2024 Wave Season Cruise Sale
It is 2024, and time for the Wave Season Cruise Sale.
Before the pandemic, cruise lines would put out their annual “Wave Season” offers in the year’s first quarter. Folks would take a peek and book a cruise later that same year.
The pandemic changed all of that.
Now, if you wait for the annual cruise sale, you may well miss the boat (pun intended), as 2/3rds of 2024 are already sold out, and we’re already booking a lot of cruises for 2025.
Are there cruises still available for 2024? Yes. But you better hurry as there are still those who are booking their cruises in the first quarter of the year. I suspect everything will generally be picked over by the time we get into spring, and you will be looking through the scraps for a 2024 cruise.
Let’s take a peek at this year’s offerings.
Before we start with our list, you should know that we don’t book large-ship cruise lines. If the ship has over 1,200 passengers, we don’t book it. Also, you won’t find every cruise line available on our list. If a cruise line cannot send a steady stream of happy clients back from their cruises, we won’t book those cruise lines either. Okay, let’s get started:
- Crystal Cruises. We are sailing with Crystal as I write this article. When Crystal Cruises went bankrupt, Abercrombie and Kent bought their two ships, refurbished them, and relaunched them. They have a cult-like following. For now, I’ll give them 4.5 stars, but they have two new ships coming, and I’m certain that will scoot them up to a 5-star cruise line.
- Explora Journeys. It is a brand-new cruise line, and we like it a lot. It’s 5-star, 461 ocean-front suites, nine culinary offerings, and much more.
- Oceania. While we prefer Oceania’s newer ships, we like ’em a lot. Consider Oceania a 4.5 star with some of the best cuisine at sea.
- Regent Seven Seas Cruises. They’ve been pumping out a new ship each year, and they’re one of our favorite 5-star cruise lines. And they are completely all-inclusive.
- Seabourn. We haven’t sailed with them yet, but our clients have, and they like it. Consider them 5-star.
- Silversea. We love Silversea, and you will, too. Small ships, 5-star, and they have also been on a tear building new ships.
- Viking. We book nearly $10 million each year with Viking. We call them 4.5 stars; our clients love them, and they tend to book year after year.
River cruising is wildly popular. Here are our favorites:
- AmaWaterways. We call them 4.5 stars. They’re top-notch with their culinary and wine offerings. And they are perennial winners of Virtuoso’s Best River Cruise Line.
- Tauck. Tauck is one of the world’s foremost 5-star luxury land tour providers, And while they have but a few ships in Europe, they are well worth your consideration. Luxury travelers love the high-end experiences.
- Uniworld. 5-star, completely all-inclusive, with the most beautiful ships in the industry. We’re big fans.
- Viking. Everyone knows Viking. We call them 4-star. They’re soon to have 90 ships sailing the world’s rivers. They dominate the industry, and all of our clients come home happy. As I mentioned above, we book nearly $10 million each year with Viking.
While expedition cruising has been around quite a while, the industry is pumping out new expedition ships like crazy. As I mentioned in this article, expedition cruising is the next big thing. Carol and I have now experienced expedition cruising in the Galapagos Islands, the Svalbard Archipelago in the Arctic Circle, and this summer, we’re headed back to experience Canada and Greenland. Here is a list of our favorite expedition cruise lines:
- Lindblad/National Geographic. Lindblad sports two new expedition ships, and oh, they are nice. We sailed with them in the Arctic Circle last summer and can’t wait to sail with them again. I think the Northwest Passage would be the cat’s meow on Lindblad.
- Silversea Expeditions. We sailed the Galapagos Islands with Silversea. We liked it so much, we’re going to sail with them again this summer in the Arctic Circle visiting Canada and Greenland. Here’s hoping we see polar bears, beluga whales, and, if we’re really lucky, narwhals.
- Viking Expeditions. We sent many of our clients to Antarctica this year, most of whom went with Viking. Viking has two brand new expedition ships. We sailed on one of them in the Great Lakes last summer, and the ships are spectacular.
Well, folks, these are the best of the best cruise lines for ocean, river, and expedition. We’ve got a few more expedition brands to experience, and hopefully, they will meet our standards.
Until then, pick your favorite cruise flavor and give us a call. And don’t forget, we have complimentary VIP perks to add to the cruise line’s bets Wave Season offers. Inquire today.
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