January through March of each year is the period of time referred by the cruise industry as “Wave Season”. This is the time many great offers and incentives are offered by the cruise lines to induce potential cruise passengers to book their cruises for the year.
Two examples of this year’s “Wave Season” is Celebrity Cruise Lines’ “1, 2, 3 Go!” incentive, which included a complimentary beverage package for two; a $200 shipboard credit; and complimentary gratuities (a value of $84 per person on a 7-night cruise); as well as Carnival Cruise Lines’ “Now Is The Time” sale, which up until February 28th offered a 4-Category upgrade; an onboard credit, and reduced deposits of just $50 per person, in lieu of the usual $250 per person deposit.
There are numerous other sales and “specials” throughout the year, depending on how full each sailing becomes. The fewer passengers booked on any particular sailing, the lower the rates will go as the cruise lines really want to sell every last cabin on the ship. Conversely, as the ship fills, the rates for remaining cabins will go higher because of the “supply and demand” theory; i.e., this is a “more desirable” sailing which is why it’s filling up quickly.
Many would-be cruisers opt to wait and see if there will be any “last minute” sale prices; and often times there are; however, if you have your heart set on a specific sail date or itinerary, your best bet is to book early, as during the “Wave Season” if you can.
In travel, as with everything, the old adage “The Early Bird Gets The Worm” still applies!