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The Repositioning Season Is About To Begin

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Next month is the beginning of the “repositioning season”; it is also the time when some of the best per Diem rates of the year appear for those who have the time for lengthier cruises.

The cruise lines begin moving many of their ships from the Caribbeean, where they have spent the winter months. Some ships head to Europe or the Mediterranean, while others head down, transit the Panama Canal and head north  to spend the summer season sailing Alaskan waters.

Because it generally takes more days to reposition these ships, most of these cruises are at least 12 days or more in duration. And because they require passengers to leave from one port and return home from another (open jaw flights) these cruises are often somewhat difficult for the cruise lines to sell out.

The result – much less expensive cruise fares, as well as improved service because of less crowded ships.

Though the cruise lines design these itineraries to include some ports of call along the way, one generally has to enjoy quite a large number of days at sea during the cruise.

For those, like me, who love the days at sea, these repositioning cruises are one of the best options available in my view.

Though, one should understand the scheduled daily activities on board are somewhat different than a typical 7 or 10 day Caribbean cruise.

There are often organized and ongoing Bridge games, lectures, cooking demonstrations, and that sort of thing, targeted more at the “older cruiser”, who are largely the average passenger on these sorts of sailings.

One hint for those looking at the repositioning cruises… in normal circumstances I recommend booking one’s own airfare. However in the case of the necessary “open jaw” air ticket required for repositioning cruises, I’ve found most often, cruise line supplied air fares can save a considerable amount off of air fare.

These repostioning cruises are simply superb value for those who have the time, and inclination to enjoy a “slow boat to …..”.

If that describes you, now is the time to talk to your travel agent, and I think you may be surprised at just how good the prices are.

And, if now isn’t the right time for you, in the fall there is another “repositioning season” during October and November.

– A View From The Kuki Side of Cruising –

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Comment from Kenneth Eden
Time March 27, 2013 at 5:51 am

We have done many transatlantic crossings, true crossings, on a bonafide ocean liner, Queen Elizabeth 2 and Queen Mary 2, and transpacific on Queen Victoria, a bonafide cruise liner.

Never have we taken a cruise ship on a crossing in the Atlantic, but we will soon, on the Celebrity Soltice, and I can not wait.

We have come to love celebrity, and the many days at sea will allow us to have more days in Murano, our favorite alternate restaurant on Celebrity Solstice class ships.

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