(Updated January 13, 2017) Wave season -- which typically runs from January through February or March -- is the chance for cruise lines to get creative with deals and discounts and fill their cabins for the season ahead. For you, fellow cruise lovers, it offers the chance to snap up a cruise bargain or added extras.
Much like the January sales, which creep up earlier and earlier each year, many cruise lines are now launching their wave season deals in December, with offers including discounted cruise fares, free upgrades, onboard credit, inclusive drinks packages, buy-one-get-one-free fares and more.
Here at Cruise Critic we've rounded up some of the best wave season offers on the market below. Don't forget, we'll continue to add more wave season deals as they are released, so keep checking this page.
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The deal: Buy-one-get-one-half-price deals, including free internet, when booking a Club Oceanview cabin, Club Balcony cabin, Club Continent Suite, Club Spa Suite or a Club World Owner / Ocean Suite, are available on a selection of the line's itineraries.
Azamara is also offering 50 percent off for the second passenger for those booking a Club Interior cabin. Alongside this offer, Azamara's Early Booking Benefit also applies, featuring added value in the form of onboard credit towards shore excursions when booking at least 10 months prior to departure date. Azamara's Club Royal members will also receive £40 for every booking made before January 31, 2017.
An example itinerary includes the 17-night Route of the Frankincense onboard Azamara Journey, which departs October 28, 2017, with fares from £3,006 (cruise only) for the first passenger and £1,503 (cruise only) for the second passenger; or the 20-night Amalfi Coast & Adriatic Voyage onboard Azamara Quest, departing August 19, 2017, which takes in Italy, Malta, Greece and Croatia. Cruise fares for the first passenger start from £2,816 (cruise only) and £1,408 as (cruise only) for the second passenger. To book visit www.azamaraclubcruises.co.uk/bogohoplus.
The deal: Celebrity Cruises is offering a handful of deals if you book a 2017 cruise during their offer period, including savings of up to £200 on ocean view cabins or above on Europe and Abu Dhabi cruises and savings of up to £500 on the same cruises when booking a Suite Class cabin. In addition, passengers will receive a free classic drinks package, which is worth over £50 a day.
Families will benefit from savings of £100 per person on the third and fourth passengers in each cabin, plus a free non-alcoholic drinks package for these passengers. To book call 0800 441 4054 or visit www.celebritycruises.co.uk.
Valid: Now until the end of February 2017.
The deal: Cruise & Maritime Voyages' Worldwide Cruise Collection programme provides a spring preview for 2018 featuring up to 50 percent off winter and spring cruises in 2018, with up to 40 percent discounted off some spring and summer 2017 fares. An example discounted cruise fare includes the 12-night British Isles sailing onboard Magellan, departing London Tilbury on April 7, 2018, with a reduced fare of £899 per person -- down from £1,819 per person -- if booked by April 30, 2017. To book call 0844 998 3877 or visit www.cruiseandmaritime.com.
Valid: Until end of April 2017, subject to availability.
The deal: Cunard's Ultimate Upgrade on Us deal is being offered on selected fares for 2017 and 2018 itineraries, including in the Mediterranean, Baltic, Norwegian Fjords, or the line's transatlantic crossing to or from New York. Ultimate Upgrade offers passengers the opportunity to book a Balcony cabin for the same price as an Inside cabin; a Princess Grill Suite for the same price as a Britannia Club Balcony; or a Queens Grill suite for the same price as a Princess Grill Suite. An example fare includes the New York to Southampton crossing on Queen Mary 2, departing July 28, 2017. Book a Balcony cabin for the same price as an inside cabin, from £1299 per person, including all flights and transfers. To book online, visit www.cunard.co.uk/m745/ or call 0843 374 2224.
Valid: Until February 28, 2017.
The deal: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has launched two wave season deals, including a free upgrade to the all-inclusive drinks package on any 2017/18 cruise of five-nights’ duration or longer and a no single-supplement offer on a selection of 10 2017/18 cruise holidays. These two offers cannot be combined. Members of Fred. Olsen's Oceans loyalty club will also benefit from free onshore spending money and door-to-door transfers, when booking in December 2016. For non-loyalty club members, a free onshore spending money offer will be available on 16 selected voyages in 2017 until January 31, 2017, with guest offered up to 125 euros (or the equivalent value of currency relative to the cruise destination); while the free door-to-door offer is also available on three selected longer 2017 voyages when booked by January 31, 2017. To book call 0800 0355 242 or visit www.fredolsencruises.com.
Valid: The free upgrade to an all-inclusive drinks package and the no single-supplement deals are valid until March 1, 2017.
The deal: Cabin upgrades, up to $500 in onboard credit per cabin, 10 percent off select shore excursions and prepaid gratuities in suites are being offered on sailings from winter 2017 through spring 2018, including itineraries in Europe, Alaska, Panama Canal, Hawaii, South America, Bermuda and more. To book visit www.hollandamerica.com.
Valid: Through February 28, 2017.
The deal: MSC Cruises is offering select Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Caribbean and UAE summer 2017 and winter 2017/2018 sailings at low rates with the MSC Bella Experience or a complimentary all-inclusive drinks package with the MSC Fantastica Experience. Passengers can also opt to upgrade their cabin when booking the Fantastica Experience from an inside to a balcony cabin, from only £140 per person for a seven-night cruise. To book call 0203 426 3010 or visit www.msccruises.co.uk.
Valid: December 26, 2016, to February 28, 2017.
The deal: Norwegian's Feel Free programme offers the following free perks when booking a three-night or longer cruise: unlimited beverage package; specialty dining package; 250-minutes internet package; or $200 onboard credit per cabin. If you book a studio or inside cabin you get to choose one of the perks; ocean view, balcony or mini-suite passengers can choose two, while Suite or The Haven-class passengers get all four perks included. To book visit www.ncl.com.
Valid: Cruises must be booked by April 7, 2017.
The deal: P&O Cruises is offering passengers extra onboard credit with every Select Price booking of an outside, balcony or suite cruise holiday. The amount of extra onboard credit you'll receive will depend on the length and cost of the cruise you book. For example, P&O Cruises will offer £150 per cabin on a seven-night Eastern Mediterranean cruise and up to £600 of credit per cabin on a 24-night Caribbean cruise. Passengers booking the full 99-day world cruise will be eligible for up to £2,000 of onboard credit per cabin. To book visit www.pocruises.com.
Valid: The deal is valid from December 23, 2016 and February 28, 2017.
The deal: Princess Cruises is offering a number of fare reductions for bookings made on 2017 cruises, with prices starting from £499 per person and third and fourth passengers sharing the same cabin starting from £99 per person. Princess Cruises is also offering low five percent deposits on a number of 2017 and 2018 itineraries. The reduced fare offers includes the opportunity to sail on the line's brand-new Majestic Princess before the ship permanently repositions to China. An example itinerary includes the seven-night Mediterranean cruise departing April 16, 2017, from £499 per person. For more information or to book call 0843 374 2402 or visit www.princess.com/holiday.
Valid: December 21, 2016, to February 28, 2017.
The deal: Royal Caribbean's Where Extraordinary Happens campaign offers some fantastic savings on selected European itineraries of six nights or more departing between April 1 and October 31, 2017.
The deal includes a buy one all-inclusive cruise fare and get a second half price for the second passenger booked into the same cabin and a 50 percent saving on kids cruise fares, with all third and fourth passengers booked into the same cabin receiving 50 percent off, too. The all-inclusive offer includes the Deluxe Beverage Package -- featuring any beverage up to the value of US$12, including all cocktails, spirits, liqueurs, wines, beer and soft drinks -- for the first and second passenger, or an alternative Classic Soda Package. The line is also offering reduced deposits of just £25 per person on bookings made before March 6, 2017, providing the booking is at least 57 days or more before the sailing.
For more information or to book visit or call 0844 481 7629.
Valid: Available on new bookings made by March 6, 2017.
The deal: Luxury all-inclusive line Seabourn is offering cruise savings, onboard credit and suite upgrades on select 2017 and 2018 itineraries. Passengers can enjoy complimentary upgrades from Ocean View to Veranda Suites; $1,000 USD per suite shipboard credit for Penthouse and Premium suites*; $400 USD per suite Ventures by Seabourn credit on 2017 Alaska voyages; and £199 round-trip economy air / £499 round-trip business class air for 2017 Europe Voyages*. (Additional savings of up to 15 percent on Combination Voyages*.) For more information or to book, call Seabourn on 0843 373 2000 or visit www.seabourn.com.
Valid: Now through March 14, 2017.