Some who cruise frequently and even those going on their first cruise may hear of what is called wave season. It is all about when the bulk of cruise bookings hit the books for both agencies and cruise lines alike. With that knowledge some want to know what does wave season do for me as a cruiser? That’s what we explore here today.
For the average cruiser looking to book a cruise for later in the year, or next, even for the holiday season next year, wave season offers some good prices and special perks. It is the good pricing and special perks that help establish a great deal. One can find both perks and good pricing if they work with a reputable cruise specialist agent.
Many specialist agents are part of larger agencies with significant buying power able to get special pricing and perks for guests on cruises. At times it comes from the agency putting together a group on various cruises that bring about the better pricing and many of the perks. At other times various cruise lines offer special incentives to the agents of larger agencies to pass along to clients who book during the wave season.
Cruise lines like to fill up their cabins for later in the year early each year, if not when the ships first are listed for sale which is typically over a year ahead of the sailings. Because holiday spending, not necessarily bill paying, is over in the first couple months of the year and folks have a clearer vision of what they want to do on vacation, it’s a popular time to book vacations. Cruise vacations are some of the more economical, in terms of value for dollar spent, thus many book up fast during Wave season. The added incentives used by the cruise lines are there to ensure bookings are strong.
It’s not too late during wave season to even book Spring Break vacation cruises. The pricing may not be as good, since that is one of the most expensive times of year to cruise, but there are still cabins to be had. The typical wave season booker though is looking for Summer and Fall travel. Those looking for last minute deals should focus on January and February sailings, either right away or for a year out.
Destinations worldwide will sell fairly well during the wave season. That said, the Caribbean and Alaska typically remain the strongest sellers with the highest demand out of the US cruiser market. Asia is a growing market for cruise passengers. We see more American style cruise ships setting up long term sailings in Asia. Many Asian passengers take these cruises and those from the US will find other North American and European passengers aboard. Australians and Kiwis are also present in large numbers.
Regardless of the destination deals pop up in wave season that don’t repeat later in the year. Also, inventory is better during wave season so picking a choice cabin is more likely during wave season. Some last minute bargains may be available later in the year for select cruises, but now is the time to save on the cruise you want to take.
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