Repositioning Cruises: A Good Bet for Fall Travel

Ana Figueroa 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

By: Ana Figueroa

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 cruise itineraries.

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 Caribbean.

“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 November. 

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.

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