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Cruising 101: Why now is the best time to book a cruise to your dream destination

Wave Season is the time to snag awesome deals for cruises around the world. Sponsored by AAA Washington

SEATTLE — If you're thinking about going on a cruise this year, now is the perfect time to start researching and booking. January through mid-March is "Wave Season" -- the Black Friday of the travel biz. 

"It's your opportunity to pick up some wonderful bargains for cruising," said AAA Washington Travel Expert Liz Day. There are several deals people may be able to snag during Wave Season:

  • Two for one
  • Free airfare
  • Discounted deposits
  • Beverage packages
  • Internet included

There are a variety of cruises to destinations around the world. Hawaii, the Panama Canal, and Alaska are popular destinations. In fact, about 1.3 million visitors came through Seattle last year to board an Alaskan cruise!

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Glacier Bay

The destination isn't the only thing to think about when it comes to finding the perfect cruise: "Think about what type of cruise you want. Adventure? Do you want to just have a culinary type of cruise? A relaxing type of cruise?"

AAA Washington understands that browsing through all the available options can be stressful, and they have travel agents to guide you and help you find exactly what you're looking for, "This is a chance to really work with someone and plan."

Concierge Cruises are great options for first-time cruise-goers, "These are hand-picked itineraries on great ships with our preferred providers that give you added benefits." Additionally, travel agents are onboard to advise passengers throughout the duration of the cruise.

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The AAA Travel Cruise Show is a great place to learn all about different cruises

Novices can get a hands-on opportunity to learn about cruising and experienced travelers can snag the latest tips and trends at the AAA Washington Cruise Show.

Upcoming AAA Cruise Shows in Washington

AAA Washington is hosting two cruise shows this month in Tacoma and Everett. Admission is free and open to the public. Check out the presentation schedule online.

  • Sat. Jan 18, at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St., Tacoma 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM RSVP
  • Sat. Jan. 25 at Angel of the Winds Arena, 2000 Hewitt Avenue, Everett 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM RSVP

To learn more or to book your next vacation, please call 855-361-7667 or visit AAA Washington online.

Sponsored by AAA Washington.  Segment Producer Heidi Eng. Watch New Day Northwest 11 AM weekdays on KING 5, and streaming live on KING5.com. Connect with New Day via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.