Has Wave Season Come Early This Year?

Whether it’s the end of wave season as we know it, or simply a longer booking frame, talks of a different wave season for 2015 have been brewing all year. Typically, the period of cruise line sales and promotions known as wave season begins in January and extends through March. This year, we saw our […]

Cruise Deals to Spring You Into Summer

It’s not wave season, and it’s not a holiday season, but we are on the brink of summer, and that’s just as good a reason as any to roll out some major cruise deals. Whether you’re planning a family trip for the summer, or looking for savings to book a cruise vacation to anywhere, these […]

National Cruise Vacation Week: The World’s Largest Cruise Sale?

Beginning Sunday, the Cruise Lines International Association is rolling out its third annual National Cruise Vacation Week (NCVW), set conveniently amid National Cruise Vacation Month. Intended to drum up cruising interest and sales, the annual October event works with different cruise lines to entice travelers to book their next vacation. Proclaimed by CLIA to be […]

Work Hard, Cruise Harder: Labor Day Cruise Sales

For those that book smart and cruise often, you’ve probably heard the term Wave Season, and maybe even Cruise Week, in conjunction with special deals. Well now – just like your favorite department store – your favorite cruise line may be featuring short sales around holiday weekends. This Labor Day, book a cruise with bonus […]

The Most Hated Cruise Line ‘Added Fee’

These days, experiencing a mega-ship’s full raft of options requires a willingness to pay extra — at the for-fee alternative restaurant, for the late-night room service and pizza delivery, for the opportunity to wear a bathrobe. Sure, these extras are optional, but there are still certain fees that leave cruisers emotionally spent. Please share this […]

Wave Season Superlatives: Which Lines Have the Best Deals?

Call us Scrooges, but we find it hard to be impressed with Wave Season offers. Every January, we get excited about forthcoming cruise deals only to be disappointed by the actual promotions. Perhaps that’s because we want to see really cheap prices and amazing upgrades, rather than the same old onboard credit, upgrades within the […]

Cruiser on Your List? You (Almost) Can’t Miss With This Gift

Looking for a can’t-miss, last-minute gift for the cruiser on your list? Give the gift of onboard credit. Mainstream, big-ship cruising has always been a la carte — but these days there are more added-fee options than ever, from specialty dining to babysitting to upcharge entertainment. (See how readers rate these fees on the Nickel […]

A Cruise Back in Time: Fares Then and Now

While reading an old copy of a book that once belonged to my travel-loving grandfather, I was startled when a makeshift bookmark fell into my lap. It was a yellowed advertisement for cruises — specifically, sailings aboard Cunard‘s iconic Queen Elizabeth 2 — torn from a USAir magazine, circa October 1982. Itineraries noted on the […]

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