Originally Posted by Luanne Russo
Could someone define a repositioning for those who are checking out the web site to learn more about cruising?
I guess the more or less standard definition for a repo cruise is an itinerary that takes the ship from one distinct part of the world to another for the purpose of positioning the ship to do a series of cruises in the new geographic region. Although there are many different flavors, probably the most common repos are across the Atlantic between Europe and Florida/Caribbean. These run eastbound (to Europe) in the spring and westbound back to the warm weather in the fall.
Accordingly, repos generally have a far higher number of sea days than the normal cruise, although the lines tend to work in a port stop or two when they can. Still, on an Atlantic repo, you can pretty much count on a week of non-stop sea days.
Figured on a per day basis, repos tend to be some of the cheapest cruises out there. They attract retirees (who have the time to spend on longer cruises), bargain hunters (because of the cheap fares), and a number of serious world travelers who use the cruises as transportation to interesting places.
Some people dislike eastbound runs in the spring because on most nights clocks are reset forward an hour as the ship passes through the various time zones. This results in many "23-hour days." Conversely, on westbound crossings clocks are retarded an hour on most nights, "adding" an hour to each day. On the other hand, westbound runs in the fall are more likely to encounter storms than springtime trips.
People always ask what the weather is going to be like on their crossing. The answer is that nobody knows. It can be beautiful and it can be miserable, and trying to predict it is a fool's errand. The sea has a mind of her own, and repos generally happen at meteorologically volatile times of the year on the ocean.