Wave Season Cruise Deals 2017

December 15, 2016
Wave Season 2017

Final update on March 30, 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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Royal Caribbean's Symphony Sale

What it is: Royal has extended its 30 percent off cruise fares promotion, now including its latest ship, Symphony of the Seas, debuting in spring 2018.

Eligible voyages include: A variety of sailings; Symphony itineraries depart April 2018 through 2019.

Valid: Through March 31, 2017

Azamara's BOGOHO

What it is: Get half off the second passenger cruise fare when you pay in full for the other, plus receive a complimentary internet package on your next Azamara cruise. (Must be booked in an oceanview cabin category or higher to qualify.)

Eligible voyages include: A wide range of sailings, this year and next

Valid: Through March 31, 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: Extended through March 31, 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: Extended through March 31, 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

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

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 31, 2017

Scenic Offers Free Air with Various River Cruises

What it is: Book a river cruise, from the Mekong to Bordeaux, and qualify for free round-trip airfare.

Eligible voyages include: Select itineraries and select dates; some sailings offer free air for 2017 and others offer it for 2018 itineraries.

Valid: Limited time only

Enjoy a Second Wave Season with G Adventures

What it is: Active cruise line G Adventures is offering up to 30 percent off river cruises through regions such as India, France and Cambodia; and up to 20 percent off select Amazon riverboat vacations. Save 15 percent in regions such as Norway or the Galapagos.

Eligible voyages include: A variety of exotic sailings departing spring, summer and fall 2017.

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

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 April 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018, excluding transatlantic and transpacific cruises, repositioning and Galapagos sailings.

Valid: Extended through April 3, 2017

Norwegian's Summer Splash Sale

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. Plus, earn an onboard credit up to $500 per cabin. Perks include a beverage package, free meals at specialty dining restaurants, 250 minutes of Wi-Fi, a shore excursions credit per cabin, per port; and free third and fourth passengers on select sailings.

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

Valid: Extended through April 10, 2017.

Princess Cruises' Summer on Sale

What it is: Save up to 40 percent per person on land-and-sea voyages to Alaska, Europe and even Japan with Princess Cruises. Fares for the third and fourth passenger to a room start from just $299.

Eligible voyages include: Europe, Japan and Alaska cruisetours during summer 2017

Valid: Through April 20, 2017

Cunard's Three for All

What it is: Cunard Line is offering 30 percent off cruise fares, up to $1,000 in onboard credit per cabin and an alternative dining credit to have a meal at the Kings Court or the Lido restaurants. Plus, prepaid gratuities for passengers on Mediterranean voyages.

Eligible voyages include: A wide variety of sailings, including Europe, Canada, the Caribbean and transatlantics.

Valid: Through April 26, 2017

Crystal Offers Reduced Rates and Double Points

What it is: In addition to their Choice promo, Crystal is running a sale called "You've Enjoyed the Rest, Now Enjoy the Best," encouraging new and loyal Crystal cruisers to book with reduced rates starting from $1,995 per person on select cruises. New-to-Crystal passengers will receive double loyalty points, and members of Crystal's Society Members loyalty program receive quadruple points.

Eligible voyages include: A variety of sailings to Asia, Europe and the Caribbean; lowest rate on a weeklong Serenity cruise round trip from Fort Lauderdale to Turks & Caicos and the West Indies

Valid: Through April 28, 2017

Uniworld's You Deserve the Best Upgrade Offer

What it is: Book a select 2017 Uniworld cruise and receive a complimentary cabin upgrade. Plus, if you book business class air through the line, get an additional $1,000 off your cruise fare, per person.

Eligible voyages include: A selection of 2017 sailings to places such as Italy, France, Cambodia, Egypt, Prague and many more.

Valid: Through April 30, 2017.

Princess Cruises' Come Back New Sale

What it is: Book your Princess cruise this spring and qualify for prepaid gratuities, a free spa treatment when you book a suite and up to $300 in airfare savings.

Eligible voyages include: Select voyages beginning fall 2017 through spring 2018.

Valid: Through May 2, 2017

Abercrombie & Kent Reduces Single Supplement

What it is: Save 50 percent on the single supplement for select 2017 departures of Luxury Small Group Journeys, Connections European River Cruise Journeys and Luxury Expedition Cruises.

Eligible voyages include: Select luxury cruises to Japan and the Ryukyu Islands; and Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands; and a variety of European river cruises.

Valid: Book by May 31, 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. Receive reduced deposits, applicable to bookings on an upcoming sailing of new ship MSC Seaside.

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.