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The Complete Guide to Cruise Deals Season
Black Friday, Cyber Monday, & The Wave Season
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By the time you’re done reading this guide to Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Wave Season — and cruise savings beyond — you’ll be such a cruise expert.
Scoring Big on Black Friday
When you think Black Friday, what comes to mind is the time-worn traditions of pushy crowds, stepped-on toes… and almost certainly coming home disappointed. It’s almost like people love deals a little too much. So no, forget all that - you don’t need to worry about any of those things. You know, you won’t even have to leave the house - sleep in, sleep off that turkey n’ football hangover (extra points for extra helpings!). Black Friday is a great day to wake up to incredible cruise deals, but it isn’t the only day…
File-Save-As-If-It’s Cyber Monday
If you’re not up-to-date on Cyber Monday, here’s what we know so far about 21st century savings: Internet technology brings us deals of all kinds, and you can think of Cyber Monday as the Web’s answer to Black Friday. The Web is all like “come save with me!” and people are all over those deals. The main difference with Cyber Monday is that the savings often require you to jump through hoops, but with Cruisevues you can forget clicking around coupon-code sites or hashing out #hashtags — you’ll find great cruise deals, all from the comfort of your home. Or wherever you happen to be.
Meet the Ghost of Thanksgiving-Weekend-Sales-Past
Look, not to bring up the past but if you were busy last year — or worse yet, you’ve already forgotten! — here’s a quick recap of the cruise savings that savvy-shopping Cruise guests enjoyed on Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2017:
On Thanksgiving, everybody ate turkey, watched football and warmed up their saving thumbs to prepare for the great vacation deals to come.
Then came Black Friday (Cyber Friday, whatever kind of Friday you want to call it). It ended up being kind of a marathon! Cruise lines went ahead and busted out a whole weekend of cruise deal savings with half-off deposits. (Don’t worry, the docks are okay now.)
You know, maybe that was more of a half-marathon. The big race to save started on Cyber Monday, when they brought you $1 upgrades (a buck, one dollar, a single lonely Washington) on top of deposits that were a cool 50% off.
And then maybe we forgot to turn off the deals at 11:59, so everybody got an extra few days of Cyber savings (no big deal).
Stand Up and Do the Wave (Season)
These days everybody seems to be up on Black Friday and Cyber Monday… they’re pretty much common knowledge. But here’s a term that only the real pros know: Wave Season. What’s that, the best time to go surfing? Nope! Running from more-or-less December through March, cruise industry insiders use this term to describe the months where most people book their cruises. It makes sense too - when you’re snowed in at home and your car’s somewhere under that snowdrift, your dreams are drifting around somewhere in the balmy 85° Caribbean. You can probably guess that this desire makes Wave Season a great time to book your cruise - the competition heats up and the savings can be significant.
Ok, Here’s the Secret
You’ve read this far, so we’ll let you in on the biggest little secret: booking early is always the surest path to great deals. Sure, your savings game is strong around the end and beginning of the year… but just like you can’t schedule your vacation cravings, you can’t wait like eight months to book a vacation! If you wait, you might not get the cabin or sailing you want. So whether you’re a planning pro, feeling the need to get away ASAP… or you just find yourself having daydreams about deck chairs and piña coladas, remember that we’ve always got something ready for you. Even if your daydreams come at 3 a.m., no problem - there’s always a great deal or two for you to book now.
The Last Word About Cruise Deals
Just a reminder: yes, the prices are low but no matter how great the deals, how deep the discounts, you’ll still get to enjoy everything that’s always included in a cruise… all the stuff that cruise guests count on from the moment they step aboard the ship until it’s debarkation time. Your cruise includes delicious food served up in casual or formal settings, on-stage musical entertainment and shows, age-appropriate supervised activities for the kids, room service delivered direct to your comfy stateroom 24 hours a day… and chances to get dancing, get moving, everywhere you look. And let’s not forget to mention the stops your ship will make in ports — these destinations are the very definition of breathtaking!
The Actual Last Word About Cruise Deals
Remember: when the vacation urge strikes, go searching for one!
A Guide to Planning Your First Cruise
Thinking of taking to the sea for your next vacation? Here’s the inside advice every first-timer needs.
There’s no shortage of incredible places to go when you cruise (more than 350, in fact!). From a two-night trip to The Bahamas to an epic tour of Europe, we have a cruise for every type of couple, friends, family or a group. Need some help figuring out where to begin? Take a quick, fun quiz to discover your adventure personality. Whether your ideal vacation involves snorkeling in the Caribbean, exploring the castles of Dubrovnik, Croatia, or chilling out on the pool deck of your ship, here’s how to make the most of that well-deserved time off.
Time it Right
There are so many deals and offers to choose from but when, exactly, should you reserve your cruise? The general rule of thumb is: the further your destination, the further in advance you should book. Although there’s never really a wrong time, we recommend the sweet spot of reserving six to 12 months before the cruise—especially if you’re planning to fly to your departure city.
Another thing to keep in mind is Wave Season. Often referred to as the “Black Friday of the cruise industry,” Wave Season stretches from January to March and features some of our best deals and instant savings. If you and your crew are looking to book the ultimate vacation with perks to boot, Wave Season is an ideal time to do it.
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To guarantee you get in on all the action, it pays to plan your itinerary in advance. Our Cruise Planners will help you to make the most of your time on board by giving you advice on shore excursions, specialty restaurants, entertainment and spa treatments. Did we mention you’ll save money when you reserve before boarding, and you can do it all from the comfort of your own couch? Also, when you book your cruise you may receive the promotional bonus of onboard credit: Think of these credits as “cruise cash” that you can apply toward a wide array of purchases when you’re on the ship, including shopping and spa treatments.
Find the Room for You
When it comes to choosing where you sleep—aka a stateroom—you’ll want to start by evaluating what you need. Cruise accommodations these days have a lot to offer families and groups of all sizes. Traveling in a large group that needs extra space? Looking to plan a romantic getaway for you and your better half? Finding the best fit is easy! Get advice on how to pick the best rooms with balcony ocean views, family-connected accommodations. Perhaps, unrivaled experiences like the one-of-a-kind Ultimate Family Suite and so much more.
For a quick run-through on the different staterooms you can find on board, check out this guide.
Expect the Unexpected
Finally, the most important thing to remember before embarking on your first cruise is to be ready to experience thrills like never before. Cruise ships offer everything from adrenaline-inducing activities- like surf simulators, zip lining and skydiving at sea (really!) - to exclusive, tax- and duty-free designer goods. Kids and teens are covered, too, with dedicated youth programs. Every traveler, no matter their preference and age, can vacation like they mean it on a cruise ship.
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If you’ve ever planned a vacation for your whole family or your best group of friends, you know all that it entails: The skills of an accountant, the patience of a saint, the contacts of a concierge and the knowledge of a professional travel agent. Luckily, there’s a way to travel seamlessly, complete with a discount and a dedicated vacation planner to help guide your entire crew on an adventure they’ll all love: Say hello to cruising.
Here are just a few ways we can make your next group trip easier than ever from start to finish.
Lodging For Any Group
No matter the size of your crew, we’ve got the perfect stateroom for you. Whether you’re looking for the Ultimate Family Suite, with room for up to eight people, or spacious, connected, deluxe, private or family-friendly staterooms, there is an option for groups of all shapes and sizes. If you’re looking for an ultra-luxurious experience, suites can be a great choice, and we'll help you craft personalized experiences tailored to your interests!
You Leave the Planning to Us
First, you’ll be assigned an experienced certified cruise vacation planner to help book the entire trip. From picking the perfect itinerary to planning shore excursions and experiences everyone will remember, your expert will handle all the details through to the day you set sail - and you will always speak to the same person, no matter when you call. You’ll have a dedicated booking number, which means you also have us on speed dial.
Whether it’s a family vacation, corporate meeting or retreat, or even a wedding, large groups receive specialized service and great savings. For every eight staterooms (16 guests) reserved, you’ll receive credit that can be used for one person’s fare or applied equally to every member of your squad. When it comes to tallying the total, guests can either pay individually or tap one person to handle the bill too. We even have mini-group rates for 3 couples or more on select sailings and cruise lines.
There’s Something for Everyone
We all have our things — fitness classes, artisanal craft cocktails, rock climbing, surfing or skydiving, pool time, spa indulgences — and rest assured, cruises cater to all ages and interests. Kids will love the pools and activities just for them, adults will enjoy relaxing time in the spa and afterward the whole family can engage in a friendly game of glow-in-the-dark laser tag. There’s plenty more for younger guests too, ages tots to teens, since each age group has their own programs and sure-to-please activities, from arts and crafts to science experiments to dance parties.
Colleagues can mix and mingle with a cocktail before a Broadway production. College friends can wager big bets at the casino, and for ladies’ night out, the girls can raise a toast in the lounge before hitting the dance floor. At dinner, everyone at the table can indulge in new culinary flavors, from the rotating menu in the main dining room to one of many specialty restaurants.
There Are Big Perks On Land
Heading ashore with a large group has its perks, too: Groups of 20 or more can take private tours tailored to everyone’s interests, budgets and abilities. This means visiting the places on your bucket list, from the Great Wall of China to ancient European cities to the colors and culture of Caribbean islands or the untouched wilderness of the Last Frontier.
Europe cruise itineraries include must-see destinations, so you can see the Parthenon in Athens, Greece, walk through the detailed facades of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain and explore the Colosseum in Rome. Adventure seekers can cruise the Caribbean and take Instagram-worthy pictures of the group scuba-diving in Grand Cayman, hiking underground caverns in Cozumel, racing dune buggies in Jamaica and swimming with sharks in Belize.
Are you ready to book a vacation your crew will never forget? Call us at 800.365.1445 to start exploring options for your next group adventure.
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