Everyone knows that wave season (January through March) is a time when cruise lines put out awesome booking promotions -- think free upgrades, extra-value offers and fare discounts. But, Cruise Critic's editors have seen some amazing sales in the fall months, too.
That got us wondering: If the autumn months are a time when cruise lines are pushing to sell off remaining inventory for the current year while encouraging cruisers to book early for next year and beyond, could fall possibly be a better time to book a cruise than winter?
We put this question to several travel agents, who acknowledged seeing great fall deals in the past, but cautioned that every year is different. So, is fall the best time to book? It can be -- if your needs and the cruise lines' match up. If you're itching for great value, here are three cases when fall is the best time to book.