With 2022 drawing to a close, it's time to start looking for the best cruise deals of 2023. In fact, the new year coincides with the beginning of wave season for cruise lines, when you're likely to find some of the best cruise deals of 2023 (even for sailings well into the future).
January to March is primetime for deals on cruises. While hefty fare discounts are the norm during wave season, expect cruise lines to bundle a huge number of perks into their 2023 deals, including free drink packages, included gratuities, onboard credits, shore excursion perks and reduced single supplements.
You'll find these deals across the spectrum at this time of year, from major lines like Royal Caribbean and Carnival to luxury cruises, expedition sailings and river cruises. In many cases, these bundled wave season perks can save travelers hundreds -- if not thousands -- of dollars on the cruise of their dreams (or a quick getaway at sea).
Below you'll find a selection of the wave season cruise deals from 2022 to help you get a sense of the discounts and packages you're likely to see in 2023. Additionally, check out Cruise Critic's own year-round deals, which provide a straighforward score of zero to 100 to help you see just how good of a bargain you're getting.
In the meantime, brush up on our expert tips to finding the best cruise deals during wave season 2023. And don't forget to bookmark this page and check back often, as we'll be adding the best cruise deals of the 2023 wave season as soon as they start rolling in.
The Deal: Celebrity is giving passengers up to $1,200 off select voyages in the line's comprehensive lineup of worldwide cruise itineraries.
Eligible Voyages: Applicable to cruises three nights or longer.
Good to Know: Sailings must be booked between December 14, 2021, and February 28, 2022.
The Deal: As part of its "Escape Back to the Blue" Wave season cruise deals, Celestyal Cruises will offer savings of up to 30 percent off select 2022 cruises booked now through March 31, 2022. Kids 12 years and under sail for free with this promotion, and solo travelers are also eligible for reduced single supplements.
Eligible Voyages: Select 2022 cruises to the Greek Islands and Eastern Mediterranean.
Good to Know: Valid on new bookings made by March 31, 2022
The Deal: Costa is offering savings of up to $800 on select Mediterranean and Northern European itineraries in 2022, along with $100 per person in onboard credit.
Eligible Voyages: Cruises departing between April and November 2022 in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe.
Good to Know: Valid on new bookings.
The Deal: Emerald Cruises is offering passengers looking to cruise in 2022 a variety of deals, including the ability to save up to $2,500 per couple on any suite on select 2022 and 2023 European or Southeast Asia river cruises; 15 percent off fares aboard Emerald Azzurra, along with a complimentary drinks package; and up to 25 percent off 2023 sailings aboard Emerald Sakara when bookings are paid in full 12 months prior to departure.
Eligible Voyages: Select river cruises in 2022 and 2023 in Europe and Southeast Asia; select voyages aboard Emerald Azzurra in 2022; and select 2023 sailings aboard Emerald Azzurra or Emerald Sakara.
Good to Know: New bookings made by March 31, 2022
The Deal: Holland America Line is pulling out all the stops on its Ultimate Upgrade Event this season. Perks include free stateroom upgrades, up to $200 onboard credit per stateroom, up to three shore excursions per person, a Signature Beverage Package, specialty dining packages, and a Wi-Fi package -- not to mention kids aged 17 and under occupying third and fourth berths can sail for just $75 per person.
Eligible Voyages: Offer runs (minus the $200 onboard credit) until February 28, 2022 for all other perks.
Good to Know: Holland America's Ultimate Upgrade Event is not valid on Grand Voyages or cruises five days or less.
The Deal: Princess Cruises is offering a handful of perks across all destinations, all staterooms and all guests. Unlike some of their other sales we've seen, guests who book the available Best Sale Ever fares will be privy to all five onboard perk options, including free Wi-Fi, a stateroom location upgrade, free Premium Beverage Package, paid gratuities and a specialty dining credit.
Eligible Voyages: Select 2022 and 2023 cruises booked before March 2, 2022.
Good to know: The discount is automatically applied and will not show up in your booking fare summary. Sale fares cannot be combined with other offers or discounts.
The Deal: Passengers booking one of Regent Seven Seas' luxury cruises can enjoy a two-category suite upgrade, up to a Penthouse Suite, on 280 separate voyages sailing into 2024 as part of the line's "Upgrade Your Horizon" promotion.
Eligible Voyages: Select 2022, 2023 and 2024 luxury cruises.
Good to Know: Valid on new bookings made by February 28, 2022.
The Deal: Scenic is offering Wave season deals for its river and ocean voyages, with savings of up to 10 percent on all 2023 river cruises in Europe and Southeast Asia; free economy air on select seven-to-nine-night itineraries, and free premium economy air on select sailings 10 nights or over. On the ocean side of things, passengers can save up to 20 percent on North, Central and South American itineraries aboard Scenic Eclipse, along with 2-for-1 business class airfare. Up to 20 percent savings are also offered on 2023 voyages aboard Scenic Eclipse.
Eligible Voyages: Select 2022 and 2023 river and ocean voyages.
Good to Know: Valid on new bookings made by March 31, 2022. Ocean and river cruise bookings must be paid in full at least 12 months prior to departure to take advantage of savings.
The Deal: Seabourn is enticing passengers to embrace the luxury life with its "Suite Life Event", offering complimentary two-category suite
Eligible Voyages: Select 2022 and 2023 departures across Seabourn's luxury fleet.
Good to Know: Valid on new bookings made by March 1, 2022.
The Deal: Silversea is offering even more inclusions on its luxury sailings, rolling out roundtrip economy airfare, all airport-hotel-ship transfers, private executive transfers from home, pre-post cruise hotel night(s) and included shore excursions -- all of which can be booked for a new lower, refundable, deposit of 15 percent.
Eligible Voyages: All worldwide voyages sailing now through March 31, 2023.
Good to Know: Bookings must be made between December 6, 2021 and February 28, 2022.
The Deal: Virgin Voyages is offering sailors the chance to save up to 20 percent off on sailings aboard any of the line's ships (including the forthcoming Valiant Lady), plus Virgin will throw in a $100 bar tab credit. Those who elect to pay their bookings in full will receive an additional 10 percent off.
Eligible Voyages: Most sailings booked within 120 days of embarkation date will receive 20 percent off; sailings departing between 121 and 179 days from booking date will receive 15 percent off; departures 180 days or greater from booking date receive 10 percent off.
Good to Know: Applies on all new bookings made between December 8, 2021 and February 16, 2022.
The deal: Uncruise Adventures is offering between $500 to $1,000 off some of their most popular Alaska voyages, as well as no single supplement on 2022 Wilderness Legacy Alaska itineraries and 25% off group bookings of eight or more.
Eligible voyages: Select 2022 expedition voyages.
Good to know: Waves season deals must be booked by April 15, 2022. All cruises booked through this deal are subject to availability and combinable with past guest loyalty savings and referrals.
The Deal: Travelers can save up to $5,000 off select river cruises with Uniworld.
Eligible Voyages: Select 2022 river cruises in Europe, Egypt, Central America, and more.
Good to Know: Valid on new bookings made by February 28, 2022.
The Deal: Cruisers can save up to 40% off select expedition cruises to bucket list destinations from Galapagos, Alaska, Norway, Iceland and more. Travelers will also receive 50% off deposits and up to $200 onboard credit to spend toward shore excursions and spa services.
Eligible Voyages: Select 2022 and 2023 cruises to Antarctica, Alaska, Galapagos, Iceland, South America, and more.
Good to Know: Valid on new bookings made by February 14, 2022.
Updated November 18, 2022