ShipsAhoy's 8 Reasons to Take a Repositioning Cruise!
By: Ilona Kauremszky
1. FOR THE VALUE
The value of these cruises can’t be overstated. It’s not unusual to find a typical one-week cruise costing $800 or $1,000 per person just to get on the ship. Re-positioning cruises usually have less demand because they aren’t a round trip. That means cruise lines cut prices to fill the ship, leading to fantastic deals. Most repositioning cruises are less expensive per day than a standard destination cruise.
2. FOR THE VIEWS
They sometimes follow routes and ports not on ‘normal’ cruise itineraries so you get ‘bragging rights’ for having visited places your friends may not have been to. Because the ship doesn’t have to worry about returning to the old port, it has more freedom to explore spots that are otherwise unreachable on a regular cruise. For instance, those Europe-bound ships often make stops in the Azores or the Mediterranean, which would rarely occur on a round trip.
3. FOR THE ONBOARD PROGRAMS
This is a hidden perk: the onboard enrichment programs – like cooking classes and language classes. Most people forget that cruising is not about the destination. It’s all about the journey. Guests spend 90% of their time onboard and just a few hours doing land tours. Whether it’s The Bahamas, the Caribbean, Alaska or any other port, how you get there is more important than where you’re going! For that reason, repositioning cruises can often be much more interesting and diverse than the typical, scheduled cruises.
4. FOR THE SMALL
Go for a different kind of cruise, other than ocean cruises – try a hotel barge cruise in Europe. Hotel barges are small enough to navigate the narrow canals and waterways of Europe. Every year, European Waterways offers ‘longer waterways‘ cruises as they reposition barges from one region of Europe to another. These voyages offer a great opportunity for sightseeing and watching the landscape and the architecture transform before your eyes.
5. FOR THE RELAXATION
They sometimes have longer stretches at sea which makes for a more relaxed atmosphere for people looking to ‘get away from it all’, quite literally. Repositioning cruises are great cruises for those that enjoy relaxing at sea. They typically offer more sea days, which means more leisurely schedules. Start your sea day with a walk on the deck with some tea and enjoy the sunrise. Don’t forget to get in a nap during the afternoon. You can’t do that on a port day!
6. FOR THE NEW ADVENTURE
Repositioning cruises are excellent for experiencing new ships or cruise lines and saving money while doing so! You can take a ‘test run’ on a ship or cruise line that you have never tried as sometimes these cruises may only be a few days long.
7. FOR THE TRANSPORT
Forget flying if you have the time consider a repositioning cruise that ends in a vacation spot you always wanted to fly to. Some cruisers ended a vacation to Alaska and Canada by taking a reposition cruise from Los Angeles up to Canada.
8. FOR THE PRIVACY
Sometimes (not always) repositioning ships are much less busy than on the usual routes. 🙂