The Biggest and Best Cruise Deals for 2021/2022 - Cruise International

Updated: Wave season: the best cruise deals for 2022

By Katie McGonagle | 5 Jan 2022

Looking for the best deals and discounts on your next cruise holiday? We’ve compiled the latest offers from cruise lines around the world so you can be sure you’re getting the best possible price for your 2022 voyage

 

Cruise lines unveil their biggest discounts and best prices in January during the peak booking period known as Wave season, so it’s the ideal time to bag a bargain on your next holiday by ocean or river.

Even if you’re not planning to travel until later in the year, it’s worth checking out what’s on offer now to make sure you don’t miss out on a sizeable saving – plus having a holiday to look forward to is the easiest way to beat the January blues.

The array of offers on different sailings and different lines can be confusing, so we’ve distilled them all into one handy Wave season guide, giving you a head-start on finding the best cruise deals for 2022.

 

Amadeus River Cruises

Enjoy 15% off all 2022 sailings with this Austrian river cruise line, which offers sailings on all of Europe’s key waterways including the Rhine, Main, Moselle and Danube, along with the French and Dutch waterways.

The offer applies to bookings made before February 28, 2022.

Visit the Amadeus River Cruises website for more.

 

Ambassador Cruise Line

The new British cruise company – the first line to launch in the UK in more than a decade – has unveiled a series of New Year Saver Fares offering up to 30% off selected sailings.

The reduced fares are available until March 1, with cruises now starting at £499 per person for a six-night sailing to the Norwegian fjords.

But if you act quickly, bookings made before January 31 attract a further 20% off the Ambassador Explorer Drinks Package. It will cost £21.57 per day and covers service charges, unlimited soft drinks, house wines and spirits, and 50% off premium-brand beverages from the bar.

Find out more on the Ambassador Cruise Line website.

 

APT

APT has released its biggest-ever sale with savings of up to £3,000 per couple on bookings made before January 31, as part of its campaign ‘Time to Escape’.

The offer applies to Luxury and Essential river cruises throughout Europe and southeast Asia, small-ship cruising in Croatia and touring holidays in Canada, including holidays with sister brand Travelmarvel.

The company is offering flexible booking guarantees and Staysure Covid insurance policies, along with low deposits.

Deals include:

  • Travelmarvel’s 15-day European Gems, Amsterdam to Budapest, now £2,395 per person including flights (was £3,595, saving £1,200 per person)
  • Travelmarvel’s eight-day Croatian Island Adventure, Split to Dubrovnik, on new-build yachts Lady Eleganza and Princess Eleganza, now £1,995 per person (was £2,495, saving £500 each)
  • APT’s 14-day Essential Vietnam and Cambodia, Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap, on new-build Mekong Serenity or all-suite Apsara, now £2,895 per person including flights (was £4,095, saving £1,200 per person)

For more information or to book, visit the APT website or call 0800 012 6683.

 

APT’s Lady Eleganza yacht in Croatia

 

Aranui Cruises

The Tahiti-based line, which specialises in South Pacific sailings, is starting the new year with a 10% discount and no single supplements on selected 2022 bookings onboard Aranui 5.

The offer applies between January and April 2022 on 12-day Marquesas Island cruises and week-long Discover the Society Islands voyages.

If you’re interested in the works of the author Herman Melville, Belgian singer Jacques Brel, Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin or the voyages of explorer Captain Cook, look out for one-off themed itineraries taking place in February and April.

Find out more on the Aranui Cruises site.

 

Avalon Waterways

The river cruise line is offering up to 45% off European sailings across several itineraries in 2022, with prices starting from £579 per person for a deluxe stateroom.

Sale prices can be combined with an existing deal offering free flights on Rhine or Danube cruises in 2022, and all come with the flexibility to move your cruise to another destination, date or brand (within its parent company, Globus) prior to departure.

Avalon Waterways deals include:

View the full range of deals on the Avalon Waterways website.

 

Azamara

Azamara is offering guests 15% off bookings along with $500 onboard credit on a variety of sailings departing between January 7, 2022, and May 5, 2023. The discounts apply to bookings made on or before March 31, 2022.

Get more information about the discounted sailings on the Azamara website.

 

Celebrity Cruises

A host of offers from Celebrity Cruises include discounts of up to £2,400 per stateroom, free flights to Europe and reduced airfares for Caribbean sailings right through to the end of March 2023.

These apply to selected departures booked by February 28, for travel between January 1, 2022, and March 31, 2023. They include flexible cancellations and best-price guarantees under the line’s Cruise with Confidence policy.

Celebrity Cruises deals include:

  • Western Mediterranean, 10 nights on the maiden voyage of new ship Celebrity Beyond, from Southampton to Barcelona departing April 27, now £1,994 per person (saving £480)
  • Italy & Greek Isles, seven nights onboard Celebrity Edge, departing May 21 and including flights, from £1,691 per person (saving £320)
  • Spain, Portugal and France, nine nights onboard Celebrity Silhouette, round-trip from Southampton departing April 21, now £1,399 per person (saving £480)

Find out more or book via the Celebrity Cruises website.

 

Rooftop Garden on Celebrity Edge

 

Celestyal Cruises

This Greek line has rolled out a campaign, ‘Escape Back to the Blue’, which offers up to 30% off selected 2022 sailings booked by March 31. Saver fares include:

  • Idyllic Aegean, seven nights, now £759 per person (saving 30%)
  • Iconic Aegean, three nights, now £329 per person (saving 25%)

Children under 12 can also sail free when sharing a stateroom with a parent, plus solo travellers can make the most of a reduced solo supplement of 15% on selected sailings.

Find out more at Celestyal Cruises.

 

Emerald Cruises

Various offers apply depending on where and when you want to travel.

Guests booking a European river cruise departing in 2022 can save up to £1,300 per person, and if you book and pay in full before February 18 – or 120 days prior to departure, whichever is sooner – you can get a further £200 off thanks to an early payment discount.

If you’re looking further ahead, 2023 sailings in Europe attract a saving of up to £1,400 per couple, along with a free premium drinks package which covers unlimited drinks on board. You can also earn an extra 10% off if you pay in full more than 12 months before departure.

If the spectacular sights of southeast Asia are calling to you, there are even more deals to be found. Emerald Cruises is offering savings of up to £1,900 per couple plus a free premium drinks package, and a further £200 off if you pay in full by February 18 or 120 days before departure.

And for those keen to embark on a luxury yacht cruise on custom-built superyacht Emerald Azzurra, the £200 early booking discount applies for 2022 departures, or enjoy 25% off sailings in 2023. Prices for an eight-day Mediterranean Enchantment itinerary from Athens to Dubrovnik start at £3,540 for an April 9 departure, including flights.

Get more information on the Emerald Cruises website or by calling 0808 301 3352.

 

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines

The latest ‘Cruise Sale’ promotion from this British-based line throws in a complimentary all-inclusive drinks package and the cost of tips for any booking made by February 1.

The offer applies to 130 itineraries across the programme, including:

Find out more about the Fred Olsen Cruise Sale here.

 

Holland America Line

Dubbed ‘Have it All+’, Holland America Line’s programme of Wave deals include accommodation upgrades, free flights and reduced deposits on voyages from summer 2022 through to spring 2023.

Offers apply on bookings made before February 28, with an extra incentive of $200 in onboard credit for bookings by January 20.

You can get an upgrade to the next category up on selected staterooms, including an ocean-view stateroom for the price of an interior cabin, or a veranda for the same cost as an ocean-view. You’ll also get free flights from London (or some regional airports) and transfers for selected 2022 Europe cruises, plus up to three shore excursions, drinks, speciality dining and Wi-Fi.

Have It All+ fares start at £1,249 per person for a seven-night Mediterranean Rivieras fly-cruise departing May 1, with flights from London. Find out more on the Holland America website.

 

Holland America Line’s Nieuw Statendam

 

MSC Cruises

Enjoy a free upgrade to an all-inclusive drinks package with MSC Cruises’ Wave promotion, which applies to all departures from January to November 2022 in the Caribbean, United Arab Emirates, Red Sea and Mediterranean, along with ex-Southampton sailings on MSC Magnifica and MSC Virtuosa.

Options include two-night mini cruises from Southampton to St Peter Port on MSC Virtuosa, starting at £229 in August, and a 14-night Mediterranean cruise from £1,599 departing in July.

The latest addition to the fleet, MSC Seashore, will also be operating island-hopping cruises in the Caribbean taking in Nassau, the Dominican Republic and the line’s private island, Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, from £649 for a seven-night sailing in January.

Find out more on MSC Cruises’ site or call 020 3426 3010.

 

Norwegian Cruise Line

NCL is offering guests 35% off its cruise and cruise-plus-flight packages, applicable to all staterooms and suites until January 31.

The discount comes in addition to a low deposit of just £50 per person on club balcony suites and below, plus the line’s Free at Sea upgrades, which start at £99 per person. These cover your choice of added extras such as drinks packages, speciality dining, credit towards shore excursions and Wi-Fi access at reduced prices.

Find out more about these deals on the NCL website.

 

P&O Cruises

Among the deals on offer from P&O Cruises are a chance to join the maiden voyage of new ship Arvia, along with sailings in the Med, northern Europe and the Norwegian fjords.

The latest offers include:

  • Canary Islands, 14 nights, round-trip from Southampton on the maiden voyage of Arvia, departing December 9, now £1,449 per person
  • Short break, four nights round-trip from Southampton to Amsterdam, departing July 5, now £399
  • Norwegian Fjords, seven nights, on Iona, departing June 4 round-trip from Southampton to Norway, now £749 per person

Find out more on P&O Cruises’ website.

 

Princess Cruises

Make the most of reduced fares and deposits of just £50 a head with Princess Cruises’ ‘Real Holiday Sale’.

The promotion runs until February 28 and applies to more than 1,100 voyages across the fleet. Guests can also upgrade to the all-inclusive Princess Plus package for £30 a day, which includes premium drinks, unlimited MedallionNet Wi-Fi and tips, worth more than £70 a day.

Cruise deals include:

  • Spain and France, seven nights onboard Sky Princess, round-trip from Southampton departing September 17, now £489 per person or £699 including Princess Plus
  • Eastern Caribbean, seven nights on Regal Princess, round-trip from Fort Lauderdale departing January 15, 2023, now £549 per person
  • British Isles, eight nights on Emerald Princess, round-trip from Southampton departing May 1, now £599 per person

Book on the Princess Cruises website or call 0344 338 8663.

 

Quark Expeditions

This adventure cruise line has resumed operations in Antarctica during the 2021/22 season.

The company is promoting early booking offers of up to 25% off its regular fares, plus a further 10% off if full payment is made within 30 days of booking (with the exception of Arctic cruises in 2022).

Find out more about Quark Expeditions here.

 

Riviera Travel

Riviera Travel has a ‘Time to Catch Up’ promotion designed to help guests keen to make up for lost time and missed travels. Passengers who book two Riviera Travel holidays can save up to 20% on the second booking for river cruises departing between April and June, or 10% on any other holiday.

The incentive is available until March 31. Find out more on Riviera Travel’s website.

 

Riviera Travel guests sailing along the Douro, Portugal

 

Royal Caribbean International

The latest campaign from Royal Caribbean focuses on its eight Europe-based ships, and includes reduced deposits, airfares and drinks packages.

You can bag bargain flights to the Med from just £49 per person on bookings made by January 31, and go all-inclusive with a deluxe drinks package for £40 a day on all 2022 Europe sailings for bookings made before February 28.

Royal Caribbean cruise deals include:

  • Western Caribbean Cruise, six nights, round-trip from Miami onboard Jewel of the Seas, departing January 23, now £331 per person
  • Southern Caribbean Cruise, seven nights, round-trip from San Juan, Puerto Rico, onboard Explorer of the Seas, departing January 16, now £387 per person

Find out more about the latest deals and sailings on the Royal Caribbean website.

 

Saga Cruises

Saga’s ‘Peaks and Waves’ promotion has knocked up to 35% off the cost of cruises from the British Isles.

These include sailings to the Gulf of Bothnia – the area of the Baltic Sea between Sweden and Finland – along with round-Britain trips, winter sun cruises to the Canary Islands and island-hopping in the Atlantic.

Some of the latest deals from the line are:

  • Britain’s Celtic Fringe, 13 nights from Southampton to Jersey, Brest, Dublin, the Hebrides, Liverpool and Cornish coast on Spirit of Adventure, departing August 28, now from £3,810 (a saving of 25%)
  • Into the Gulf of Bothnia, 17 nights from Dover to smaller ports including Kemi in Finland, Visby in Sweden and Skagen in Denmark on Spirit of Discovery, departing July 31, now from £4,249 (a saving of 35%)
  • Archipelagos of the Atlantic, 19 nights from Southampton to Madeira, the Canary Islands and Cape Verde on Spirit of Adventure, departing November 19, now from £4,239 (a saving of 35%)

Find out more about Saga Cruises.

 

Sail Croatia

The Croatian small-ship line has extended its offer for bookings up to January 31, offering a £50 deposit and £50 discount on selected cruises. The deal applies to sailings in April and May on Elegance, Explorer, Cycle and Hike cruises.

The company is also offering £50 off departures on the Dubrovnik Return Route from April to October, and 20% off selected Navigator itineraries – which are aimed at 18 to 39-year-olds looking for a party cruise experience along the Croatian coast – in May and June.

Find out more on the Sail Croatia website.

 

Scenic

This luxury line has discounts worth as much as £2,500 across its river-cruise collection and up to 20% on ocean voyages during the 2022 Wave season.

There are savings of up to £2,000 per couple on Europe river cruises and £2,500 per pair on southeast Asia cruises, along with private chauffeur-driven transfers.

For voyages aboard ‘discovery yacht’ Scenic Eclipse – exploring destinations including Antarctica, the Russian Far East, Central and South America and the Med – you could get up to 20% off when you pay in full 12 months before departure.

On top of that, you can also take your pick between a £1,000 suite upgrade credit or complimentary one-way upgrade to business-class flights with British Airways.

Cruise deals from Scenic include:

  • Gems of the Danube, eight days from Nuremburg to Budapest, departing April 11, now £2,195 per person
  • Treasures of the Mekong Meandering, a nine-night cruise plus five-night land journey through Vietnam and Cambodia, departing July 9, now costs £4,400
  • Jewels of the Russia Far East, 17 days from Anchorage to Vladivostok, departing May 26, 2023, starting from £13,045

Find out more about these sailings from Scenic.

 

Scenic Eclipse in Antarctica. Picture: Roger Pimenta

 

Seabourn

Guests of Seabourn could be living the sweet life with The Suite Life Event, a programme of offers on selected summer 2022 and winter 2023 voyages across the fleet.

Running until March 1, you can enjoy a free upgrade to a veranda suite, 50% off your deposit, and free airfares on certain Europe and Caribbean sailings, with inclusions varying depending on the itinerary. It’s also possible to upgrade to business class for just £99 each way on some Europe departures and £999 for the Caribbean.

The offers can be combined with other Seabourn promotions, including an early payment offer that attracts an extra 10% off the base cruise fare (if you pay in full by March 1), along with group rates, solo traveller offers and additional discounts for Seabourn Club members.

Read the full terms of the offer on the Seabourn website.

 

Silversea

Ultra-luxury line Silversea is offering a reduced deposit of 15% – down from its usual 25% deposit – on all Door-to-Door All-Inclusive sailings, until February 28.

New fare type Port-to-Port All-Inclusive also provides an alternative for guests who want to make their own pre and post-cruise travel arrangements, also available up to February 28.

Find out more from Silversea.

 

Star Clippers

Save up to 20% on summer 2022 cruises with an early booking discount available throughout January.

Deals from Star Clippers include:

  • Corsica & French Riviera, seven nights aboard Star Clipper round-trip from Cannes, departing July 16 and 30, now £1,760 per person
  • Amalfi & Sicily, seven nights on Star Clipper round-trip from Civitavecchia (for Rome), departing June-October, now £1,760 per person
  • Rome to Cannes, seven nights on Star Clipper from Civitavecchia to Cannes, departing July 9, now £1,760 per person

Find out more on the Star Clippers site.

 

Titan Travel

Titan is offering a ‘Flexi-Deposit’ of just £49 per person for the majority of its cruises, when booked by March 31.

Find out more about the low deposit offer on Titan Travel’s web page.

 

Tradewind Voyages

Newly launched tall-ship line Tradewind Voyages is celebrating its recently announced programmes in the Med and the Caribbean with a limited-time offer across all sailings.

The incentive includes a deposit of just £100 per person (with the final payment due 30 days prior to sailing), plus a complimentary upgrade to enjoy the Horizon Beer and Wine Collection (worth £410 per person) on all 2022 voyages excluding Christmas and new year departures.

Prices start from £1,799 for a double cabin, and offers are valid until January 31.

Find a full list of voyages and prices from Tradewind Voyages’ website.

 

Tradewind Voyages’ tall ship Golden Horizon. Picture: Joseph Thompson Photography

 

Tui River Cruises / Marella Cruises

Holiday giant Tui has rolled out savings of up to £300 across its brands, which include Tui River Cruises and ocean sailing arm Marella Cruises.

You can nab £300 off Marella Cruises holidays in the Mediterranean and Caribbean for departures between May 1, 2022, and April 30, 2023, using the code CRUISE300 when you book.

For river cruise fans, the discount is applicable to European sailings between March 28 and October 28, 2022, with the code TUIRC300 (excluding three or four-night itineraries).

Find out more on the Tui River Cruises and Marella Cruises web pages.

 

Uniworld

Enjoy £750 off European journeys and no single supplements on selected sailings with this luxury river cruise line as part of its ‘Cruise Back into Travel’ promotion.

But the discounts get even bigger on itineraries further afield, with up to £2,000 off selected ‘exotics’ sailings and £4,000 off trips to Peru.

Uniworld’s cruise latest deals include:

Find out more about the latest savings from Uniworld Boutique River Cruises.

 

Viking

Offers from Viking include a 10-day Elegant Elbe sailing, taking in Berlin, Potsdam, Prague and more, with prices from £1,995 per person for selected March departures.

If you’re holidaying as a group or with extended family, there are also some group travel discounts to make the most of, available on eight-day European river cruises outside the peak season.

For a party of 10 or more guests, the 10th person travels free of charge – including flights – on sailings between March and April, and October to November, in both 2022 and 2023.

Plus for groups travelling from October 1 to November 24, 2022, there’s also a free Silver Spirits beverage package and £100 onboard spend for each member of the group.

Check the terms and the latest offers across the line’s ocean, river and expedition cruises on the Viking website.

 

Virgin Voyages

Fancy knocking more than a fifth off the cost of your cruise? That’s exactly what Virgin Voyages is offering with a 20% discount on any voyage and any ship in its Wave season promotion, available until February 16.

You can get even more of a reduction with the line’s ‘pay in full’ programme, offering a further 10% off and $100 bonus towards your bar tab.

Get the full terms and find out more at Virgin Voyages or from your local travel agent.

 

Windstar Cruises

The latest offer from Windstar Cruises is guaranteed to perk up your January blues, with a ‘Pick your Perk’ promotion offering up to $1,000 in onboard credit or up to two complimentary ‘Easy Stays’, from a choice of hotel accommodation, Wi-Fi, transfers to the yacht, resort fees and taxes, or a sit-down breakfast.

The offer is available for bookings made by February 28, and the inclusions depend on the duration of your chosen cruise and suite or stateroom category.

Get the full details on the Windstar Cruises website.

 

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