Time to Reposition

By John Herrera, Senior Cruise Consultant, The Cruise Web.

Some of the best deals and exotic itineraries can be found when cruise ships reposition. This is often the case during the fall, depending on where in the world the ship is. For example, cruise ships can relocate from the United States to the Caribbean. This results in bargain prices and unique port of call combinations such as Eastern and Southern Caribbean islands or even Bermuda for the day.

Golden Gate BridgeMy favorite repositioning cruise was from Vancouver to Los Angeles aboard Sapphire Princess. These repositioning cruises over on the west coast are often referred to as ‘Coastal Cruises.’ Sapphire Princess had finished the summer season in Alaska and was scheduled to do the winter season roundtrip from Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera. My unique itinerary was a five night sailing, which included stops in Victoria, Canada, San Francisco and Santa Barbara (where we had an awesome time at the wineries). We witnessed an incredible sunset as the ship left Santa Barbara for a day at sea, followed by our final disembarkation at Los Angeles, her home port for the winter season.

Another benefit of repositioning cruises is their wider range of cruise durations. For instance, on the coastal cruise described above, we were able to spend some time in Vancouver prior to the cruise as this particular repositioning took only five nights. You get to see many great cities where visiting them on their own doesn’t compare to the value of visiting them on a cruise.

MediterraneanTransatlantic crossings are very popular when a ship repositions. Many ships end their winter Caribbean season and sail over to Europe and the Mediterranean for the summer. One such ship is Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas which will head to the Mediterranean for the first time next summer with a very Spanish entrance. After leaving Miami in April, she will call at Nassau (Bahamas) then cruise the transatlantic to Tenerife (Canary Islands), Cadiz, Malaga, Valencia and Barcelona – Ole!! Other itineraries offer the chance to see places such as Ponta Delgada, the largest city in the Azores and the capital of São Miguel. The itineraries are varied and it’s not uncommon for transatlantic crossings to visit cities that travelers might not choose as a sole vacation.

There are plenty more where those came from, so if you are new to cruising and love to see new cities then the coastal repositioning Londoncruise might be perfect for you. Or, if you are a veteran cruiser tired of the same old itineraries, a repositioning cruise offering unique itineraries could be just what you are looking for. Perhaps you don’t like flying, but want to explore Europe. You could take a Transatlantic repositioning cruise from the United States to England and then sail back home! So next time you’re planning a vacation, don’t overlook the repositioning cruise — you might find the perfect itinerary!

Happy sailing!!

John HerreraJohn Herrera
Senior Cruise Consultant
The Cruise Web, Inc.
1-800-377-9383 ext. 247


1 Jocelyn Ann { 08.19.10 at 3:19 pm }

Great article!

You touch all the bases. Repositioning is also tops in mu books as you well know.

Kudos to the best TA ever.

2 Charles Cilia { 08.19.10 at 5:04 pm }

My wife and I; both senior citizens, booked onto a repositioning cruise from New York to Malta and enjoyed every minute of it.

We flew from Malta to Dublin Ireland where we stayed for about a week with the cheerful Irish and had a ball. From there we went to Michigan to visit my wife’s many cousins and other sundry relatives. We got shown around quite a bit and were lucky to spend a day at the Ford Museum, Detroit. After about 10 days and a couple of kilograms heavier we flew and spend 3 days in New York City and tried to do the impossible; there is so much to take in NYC that 3 days were not enough. We did the normal tourists sights, like Time Square; 9 eleven tragic sight; Central Park; John Lennon’s Strawberry Fields memorial; Rockefeller Center and many others. We even got lost in Queens, but that’s an other story. We must visit New York again and spend more time to appreciate this city that never sleeps. We boarded the Norwegian Gem for our Transatlantic Crossing, cruising out of New York the skyline of Manhattan was very impressive especially at close quarters; very different when seen in the movies.

The Atlantic crossing was pleasant and worth every penny, and as you very well pointed out we visited many ports on the way at no extra cost, ‘so to speak’. We called at Portugal, Spain about three ports, France two ports, Italy two ports including a visit to the Vatican and finally to our home port of Valletta Malta. We joined various shore excursions on the way, one which we enjoyed the most was Fatima in Portugal, spending the best part of a day there was worth it, not only for the religious aspect of it but also cost wise. If we had to make the trip from Malta to Portugal and back it would have set us back a considerable amount.

Finally, as one would have expected, the majority of our fellow passengers on the Norwegian Gem were New Yorkers and mostly retired like us. We enjoyed their company very much and would meet them again any time, although at times I had a hard time explaining where Malta was on the map.

Best Regards

Charles Cilia

Marsaskala, Malta

3 John - The Cruise Web { 08.23.10 at 8:58 am }

Jocelyn Ann,

Thanks for the sweet comment! I look forward to helping you plan your next big trip.

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