2014 Top Wave Season Cruise Deals!

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Here is a list of the 2014 Top Wave Season Cruise Deals!

These are the current promotions of all the cruiselines, but there may also be more exclusive offers that can be combined with these promotions, so please call CruisingNow.com at 800-603-1271, or email us at info@cruisingnow.com with your questions or quote requests. Hurry, these offers are time-sensitive!

 Thanks to USA Today for the list.

rccl-allure-of-the-seas.JPGSome people associate January with New Year's resolutions. In-the-know cruisers, however, equate this month with cruise bargains. The early winter months are traditionally when cruise lines discount their fares and offer other freebies to entice you to drop what you're doing and book a cruise. While you might think Wave Season is just hype, it really is a good time of year to review your vacation plans and see if your favorite ship is offering a deal you just can't refuse.


What are Wave Season Deals, Exactly?

So, what type of promotions can you expect to see right now? Discounts off the base cruise fare and 2-for-1 deals are by far the most common sales. You'll also often encounter kids sail free packages, onboard credits, free or upgraded airfare, cabin upgrades, reduced deposits, complimentary shore excursions, free beverage packages, prepaid gratuities, and waived single supplements.


What Other Offers Are There?


CruisingNow.com has access to Exclusive Signature Travel Network rates and extra amenities like shipboard credits, wine, exclusive shoreside events, private car and drivers, etc. Many cruises also have additonal amenities like shipboard credit as well as the best rates. Please call to check for availability and exact pricing at 800-603-1271 or email info@cruisingnow.com.



Azamara: Choose a free shore excursion at each port on Mediterranean sailings with the "On Shore On Us" promotion. The savings is up to $2,000 per couple. Book by January 31. The offer covers select 2014 spring, summer and fall cruises. Sample: 7-day Athens to Rome (on Azamara Journey, May 12, from $2,399 per person.

Royal Caribbean: The "WOW" promotion brings shipboard credit on select 2014 Caribbean cruises of six nights or longer, embarking between March and December. You get $75 per stateroom for an ocean-view stateroom, $150 for a balcony, or $300 for a suite – to spend however you like onboard. Excluded from the offer are sailings on the soon-to-debut Quantum of the Seas. Royal is also offering up to $400 in shipboard credit for Europe cruises. Booking deadline is February 28. Sample: 7-day Western Caribbean on Allure of the Seas, Nov. 2, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale, from $929 for a balcony cabin.

Carnival: The "New Year, New Memories" promotion applies to select Caribbean, Bahamas and Mexican Riviera cruises. Save up to $400 per stateroom on sailings of six days or longer, up to $200 on short sailings. Free cabin upgrades also available.  Sample: Balcony cabin, 7-day Eastern Caribbean on Carnival Dream, round-trip from Port Canaveral, from $749 for a balcony cabin.

Princess:With the "3 for Free Sales Event" receive up to $280 in perks including a shore excursion credit of up to $200 per stateroom in Europe (up to $100 in Alaska and the Caribbean), a famed 8 x 10 keepsake photo and a bottle of wine. Booking deadline is February 28. Sample: 7-day Alaska sailing, May 18, round-trip from Seattle on the Grand Princess, from $598.

Seabourn: Get a complimentary upgrade to a veranda suite, up to 15% savings if you combine two or more consecutive sailings and up to $1,000 per suite in shipboard credit for premium suites. The "Signature Savings Event" offer applies to select cruises in many destinations. Sample: 11-day Mediterranean cruise on Seabourn Odyssey, from Monte Carlo to Athens, May 13, from $4,999.

Celebrity: The "123go!" promotion comes with a choice of perk: A complimentary "Classic Beverage Package" (valued at $88 per day for two); free gratuities (valued at $30 per day); or an onboard credit of $100 to $300 per stateroom (based on length of cruise). On Europe cruises guests can pick two perks. Offer valid through February. Sample: 7-day Bermuda cruise on Celebrity Summit, round-trip from Bayonne, N.J., May 4, from $739 for an ocean-view.

Norwegian:Cruise on a three-night or longer itinerary and get free upgrades — to ocean-view, balcony or mini-suite cabins –— and a coupon booklet worth more than $300 in savings (if you use all the coupons). Book by April 4. The "Upgrade Wave" offer applies to most sailings. Sample: Book a balcony stateroom on the new Norwegian Getaway, 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise round-trip from Miami, March 1, from $809.

Cunard:The "Royal Upgrade Celebration" brings free upgrades, free gratuities and other benefits on transatlantic crossings, New England/Canada sailings, Europe cruises and Grand Voyages. Do a New York to Southampton, UK crossing in a balcony stateroom on the Queen Mary 2, June 13 from $1,549. Offer valid until February 28.

Holland America: Book an ocean-view or above category on select Europe cruises and receive a free Signature beverage package (valued at $50 per person, per day). On select other itineraries including Alaska, the "Above and Beyond" promotion brings shipboard credits ($150 to $250 for a 7-day cruise). There's also free or reduced 3rd and 4th passenger fares and up to 10% savings on select summer shore excursions. Book by February 28. Sample cruise: 7-day Norway, round-trip from Dover, UK on the Ryndam, from $1,099 for an ocean-view.

Oceania: Take advantage of 2-for-1 fares, with included airfare, free gratuities, shipboard credit ($100) and free unlimited Internet during the "Your World on Sale" promotion. Offer expires March 31. Sample: 7-day cruise on the Riviera, from Venice to Rome, from $3,299 for a deluxe ocean-view.