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Top 10 Great 'Wave Season' Cruise Deals From $159 - Big Savings Kicks Off 2012 Wave Season

Cruise Wave Season 2012 


Top 10 Great 'Wave Season' Cruise Deals From $159 - Big Savings Kicks Off 2012 Wave Season

December 30, 2011 - (CruiseWire) -  Big Savings Kicks Off 2012 Wave Season during the
Cruise Direct Online( http://www.cruisedirectonline.com/  ) Annual Wave Season Cruise Super Sale


Cruise Travelers can enhance the value of their cruise vacation by getting more than just major discounts. Free cabin upgrades, shipboard credit among incentives to book during Wave Season.

The holiday season is about over and in just a few days, before we know it, 2012 will be here. And
Cruise Direct Online is giving cruise travelers a great reason to continue celebrating well into 2012.

For the 2012 "wave season," the Cruise Direct Online Wave Season Cruise Super Sale kicks off, offering travelers up to 65 percent off cruise vacations, and up to $500* in onboard credits. These savings can be found on most cruise vacations to exciting destinations from the Caribbean and Bahamas to South America, Europe and Asia. Along with the markdowns, cruisers can get additional perks, such as free stateroom upgrades, onboard credits and more, from cruise lines participating in the popular "Wave Season" sales.
Cruise Direct Online customers already save an average of $1,000 or more by taking a cruise versus a land vacation, and the Cruise Direct Online Wave Season Cruise Super Sale brings further opportunities to save. Cruise Travelers can find exclusive bonus offers, made in conjunction with Cruise Traveler Magazine®, that can mean hundreds of dollars in additional savings alone.

Customers who book a qualifying cruise for sailings departing between March 1, 2012, and August 31, 2012, receive onboard credits for up to $500*, based on the length of the cruise, the cruise line's specific offer and stateroom purchased.



25 of the World's most popular destinations are represented during Wave Season.




Alaska - Antarctic - Asia - Australia/ New Zealand - Bahamas - Bermuda - Caribbean - Canada / New England - Central America - Cruise to Nowhere - Europe - Galapagos Islands - Hawaii - Mexico - Pacific Coastal - Panama Canal - Repositioning - River Cruises - South America - South Pacific - Tahiti - Transatlantic - World Cruises


Travelers who book during the Cruise Direct Online Wave Season Cruise Super Sale can also take advantage of up to a 35% percent discount from cruise line prices on shore excursions through Shore Tour Deals. Visit www.shoretourdeals.com

About Wave Season
 
The cruise industry's "Wave Season," runs between January and March, when the major cruise line brands promote their very best cruise deals for the new year. Many advertise some great offers during wave season, and if you're a smart cruise shopper, you should take advantage of these offers to get a great deal on your next cruise vacation.

 
Why Wave Season?
 
Historically, sales patterns indicate January through March are when most cruise travelers book their vacation. Winter's chilly and snowy weather get cruise travelers dreaming about warm, Caribbean island getaways, or Summer's Europe and Alaska adventures. So, bookings reach peak velocity. To capitalize on this cruise booking state of mind, Cruise Direct Online offer extra incentives -- typically free perks like onboard spending credits, reduced deposits, stateroom upgrades and reduced cruise fares, as time has proven that these type of incentives are the driving force that get cruise travelers to book those cruises now.


Top 10 Great 'Wave Season' Cruise Deals From $159The cruises below include accommodations, meals, and onboard activities.

Alaska


7-Night Glacier Northbound Alaska Cruise from Vancouver to Whittier
Cruise Ship: Coral Princess
2012 Departures:
May: 14, 28, Jun: 11, 25, Jul: 9, 23, Aug: 6
Ports of Call: Vancouver, British Columbia - At Sea - Ketchikan, Alaska - Juneau, Alaska - Skagway, Alaska - Glacier Bay, Alaska - College Fjord, Alaska - Whittier, Alaska from $ 649 * ($92 per night)


Caribbean

6-Night Caribbean Cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Fort Lauderdale
Cruise Ship: Carnival Freedom
2012 Departures: Nov: 13, 27, Dec: 11
Jan: 8, 22, Feb: 5, 19, Mar: 4, 18, Apr: 1 More...
Ports of Call: Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Key West, Florida - At Sea - Georgetown, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands - Ocho Rios, Jamaica - At Sea - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
from $ 299 * ($49 per night)


Europe

7-Night Mediterranean Europe Cruise from Savona to Savona
Cruise Ship: Costa Concordia
2012 Departures: Nov: 28, Dec: 5, 12
Jan: 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb: 4, 11, 18 More...
Ports of Call: Savona, Italy - Marseille, France - Barcelona, Spain - Palma de Mallorca, Spain - Cagliari, Italy - Palermo, Italy - Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy - Savona, Italy
from $ 349 * ($49 per night)


Hawaii

7-Night Hawaii Cruise from Honolulu to Honolulu
Cruise Ship: Pride of America
2012 Departures: Jan: 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb: 4, 11, 18 More...
Ports of Call: Honolulu, Hawaii - Maui (Kahului), Hawaii - Maui (Kahului), Hawaii - Hilo, Hawaii - Kailua Kona, Hawaii - Nawiliwili, Hawaii - Nawiliwili, Hawaii - Honolulu, Hawaii from $ 849 * ($121 per night)


Mexico

7-Night Mexico Cruise from Long Beach to Long Beach
Cruise Ship: Carnival Splendor
2012 Departures:
Jan: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb: 5, 12
Ports of Call: Long Beach, California - At Sea - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - At Sea - At Sea - Long Beach, California
from $ 349 * ($49 per night)


Bahamas

3-Night Bahamas Cruise from Port Canaveral to Port Canaveral
Cruise Ship: Monarch of the Seas
2012 Departures:
Jan: 6, 13, 20, 27
Ports of Call: Port Canaveral, Florida - Nassau, Bahamas - Coco Cay, Bahamas - Port Canaveral, Florida
from $ 159 * ($53 per night)


Panama Canal

14-Night Panama Canal Cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles
Cruise Ship: Coral Princess
2012 Departures: Dec: 6
Jan: 3, 31, Mar: 27, Dec: 1
Ports of Call: Fort Lauderdale, Florida - At Sea - At Sea - Aruba, Netherlands Antilles - Cartagena, Colombia - Panama Canal - Fuerte Amador, Panama - At Sea - Puntarenas, Costa Rica - At Sea - At Sea - At Sea - At Sea - At Sea - Los Angeles, California
from $ 999 * ($71 per night)


South America
 
7-Night South America Cruise from Santos to Santos
Cruise Ship: Vision of the Seas
2012 Departures:
Mar: 2, 23
Ports of Call: Santos, Brazil - At Sea - Punta del Este, Uruguay - Montevideo, Uruguay - Buenos Aires, Argentina - At Sea - At Sea - Santos, Brazil
from $ 699 * ($99 per night)


Bermuda

7-Night Bermuda Cruise from New York to New York
Cruise Ship: Norwegian Star
2012 Departures:
Apr: 29, May: 6, 13, 20, 27, Jun: 3, 10 More...
Ports of Call: New York, New York - At Sea - At Sea - King's Wharf, Bermuda - King's Wharf, Bermuda - King's Wharf, Bermuda - At Sea - New York, New York
from $ 499 * ($71 per night)


Canada / New England

7-Night Canada / New England Cruise from New York to New York
Cruise Ship: Carnival Glory
2012 Departures:
Sep: 15, 22, 29, Oct: 6
Ports of Call: New York, New York - Boston, Massachusetts - Portland, Maine - Saint John, New Brunswick - At Sea - Halifax, Nova Scotia - At Sea - New York, New York
from $ 409 * ($71 per night)

Please Note: All prices, dates, and other details listed here were valid at the time of publication. However such information may have changed since that time. Check with your Travel Agent for the most up-to-date prices and information about the cruise you have an interest in exploring.

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Raye & Marty Trencher's Cruise Tips - Courtesy of Cruise Traveler Magazine

January through March is the cruise industry's busiest booking period, referred to as "wave season". It's the one time of the year when cruise lines present their best deals . Nearly 75% of all bookings for the entire year are taken during "Wave Season".

As these cruise deals offer great savings and additional amenities, such as free cabin upgrades, shipboard credits and more, you have to act quickly, to get the best choice of sailings and accommodations. This is especially true since cruise fares steadily rise as the sailing date approaches, and this year you may not find as much last minute discounting as in the past.

The Caribbean continues to have way too many ships sailing in the Winter ( where else can they go ) so, along with Hurricane Season, you should be able to find some terrific deals.

More than anything else, during "Wave Season" always book with your travel agent and not directly with the Cruise Line.

During peak periods, the cruise line hire on hundreds of sales agents to man their call centers. Many do not have the training and experience to properly advice customers on what's best for them. Further, they can only speak about their cruise line and ships.

Whether you buy from the cruise line or a travel agent, the price is likely to be the same. Some Travel Agents can get you a better price on Princess Cruises and Holland America sailings . And your travel agent is likely to offer bonus extras, like pre-paid gratuities, discount on shore excursions and shipboard credit. Shipboard credits, where available from the cruise line, are house credits that are placed on your stateroom's account for you to use during your cruise vacation. You can use the credit towards merchandise, lounges and in some, but not all cases, for Spa Treatments or Shore Excursions. 



The cruise industry's "Wave Season," runs between January and March, when the major cruise line brands promote their very best cruise deals for the new year. Many advertise some great offers during wave season, and if you're a smart cruise shopper, you should take advantage of these offers to get a great deal on your next cruise vacation.

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