Wave Season Cruise Deals 2017/2018

January 18, 2018
Wave Season Cruise Deals 2017/2018

If you begin to notice a wave of year-end promotions to either get you on a last-minute cruise or to secure your booking for later in 2018, that's because we're in the cruise line promotional period known as wave season. Now through March, cruise lines will entice potential cruisers with cabin upgrades at no additional charge, price reductions on cruise fare and heaps of onboard spending money.

Check out the latest offerings from your favorite cruise lines to see what perks and discounts might be in store this winter.

Norwegian's Free at Sea Offers

What it is: Norwegian's current round of Free at Sea perks include up to all five offers, plus $500 in onboard credit on select sailings. Offers include a drinks package, specialty dining package, $50 per port to spend on shore excursions, 250 minutes of free internet, and free third and fourth passengers to a cabin.

Eligible voyages include: Select sailings this January to March 2019, of five nights or more.

Valid: Through January 22, 2018

Save $200 on G Adventures Cruises

What it is: Save $200 per person when you book an expedition cruise with G Adventures to Asia, Europe or the Arctic.

Eligible voyages include: More than 30 professionally guided tours departing before July 31, including several exotic sailing and expedition cruises: a six-night Sri Lanka sailing tour, seven-night Greece sailing, and Arctic cruises on the 134-person ship G Expedition through the Norwegian Fjords, running 11 or 14 days in length.

Valid: Extended through January 31, 2018

Get 30% Off Royal Caribbean Cruises + Up to $200 Credit

What it is: Save 30 percent on cruise fares on select Royal Caribbean cruises, plus receive up to $200 in onboard spending money when you book during the promo period.

Eligible voyages include: A variety of sailings worldwide, departing on or after February 4.

Valid: Through January 31, 2018

Save $500 Per Person on Select CroisiEurope Sailings

What it is: Book select 2018 river cruises with CroisiEurope and save $500 per person on cruise fare when you book by the end of January.

Eligible voyages include: Select April departures along the Rhone and Rhine Canals, plus Amsterdam to Basel (or Basel to Amsterdam).

Valid: Through January 31, 2018

Choose Your Perk on a Celebrity Cruise

What it is: Celebrity is giving everyone in a stateroom perks -- the first two passengers can receive up to $150 in onboard credit based on cabin category, a classic beverage package, prepaid gratuities or unlimited Wi-Fi. For an ocean-view cabin or higher category, the first two passengers to a cabin can book two perks; those staying in suites receive all perks, plus a $400 savings and premium beverage package upgrade. Third and fourth passengers to a room save 50 percent on cruise fare.

Eligible voyages include: A variety of sailings from February 1, 2018 to April 30, 2019

Valid: Through January 31, 2018

Princess Cruises' Anniversary Sale Offers Free Dining + Hundreds in OBC

What it is: Princess is offering up to $600 in onboard credit per cruise, plus free specialty dining for everyone in the cabin when you book your sailing by mid-February.

Eligible voyages include: Any destination sailing summer 2018 through spring 2019.

Valid: Through February 14, 2018

Choose Your Savings on Scenic This Wave Season

What it is: Those wishing to explore Europe's rivers on a Scenic ship in 2018 can take advantage of the line's new choose-your-perk promotion offering a choice of either free roundtrip airfare, up to $1,500 per person savings on cruise fare or a two-category balcony suite upgrade on any European river itinerary. Anyone wanting to be one of the first to experience Scenic Eclipse can enjoy early-bird fares of up to 10 percent off regular fares on 13 different itineraries between September 2018 and July 2019, plus an early payment discount of up to $1,000 per couple, and free airport transfers to and from their homes on itineraries longer than 10 days.

Eligible voyages include: European river itineraries for "Choose Your Savings" and a variety of future cruises for the early-bird discount.

Valid: "Choose Your Savings" is available until February 15, 2018. Early-bird savings is being offered until February 28.

Azamara Offers Half Off Second Cruise Fare + Free Internet

What it is: When you book a Club Oceanview stateroom or higher cabin category on your next Azamara cruise, get the second cruise fare half off. Plus, enjoy free internet for the length of your sailing.

Eligible voyages include: A variety of sailings cruising throughout Europe and the Med, including sailings during the Grand Prix and World Cup.

Valid: Through February 28, 2018

Hurtigruten Anniversary Offer Saves You $1,250 PP

What it is:To commemorate their 125th anniversary, Hurtigruten is offering savings of up to $1,250 per person on select Antarctica sailings.

Eligible voyages include: Select winter 2018 and one 2019 departure on various Antarctica itineraries. The full $1,250 savings is available on a Christmas departure (12/20/18) as well as four sailings that might include the Falklands or South Georgia.

Valid: Through February 28, 2018

UnCruise is Discounting Expedition in Alaska

What it is: Save $225 per person, or $450 per couple, on any seven-night departure in Alaska aboard the S.S. Legacy and the Safari Endeavour when you book an UnCruise voyage in Alaska by the end of February. The offer also includes a $100 shipboard credit per couple. Travelers must use offer code AK450+50 when booking.

Eligible voyages include: Assorted 2018 Alaska itineraries like Alaska's Glaciers & Whales, where you can hike on the moraine of Baird Glacier, explore Tracy Arm fjord, visit the Tlingit village of Kake, whale-watch in Frederick Sound and more.

Valid: Through February 28, 2018

Cunard is Giving Away Free Cabin Upgrades

What it is: Receive a cabin category upgrade, free of charge, when you book your next Cunard cruise. Plus, past passengers receive prepaid gratuities, and anyone staying in a Grills Suite gets free drinks.

Eligible voyages include: A variety of sailings from transatlantics to the Caribbean, Asia, Africa, Northern Europe or a cruise that goes to Japan and Alaska.

Valid: Through February 28, 2018

Upgrades & OBC This Season on Holland America

What it is: Book a 2018 or 2019 Holland America cruise during their "View & Verandah" promo and you could be eligible for a cabin upgrade, up to $500 in onboard credit per cabin and up to 10 percent off select EXC shore tours. Plus, when you book a suite, qualify for prepaid gratuities.

Eligible voyages include: Assorted itineraries to Alaska, Asia, Bermuda, Cuba, Tahiti and more.

Valid: Through February 28, 2018. Shore tour discount extends through March 15.

Seabourn's Signature Savings Event

What it is: Book a Seabourn sailing and choose from special offers like a balcony room for an ocean-view price, a three veranda suite category upgrade, $500 in air credits or in onboard credit per person, and savings up to 15 percent on combined cruises. Penthouse and premium suite passengers are eligible for $1,000 in onboard credit per cabin.

Eligible voyages include: Select voyages to Asia, Alaska, Antarctica, Africa and more.

Valid: Through March 13, 2018

Uniworld Offers Up to 30% Savings on Luxury River Cruises

What it is: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection invites you to book a sailing from Paris, Budapest, Nuremburg and more, for a savings of up to 30 percent on cruise fare.

Eligible voyages include: More than 300 unique itineraries.

Valid: Through March 31, 2018

Kids Sail Free on Pandaw River Cruises

What it is: When two adults pay full fare for a cabin during select sailings this summer, up to two kids, age 5 to 18, may sail in a second cabin free of charge.

Eligible voyages include: Select dates throughout summer 2018 to Myanmar (Burma) and the Mekong.

Valid: This is an ongoing offer

AmaWaterways Waives Single Supplement on Select 2018 Departures

What it is: Enjoy an independent sailing on one of more than 145 AmaWaterways river cruises in 2018 without paying a single supplement.

Eligible voyages include: Base category staterooms on any departure in Europe or Asia (category E and D in Europe; Category C on the Mekong); specially-designed single occupancy stateroom featuring a French balcony on AmaDolce, AmaDante, AmaLyra or AmaCello; or, for a limited time, book any category stateroom (excluding suites) on select departures in Europe or Asia.

Valid: This is an ongoing offer.

Star Clippers Riding the Wave with Cabin Upgrades, Prepaid Gratuities & $100 Onboard Credit

What it is: Select 2018 cruises with Star Clippers will now include up to two cabin category upgrades, prepaid gratuities and $100 per cabin in onboard credit.

Eligible voyages include: Select Star Clippers cruises on all three tall ships in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore.

Valid: This is an ongoing offer

--By Brittany Chrusciel, Associate Editor