Repositioning cruises can offer big cruise discounts – saving thousands of dollars off your next cruise.
What to look for
These cruise discounts apply to voyages known as ‘repositioning cruises’, where ships are moved from one part of the world to another.
For example, as winter sets in on the Mediterranean the cruise lines want to move their ships south to places like the Caribbean. These voyages cross the mid-Atlantic and will typically last about 15 days with only two or three ports of call.
It’s for this reason that a repositiong cruise like this is less popular, but if your idea of a great holiday is doing as much or as little as you want onboard the ship, then a reposition voyage might be right for you.
How much can you save
The savings on regular multi-port voyages will depend on the cruise line you choose – the more expensive the regular voyage, the more you are likely to save with a repositioning voyage of similar duration. It’s not uncommon to find repositioning voyages for sale at 25% off the regular multi-port voyage price. That could mean a saving of around US$2,100 per person on standard suites with cruise lines like Seabourn or Silversea.
Repositioning cruises tips
Book early for these repositioning cruises – the best fares are capacity controlled and won’t be reduced closer to the sailing date. CruiseOyster recommend midship accommodation on repositioning voyages to minimise the effect of any high seas you might encounter.