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Published on August 31st, 2015 | by Daniel Nikulin


Repositioning Cruises – The Secret to the Best Cruise Deals

Every year, generally spring and fall, cruise lines need to move their floating resorts from one part of the world to another. Seasoned cruisers know that this is prime time to find that deal of a lifetime as repositioning cruises are often the best value cruises around.

To meet high season demands, most ships must move from one part of the world to another. During the spring, ships will sail from the Caribbean or Mexico to the Mediterranean for the summer months then sail back in the fall for the winter season.

Exclusive sailings aren’t as itinerary driven as typical sailings, keeping cruise rates low, while port-of-call heavy itineraries remain more popular. As the rates include your daily tidied cabin, all meals and snacks as well as your entertainment for over 2 weeks, the value is incredible!

Now, before you jump for your credit card and book, there are a few things to consider:

      • Days at sea. Unless you are looking to completely sit back and relax with a fat book by the pool, do your research and choose a ship that has the facilities and amenities that suit you best. Whether it’s a gym or workout facility, a favourite type of restaurant or a well stocked library, be sure your home away from home has what you need as chances are, you’ll be seeing a lot of it.
      • Return airfare. Keep in mind that the ship that’s taking you to Barcelona is not bringing you back. As you aren’t buying a flight and cruise deal, it is important to plan and budget for a one-way flight home at the end of it all. While an additional cost, this can open up great options as well, by offering you flexibility to return whenever and from wherever you like. As many countries require proof of a flight home (or a way out) as you’re entering their country, it may be wise to buy your one-way flight home before embarking on your cruise.
      • Odd duration sailings. While many of us are used to a typical one or two week holiday, many repositioning cruises are anything but. I’ve seen a West Coast repositioning cruise from Vancouver to San Francisco that lasted a whole two days with no ports of call. Although not a great sightseeing opportunity, it is the perfect chance for a first time cruiser wondering what it’s like to cruise, if not a fun weekend getaway. And if you’ve still got a few days to fill, rent a car and drive into wine country, Los Angeles or San Diego. Odd duration sailings can be interesting if you’re creative.
      • Weather. As the reason for a ship’s repositioning is seasonality, trips take place at either the very start or at the tail end of a season. Spring and fall can bring unsettled weather worldwide and it’s something to keep in mind when packing. Another tip in finding a great cruise deal is looking at the first or last sailing in a cruise line’s program. As the weather on these sailings can still be suspect, they are usually the least expensive departures. For an even bigger bang for your buck, combine a repositioning cruise with either the first or last regular sailing.


So now that you know what cruise junkies have known for years, jump in. Cruise lines may market these as “trans-Atlantic” sailings or a Panama Canal cruise and they may be sometimes hard to find but with a little research and creativity (or a good travel agent), repositioning cruises can be the deal you’ve always hoped to find.


Flight Centre Cruises offers the lowest prices on repositioning cruises, cruise and stay packages and cruise only holidays with top cruise lines worldwide. Speak to a cruise specialist today! 

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About the Author

Daniel Nikulin

turned his love of travel into a living and has worked for Flight Centre in various capacities since the late 90’s. Currently an in-house copywriter, Daniel uses his industry experience to bridge the gap between travel professional and professional traveller. When he’s not abroad with a pen in hand, he spends his time with his band and cat, Leroy.

One Response to Repositioning Cruises – The Secret to the Best Cruise Deals

  1. Ivana says:

    great for those living 6 months away from Canada!

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