(Closed) Cruising in Style

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
4031 posts
Honey bee

@LaTortuga: Nice! hmm…we booked with Carnival and said it was for our honeymoon…no calls yet for upgrade offers, but crossing my fingers!! 

Post # 5
1491 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Awesome, congrats!!  I’ve heard the upgrade fairy on cruise ships can be very very random, so you are very lucky!!

Post # 6
7647 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

Congrats! We didn’t get upgraded BUT at dinner they sang happy birthday to me…and it wasn’t my birthday. I whispered to the waiter “it’s our honeymoon.” He said, “No, it’s your birthday. That’s what the ticket says. Someone said it was your birthday.” I said, “I swear to you, it isn’t my birthday.” We had a good laugh, and I got the piece of cake anyway.

The next day, after telling the waiter I was on my honeymoon, they sang to us AGAIN. This time about a honeymoon 🙂

Post # 7
722 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

yay for upgrades!

Post # 8
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Congrats! Lucky you! 🙂

Post # 9
9952 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012


Cruise Lover here… and I can tell you that the Upgrade Fairy indeed is fairly invisible !!

And her “gifts” are few and far between…

They say your chances are better…

IF you book far in advance…

AND IF you indicate that there is a Special Occasion on your Reservation.

Upgrades are typically given out on two occasions…

One round after Final Payment Date (so like the OP in the weeks just prior to Embarkation / Sailing)

And a second round in the last week / Days just prior to Sailing…

This last set is an attempt for the Cruise Ship not to sail with any empty cabins whatsoever.

They try to move folks up… so that they can sell out the lower costing cabins.

Many times if there are Upgrades at this round, you won’t hear about it until you arrive for Check In.  And then they’ll tell you that you got a Complimentary Upgrade.  The most often seen Upgrades are from Interior to Outside, or Outside to Balcony.

Upgrades to TRUE Suites are rare… but they do happen on occasion… interestingly Suites tend to sell out early.  As they are a specific level of cabin that someone wants to ensure they get on a particular sailing (ie a Honeymoon)

So @LaTortuga:  if you snagged a TRUE Suite on a ship you truly have been lucky !!

Lol, more so if it a Cruise Line that has a bunch of extra perks that comes with their Suites (ie on Celebrity they all have a Butler, FREE Meal in Specialty Restaurant, etc).  Check Carnival’s Website to see exactly what Suite Guests get that other Cruisers don’t.

Hope this helps,

PS… Agree that EVERYONE Booking a Cruise should always self-identify if you are celebrating a special occasion.  Cruises are awesome when it comes to great service & pampering… but they can be even more special if you qualify for recognition.  Special Drinks & Desserts are not unheard of.  And on some sailings they have Cocktail Parties for those celebrating special occasions… ie Weddings, Honeymoons, Anniversaries, etc.

BOOKING TIP – Anyone who picks a particular cabin for a reason on a cruise… such as centre due to issues with sea-sickness, and might not welcome the Upgrade to a cabin / suite at the front or back of the ship (where there is a lot more movement) should always indicate on their Reservation… PLEASE NO UPGRADE.  Because once they move you, you’ll lose your original reservation permanently !!

Mr TTR and I buy our Cruises with a long lead time… because we tend to get the best deals in general, and a full choice of cabins.  We choose a cabin that we know we’ll be truly in LOVE with (for our Honeymoon Cruise we had a Concierge Sunset Balcony on Celebrity)… so we’ve always marked our Reservations… PLEASE NO UPGRADE.  As much I’d love a Royal or Penthouse Suite (some of Celebrity’s Best)… I wouldn’t be very happy giving up my well chosen cabin for a relatively small Suite at the front of the ship, far from the action, and full of movement and docking sounds (dropping anchor).  Just not the type of cruise accommodations I’d enjoy


Post # 11
9952 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

TO @LaTortuga:  lol, it sounds awesome… I’m TRULY EXCITED for you

I LOVE Cruising…

And such a romantic way to spend a Honeymoon… all that AMAZING Pampering.

Enjoy !!

(Of course you’ll be super spoiled now with such great accommodations … And here is something to consider … the Best Deals for Cruisers is usually the deals offered on the ship to book in the future… little risk… and worth it IMO.  With Carnival you can probably book any in the “Carnival” family and enjoy a discount / added benefits… so not just Carnival, but also Princess & HAL.  So maybe worth a look see even if you aren’t 100% sure you could afford to go again in 2014 or 2015… In our case it was $ 100 down per person, and no other commitment until 75 Days from Sailing.  PLUS we got a good deal, an Upgrade, on-board credit, etc.  It was a no-brainer to book for the future).

Hope this helps,


Post # 13
88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@LaTotuga: I am so jealous!!! BUt congrats! I am now hoping, hoping, hoping that they call us too! Although, I can’t remember if I saw a place to put that our special occasion was a honey moon! I hope I did!! :-/


What ship are you on? And will you do the Cheers package if they offer it?

Post # 14
1340 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Did you get an upsell or an upgrade? Upsells happen quite frequently and you pay to move up, whereas an upgrade is a free, but rare. 

We orginally booked an inside guarantee for our Honeymoon; then paid to be put in a balcony after thinking it through. We booked three weeks in advance. We were expecting to get an obstructed view cabin, but Carnival upgraded us into an aft-extended view balcony. Our reservation was marked as Honeymoon and we’re Platinum.

TTR is right, if you have a cabin you’re in love in make sure it is marked “no upgrade”. We had to do this with our six cabins for our wedding cruise. Since we were all next to each other we were able to make an extra-long balcony.


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