A Wave of Great Cruise Deals
It’s Wave Season, the time of year when cruise lines offer amazing
discounts on cruise fares and bundle multiple onboard perks into special offers.
Simply put, Wave Season is a post-holiday season sale on cruises. It’s not the
only time of year to get an excellent price on a wonderful cruise, but Wave
Season deals are definitely some of the best of the year.
Wave Season is a cruise industry tradition, and it happens throughout
the first quarter of the new year, from January to March. By presenting wave upon
wave of attractive deals, cruise lines hope to secure as many cruise
reservations as they can for the rest of 2023 and beyond.
How can you make the most of Wave Season?
First, do some research. A Wave Season deal is truly
valuable only when it’s for a cruise you really want to take. Grabbing a deal when
the destination doesn’t really interest you or the ship isn’t the best fit for
you is a recipe for a lackluster vacation.
So, do some searching to figure out which cruise lines and
itineraries appeal to you most; your professional travel advisor can help.
Then, when you see a Wave Season deal that matches your top choices, you can
grab it with confidence.
Second, look beyond fare discounts. Wave Season offers
excellent fares – including some “two-for-one” or “kids sail free” deals – but be
sure to look for discounted or complimentary onboard perks. These can range
from beverage packages and shore excursions to multi-category cabin upgrades.
Onboard credits are another attractive offer. Depending on
your cruise line and ship, you may be able to spend onboard credits on spa
treatments, specialty dining packages, professional photos, Wi-Fi access, and
Sometimes, Wave Season deals include unusual and exceptional
extras, such as free airfare to the ship or a pre-cruise hotel stay. These are
more common among luxury cruise lines, and their inclusion in a Wave Season
deal can make luxury cruising more affordable.
Finally, remember that you can find great cruise deals at
other times of the year, too. If you don’t find a Wave Season offer that appeals
to you or you simply can’t commit to a future cruise right now, don’t despair. Wave
Season is when virtually every cruise line offers attractive deals, but you can
find fare discounts and other special offers at any time of year, especially
when you work with an experienced travel advisor.
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