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My family and I love cruising. If you've read my other blog posts, you know that this is one of our favorite ways to travel, and Royal Caribbean is our very favorite line to travel with. We love the ships, we love Crown & Anchor, we love the perks, and now there's even more to love with the ability to bid on upgrades using Royal Caribbean Royal Up. (read more)
THE ROYAL CARIBBEAN ROYAL UP PROGRAM
What is Royal Caribbean Royal Up?
In a nutshell, it's an easy way for you to bid on an upgrade for your next Royal Caribbean cruise. It's not a guarantee, but if you are happy with the room you currently have and are okay occupying it for your sailing, Royal Up is a great way to *maybe* get a better room for a fraction of the cost of booking that room as a guarantee.
If you definitely want a certain room, I recommend booking it, don't try to upgrade to it because there is no guarantee, and I have yet to get an upgrade (though I am hopeful with my latest bid, and I'll keep you in the loop).
In this post, I'm going to talk about how the program works, how to use the site to put in a bid, my past bid, current bid, and all the little details you might not be aware of.
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ROYAL CARIBBEAN ROYAL UP REVIEW VIDEO
If you'd like to see this on a video, including the actual navigation of the Royal Caribbean Royal Up page, I've provided that for you here. You can click on any of the links that say Royal Caribbean Royal Up (or the like) to immediately be taken to the Royal Up site and see if you qualify for an upgrade.
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Bidding on an upgrade with Royal Up is simple. All you need to do is go to the Royal Up site and enter in your reservation number and last name.
If you are eligible for an upgrade, you will be brought to a page that lists the room you currently have booked, as well as each room you're able to bid on.
Here you can see that I have a Panoramic Suite (No Balcony) which I booked last year while we were in Canada on Anthem of the Seas.
Since it will be myself, my two boys, and my mother on this sailing, I want a room where we have a bit of space and the boys have a bit of privacy. This room does have a curtained off area with a set of bunk beds, and that's perfect for my kids to be able to "get away" from the adults when they need some alone time.
Because of that, I will not be bidding on anything that offers less privacy. Let's talk about the rooms I am able to place bids for.
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ROYAL UP ROYAL CARIBBEAN UPGRADE
Your room availability will be contingent upon the room you've already booked.
If you've booked the lowest tier of room, you will have more options for upgrades. An interior room would be able to book outside view, balcony, suite. An outside view would be able to book balcony and suite, etc.
Since I already have a suite, I am only able to bid on suites that are more expensive than the one I currently have.
Royal Up is not meant to let you bid on rooms cheaper than what you already have booked. They won't be issuing any cash back.
I have three rooms available for bidding. There is a Grand Suite - 2 Bedroom.
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An Owner's Suite.
And a Grand Suite.
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ROYAL CARIBBEAN ROYAL UP SUCCESS
Peak season sailings will likely have more people placing bids, so a strong bid would probably be necessary for an upgrade win.
If your ship is sold out, you are probably still going to be able to bid. I have heard that Royal Caribbean holds back a certain amount of rooms for upgrade because they can take your bid, move you up a room category and then sell your room for full price.
So, even if your ship is booked solid, don't lose hope. If you're able to bid, do so.
If you don't bid, but wish you had, be sure and check at the port for an upgrade. I'm not sure what the price difference will be vs. bidding, but I do know this worked for us when we upgraded to the Roy O. Disney suite on The Disney Fantasy.
AN UPDATE ON OUR LATEST BID
So, I cancelled my bid, since it had not yet been accepted.
Once I got back from the cruise, I went in and looked at the next few cruises we have planned and changed our rooms so that instead of having two connecting rooms, we are now only in one, large, family room.
It's not as much space as two connecting rooms, but it does mean that I'll always be able to use Royal Up in the future, which you cannot do if you have two connecting rooms.
I'll continue to update this post to let you know how my bids go, and if we end up winning one.
A FEW DETAILS & FINAL THOUGHTS
I'm not sure why this happens, but I believe it has something to do with the number of people in your room.
When we went on the Alaska cruise, I had a room with three people in it (myself and my two boys), and we were not able to request an upgrade. I believe it's because there were no more biddable rooms that could hold more than two people.
However, it's always good to check, and you definitely do not need to wait until you get an email from Royal Caribbean. You also do not need to wait for your TA to send you an email if you've used an agent to book your cruise. You're able to handle this entirely on your own.
You will get perks (if there are any) for the room you upgrade to, like Coastal Kitchen access on Oasis Class ships, a Royal Genie where applicable, etc.
You will NOT get double Crown & Anchor points if you bid up to a suite. In order to get the double points you must book your suite through the normal channels. Of course if you book a suite then bid up to a different suite (which is what I'm trying to do) you will get your double C&A points.
I hope this helps! If you have any questions. let me know. I'm always happy to help if I can.
If you have bid and won on Royal Up, I'd love to know, so please comment below and let us know your ship, sailing date, the room you had originally booked, the room you upgrade to, and how strong your bid was.
Thank you so much for this great write up. I had lot of doubts about royal up that were not clear to me. Its crystal now. Wish you many more low bid upgrades, good health and success in your life. Keep helping the fellow travellers.
I have an owners suite now, and my son is in the connecting room next door. If I win a 2 br bid, can my son also utilize this room?
Do you mean that you would want your son to stay in the room with you instead of the room he has booked? If that's what you mean then no, you'd have to cancel his reservation through Royal and add him to your booking. I hope that helps!
Do you know how often the royal up website updates with data from Royal Carribean? We upgraded our room ( paid ) and would like to bid but the royal up still reflects options from our old room.