A Guarantee Stateroom is a commitment from a cruise line that you will receive a stateroom in the category you desire with the potential to be upgraded. It’s a system that cruise lines encourage to manage and make the most out of their stateroom inventory. If you choose the guarantee stateroom your cabin will not be assigned until the sail date. It’s much like when you’d reserve a hotel, you’ll know what type of room you’re going to receive but not the exact room number.
Alternatively, you can book an assigned room, which is exactly what it sounds like. You will choose your stateroom well in advance from the ships deck plan and current availability. Typically, cruisers will pay more for an assigned room and most travellers find it more than worth it.
Why Book an Assigned Room?
There are many reasons traveller might opt for an assigned room as opposed to a guarantee. It’s not uncommon for our clients to travel with family or in groups and wish for the cabins to be close together for convenience. Sometimes if the group is early enough when booking they may even be able to choose connecting staterooms. Some travellers prefer one side of the ship or another or to be close to the ship’s entertainment or restaurants. Some might prefer a room in the middle of the ship so it’s an equal distance walk to anywhere on any deck. It’s all about personal preference and booking an assigned stateroom early gives you just that.
Why Book a Guarantee Stateroom?
If you’d like to feel confident that you’ve booked the absolute lowest rate for a stateroom for your cruise holiday, then a guarantee stateroom might just be the way to go when booking your vacation. You’ll have to wait until shortly before the sail date to know your room specifics but you will know that the cruise line has committed to you an equal category or better stateroom than what you paid for. Best case scenario, you receive a nice upgrade potentially to a higher category and your vacation is just that much better. It really comes down to the cruise lines rewarding you with a lower price for allowing them some inventory flexibility.
So, if the location of the room you stay in isn’t a priority because you intend on spending your time on the deck, at the spa, restaurants, shows, casino, lounges, activities or exploring the many ports-of-call – then enjoy the benefits a guarantee stateroom.
Still Have Questions?
If you would like to know more about guarantee staterooms contact one of our experienced Travel Specialists here at CruisePlus.ca. We are more than happy to answer any questions you have as well as assist you to decide whether booking a traditional cabin or guarantee stateroom is best for you. You can contact us by calling 1-800-854-9664 or visit our website CruisePlus.ca