Wave Season 2013 Begins!

| Monday, 07 Jan. 2013

Catch the Wave on Bargains!

Wave Season 2013 Begins!

Wave Season 2013 starts today and I had to work hard to get all of the deals today. So, let's get started.

2013 Wave Season Offers

Carnival Cruise Line starts its Wave Season with a short sale on Tuesday through Thursday, but there will plenty more. This offer has special rates on "Fun Select" specials; cabin guarantees where they do not assign your exact cabin location until the day you check in.

"Guarantees" are a good deal; nearly all staterooms in any category, within a given ship, are virtually identical. The only potential pitfall is the chance you will get a bad location, like far forward, next to an elevator, adjacent to a laundry room or below the "disco" that stays open until 2:00 AM. Still, most cabins will not have any such problems.

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Celebrity Cruises is offering seven-day cruises on the brand new Reflection for as little as $549 (inside), though the price goes up dramatically for higher categories and Celebrity Silhouette with balcony cabins for $899 on February 17th. Of all the Celebrity ships those are the two I recommend most. The five Solstice-class ships are all beautiful, but these two have the best restaurants; especially the Lawn Club Grill and Qsine.

Cunard Line - a transatlantic crossing on the flagship Queen Mary 2 is the most refined seagoing experience anywhere. Men in tuxes and ladies in hats celebrate the golden age of ocean liners in the grandest ballroom at sea. An authentic British Pub offers fine ale and shepherd's pie.

Here are some special prices on seven-day crossings between New York and Southampton, U.K.

  • 26 April: Westbound, Southampton to New York, $999
  • 3 May: Eastbound, New York to Southampton, $1045
  • 25 May: Westbound, Southampton to New York, $1057
  • 15 December: Westbound, Southampton to New York, $1057
  • 3 January 2014: Eastbound, New York to Southampton, $1045

The line also has two smaller vessels with special offers on airfare to Europe; up to $1000 off per couple, and savings of up to $1200 off your cruise on certain dates.

Disney Cruise Line has a "Kids Sail Free" offer available now for its sailings on Disney Magic currently sailing out of Galveston. The date-sensitive cruise prices are decent for this popular cruise line, especially on February 5th starting at just $919 per adult (inside). Many of the ship's staterooms will hold two kids who sail FREE (Kids ages 17 and under) on most 6-night and 8-night sailings from Galveston from January 12, 2013 to March 1, 2013

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However, I personally recommend the newer Disney ships for a greater variety of experiences. Look to Disney Fantasy sailing seven-night cruises out of Port Canaveral.

Holland America is holding a "Sail and Save" event with exceptional prices on seven-day Caribbean cruises on the Eurodam. Sail to the Eastern Caribbean for just $499 (inside) or $799 verandah (March 2 sailing). The sister Nieuw Amsterdam is equally nice and has Western Caribbean sailings for $599 (inside) or just $849 (verandah).

You can also save on cruises to Alaska next summer if you book now for as little as $549 (inside) or $599 (oceanview) on the Zaandam; roundtrip Vancouver (a desirable itinerary).

Norwegian Cruise Lines urges you to "catch the wave" with last minute bargains on seven-day Caribbean cruises from New Orleans for just $399; an Eastern Caribbean from Miami for just $449 or a Western Caribbean from Miami for just $499. Sail dates are in February and March.

Even more spectacular are Norwegian's winter European specials to the Holy Land; an 11-night roundtrip Rome cruise to Turkey, Cypress, Israel (two days), Greece and Italy for only $449 (inside) or $649 (balcony). Any trip to the Holy Land at that price is a steal.

Even better (for price) is Norwegian Jade sailing a 10-night Mediterranean cruise for $369 (inside) and $599 (balcony); Roundtrip Rome to Katakolon, Athens, Ephesus, Istanbul and Naples.

Norwegian has a European Bonus Days sales event for those who book a Europe cruise now through tomorrow, January 8. You will receive $100 shipboard credit per stateroom plus free upgrades, e-coupons worth up to $300 in on board savings, and reduced deposits on sailings of three-days or longer. In addition, children ages 17 and younger will receive 50% off their cruise fare on any of European itineraries when two adults are in the same stateroom.

Oceania Cruises , with its beautiful new ships Marina and Riviera, has two special offers for Wave Season; Business Class air upgrades from $799 per person, one-way, on select 2013 European sailings, and two-for-one Unlimited Shore Excursion packages available on select 2013 Alaska sailings; a value of up to $999 per stateroom. Offer expires March 31, 2013.

Paul Gauguin Cruises is offering 50% off standard cruise fares on all sailings of the Tere Moana. The ship was newly added to the Paul Gauguin fleet just last month and will specialize in Caribbean and European itineraries.

The line is also offering 50% off standard cruise fares plus airfare (from Los Angeles) included on all 2013 Tahiti and French Polynesia voyages on its flagship, Paul Gauguin. For those who do not know, this ship was formerly with Regent Seven Seas. It now belongs to the Pacific Beachcomber company, a French Polynesian resorts specialist.

Princess Cruises has Wave Season savings up to $1,000 per stateroom plus up to $1,000 savings per couple on air fare (when air is booking with Princess). Most of the featured discounts are for cruises in Europe (all year) and Alaska (summer months). Princess is a quality cruise line that I especially enjoy in Europe for their tours and lower-key but accommodating onboard style. Furthermore, when Princess has a sale (usually for only a week every two months) they mean it, prices will return to the higher figure when the sale ends. Sample cruise deals (including taxes and fees) include:

  • Greek Isles cruise - 12 days: $2,529 balcony (was $3,029); $1,879 interior (was $2,129). Air savings: $500
  • Grand Mediterranean cruise - 12 days: $3,094 balcony (was $3,244); $2,244 interior (was $2,389). Air savings: $500
  • Holy Land cruise - 12 days: $2,974 balcony (was $3,624); $2,374 interior (was $2,824). Air savings: $500
  • British Isles cruise - 12 days: $2,844 balcony (was $3,194); $2,144 interior (was $2,294). Air savings: $400
  • Scandinavia & Russia cruise - 11 days: $2,829 balcony (was $3,129); $2,129 interior (was $2,229). Air savings: $400
  • Alaska cruise - 7 days: $1,299 balcony (was $1,399). Air savings: $100
  • Alaska cruisetour - Denali Explorer - 10 nights: $1,963 balcony (was $2,113). Air savings: $100

Royal Caribbean is offering an onboard gift certificate worth between $50 to $400 per stateroom depending on the accommodations and length of cruise. This is for cruise bookings made between now and February 15, 2013, on outside staterooms and above for sailings of 6-nights or longer in the Bahamas, Caribbean, Europe or Transatlantic cruises.

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