- Wave season is just like Black Friday, but instead of retail deal offerings, it’s cruise deals that abound.
- During wave season, cruise companies offer steep travel discounts on cruise packages.
- If your vacation time is flexible, you can score travel deals for around $200.
When cabin fever has officially set in, the major cruise lines are more than happy to get you out of the house with enticing last-minute cruise deals. Just how good are the deals? Think steep Black Friday discounts but instead of one day just a single day of sales, the deals extend for three months. Cheap cruise deals are so common in January through March that the promotion period has been dubbed “wave season.”
Booking a cruise during wave season means you’ll not only get to escape the winter doldrums, but you’ll likely score cheap cruises plus included amenities like free onboard WiFi, prepaid gratuities or package upgrades. GOBankingRates has rounded up some of the most affordable 2019 cruise deals — book now to snag your spot.
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Norwegian Cruise Line — Miami to Panama
Start practicing your conversational Spanish because for $699, passengers can travel on an 11-day cruise from Miami to Panama. Stops include Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico and Belize. Touting up to $4,000 in savings, Norwegian Cruise Line is also offering an unlimited open bar, specialty dining, shore excursions, free Wi-Fi, friends and family sail free and airfare for passengers.
Royal Caribbean — Miami to the Bahamas
If you’re after a quick weekend jaunt, Royal Caribbean is offering a two-day trip aboard its Mariner of the Seas. Starting in Miami and cruising over to the Bahamas, a balcony room will cost you $329. You’ll be able to explore both locations and the ship, which has its own wave pool, water slides, basketball court, a laser tag field and bungee trampoline.
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Carnival — Mobile, Ala., to Cozumel, Mexico
Board the Carnival Fantasy in Mobile, Ala., and set sail for Cozumel, Mexico. With rooms starting at $309 per person, the four-day trip includes two days at sea to explore the ship’s water slides and theater shows, and throw a few drinks back at the bars. Book now through Feb. 15 and you’ll get to take $50 off the deposit fee for each passenger.
Holland America Line — Anchorage, Alaska, to Vancouver, Canada
Not all discount cruises have a tropical destination. For $599 per passenger, explore the splendor of Alaska and Canada’s west coast for seven days aboard the Ship Noordam this May. Right now, Holland America is offering a package valued around $1,600, and it includes a free room upgrade, up to $600 in spending money, up to a $1,000 airfare credit and a reduced cruise deposit rate.
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Princess Cruises — Los Angeles to Vancouver, Canada
As far as last-minute cruises go, Princess Cruises is offering a $198 per passenger special on a 3-day cruise up the Pacific Coast departing on March 26. Although you won’t dock in any cities, you’ll have three days to explore the Emerald Princess and its casino, fitness center, three main dining rooms, four pools and seven whirlpool spas.
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