Save During Wave! All the Reasons to Book Your Next Cruise During 'Wave Season'

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Posted on 01/11/2024

 It couldn’t come at a better time. The thrills of the holidays have passed, and cold weather, cabin fever, and the doldrums of winter are descending. Everyone needs something to look forward to. Welcome, Wave Season!
It’s the catchy name for the cruise travel equivalent to Black Friday. But instead of just a day, it’s a whole season of the best cruise deals of the year. Wave after wave of promotions, offers and perks that make booking your next cruise in the first couple of months of the year irresistible.
It’s not the only time of the year you can get a deal on a cruise. But it is the time of the year when cruise lines compete to outdo each other, and if you’re willing to do some legwork, and try something new, you can really wine.
Navigating Wave
With all the different kinds of discounts, promotions, perks and savings, it’s important to understand their differences, relative values, and especially, to compare deals ‘apple to apple’ to make sure you’re getting the best deals on the best cruise for you.
An expert travel advisor is your best bet to help you maximize your cruise travel budget and ensure you make the most of Wave Season. Here are some tips for the most common types of Wave incentives:
Bonus Value:
Maximizing ‘Wave’
Try something new: If you’ve never tried cruising at all! Wave is definitely the time to look into booking the cruise you’ve been meaning to try.
Or have you been wondering what it’s like to try a new cruise style - maybe an expedition cruise? A small-ship cruise? If you usually take a Caribbean cruise, now’s the time to fulfill your curiosity about cold water cruising, or the Med, or even something really remote and exotic like Tahiti or Antarctica.
Or treat yourself. Use Wave savings and perks to upgrade to a luxury or ultra-luxury cruise line. Many are inclusive, offering certain things (like included tips, open bar, even shore excursions) that start making the math – especially with Wave offers – look very tempting!
The Bottom Line
Your travel advisor is your best partner sourcing and comparing the many deals available during Wave.
And in helping match you to your perfect cruise style and cruise line, especially if you’re going to take advantage of Wave promotions to expand your cruise travel horizons to try a new cruise for you.
By: Lynn Elmhirst, cruise/ travel journalist and expert
Image: World's Greatest Cruises on PBS TV
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