As of today, Royal Caribbean cruisers will have the opportunity to bid on an upgrade to a higher cabin category.
The programme is called “Royal Up” and will only be available on select sailings.
When it is available, passengers booked on the sailing will receive an email notification for the chance to browse through a list of staterooms available for an upgrade.
Royal cruisers can then select an amount in dollars that they are willing to pay for the upgrade and submit their “bid.”
Each cabin category, from oceanview to the highest-level suites, will have an associated minimum upgrade bid, and bidders must put a credit card number on file when bidding.
If the bid is accepted, the card will be charged right away.
Bids are priced per person and based on two people per stateroom, but only the first two guests in the room will be charged (even if more are sailing).
Cruisers will be notified by email if their bid was accepted at least two days before sailing.
Royal is recommending interested cruisers to make bids across multiple categories in order to increase their chances of having their bid accepted.
Norwegian Cruise Line also introduced an upgrade bidding programme (Upgrade Advantage) last January.
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