In the early days most ocean liners were luxury transportation getting people from one part of the world to another. Trans-Atlantic cruises were the most common but there were routes covering the entire globe. Now cruise ships are a whole lot more than just transportation and they have seasons where they run itineraries around the world’s popular regions.
A repositioning cruise traditionally is when a cruise company needs to move their ships from one seasonal location to another. Winter is cruising season in the Caribbean while Europe is a Summer market. For that reason dozens of cruise ships head out across the Atlantic every Spring and return in the Fall. These Atlantic crossings are by-far the most common repositioning cruises but there are also other repositioning cruises. They include Fall Alaska cruises leaving to take ships back to the Caribbean or out across the Pacific. Another opportunity is a late Summer reposition movement down to South America and cruising back north in the Spring.
Just a decade or two ago these cruises were tremendous bargains with 12 to 15 night cruises going for fares of four or five hundred dollars per passenger. While those days are gone they are still less expensive than most other cruises. The down side was that you would spend seven to nine straight days at sea. The up side was that the ships provided the same entertainment, the same great cuisine and the same attentive service. Additionally most of these cruises also provide a port of call or two at each end of the cruise.
Lately, as cruising gets more popular and more people become frequent cruisers the ships have less trouble filling these repositioning cruise cabins and the pricing has regularly adjusted upward as a result. Even so, if it’s the cruise experience you enjoy these cruises are still a good value considering the length of the cruise relative to price.
In addition to the value these cruises offer, some cruise lines will add additional programs for passengers to add something extra to those sea days. They can range from classes and demonstrations to lectures on a number of topics taking advantage of college professors, art historians, archaeologist, naturalists and adventure travelers and explorers.
If you love cruising and are looking for new cruise opportunities, take some time and explore repositioning cruises.