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What’s Wave Season? Only the Best Time of Year to Book a Cruise

December 7, 2016

It’s the most wonderful time of year… for cruisers, that is.

The easiest way to describe Wave Season is that it’s the Boxing Day of cruise offers, except it lasts for two months and you won’t have to fight pre-dawn zombies hunting down discount TVs.

Wave Season usually runs from January to the end of February and it’s when all cruise lines let our travel agents know about the big bonuses and extras on upcoming itineraries.


Why Did Cruise Lines Create Wave Season?

January – February just happens to be when cruise lines usually announce their full slate of cruises for the following year. Cruise lines love knowing their ships are going to be full of excited cruisers, so they give hefty incentives for people to book well in advance.

Sure, cruise lines have sales throughout the year, but Wave Season is where you tend to see the best value.

NOTE: Wave Season offers can be added on top of existing AMA-exclusive cruise benefits members get when booking select sailings.


Advantages of Booking during Wave Season

Here are the kinds of incentives cruise lines offer:

  • Shipboard credits. Money you can spend while on your cruise: spa treatments, souvenirs, professional photos, and more.
  • Prepaid gratuities. Most mainstream cruise lines ask guests to pay tips for hardworking staff. Consider this cash saved over the course of your trip.
  • Drink and dining packages. Enjoy a wine tasting event. Or have dinner for free at one of the onboard specialty restaurants.
  • Shore Excursions. Let the pros introduce you to all the ins and out of your port of call.

BONUS: Are you a cruise keener who likes to snag your preferred stateroom in the choicest ship location? Booking early during Wave Season is the best opportunity to get exactly what you want.


See Wave Season Cruise Offers

Want to browse the latest Wave Season offers from all our cruise partners? View Wave Season offers.

Need help deciding which cruise line is right for you and where you should sail to? Contact an AMA cruise specialist, call us at 1-844-771-1522, or visit your nearest AMA centre.

About the Author
David Little
David Little is the digital copywriter for AMA Travel. One of his favourite reasons for travel? Meeting new people and exchanging funny, scary, and bizarre stories from the road.