We like the repositioning cruises. Took the last one that Princess made out of the Galveston terminal to Europe and it was great. Also took a Princess out of Seattle a couple of years ago to the far east and it too was great. You are right about the prices. The only problem is getting back to the United States. One way airline fares may be high and if the ship stops at a non-major airline city that may mean another flight in that country to get to your gateway city. One has to factor in all these cost to see if it's a "great deal".