With fall just around the corner, that means
repositioning season is also upon us. Agents can find unique values
for their clients aboard ships moving from one seasonal destination
to another. Repositioning cruises offer travelers a one-of-a-kind
travel experience an opportunity to embark on voyages offered only
once or twice a year to ports not normally found on contemporary
Each autumn, cruise ships move from Europe’s
familiar ports to the warmer waters of the Caribbean. Other fall
repositioning cruises move ships from Alaska to Hawaii, the West
Coast or Caribbean; and from the Canada/New England region to the
“The majority of vacationers know very little about
repositioning cruises or for that matter, what they really are,”
said Terry L. Dale, CLIA’s president and CEO. “These repositioning
itineraries offer guests a tremendous opportunity to experience
unusual journeys that normally feature more leisurely days at sea
and out-of-the way ports of call. Even better, in most cases,
repositioning voyages offer travelers significant value compared
with ‘standard’ itineraries.”
Repositioning cruises can feature as many as nine
leisurely days at sea in addition to eclectic ports on each side of
the Atlantic. Moreover, travelers typically can enjoy enhanced
onboard activities, including distinguished guest lecturers from
the arts, sciences, politics and journalism. Itineraries may also
feature culinary and wine appreciation seminars, computer classes
or other enrichment programming.
Among the cruise lines scheduling repositioning
cruises for the 2005-2006 season are Celebrity Cruises. The line
will sail 12- to 15-night itineraries through November on routings
that include: Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale; Civitavecchia to
Galveston; and Dover, England to Cape Liberty Cruise Port, N.J.
Other repositionings include a 14-night sailing from Vancouver to
Los Angeles in September, a nine-night sailing from Cape Liberty to
San Juan in November and an eight-night itinerary from Vancouver to
San Diego in October.
Nine Costa Cruises ships will offer repositioning
itineraries through November. Seven of the ships reposition within
Europe while two others sail from Europe to North America.
Crystal Cruises will offer a November transatlantic
cruise from Lisbon to Fort Lauderdale. An October sailing from
Montreal to Fort Lauderdale will include lecturers from the
Smithsonian and U.S. News & World Report.
Holland America Line will offer a repositioning
cruise in October from Civitavecchia to Fort Lauderdale, and in
November will sail from Lisbon to Fort Lauderdale and from Lisbon
to Rio. Three fall Panama Canal sailings will reposition vessels
from Vancouver to the Caribbean. Three Pacific Coast itineraries
operate between Vancouver and San Diego.
Norwegian Cruise Line will sail two 13-day Exotic
Caribbean itineraries in October, one between Philadelphia and
Miami and the other between Boston and Charleston, S.C. A third
October cruise, a four-day Pacific Coastal voyage, sails a San
Francisco-Vancouver route. Radisson Seven Seas Cruises will sail an
eight-night crossing from Madeira to Fort Lauderdale in
Royal Caribbean International will offer
repositioning cruises between Europe and North America in October
and November. The line will also offer sailings from the East Coast
to the Caribbean and cruises from Vancouver to Honolulu and Los
Angeles. Two itineraries San Diego-San Juan and San Juan-Miami
reposition via the Panama Canal.
Silversea will sail a 14-day Lisbon to Barbados
itinerary in October. In November, a 17-day Passage to the
Seychelles adventure will sail from Port Said, Egypt, to the
Seychelles via the Red Sea and Suez Canal, calling at ports in
Egypt, Jordan, Eritrea and Djibouti.