Cruise Deals to Watch This Wave Season

Wave Season 2018 is well underway. From Carnival Cruise Line’s new commission bonus for travel agents booking onboard weddings to new deals that may interest clients from UnCruise Adventures, Norwegian Cruise Line and Azamara Club Cruises, here’s an in-depth guide to what the lines are offering this year. 

Carnival Cruise Line’s Bonus Commission on Weddings

As part of Carnival Cruise Line’s newly announced policy to pay travel agent commission on wedding package sales, the cruise line is offering a special Wave Season bonus commission on wedding packages booked through March 31. Commission tiers for travel agents during the January 1-March 31, 2018 Wave Season period are:

  • Silver (1-10 Weddings): $200 per wedding
  • Gold (11-35 Weddings): $225 per wedding
  • Platinum (35 + Weddings): $300 per wedding

After March 31, agencies reaching Silver, Gold and Platinum booking tiers will earn ongoing commissions at the following levels:

  • Silver: $150 per wedding
  • Gold: $170 per wedding
  • Platinum: $200 per wedding

Agents who do not book wedding packages prior to March 31, 2018, will qualify for the silver level commission tier for the remainder of the year, Carnival said.


UnCruise Adventures Launches Wave Season Offer on Alaskan Cruises

In expedition cruises, UnCruise Adventures is offering guests a chance to save $225 per person, or $450 per couple, on any seven-night departure in Alaska aboard the S.S. Legacy and the Safari Endeavour. Travelers also get a $100 shipboard credit per couple. 

The offer applies to the line’s Alaska’s Glaciers & Whales; Whales, Wildlife & Glaciers; and Glacier Bay Small Ship Cruise itineraries, on new bookings made through February 28. Use offer code AK450+50 when booking. 


Free at Sea for Norwegian Cruise Line

Through January 31, Norwegian Cruise Line is extending its popular Free at Sea promotion in honor of Wave Season. Guests who book a new three-day or longer sailing in an oceanview, balcony or minisuite category stateroom can pick two free choices from five onboard amenity offers, including free unlimited open bar, a free specialty dining package, $50 towards shore excursions in each port per stateroom, 250 minutes of free Wi-Fi, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free offer that allows the third and fourth guests to sail for free on many 2018 sail dates. Inside staterooms, as well as Norwegian’s Studio staterooms for solo travelers, can choose one free offer. Those who book a cruise in a suite or The Haven by Norwegian get all five free amenities, providing up to $2,600 in added value.

The Free at Sea Hawaii offer, also extended through January 31, is available for new bookings onboard Pride of America, which sails seven-day inter-island cruises in Hawaii. Travelers can select one of five offers, including a free one-night pre-cruise hotel stay with an option to select reduced airfare starting at $399 from select gateways, a free specialty dining package, free pre-paid service charges for the first and second guest in the stateroom, free $50 per port shore excursion credit per stateroom, or Norwegian’s Friends & Family Sail Free, allowing the third and fourth guests in each stateroom to sail for free on many 2018 sail dates. Guests who book a suite aboard Pride of America can enjoy all five offers.

Finally, guests who are looking to explore the rich history of Cuba can enjoy $50 in free onboard spending money with Norwegian’s Havana Nights promotion through January 31. 


Azamara Club Cruises Launches the Wave Offer

The “Wave” offer from Azamara Club Cruises nets travelers half off the second guest and free Wi-Fi on bookings through February 28. Guests must stay in a Club Oceanview Stateroom or higher on select sailings departing on or after May 5, 2018. 


“Suite Deals” From Emerald Waterways

Emerald Waterways is launching two Wave Season offers for new bookings made through February 28. 

Guests booking a suite on any 2018 Europe river cruise itinerary will receive either free airfare for sailings of 14 nights or more or reduced airfare of $295 per person for sailings of seven to 13 nights. If guests book their own air, they get a $1,000 per person reduction in their cruise fare on sailings of 14 nights or more or a $500 reduction on sailings of seven to 13 nights. Additionally, these guests will receive a complimentary Premium Drinks Package and one free Discover More tour during their sailing. 

Alternatively, guests can elect to book a regular stateroom and get a complimentary two-category upgrade into one of the line’s signature suites. 


SeaDream Yacht Club Reduces Fares on Select 2018 Itineraries

SeaDream Yacht Club has reduced fares on select Mediterranean itineraries in 2018:

  • Lisbon to Malaga, departing April 19th - April 26th 2018. 7 days visiting Lisbon, Portimao, Huelva, Cadiz, Gibraltar, Puerto Banus, Motril and Malaga.
  • Malaga to Lisbon, departing April 26th - May 5th 2018. 9 days visiting Malaga, Granada, Puerto Banus, Gibraltar, Cadiz, Seville, Huevla, Portimao, Algarve and Lisbon.
  • Lisbon to Malaga, departing April 26th - May 2nd 2018. 6 days visiting Lisbon, Portimao, Huelva, Cadiz, Gibraltar, Puerto Banus, Motril and Malaga.


Scenic’s Multiple Offers

Scenic has multiple offers available this Wave Season. Guests can get early bird fares up to 10 percent off regular price for itineraries on the line’s new Scenic Eclipse Discovery Yacht departing between September 2018 and July 2019. They also receive free deposit protection, an early payment discount of up to $1,000 per couple and free airport transfers to and from their homes on itineraries longer than 10 days. Free roundtrip air is also available on the 15-day “South America to Canary Islands” transatlantic sailing in 2019. These offers are available on bookings through February 28. 

The line is also offering a “Choose Your Savings” deal on river cruises in Europe that lets guests choose from free roundtrip airfare, up to $1,500 per person fare savings or a two-category balcony suite upgrade on bookings made through February 15. 


Star Clippers’ “Catch the Wave” Offer

Star Clippers has announced a “Catch the Wave” offer on select 2018 sailings on its three tall ships in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore. Guests receive a two category cabin upgrade, complimentary pre-paid gratuities and a $100 onboard spending credit. 


Tauck’s Savings for Solo Travelers

Once again, this year Tauck is eliminating the single supplement on its Category 1 European riverboat cabins for over 200 cruise departures in the coming year, or reducing it by $1,000 on other select cabin categories on 58 departures of 16 different river itineraries. 

The company has also reduced the single supplement on its land tours by up to $600. 


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