We received a press release yesterday that prompted me to look back at a memorable cruise on Uniworld Boutique River Cruises in 2015. That journey took me along the Danube for several days, presenting me with all that makes Uniworld so special. I enjoyed my lavish stateroom, pictured above, and Uniworld’s fine dining and service. I even managed to get a peek at one of the suites, and I have to say, I was a little envious.
Well, now we all have a chance to bump up our accommodations a notch on Uniworld. The company announced yesterday that its new Category+ program will allow guests to bid on potential stateroom upgrades ahead of their departure. Powered by Plusgrade, Uniworld guests will be invited to browse staterooms and suites still available on their cruise in a higher category than they originally booked, and then place an offer. Bids may be placed on multiple available staterooms to increase upgrade chances, but guests will only pay for their upgrade if it is accepted.
“At Uniworld, we’re always looking for new ways to elevate our guests’ river cruise experience,” said Ellen Bettridge, President and CEO of Uniworld Boutique River Cruises. “We’re thrilled to be the first river cruise line to work with Plusgrade in providing an upgrade program of this nature. Our new Category+ stateroom program will give our guests an opportunity to add even more luxury to their vacation at a price point of their choosing, risk-free.”
Once an offer is either accepted or declined, the guest will be notified via email and immediately charged the amount of their offered bid. If the guest originally booked their cruise with a travel advisor, that advisor will also receive commission on that additional amount. Bids may be cancelled or modified up to 5 days prior to departure provided that an acceptance has not already been made, and Uniworld will notify guests of acceptance no less than 3 days prior to departure. Regardless, every guest will still enjoy the same high-quality service and all-inclusive luxurious amenities that come standard on every Uniworld river cruise.
To learn more about Category+, visit www.uniworld.com/us/already-booked/category-plus.