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11 best cruise deals for Wave Season

11 best cruise deals for Wave Season
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Save up to $1,000 on these cruise deals!

What’s Wave Season? A couple of decades ago when only a few passenger ships sailed the seas, cruise lines would offer their biggest sales event during the first few months of a new year. It was a goal to be 80% sold by the end of March. But today with so much competition, we see year-round price discounting and bonus sales that let cruisers choose special freebie perks such as drink packages, specialty dining packages, Wi-Fi, upgrades, deposit discounts and more. So Wave Season isn’t what it used to be, but its still a good time to land the best bonuses and deals for 2019, 2020 and even into 2021.

Here are some examples of the offers

MSC Cruises

Receive unlimited drinks on sailings in the eastern/western Caribbean or to Canada/New England on MSC Seaside, MSC Divina, MSC Meraviglia or MSC Armonia. Valid on staterooms in the Bella, Fantastica, or Wellness Experiences categories for the Drinks On Us package (value $250 per person). Plus, receive a standard internet package. Deposits start at $99 and sailings start from $519 per person. Book by March 31.


Free at Sea perks include up to six offers for balcony, mini-suite, and Concierge and Haven suite bookings on sailings of three or more nights. Offers include a drinks package, specialty dining package, $50 per port to spend on shore excursions, 250 minutes of Internet, free third and fourth passengers to a cabin, and free or reduced airfare. Passengers staying in oceanview cabins qualify for up to three perks. Studio and inside cabin passengers qualify for one free perk. Book by January 27.


Save up to $300 when you book a stateroom on nearly any sailing. Plus, when you book an oceanview stateroom or higher, enjoy a choice of perk, from beverage packages and prepaid tips to unlimited Wi-Fi and $150 in onboard credit. When you book a suite, enjoy all four perks. Additionally, third and fourth passengers to a cabin save half on their cruise fares. Valid on select sailings four nights or longer to Alaska, Bermuda, and the Caribbean from February 1, 2019, through May 11, 2020 (exclusions: Galapagos and repositioning cruises). Book by January 31.

Holland America

The “Why Not Now?” wave promotion offers free cabin upgrades, discounts on shore excursions, up to $1,000 in air credit and reduced deposits on featured sailings. Book a suite to receive an additional $600 in onboard credit. Valid on more than 500 cruises from summer 2019 through winter/spring 2020. Book by February 28.


The World of Adventure Sale offers rates from $999 per person to a wide variety of destinations including sailings from transatlantic to the Caribbean, Asia, Africa, Northern Europe or a cruise that goes to Japan and Alaska. Other offers include complimentary double cabin-category upgrades. Prepaid gratuities are available for past guests and for guests staying in a suite; suite passengers also receive free drinks. Deposits have been reduced by half. Book by February 28.

Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean, Oasis of the Seas

Save 60% on your second passenger’s cruise fare when you book select 2019 sailings to Cuba, Canada & New England and Alaska. Book by January 31.

Viking River Cruises

Discounts for 2019/2020 bookings on some of Viking’s most popular itineraries, including Romantic Danube, Danube Waltz, Rhine Getaway and Portugal’s River of Gold, among others. Free round-trip international air valid on 2019/2020 departures of Grand European Tour and Waterways of the Tsars (varies on other itineraries) on all North American gateways (except Alaska, Hawaii, San Juan and Mexico City). Expires January 31.

Viking Ocean Cruises

Discounts for 2019/2020 bookings on some of Viking’s most popular itineraries, including Viking Homelands, Into the Midnight Sun and West Indies Explorer, among others. Round-trip air for $199 per person based on available January to February 2020 departures of Cultural Cuba. Air savings vary on other itineraries. Valid on all North American gateways (except Alaska, Hawaii, San Juan and Mexico City). Expires January 31.

Carnival Cruise Line

A limited-time Let Fun Live event feature an array of different offers on more than 3,000 sailings from now until 2021 to the Caribbean, Bahamas, Mexico and other destinations.

Avalon Waterways

Avalon Waterways offers special savings with The Suite Life Sales Event:

  • $299 air and $1,000 off per couple on select 2019 European departures
  • $2,000 off per couple on luxury expedition cruises on the Mekong River in SE Asia
  • $699 Air and $500 off per couple on India sailings

Scenic River Cruises

Choose a perk of free premium economy flights on the 15-day Jewels of Europe or Romantic Rhine & Moselle or 12-day Breathtaking Bordeaux sailings and free economy air on all other itineraries; airfare savings of $1,500 (premium) or $1,000 (economy) for passengers arranging their own air; free four- to eight-day, pre- or post-cruise land extensions, available on many of the itineraries; or a two-category upgrade on balcony suites and higher. Book and pays by the end of February to receive an additional onboard credit of 300 euro. Valid on a variety of sailings in Europe. Book by February 28.

First-time and novice cruisers should choose a cruise with the assistance of a cruise professional. There are so many lines and ships to choose from and each has a different personality. Depending on what you look forward to on a vacation can determine which line and itinerary is best for you. Find an agent in your neighborhood at Or, get a referral from a seasoned cruiser that you may know.