The Complete Guide to Cruise Deals Season – Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Wave

Updated: 11/2018

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 that you may consider changing your name to Martinique! (Or Thomas. Or Lucia…or hiya, Maya!)

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 with Carnival. 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 Carnival 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 Carnival 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! We went ahead and busted out a whole weekend of DOCKBUSTER 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 we 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 prob — there’s always a great deal or two for you to book now.

The Last Word on Carnival Cruises

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 Carnival cruise… all the stuff that Carnival 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 on Carnival Cruises

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