What is a Repositioning Cruise?
If you had asked me not too long ago “What is a repositioning or relocating cruise?” I would have looked at you blankly. But I got interested, did my research and now have also been on one.
A Repositioning Cruise is one way trip that cruise ships are required to make when relocating from one region to another. Say the ship had been doing a North Atlantic route during the summer but now it needs to start an Asian Itinerary. So it may leave from Honolulu with it’s end destination being Singapore to start it’s new route. The ship needs to sail this with or without passengers so the cruise companies offer huge discounts to entice people to occupy the cabins on this one way trip.
You have all meals and amenities included in the price. Fully functional bar and activities areas. Everything is as per usual except for the price.
Repositioning Cruises relatively often change their voyage areas due to economic or seasonal reasons. And, as mentioned above, a great feature of all repositioning Cruises are the amazing prices – they all are so cheap in comparison to the regular rates. We are often talking a 50% – 70% discount on the regular rate! These are serious cruise deals!
After reading this article please have a look at our experience on our own repositioning cruise – Our Repositioning Cruise Experience
What is a repositioning cruise usually called?
Repositioning cruises are rarely called that by travel agents. A usual name you might hear being used is the “Discovery Voyage”. You can also have “Relocation Cruises”, “Transit Cruises” or even“Crossings Cruises”.
What is a Repositioning Cruise?
As to reasons why you may want to take a repositioning cruise – where do you start? Have you ever had a dream or desire to sail the Atlantic Ocean on a luxury Ocean Liner? Maybe Alaska or Antarctica have always been in your dreams calling for you to come… Maybe sail the Pacific islands and soak in the sun as you relax back and sip your cocktail. The Panama Canal, Europe, Australia.. The list is endless. If you have never experienced a cruise then this is the perfect way to do it. Try a transatlantic cruise or maybe the Caribbean, Bermuda, or the Bahamas. You will be sailing the oceans of the world in comfort and style on some of the worlds best cruise ships.It’s about large swimming pools and private Jacuzzi experiences, gourmet cuisine, wine and champagne, bingo and casino thrills. Lets not forget the duty-free shopping and some ships even offer rock climbing, surfing and ice-skating onboard.
Benefits and Disadvantages of a Repositioning Cruise
- Super super cheap! The average cost is 50 to 70 percent off the usual round-trip cruise cost departing from the same port. The best price index to look for is the “Price Per Person Per Day” – This can be as low as US $40!
- Complete entertainment, facilities and dining options available.
- And because repositioning cruises are still a bit of a secret they are almost always not crowded.
- Without an itinerary per say, there are fewer ports of call on the way. This means more time sailing and more time at sea. Some could find this cruise a little boring after the first few days.
- Embarkation and disembarkation points or cities are not the same.This does increase expenses by having the additional cost of a oneway plane ticket home.
- Some repositioning cruises can last up to 18 days, and most people cannot afford to have this amount of time off work.
What is a repositioning cruise that is worth trying?
The best rule is the simplest – expect the best from the best. Major cruise lines will often offer cheap cruises and give you better value for money. Not to mention having more ships in the fleet offering you destination choices.
Some of the biggest companies that regularly offered repositioning cruises are Celebrity, Princess, Holland America, NCL Norwegian, Costa, MSC and Royal Caribbean. Recently, Carnival has also decided to relocate their ships in off seasons so have also started offering cruise deals that are worth looking at.
Many relocate yearly and are often a cruise ship is crossing the Atlantic between Europe and the USA (Florida, New York) or South America (Brazil, Argentina). Transatlantic cruises should be on everyone’s bucketlist just for the experience! Other voyages can often be between Alaska and Australia, or Alaska and Florida. Some sail through the Suez Canal while repositioning between Europe and Asia.
If you simply want the best experience at a good price then always go for the luxury cruises. Top luxury Cruises includes Crystal, Seabourn, Azamara and Oceania. If you are looking for a more affordable luxury cruise then good options are Cunard, Celebrity, Princess and Holland America lines.
If it is a rock bottom budget cruise line you want then head towards Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Costa and MSC.
We hope this helps and has answered all your questions. Now when you get asked “What is a repositioning cruise?” you will be able to answer them.