upgrade on your cruise and all the above are most definitely the wrong way!

If you do fancy getting a free upgrade (the right way!) then you should check out our guide here – Fourteen of the best insider tricks for a free cabin upgrade (and obviously cross your fingers for luck)!


Have you ever been upgraded? What’s the stupidest reason you’ve ever overheard for someone wanting a free upgrade?

Let us know in the comments below…