Wave Season – the time of year when most cruises are booked and cruise lines offer tempting incentives, runs traditionally from January to March. Although not necessarily the cheapest time to buy a cruise, the combination of enticing perks and plenty of choice appeals to many people dreaming of their next holiday.
The key to a good deal is …. DO YOUR HOMEWORK. Research air fares, weigh-up the real benefit of onboard credit and drinks packages, compare like-with-like and run your ideas past a travel agent as they can sometimes source better discounts and benefits.
Most cruise lines highlight offers on their websites with digital brochures available for download.
Here are our favourites:
Holland America – early booking offers, signature cruises and package deals
Windstar – 7 for 7 deals and Tahiti packages
Silversea – some flights included, early booking offers and Antarctica all-inclusive
Seabourn – Signature Savings Event including Air Credit, Shipboard Credit and upgrades
Crystal – Clear Choices offers including Air Credit, Shipboard Credit and fare reductions
Azamara – 50% off second guest fare, free wi-fi and featured Book, Pay & Save voyages
Regent Seven Seas – up to 50% off fares and reduced deposit
Lindblad – offers on air fares, crew tips and bar tabs
Scenic Ocean – Early Bird fares and free city stays
Hurtigruten – air fare offers, cruise fare reductions and single supplements waived
Images courtesy of Hurtigruten, Silversea, Crystal and Lindblad