Welcome to TPG’s Cruise Wave Season Extravaganza

Feb 14, 2022

This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

Are you itching to get back to cruising? We know many of you are, judging from the emails that we’ve been getting from cruising fans in recent months asking for advice. So we’re launching something exciting that will help you plan your next trip at sea (or your first one, if you’re a cruising newbie).

Today kicks off TPG’s first-ever Cruise Wave Season Extravaganza — a massive, monthlong rollout of cruise planning content to help you plan the perfect voyage for the coming year and beyond.

Starting today — and every day this month — we’ll be posting at least one new or updated guide to cruising as part of the Extravaganza.

For more cruise guides, tips and news, sign up for TPG’s cruise newsletter.

The first of these guides, highlighting the seven questions that will determine if you’ll like cruising, already is live as of this morning. In anticipation of the rollout, we’ve also updated and reposted two of our marquee beginners guides to cruising:

If you’re new to cruising, consider the two stories above as your “start here” buttons. Click them and you’ll be on your way to planning your first vacation at sea like a boss.

Even if you’re not new to cruising, you’ll find a lot of good tips in those stories.

Cruise Wave Season Extravaganza banner

Saying yes to Wave Season

For some of you, this may seem like an odd time to be talking about booking a cruise.

The surge in COVID-19 cases across the globe in recent months may have you thinking twice about taking a cruise — or going on any other type of trip — in the coming weeks.

Given some of the disruptions to sailings that positive cases on ships have caused of late, you may even be at the point where you have decided to steer clear of cruise ships in the short term.

Even if that’s the case, we have some advice for you: There may be no better time than now to put down a deposit on a voyage that will take place later this year or next, when the omicron surge, in theory, will be far behind us.

Related: Omicron wave could fade fast, says health expert

After being completely shut down for a good chunk of the past two years due to COVID-19, cruise lines are eager for your business — so eager that they’re rolling out some truly alluring promotions on sailings scheduled to take place not just in the coming months but also for as far out as 2023 or even 2024.

Our Cruise Wave Season Extravaganza is timed to coincide with “wave season,” the three-month period at the start of the year when bookings for cruises traditionally surge.

Cruise lines always roll out major promotions during wave season to capitalize on the increased interest in planning cruises. But this year, as we’ve written about quite a bit in recent weeks, some of the promotions are even better than usual.

The wave season deals this year include lots of two-for-one fares, free fares for the third and fourth passengers in a cabin, free kids fares, gratis airfare, complimentary pre-cruise hotel stays, cabin upgrades, onboard credit, beverage packages, included gratuities, free Wi-Fi and more.

What’s to come

The Cruise Wave Season Extravaganza will consist of four themed weeks.

This week, through Sunday, is Introduction to Cruising Week, when we’ll publish several broad guides that will help you learn what cruising is all about and how to book a cruise. We’ll also highlight the hottest new cruise ships and itineraries for 2022.

Then, get ready for:

  • The Perfect Cruise for You Week (Feb. 21-27). We’ll reveal the best cruises for families, solo travelers, couples, luxury lovers, the LGBTQ+ communities and more.
  • Cruise Cabins and Suites Week (Feb. 28-March 6). This week, our experts will teach you how to pick the perfect cabin or suite.
  • Cruise Tips Week (March 6-13). We’ll devote our final week to sharing tips for planning, booking, preparing for and taking cruises.

So grab your sailor’s uniform and captain’s hat, and prepare for a wave of cruise content.

Here at TPG, our Extravaganza is one wave we’re hoping you get swept up in.

Click below for some of TPG’s top cruise line guides: 

Featured image courtesy of Royal Caribbean. 

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

Earn 90,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer ends 8/3/2022.

With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 90,000 bonus miles after you spend $3,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months. Offer ends 8/3/2022.
  • Earn up to 20,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) with Status Boost® per year. After you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, you can earn 10,000 MQMs up to two times per year, getting you closer to Medallion® Status. MQMs are used to determine Medallion® Status and are different than miles you earn toward flights.
  • Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
  • Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide including takeout and delivery in the U.S., and at U.S. supermarkets.
  • Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $80 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck® after you apply through any Authorized Enrollment Provider. If approved for Global Entry, at no additional charge, you will receive access to TSA PreCheck.
  • Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $250 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
Regular APR
17.24%-26.24% Variable
Annual Fee
Balance Transfer Fee
Recommended Credit
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.