Fall Repositioning

Ocean-crossing cruises offered by CLIA members are in for fall

By: Terra Judge

The member lines of Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) are making it easy for travelers to opt for an ocean crossing or leisurely one-way voyage from continent to continent by cruise ship.

Of CLIA’s 24 member lines, 15 will offer fall trans-Atlantic or -Pacific Ocean voyages on more than 50 ships. These voyages, for the most part, are “repositioning” cruises, as cruise companies move their fleets from summer seasons in Europe, Alaska and Canada to winter seasons in the Caribbean, Mexico and elsewhere.

Cruise lines offering these journeys include Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Line, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, Orient Lines, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Seabourn Cruise Line, SeaDream Yacht Club and Silversea Cruises.

The cruise lines will take varied times to cross, stopping in a variety of ports along the way.

Costa Cruises will operate five ships heading west after a European summer, all departing from Savona, Italy. Costa Fortuna sails to the Dominican Republic on a 15-night journey departing Nov. 2; Costa Victoria embarks on an 18-night crossing to Brazil on Nov. 25; Costa Magica also travels for 18 nights to Brazil on Nov. 26; Costa Mediterranea leaves Nov. 29 for a 16-night crossing to the Bahamas; and Costa Classica’s 17-night voyage to Brazil leaves Dec. 3.

Disney Cruise Line is one of the newest entries in the repositioning market, bringing home Disney Magic to Port Canaveral on Aug. 18, departing from Barcelona and including a day on Disney’s own island, Castaway Cay, and six days at sea.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, Norwegian Gem, will depart for the U.S. on Nov. 21 with an Exotic Western Mediterranean sailing from Barcelona to Boston. On Oct. 9, Norwegian Sun will reposition from San Diego to Miami on an 18-day Panama Canal itinerary.

Princess Cruises will send the Emerald Princess on a 17-day, eight-port cruise departing from Venice on Oct. 8 to Fort Lauderdale. The Sea Princess leaves London on Oct. 13 for a 14-day crossing to Barbados; Royal Princess departs Rome on Nov. 28 for a 24-day cruise to Fort Lauderdale; and Star Princess offers a 17-day, 9-port sailing between Rome and Fort Lauderdale embarking on Dec. 3.

More information and itineraries can be found on CLIA’s Web site, Cruising.org.