This year's wave season isn't business as usual for travel advisors. Cruisers are showing a preference for remote destinations, and they are tracking cruise lines' sustainability records like never before.
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For many travel advisors, January through March is not just winter, it’s wave season. It’s a frenetic time when cruise lines roll out tempting early-booking incentives — everything from fare discounts to free Wi-Fi and spa treatments — in order to fill staterooms for the upcoming year.
While wave season is no less busy for travel agencies this year, in some ways it’s not business as usual. Travel advisors are reporting that more cruisers, whether experienced or first-timers, are looking at remote, less-visited destinations. They also want more immersive experiences in port. Some are also asking more questions about cruise lines’ records on sustainability and making choices based on what they find.
Other trends point to surging demand for premium suites as well as accommodations geared for families or solo travelers. Travel advisors are telling clients that not only is booking during wave season best for value, it’s crucial for securing what they want on board.
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Photo credit: Hurtigruten Cruises' MS Fram in Cozumel Harbor, Mexico. Cruisers are choosing off-the-beaten-path destinations. Dietmar Denger / Hurtigruten Cruises