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Wave season cruise deals for 2022

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Editor’s note: This post has been updated with new information.

Wave season is here! It’s the span between January and March when cruise lines offer some of their lowest fares to travelers planning sailings for the year ahead. That means savings and perks for you, the cruiser, as you consider planning your future travels.

During this time, look for extra-value promotions, such as reduced deposits, two-for-one fares, free fares for the third and fourth passengers in a cabin, free kids fares, gratis airfare, complimentary pre-cruise hotel stays, cabin upgrades, onboard credit, beverage packages, included gratuities, free Wi-Fi and more.

Now that you understand why this might be the cheapest time to plan a cruise, take a look at some of the cruise deals I’m most excited about in 2022 for bookings this year and beyond. You’ll need to sort through the different promotions to find the ones that have the greatest value for your travel style.

For example, if you’re not tight on cash or don’t mind leaving your money with your cruise line prior to a far-off sailing date, a reduced deposit might not be that valuable to you. On the other hand, if you always buy a beverage package, getting one for free might be much more appealing. Benefits like prepaid gratuities or onboard credit are almost like getting cash — assuming, of course, you were going to spend that money anyway.

Here are some of the best 2022 wave season cruise deals I’ve seen so far.

Editor’s note: Deals and pricing were accurate at the time of publication. Offers are subject to change without notice.

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American Cruise Lines

Until further notice, cruisers can save up to $1,200 on select sailings with American Cruise Lines. Featured destinations include the lower Mississippi, Cape Cod, the Columbia and Snake Rivers, and Alaska. Plus, beyond wave season, the line is now permanently offering flat-rate domestic airfare to all 19 of its embarkation points across 16 states. Book a cruise, and you’ll have the option to purchase airfare for a set price that’s immune to fluctuations.

Atlas Ocean Voyages

a boat sitting on top of a mountain: (Photo courtesy of Atlas Ocean Voyages) © The Points Guy (Photo courtesy of Atlas Ocean Voyages)

Luxe expedition newcomer Atlas Ocean Voyages is offering $2,000 per cabin in fare discounts when cruisers book a new voyage with a travel agent by March 31, 2022. The offer is good for sailings departing between March and September 2022.

Avalon Waterways

Through March 28, 2022, Avalon Waterways is featuring up to $2,800 in savings per stateroom on select Europe river voyages departing through December 31, 2022, as well as super-affordable $399-per-person airfare. Additionally, cruisers who reserve a 2022 Avalon Waterways Storytellers Series Europe voyage for four or more people can save a further $150 per person.

Azamara Cruises

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Azamara, which recently came under new ownership, is offering 30% off new bookings on select voyages departing between Jan. 7, 2022, and May 5, 2023, when you book by March 31, 2022. You’ll also receive up to $500 per cabin in onboard credit.

Celebrity Cruises

If you’re looking to sail with a more inclusive line without the luxury prices, Celebrity is a sure bet. The line includes Wi-Fi, drinks and gratuities on most regular sailings all year long, but during wave season, you can save up to $1,500 per person on cruise fares (depending on cabin type and length of sailing) and snag roundtrip airfare from as little as $299 per person. This offer is valid until further notice.

Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises‘ wave season promotions include Book Now Savings deals. Passengers who reserve a cabin by March 3, 2022, will save up to $4,500 per stateroom on ocean sailings, up to $4,000 per room on river voyages and as much as $10,000 per cabin on expedition cruises. Destinations include Europe, Asia and Antarctica.

Editor’s note: As of Jan. 19, 2022, Crystal has paused operations. The line says the hiatus is temporary and it is still accepting new bookings.

Cunard Line

a large ship in a body of water: Cunard Line’s flagship, the 2,695-passenger Queen Mary 2. (Photo by Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images) © The Points Guy Cunard Line’s flagship, the 2,695-passenger Queen Mary 2. (Photo by Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images)

With its “Three for All” promo, Cunard is giving passengers up to $2,000 in onboard credit (depending on cabin category booked), specialty dining credits and a 50% reduced deposit. Plus, if you’ve sailed with the line before, you’ll receive up to $1,200 in additional fare savings. A drinks package and gratuities are also included if you book a Grills Suite.

Disney Cruise Line

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Until further notice, Disney — which rarely runs sales — is discounting select voyages by up to 30% when you cruise from Galveston, Texas, or New Orleans to the Caribbean in early 2022. A number of other itineraries are also available, including Mexico, the Bahamas and the Caribbean from Miami; Port Canaveral, Florida; and San Diego, all offering price cuts of up to 25%.

Emerald Cruises

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Whether you’re looking for an ocean cruise or a river voyage, Emerald Cruises has you covered. Book an applicable Danube, Rhine or Rhone river sailing departing in 2022 or 2023, and you’ll snag up to $2,500 per stateroom in savings (depending on itinerary length), plus a $1,000 bonus and a further $150 per-person discount if you pay in full at the time of booking. This offer expires March 31, 2022.

If a yacht voyage is more your style, enjoy a discount of up to 25% on select 2022 and 2023 cruises and a complimentary premium beverage package, plus an additional 10% in savings when you pay in full at the time of booking. Just be sure to reserve your cabin by March 31, 2022.

Holland America Line

Just in time to satisfy your winter cruise cravings, Holland America presents its “Ultimate Upgrade Event.” Book a qualifying cruise, and the line will throw in a 50% reduced deposit, $200 in onboard credit, free basic beverage and Wi-Fi packages, and complimentary shore excursions and specialty restaurant meals (number depends on length of cruise). This offer is valid on select sailings of six nights or longer, departing through spring 2023. Reservations must be made by Feb. 28, 2022.

Hurtigruten Expeditions

This wave season, Hurtigruten Expeditions is offering up to $2,900 in savings on select 2022 voyages to the Galapagos, Antarctica and more. Looking even further out? You can also save up to 30% when you book a sailing for 2023 or 2024 to Iceland, Greenland, Spitsbergen, South America and other destinations. Both of these deals expire March 31, 2022.

Norwegian Cruise Line

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Running until further notice, Norwegian‘s New Year’s deal is enticing cruisers with 70% off second-passenger fares, as well as valuable extras that usually come with a fee. They include free open bar, specialty dining, shore excursions, Wi-Fi and airfare, and free fares for third and fourth passengers. This offer is valid on select sailings to Alaska, the Mediterranean, the Baltic, the Caribbean and more, departing into 2023.

Oceania Cruises

Luxury cruise line Oceania‘s plethora of bargains on select 2022 and 2023 voyages includes two-for-one cruise fares, discounted airfare and a choice of perks (complimentary shore excursions, free beverage packages or up to $800 in onboard credit).

Princess Cruises

The Royal Princess in Glacier Bay, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises) © The Points Guy The Royal Princess in Glacier Bay, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Princess Cruises)

Princess Cruises is running a “Best. Sale. Ever.” promotion that gives passengers up to $695 in add-ons for free when they book select voyages of seven nights or more until further notice. When you book a qualifying cruise, you’ll get a free premier beverage package, complimentary Wi-Fi, included gratuities, a stateroom location upgrade and a gratis meal in one of your ship’s specialty dining venues.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Via its “Upgrade Your Horizon” wave season promotion, Regent is offering a two-category upgrade — up to a Penthouse Suite — to passengers who book a voyage with the line by Feb. 28, 2022. Deposits are also reduced to 50%.

Royal Caribbean International

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Until further notice, Royal Caribbean is running a sale that offers as much as $550 off sailings, plus an additional savings of up to 30% per person on voyages departing through 2023. Itineraries feature the Caribbean, Mexico and the Bahamas, including the line’s private island Perfect Day at CocoCay.

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours

Luxury river cruise brand Scenic is giving prospective customers free or reduced-cost airfare when they book a Europe cruise in 2022 or Southeast Asia sailing in 2022 or 2023. Additionally, the line is granting travelers $250 per person in discounts for anyone who pays for a 2022 voyage in full. Pay for your 2023 trip at least 12 months in advance, and you’ll snag another 10% off.

If you’ve been itching to try Scenic’s expedition cruise product, now could be the time. Book select 2022 sailings and you’ll receive two-for-one business-class airfare. Make it a 2023 cruise, and you’ll get 20% off, plus an additional 10% if you pay in full at least 12 months in advance. These offers are all available until further notice.

Seabourn Cruise Line

Seabourn‘s “Suite Life Event,” running until March 1, 2022, will give you a two-category veranda suite upgrade on select 2022 and 2023 sailings and entitle you to a 50% reduced deposit. By paying in full, passengers might also qualify for an additional early bird discount of 10% on select voyages departing after July 1, 2022.

Silversea Cruises

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Silversea is running two promotions that could net you some savings. The first allows you to earn $500 for you and a friend each time you refer a newbie to the line. If your friend references your name and Venetian Society number when booking a cruise, you’ll both receive a credit that can be applied to a booking of your choice. You can refer up to five friends for a total of $2,500 in credit, as long as the bookings are made before Feb. 28, 2022.

Until further notice, the second promo allows solo cruisers to sail alone with only a 25% single supplement — a significant discount.

UnCruise Adventures

During wave season, UnCruise is featuring savings of up to $1,000 per person, based on itinerary, on new bookings made by April 15, 2022. The line is also waiving single supplements on select voyages and offering 25% discounts for group bookings of eight or more passengers.

Virgin Voyages

Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady. (Photo courtesy of Virgin Voyages) © The Points Guy Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady. (Photo courtesy of Virgin Voyages)

If you’re curious about new cruise line Virgin Voyages, now is the time to check it out for yourself. Until Feb. 16, 2022, the line’s “Sea Blue. Save Green.” offer is touting a 20% discount and $100 toward a prepaid bar tab on eligible Caribbean, Bahamas, Mexico and Europe itineraries, plus an additional 10% off when you pay in full.

Windstar Cruises

Through Feb. 28, 2022, Windstar is offering a “Pick Your Perk” promotion. When you book a sailing by that date,  you can choose from up to $1,000 in onboard credit per room (depending on cabin type and cruise length) or up to two nights at a premium hotel (including taxes, fees and free breakfast and Wi-Fi) pre- or post-cruise.

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