If a ship sails the Caribbean itinerary, for example, in the winter - come spring, they may switch to an Alaska itinerary. So they have to move the ship from the Caribbean to Alaska and that is called a repositioning cruise. In the fall, they'd move it back to the Caribbean - again that's a repositioning cruise.
I cruise the Emerald Princess, Eastern Caribbean on April 16, 2012
It is a cruise where a ship changes its home port for a new season. It usually means that it will make a one way trip from one port to another. Often they are transatlantic cruises, Panama Canal, or cruises from Alaska to Mexico or all the way for Florida.
Repositioning cruises, especially transatlantic cruises, can be very good deals but may have fewer ports and more sea days than other cruises.
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We took a repositioning cruise May 2005 on the Radiance of the Seas. We found out about purely by accident....thru this board. It worked perfect for our vacation tim. The ship had just come from Fort Lauderdale thru the canal to San Diego. It was a 6 night cruise with stops at San Francisco, Astoria, OR, and Victoria, BC, ending in Vancouver, BC. It was a very memorable cruise. We loved the itinerary because it was different from what we have done. We would do this one again anytime. We are looking for one for 2008 from Montreal to Fort Lauderdale. If anyone knows where to get this info, please let us know.
Teresa and Larry
#36-Carnival Splendor 9/16/12
7 night Mexican Riviera
#37-Allure of the Seas 11/11/12
7 night Eastern Caribbean
we love repositioning cruises.. We are going on our second one from Barcelona in December on the Celebrity Galaxy fo Barcelona, Canary Islands, Antigua, Barbados, St. Maartin And ending in San Juan...we just love the itinerries and the days at sea.. In Oct 2005 we left from Barcelona too and went to Rome, Nice, Malaga, Corsica, Porta Delardo Nassau ending up in FT Lauderdale... I think these cruises give wonderful value for your $$, give you days at sea and a chance to see unusual ports.