Get a deal on a cruise voyage by taking advantage of current promotions. Weâ€™re in the heart of "wave season," typically January to March, when cruise lines attempt to lure passengers to book future voyages by dangling promotions and time-limited deals.
Get a deal on a cruise voyage by taking advantage of current promotions. We’re in the heart of “wave season,” typically January to March, when cruise lines attempt to lure passengers to book future voyages by dangling promotions and time-limited deals. To help you decide what line to choose, consider cruise trends analyzed by CruiseCompete, an online cruise marketplace, as well as the site’s recently released analysis of the most popular cruise lines and ships in three categories: contemporary/premium, luxury and river cruising.
CruiseCompete bases its analysis on the more than 25,000 consumer requests for quotes received each month. Listed below are the top five lines in each category. To see CruiseCompete’s list of the top 10 in each category, visit CruiseCompete Cruise Trends February 2016.
1. Increase in river cruising both in the US and in Europe.
American Queen Steamboat ships and the American Cruise Lines’ small ships ply the US inland waterways and rivers. In 2017 Viking River Cruises, known for its European voyages will sail two vessels on the Mississippi River.
>>The 5 most popular river cruise lines and wave deals (where available):
2. Cuba becomes the hottest destination.
Fathom, Carnival’s line developed to enable passengers to volunteer and make a difference in ports they visit, launches sailings to Cuba in April 2016. Both Crystal Cruises and Star Clippers include Cuba on their itineraries.
>> The 5 most popular luxury cruise lines and wave season promotions:
3. More lines are continuing to add all-inclusive options.
Crystal Cruises: Includes shuttle service in most ports and gratuities for housekeeping, bar and dining staff.
Oceania: Airfare is included from certain airports.
Royal Caribbean International: Offers a package that includes drinks and gratuities.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises: Included are roundtrip economy flights from select US and Canadian gateways.
Silversea: Opt for a price that includes airfare, transfers and shore excursions.
Viking River Cruises: Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner as well as free cappuccino, coffee and tea.
4. Increased demand for suites because of the popularity of family and multigenerational cruising.
Royal Caribbean International’s family connected junior suite has 3 bedrooms (sleeps 8), 3 bathrooms and a balcony. In May 2016 RCI debuts its even larger Royal Suite Class accommodations on Oasis class and Quantum class ships.
Norwegian Cruise Lines, on select ships, has the Haven, a three-bedroom, three-bath villa that sleeps eight.
5. Faster Internet, better technology.
In mid-2016 Royal Caribbean is slated to roll out Voom, a high-speed Internet service on all Caribbean based ships that will also allow passengers to use music streaming services, FaceTime, and other services.
>> 5 most popular contemporary/premium cruise lines and wave season promotions:
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