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Wave Season Is Upon Us!

Find out why Wave Season is the best time to book an ocean or river cruise adventure!

Wave season is all about…waves: Ocean waves, river waves, water waves. It is about the way people have always traveled to far-off places…on water.

What is “wave season”? For years, the travel industry has used the first three months of the year to promote their best deals of the year. With reduced deposits, or onboard credit, or second passenger sales free, or simply dollars off, the cruise lines do their best to get as many cabins booked as early in the year as possible. Everyone benefits. Cruise lines get working capital for enhancements, operational upgrades, new purchases. Cruisers lock in good deals early, leaving time to focus on anticipation and planning.

How good are these deals? Ever popular Celebrity is offering 75% off the second guest plus up to $800 onboard credit—free money to use for purchase from shore excursions to specialty to gift shop souvenirs. Family friendly Royal Caribbean is offering 30% off plus kids sail free. Boutique line Azamara, known for its destination focus with longer days in port and overnights, has 40% off on selected staterooms plus $300 onboard credit. Even river cruises, previously not involved in wave season as their ocean-going cousins, are filling ships with early booking specials.

“There is a cruise for everyone” is a cliché, I believe. I have sailed with thirty fellow adventures on an expedition ship sleeping in rough bunk beds, on river cruises of barely more than a hundred passengers, on large cruise ships carrying thousands, and on a luxury ship with my private butler. There are always novel places to explore, new people to meet, new memories to create. There has never been a better time to explore the world via all the waterways that connect us.

For more information about planning your travel adventures, contact DreamMaker Destinations: or call 330-689-1920.



Donna Zabel, owner of DreamMaker Destinations, has been helping travelers turn their travel dreams into travel reality for over 20 years. Having explored all seven continents and about 135 countries, she enjoys sharing her travel tales and encourages everyone to find their own story to tell.

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