Specific Room request - cruise ship pricing?
I was too late to get in on the discussion about requesting a specific room for additional $$, but I've been thinking about it.
When we book a cruise, there are many tiers of cabin category pricing to choose from. For instance:
A "cabin guarantee" tier for each main cabin type, meaning you have no say as to what deck you are on, or fore or aft, just that you are guaranteed a cabin in the "verandah" category, for instance.
There's also a "specific room" pricing tier, for.. well... a specific room within the distinct cabin category.
Pricing is different on each deck, and even within the same category of cabin type. A cabin on a higher deck is more expensive than a lower deck, for instance, because it is closer to the "hub" of the ship. This is not necessarily to mean that a 2nd or 3rd floor room should be more expensive, but maybe one closer to the "hub" of the resort.
And, even on a cruise, the upgrade premium is much more expensive than the proposed $100 / trip. Once that specific room is booked for any given week, it would be taken out of inventory as available in the reservation system.
When we book a cruise, we can click on a floor plan icon, and see which cabins are available for the cruise. We can then, either choose another week if "our" cabin is booked, or choose another cabin or category.
When we book a "guaranteed cabin" category, we are notified which room we have received soon after we pay our final payment (with our documents).
Though this would mean re-vamping the room types within the reservation system, this would be an option to let people "pay" for a specific room, floor or building, and have it guaranteed.
It would also relieve the front desk staff of having to make the room decisions at check-in, because all guests would know which room they have before they arrive.
Just a thought...