This is a special time of year. This is the magical time of year. In the Northeast we are in the doldrums of winter, with new cold snow fronts that now have “names” that are forever heading toward us. Now our thoughts begin to drift towards warm days and exotic vacation destinations. The planning begins.
This is the Wave Season. This is the time when cruiselines off their very best deals. The Wave season typically runs through January to April, but industry sources are telling me the special and success they have seen will cause it to run longer this year. The specials, discounts, and incentives are not limited to the time of the sale but usually for most sailings throughout the year. If you are planning to cruise with any line in 2015 into 2016, now is the time to book.
Here are some of the best wave season specials that I have seen, prepaid gratuities, complimentary specialties dining packages, free beverage packages that included alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, cabin upgrades, 2 for 1 specials in cruise fares and airline tickets, half priced shore excursions. There are some many items out there please consult with a travel professional beyond the cruiseline to get the best perks and the most combinable offers.
One of my favorite perks that has made it’s appearance this last year is the reduced deposit special. This allows more people to make a cruise booking without having to make a larger financial commitment too far away from the vacation. People like to make payments on a vacation, it seems easier.
Some of the specific wave season specials included Norwegian Cruise Lines’s freestyle choice sales and everyone’s highly anticipated “kids sail Free” special is beginning to roll out. Royal Caribbean has the Vow to WoW sale that includes things like 50% off second guest and reduced deposits and added shipboard spending money. There is a new ship homeporting for now in Bayonne, NJ named the Quantum of the seas and the specials can be applies to this ship. Princess Cruises is having a 50th anniversary Sale that includes complimentary specialty dining and discounted pricing. One of my favorite lines, Celebrity is having a “123 Go” sale which includes three perks to choose from.
As stated earlier please consult with a travel professional who know which line is offering the best perks that fit your style.
There is a cruise to fit every style and every budget. A good travel agent will have the most up to date knowledge and contacts within the cruise industry. This knowledge will help you plan your cruise with ease. Don’t get caught adrift in a sea of confusing offers. Please don’t forget to purchase travel insurance no matter what type of trip you are taking.
Oceans of love from Kristen and all your friendly agents of
Palm Breezes Travel
a local agency in Forked River, NJ 609-971-9267