What is a Repositioning Cruise?


Cruises are great for a relaxing vacation. There’s no need to worry about how you’re getting from site to site or if you’ll find somewhere good for dinner. There are hundreds of activities all on board a 300-meter long floating city. Typically, a cruise is a round-trip journey, starting and ending in the same location, but that’s not always the case…

One of the benefits of a floating city is the ability to move to the best part of the world with each season. Alaskan cruises in the summer, Caribbean cruises in the winter, the Mediterranean in the spring… Rather than sailing an empty ship across the ocean, cruise lines create special repositioning itineraries, inviting guests to join them.

Common Repositioning Routes

  • Trans-Atlantic: Usually traveling between the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, trans-Atlantic trips are the most common. They are usually about two weeks long and include ports of call at both ends of the journey.
    • Upcoming Sailing: October 15, 2017 – Norwegian Getaway – Copenhagen to Miami
  • Trans-Pacific: These cruises, between Asia or Australia and the Americas, are typically the longest, coming in at about three weeks. Not only do the include stops at both ends, they often also include stops in places in Hawaii.
    • Upcoming Sailing: October 6, 2017 – Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas – Seattle to Sydney, stopping in Hawaii and the South Pacific
  • Panama Canal: Some ships will make their way from the Atlantic to the Pacific or vice versa. These are unique experiences because your cruise passes through the Panama Canal and probably have engineers or lecturers on-deck to tell you all about the canal.
    • Upcoming Sailing: April 20, 2018 – Coral Princess – Fort Lauderdale to Vancouver
  • North/South America: Having opposite seasons, traveling between North and South America means it’s always spring and summer. Head down to Bueno Ares and take a leisurely cruise up to Fort Lauderdale.
    • Upcoming Sailing: March 18, 2018 – Celebrity Infinity – Santiago, Chile to Fort Lauderdale

Is there enough to do?

There can be a lot of days at sea on a repositioning cruise, so it’s understandable to be concerned about getting bored. However, there’s no need to worry. Any time I’ve been on a cruise, I’ve wished I had more time to explore the ship’s entertainment and amenities.

In addition to the usual onboard entertainment, cruise lines bring on even more for passengers to do. There are lecturers, Broadway shows, top comedy acts, trivia competitions, bingo games, and more. Plus, frequent cruisers often plan their own social events. There is no shortage of activities

There is no shortage of activities, but the extra days also give you time to just sit on deck and read a fun novel, relax by the pool, or enjoy that extra long massage in the spa.

If you think a repositioning cruise sounds like an awesome trip, let’s set up some time to plan for that be a perfect fit for you!

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