WHAT IS WAVE SEASON?
The New York Times describes Wave Season as an "annual deal-making ritual," during which "cruise-goers can snap up savings that generally aren’t available the rest of the year." USA Today says: "wave season remains a peak time for cruise lines to include free upgrades, onboard credit, and other incentives."
Wave Season coincides with the winter months after the new year when a full year beckons, and when those living in colder climates long to catch some rays, this time of year is typically one of the busiest for booking travel. During Wave Season, extra incentives or special promotions are offered to encourage would-be travelers to book. Offers may include upgraded staterooms, free air, reduced deposit amounts, beverage packages, prepaid gratuities, or generous discounts.
While promotions are offered year-round, Wave Season offers to tend to provide travelers the most benefits and the best value. Wave Season promotions are provided by all sorts of cruise companies, from Ultra-Luxury to Expedition - and frequently apply to cruises scheduled through 2022. Booking early has its advantages - best choice of staterooms and extended-time period to pay for a trip.
My consortia, Virtuoso LTD, has put together a helpful list of Wave Season offers, which I've summarized below. I'd love to help you plan a special trip AND a great value - please let me know when you're ready to book!
Wave Season Promotions
AmaWaterways - WAVE Triple Savings Promotion - on select 2020 sailings, up to $2,000 savings per stateroom plus stateroom upgrade and onboard credit. Offer expires 3/31/2020
American Queen Steamboat Company - "Rollin' On The American Rivers" - Opportunity to save significantly on staterooms; savings range from $400 - $5,800 depending on cruise date and stateroom category. Offer expires 3/31/2020
Azamara - Save up to 40% on select cruises between 4/14/2020 and 11/21/2021. Offer expires 2/29/2020
Celebrity - Sail Beyond Event - save up to $400 per stateroom and choose one: unlimited drinks, $150 onboard credit, unlimited wifi, or prepaid gratuities. Offer expires 3/4/2020
Crystal Cruises: Reduced deposit of $100 on 13 select Mediterranean cruises between April and August 2020. Offer expires 3/4/2020
Cunard: Upgrades on Us, Plus Free Drinks Package for Grill Suites, plus 50% reduced deposit and included gratuities on a wide range of sailings for 2020 & 2021. Offer expires 2/27/2020
Holland America - "View & Verandah" - Choose from 500+ sailings and receive Free Stateroom Upgrades, Free Onboard Spending Money (up to $500 per stateroom) free/reduced kid's fares, 10% off select shore excursions, 50% reduced deposit. Offer expires 2/28/2020
Hurtigruten - "The World is Waiting" - Save up to 30% on select 2020, 2021, and 2022 voyages to Alaska, Antarctica, Iceland, Greenland, Central & South America, Norway, and the Northwest Passage. Offer expires 2/28/2020
Ponant Yacht Cruises and Expeditions - Treasures of Japan - May 30 - June 7, 2020 sailing - $3,000 air credit based on double occupancy. Offer expires 2/29/2020
Princess - Best.Sale.Ever - $100 deposit, Premier Beverage Package, Unlimited WiFi, pre-paid gratuities. Offer expires 2/29/2020
Regent Seven Seas Cruises - Celebrate Luxury Perfected - receive up to $1,000 in onboard credit for select voyages in 2020 and 2021. Offer expires 3/31/2020
Royal Caribbean - 60% off second guest and kids sail free - Offer expires 1/31/2020
Seabourn - Signature Savings Event - for select sailings, offer may include suite upgrades, shipboard credit, internet package, 50% reduced deposit, and in Alaska, a free zodiac shore excursion. Offer expires 2/28/2020
Silversea - Bonus Savings Days - up to $1,000 in savings on select voyages. Offer expires 2/28/2020
UnCruise - 2020 Adventure Savings - Save up to $1,000 per couple for 7-day sailings on select voyages. Offer expires 2/28/2020
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection - 100th Anniversary Celebration Event - Save up to 30% on select 2020 voyages. Offer expires 2/29/2020
Virgin Voyages - Sailor's Loot - Up to $400 in Onboard Credit. Offer expires 2/14/2020
Windstar Cruises - Small Ship Big World Savings - on select voyages; choose one: up to $1,000 in onboard credit, up to $300 airfare credit or unlimited wifi. Offer expires 2/28/2020
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