Repositioning cruises are a wonderful way to cruise usually at a much better rate. They usually run at the end of a season for an area and the ships are repositioned to the next area.They could be the perfect way to try cruising for the first time, especially the short ones. Here are the most popular ones:
- Caribbean to Europe: these cruises are the perfect way to experience the transatlantic crossing. They usually happen at the end of the Caribbean season, end of April and the ships are repositioned to Europe. They usually run from Florida and include some stops in the Azores or in Madeira. They end either in the Med (usually Barcelona) or in Northern Europe (Southampton, Hamburg, Rotterdam). They usually are 15 nights or more. Most of the time include about 4-5 sea days for the Atlantic crossing.
- Europe to Caribbean: These are the same as above just in reverse and the season is around Mid October. The only minor problem with this route is the fact that sometime end of October is the tale end of hurricane season and, for this reason, the last few days of the cruise can be a little choppy.
- Repositioning to and from Alaska: These repositioning cruises are perfect for passengers living in the west coast. It is possible to do a 3-4 night repo from LA to Seattle or Vancouver (or viceversa) for a very very price. The northbound is usually in mid April while the southbound is usually in mid September. From experience the southbound are more enjoyable because the ocean is smoother and the weather going south is nicer. Ports of call include Astoria Oregon, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and of course LA. It is possible to combine these repo cruises with a Panama Canal one, making it a 21 nights cruise that is really really nice, because one or two of the ships used for Alaska they usually do Panama in winter.
- Japan to South East Asia: these cruises run in mid November for the southbound and in late April for the north bound. They are an excellent way to experience many ports of call in Asia. they usually run from Japan to Hong Kong and then continue to Singapore. The weather in the South East Asia in mid November is still a bit rainy but still quite enjoyable.
- Repositioning from and to Australia: These cruises run from Sydney or Melbourne and end up in Singapore. They usually include a few stops in Australia and few stops in Asia. They tend to have a lot of sea days between Australia and Indonesia, so unless you really enjoy sea days they are not ideal for everybody. They can be really affordable thought. They are usually around 19 to 21 nights.
- Repositioning from Asia to the Med and viceversa: These tend to be long journeys 50 nights and more and they run usually from Singapore through the Suez Canal and end up in Athens, Civitavecchia or even Southampton. They usually run in mid march for the westbound journey or mid October for the Eastbound. It is a fantastic way to see some areas that are normally visited by most cruise lines like Jordan, India and UAE. The Suez Canal is another destination not very popular among cruise lines so it can be a great opportunity to visit this area. These cruises tend to have a lot of sea days especially between India and Malaysia and they are not for everyone. Some cruise lines allow passengers to do segments of the journey ie: Singapore to Dubai or Dubai to Athens.
- LA to South Pacific and Viceversa: These are wonderful cruises that usually include few stops in Hawaii, Fiji, Bora Bora and end up either in New Zealand or Sydney (or viceversa from Sydney to LA). They are usually longer journey 28 days and up with many sea days between LA and Hawaii and between Hawaii and Fiji. They are a great opportunity to relax and enjoy very warm weather and be disconnected for a long period of time. If you do not enjoy sea days these journeys are not for you. They usually run in the fall for the southbound journey and mid spring for the northbound.
I hope you will considering one of these option.