Wave Season Cruise Deals 2017

December 15, 2016
Wave Season 2017

Updated on February 23, 2017.

If you feel like the holiday decorations get put out earlier and earlier every year, you might begin to feel that way about wave season cruise deals -- and you wouldn't be wrong. The promotional period set forth by cruise lines to spur another year of bookings has historically been between January and March, but in recent years it's crept in both directions, to December and April.

If you're looking for wave season cruise deals to gear up for 2017, there's already plenty to choose from. Free upgrades, low nightly fares and free nights are on offer this year. Even if the offer is scheduled to end in early January, we anticipate cruise lines will be adding to and extending their sales throughout the winter. As an added bonus, many travel agents and online agencies include additional onboard credit on top of cruise line perks and price cuts.

If you don't see your favorite cruise line below, check back; we'll be updating this story with the latest offers all wave season long.

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Windstar's Star Perks

What it is: Enjoy reduced fares and your choice of one free perk on your next Windstar sailing. With Windstar's "Star Perks," choose from a premium beverage package, unlimited Wi-Fi, up to $1,000 in onboard credit or up to two free hotel nights. (Some perks vary by length of cruise.)

Eligible voyages include: Cruises for the 2017/2018 season to the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Europe and new itineraries in Asia and Arabia.

Valid: Expires tomorrow, February 24

Carnival's Upgrade Offer

What it is: Free upgrades are available sitewide when you book a cruise with Carnival by Saturday.

Eligible voyages include: A variety of sailings

Valid: Through February 25, 2017

Royal Caribbean Wants You to Start Wandering

What it is: Royal is offering 60 percent off second-passenger cruise fares, and 30 percent savings for third and fourth passengers. Passengers booking on or before February 13 are eligible for a free cabin upgrade on Anthem of the Seas. Additionally, cruisers with a valid Crown & Anchor Society membership number of Gold or higher status will receive an increased discount for balcony and suite bookings on Anthem of the Seas sailings.

Eligible voyages include: Sailings departing on or after March 2, excluding China departures.

Valid: Through February 28, 2017

Two-for-One Viking Ocean Cruises + Discounted Air

What it is: Viking Ocean Cruises is offering two-for-one cruise fares, plus round-trip air from $747 on Viking Homelands itineraries (Stockholm to Bergen). Or, two-for-one fares on a Panama & Central America sailing (round trip from Miami), with free airfare from more than 150 United States cities.

Eligible voyages include: Viking Homelands and Panama & Central America sailings.

Valid: Through February 28, 2017

Two-for-One Fares on Viking River Cruises + Free Air

What it is: Viking River Cruises has two-for-one cruise fares on offer, plus free international air on select river itineraries. Other itineraries have discounted air as low as $395 per person. Plus, choose one of the following additional offers: free beverage package, up to $400 in onboard credit per cabin or prepaid gratuities. Free international airfare is available on Viking's Grand European Tour itinerary (Amsterdam to Budapest). Discounted round-trip air is available on its Rhine Getaway (Amsterdam to Basel) and Romantic Danube (Budapest to Nuremberg) sailings.

Eligible voyages include: Select Europe river itineraries.

Valid: Through February 28, 2017

Celebrity's Sail Beyond Event

What it is: Passengers in any cabin, from an inside to AquaClass, will save up to $150, and those in an ocean-view or a higher-category stateroom will receive two free perks including a classic beverage package, unlimited Wi-Fi, prepaid gratuities and $150 in onboard credit. Additional people to a cabin (after first and second passenger) receive a classic nonalcoholic beverage package and a 40-minute internet package. Suite Class passengers save $200 and receive all four perks.

Eligible voyages include: Select destinations sailing from March 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018, excluding transatlantic and transpacific cruises, repositioning and Galapagos sailings.

Valid: Through February 28, 2017

Cunard's Upgrades on Us Offer

What it is: Cunard Line is offering complimentary double upgrades, meaning you pay for an interior cabin and stay in a balcony. Plus, earn up to $400 in onboard credit per cabin when you book through Luxury Travel Team. Past passengers qualify for prepaid gratuities.

Eligible voyages include:  A wide variety of sailings throughout 2017, including transatlantics.

Valid: Through February 28, 2017

Holland America's View & Verandah Promo

What it is: Cabin upgrades, up to $500 in onboard credit per cabin, 10 percent off select shore excursions and prepaid gratuities in suites.

Eligible voyages include: All destinations sailing from winter 2017 through spring 2018. Choose from Europe, Alaska, Panama Canal, Hawaii, South America, Bermuda and more.

Valid: Through February 28, 2017

Princess Cruises' Anniversary Sale

What it is: Receive up to $600 in onboard credit per cabin, plus reduced rates for third and fourth passengers to a room. Book a balcony or higher category cabin and you'll also get free specialty dining for everyone in your cabin. See offer details on Expedia.

Eligible voyages include: Sailings at least six nights long, from June 2017 through May 2018.

Valid: Through February 28, 2017

Norwegian's Free at Sea

What it is: Norwegian's standing added-perks program offers one perk for inside cabins, two perks for ocean-view, balcony or mini-suites and all five perks when you book a suite. When you book through Expedia, choose from a beverage package, prepaid gratuities, specialty dining package, internet package or free third and fourth passengers to a cabin.

Eligible voyages include: Most Norwegian cruises, from New Zealand to New England.

Valid: Through March 5, 2017.

Anniversary Formal Night Balloon Drop on Regal Princess

Seabourn Savings Event

What it is: Book a Seabourn cruise this wave season and receive the following perks: free upgrades, a $500 per-person air credit, $400 per cabin shore excursion credit in Alaska, $1,000 in onboard credit per cabin for penthouse or premium suite bookings and up to 15 percent savings when you book a consecutive cruise on the same ship.

Eligible voyages include: Most 2017 and 2018 cruises to Alaska, Europe, Caribbean, Asia, Australia, Canada & New England and more.

Valid: Book by March 14, 2017

Crystal Clear Choices

What it is: With the Crystal Clear Choice promotion, choose from $1,000 off per cabin, $1,500 in air credit per stateroom or $2,000 in onboard credit per cabin. Kids under the age of 18 can sail free on select cruises.

Eligible voyages include: A number of Crystal sailings in 2017 and 2018, from Sydney to Cape Town.

Valid: Through March 31, 2017

Early-Booking Savings on Crystal Yacht & River

What it is: The yacht and river branches of Crystal Cruises are offering their first-ever early-booking offer. Book a 2018 cruise by the end of March and save up to $2,000 per suite on Crystal Yacht Expedition voyages or $1,000 per suite on Crystal River sailings. Fares start from $4,750 per person onboard Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises or $2,975 per person for Crystal River Cruises.

Eligible voyages include: All 2018 Crystal River Cruises' and Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises' sailings

Valid: Book by March 31, 2017

Oceania Cruises' OLife Choice Offer

What it is: Oceania Cruises is providing passengers with free airfare and unlimited internet. Additionally, their choose-you-own-perk offer serves up cruisers with their choice of up to eight free shore excursions, a house beverage package or up to $800 in onboard credit.

Eligible voyages include: Hundreds of 2017 and 2018 sailings from the Caribbean and the South Pacific to Asia and Europe.

Valid: Book by March 31, 2017

Kids Sail Free on Select Oceania Cruises

What it is: Choose from a selection of Oceania Cruises' summer sailings and use the promo code KIDSFREE for complimentary cruise fare on the third and fourth passengers to a cabin when they are 17 years old or younger.

Eligible voyages include:  Seven special family-offer sailings, cruising to Canada/New England, Bermuda or Alaska this summer.

Valid:Book by March 31, 2017

Air Voucher from Alaskan Dream Cruises

What it is: Book a spring sailing with native-owned Alaskan Dream Cruises and receive an airline voucher for Alaska Airlines worth $400.

Eligible voyages include: May 12, 26 and June 2 on Admiralty Dream; May 14, 21, 28, and June 4 and 11 on Chichagof Dream; May 13, 20 and 27 and June 3 onboard Misty Fjord; and May 8 onboard Alaskan Dream.

Valid: Book by March 31, 2017

Emerald Waterways is Flying You to Europe for Free

What it is: Receive free round-trip airfare from major U.S. and Canadian gateways when you book a European river cruise on Emerald Waterways in 2017. Passengers who choose to book their own airfare instead receive $1,000 in air credits per person. Itineraries include Budapest to Amsterdam, Nuremberg to Frankfurt, and the Netherlands.

Plus, travelers who book any 2018 sailing before April 30 will pay 2017 fares and receive an additional discount of $1,000 per couple on sailings of 15 days or longer, and $500 per couple on sailings of 8 to 14 days.

Eligible voyages include: For free airfare, book any 2017 Europe river cruise when you book a Panorama Balcony, Grand Balcony, Riverview or Owners' One Bedroom Suite, category C and above. Fly from just $795 per person (savings of $1,200 per couple) when you book any category of stateroom on a 2017 Emerald Europe river cruise.

Valid: Through March 2017

Two-For-One and Kids Sail Free on MSC

What it is: Enjoy two-for-one cruise fares (and don't forget kids 12 and under cruise free on select sailings) aboard MSC Cruises with this Cruise.com offer. Receive up to $400 in onboard credit on an upcoming sailing of new ship MSC Seaside, plus reduced deposits and more.

Eligible voyages include: A variety of sailings, such as a round-trip Miami cruise to the Caribbean on Seaside in December 2017 or a week in the British Isles in June aboard Meraviglia, also a new ship.

Valid: Ongoing

Double Upgrades, Gratuities & More with Star Clippers

What it is: Star Clippers' new wave season deal is offering free two-category cabin upgrades, prepaid gratuities and $100 in onboard credit per cabin. Click on "Specials" then "Wave Season Offer."

Eligible voyages include: Select sailings in the Mediterranean from April to October 2017 and in Indonesia from May to September 2017.

Valid: For a limited time.

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