Wave Season Deals 2016

Wave Season Deals 2016

January is upon us, and if you love cruising as much as we do, you know what that means: It’s time to do the wave.

For cruisers, wave season is like Black Friday, but better (and longer). Cruise lines use this popular sales period — traditionally marked by the first quarter of the year — to showcase their best extra-value offers, including free upgrades, onboard credit, buy-one-get-one fares and more. Lately, the period has started earlier and earlier; we’ve started seeing deals coming out right before Christmas.

This season is reaching tidal status, with more than 16 cruise lines posting great deals. We’ll keep looking out for more offers as they emerge, but in the meantime, enjoy some of these 2016 wave deals, well worth checking out.


The Deal: Save up to $1,500 on select 2017 European river voyages, including wine-themed cruises.

The Dates: Book through March 31.

How It Adds Up: If you’re considering a European river cruise for next year, AmaWaterways’ “Early Booking Rewards” is offering savings throughout January, February and March. Seven-night cruises will receive $500 off, while 10- to 14-night cruises will receive $1,000 off. Select wine cruises will receive the full $1,500 in savings. This is a chance to sail Europe’s renowned rivers — including the Rhine, the Rhone and the Danube — onboard Cruise Critic’s Best River Cruise Line for Dining and Best River Cruise Line for Active Cruisers for 2015.

Azamara Club Cruises

The Deal: Choose from three inclusive packages valued up to $3,220 per person.

The Dates: Book through February 29.

How It Adds Up: Azamara is hosting the “More to Love” promotion with three more-inclusive package options for 2016 and 2017. The “Like” package, which is included in every Azamara experience, comprises a premium beverage package, free Internet, shore excursion credit, and a wine and cheese platter. Pay an additional $600 for the “Adore” package, which includes “Like” amenities, plus a top-shelf beverage package, a spa treatment and a dinner at the chef’s table. Purchase the “Love” package for $1,400, and receive all of the above, plus the Nights in Private Places experience, which includes a personal butler, private dining experience and an outdoor accommodations under the stars.

Carnival Cruise Line

The Deal: Get free upgrades, 20 percent off fares and onboard credit on select sailings through April 2018.

The Dates: Book in January.

How It Adds Up: Carnival is offering “new deals for the new year, all month long” with its Carnivaldays promotion. Each week the line puts out a new promotion, with everything from onboard credit offers and free upgrades to 20 percent off cruise fares. Whether you’re looking for a quick getaway in the Bahamas or a two-week voyage through the Panama Canal, this promotion offers a variety of dates and itineraries at more affordable fares. Look for the deals highlighted in red for the cheapest rates.

Celebrity Cruises

The Deal: Receive two free perks on almost any cruise with Celebrity’s “Best Offer Ever,” for a total savings of up to $2,150.

The Dates: Book through January 31.

How It Adds Up: Piggybacking on its “Go Big, Go Better, Go Best” promotion, Celebrity is offering two free perks on almost any cruise with its monthlong “Best Offer Ever” promotion. Choose from a classic beverage package for two, free prepaid gratuities, unlimited Internet and $300 onboard credit when you book an ocean-view cabin or higher. Itineraries include Asia, South America, Australia, Hawaii and the Caribbean.

Crystal Cruises

The Deal: Get two-for-one luxury cruise fares from $1,845.

The Dates: Book through February 29.

How It Adds Up: Itching for an expedition cruise? How about a luxury experience? With Crystal Cruises’ “Crystal Exclusive Journeys” promotion, you can take advantage two-for-one fares from $1,845 per person and savings up to $5,435 per person, during January and February. If you’re interested in visiting Antarctica, cruising the Northwest or exploring Australasia, this is a great opportunity to book an interesting itinerary with Cruise Critic’s Best Cruise Line for Luxury.

Cunard Line

The Deal: Free upgrades, free gratuities and free drinks for Grill Suite bookings as part of the “Ultimate Upgrade” promotion.

The Dates: Book through February 29.

How It Adds Up: Throughout January and February, Cunard’s “Ultimate Upgrade” promotion is offering free upgrades, free gratuities and free drinks to all Grill Suite bookings on select 2016 voyages. This is ideal for cruisers looking to book a transatlantic voyage or luxury itineraries in the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Canada and New England, Iberia and the Canary Islands, or Northern Europe, with added perks and bonuses.

Emerald Waterways

The Deal: Snag free airfare to Europe when you book qualifying cabins on select sailings.

The Dates: Book through February 29.

How It Adds Up: Voted Best River Cruise Line for Value by Cruise Critic in 2015, Emerald Waterways — a mostly inclusive river line — is offering even more bang for the buck, with free airfare to Europe when you book a Panorama Balcony, Grand Balcony or Owner’s One-Bedroom Suite on select sailings between March 2016 and August 2016. Not booking a balcony or suite? No problem. Book any Emerald cabin or Emerald Single cabin, and fly from $995 per person, roundtrip.


The Deal: Receive up to $400 savings per person, reduced deposits and free fares for third and fourth passengers on select Dominican Republic sailings.

The Dates: Book through February 29.

How It Adds Up: If you’re looking to book unique travel, Fathom, the only cruise line to offer seven-day volunteer cruises, is offering sailings at reduced rates. Book select Dominican Republic sailings from $974 per person — a savings of up to $400 off the normal fares. Other perks include up to $100 onboard credit for select Cuba bookings.

Holland America Line

The Deal: Take advantage of free cabin upgrades, up to 10 percent off shore excursions and cruise savings up to 25 percent when you book with the line’s “View & Verandah” promotion

The Dates: Enjoy discounted cruise fares and free upgrades through February 29 or discounted shore excursions through March 15.

How It Adds Up: Holland America Line is offering 25 percent off select sailings, plus free cabin upgrades through January and February, with its “View & Verandah” promotion. The line, known for its around-the-world itineraries, is offering sailings to nearly every continent, with cruises inthe Mediterranean, South America, Australia, Asia and more. As an added bonus, the line is offering 10 percent off select shore excursions booked by March 15.

MSC Cruises

The Deal: Two-for-one balcony rates on select seven- or 10-night Caribbean cruises departing between April 23, 2016, and March 25, 2017. Kids sail free on select voyages.

The Dates: Book through February 28.

How It Adds Up: MSC Cruises, a Mediterranean cruise line, is offering two-for-one balcony rates on select Caribbean cruises departing in 2016 and 2017. So if you’re looking for an inexpensive warm-weather sailing from Miami, this is a great opportunity to capitalize on low rates during peak times. This promotion is also ideal for full-family travel, as MSC is offering free fares to kids 12 years and younger.

Norwegian Cruise Line

The Deal: Choose from four free offers on select 2016 and 2017 voyages, including unlimited beverages, free specialty dining, free shore excursions and free Wi-Fi. Receive all four offers when you book any Haven or Suite cabin. Third and fourth passengers sail free on select cruises.

The Dates: Book through April 10.

How It Adds Up: Norwegian’s Freestyle Choice promo is back, but with a brand new look. “Free At Sea,” the line’s rebranded deal, is offering unlimited beverages, free specialty dining, free shore excursions and free Wi-Fi. While this offer isn’t out of the ordinary for Norwegian Cruise Line, it is applicable to Norwegian Escape, the cruise line’s newest ship. So if you’re looking to explore a new vessel with some added benefits, this might be the deal for you.

Oceania Cruises

The Deal: Earn free perks with the OLife Choice promotion, for a total bonus value of up to $20,200.

The Dates: Book through March 31.

How It Adds Up: Oceania is offering free perks on more than 260 itineraries with its popular “OLife Choice” promotion. Enjoy free, unlimited Internet, and choose one of three other offers, including free shore excursions, a free beverage package and onboard credit. If you’re looking for a destination-intensive luxury adventure, this is the promotion for you. Cruises include Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, South America and the Amazon, and they range from one week to 90 days.

Princess Cruises

The Deal: Save up to $1,000 per cabin, and receive up to $600 onboard credit with the line’s “Twice as Nice” sale.

The Dates: Book through February 29.

How It Adds Up: Princess Cruises is holding its “Twice as Nice” sale through January and February, with onboard credit offers up to $600 and cruise fares from $549 per person. The “nicest” part about this deal is that all cabin categories qualify for OBC. Interior and ocean-view cabins will receive up to $300 OBC per stateroom, while balcony, mini-suite and suite bookings will receive up to $600 OBC per stateroom. As an added bonus, third and fourth passengers sail from $199 per person.

Royal Caribbean

The Deal: Royal Caribbean’s “BOGO Further” offers buy-one-get-one cruise fares and up to $300 onboard credit. Plus, select Italy and Greece sailings receive a complimentary beverage package for two.

The Dates: Book through February 15.

How It Adds Up: Royal Caribbean has been running BOGO offers for months, and the cruise line is taking advantage of wave season to offer another version of the popular, buy-one-get-one sale. Buy one cruise fare, and get the second free, plus onboard credit for every cabin category. Even better: This promotion is combinable with other OBC offers, as well as Royal’s select beverage offer, for even greater perks and savings.

Seabourn Cruise Line

The Deal: Pay reduced deposits on 2016 and 2017 voyages, and receive up to $1,000 onboard credit and complimentary veranda suite upgrades with Seabourn’s “Signature Savings Event.”

The Dates: Book any cruise departing May 1, 2016 through April 30, 2017.

How It Adds Up: In honor of wave season, luxury line Seabourn is offering $200 OBC per suite on select Europe sailings, as well as $1,000 onboard credit for penthouse and premium suites. The line’s “Signature Savings Event” is also offering free veranda suite upgrades and reduced deposits on select 2016 and 2017 itineraries. Seabourn is known for its exotic itineraries, and with this promotion you have the opportunity to cruise to any continent with some added bonuses onboard.

Silversea Cruises

The Deal: Receive 10 percent off and up to $1,500 onboard credit on select voyages.

The Dates: Book through February 29.

How It Adds Up: Silversea, an all-inclusive luxury line, is adding more amenities to its 2016 itineraries departing in October, November and December. Receive 10 percent off your fare when you book one of 35 voyages, including Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. New Silversea bookings will also receive up to $1,200 onboard credit, while Venetian Society passengers will receive the full $1,500 OBC offered.
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