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#1
Omaha, NE
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Joined Mar 2011
I am relatively new to this board and until coming here, I had never heard of a repositioning cruise. I understand the premise of the cruise as the name "repositioning" is pretty straight forward. I am looking for more specific information about these types of cruises as I cannot find much information about them.

Some of the things I am wondering about...

Are the prices similar to a "normal" cruise?
Generally, how long are repositioning cruises?
Do they stop at a similar number of ports as "normal" cruises?
Where can find and book repositioning cruises?

Thanks in advance for all the help!

Alex
#2
105,560 Posts
Joined Jul 2001
There are all types of repositioning cruises.

Some will go from Ft Lauderdale or Tampa to Seattle or Vancouver for the Alaskan season -- usually in April -- then in September/Oct then head back to the Caribbean -- these cruises can be found on HAL's site under Panama Canal. usually are 19 - 21 days.

Then there cruises that go from Ft lauderdale or Tampa to various ports in Europe -- usually in April and return in the fall to the Caribbean -- called TransAtlantic cruises.

You also have a ship moving from Ft Lauderdale to Montreal to do Canada/New England cruises.

Sometimes some of them will stop at some "regular" ports -- most don't.

Hope this helps a little.

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#3
Petaluma, Ca. 94954
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Originally posted by Cyclone92
I am relatively new to this board and until coming here, I had never heard of a repositioning cruise. I understand the premise of the cruise as the name "repositioning" is pretty straight forward. I am looking for more specific information about these types of cruises as I cannot find much information about them.

Some of the things I am wondering about...

Are the prices similar to a "normal" cruise? For the most part, yes, but you can get some pretty good prices.
Generally, how long are repositioning cruises? As mentioned, they can vary in length. A very few days, or up to 20 or 21 is common.The long ones seem to be very attractive to a number of people, including ourselves.
Do they stop at a similar number of ports as "normal" cruises? On the longer re-pos, they seem to have a larger number of sea days, due to the fact they are really trying to move the ship from one location to another. This does give access to some ports that may not be covered in "normal" cruises.
Where can find and book repositioning cruises? Same place you find and book any other cruise. Look for change in "cruise season," as KK is implying. April for Trans Atlantics, and moving ships from Florida to Alaska. Sept/Oct for bringing those ships back (into November now for returns from Europe. Sept/Oct for ships moving from the Alaska to Australia, and April for bringing them back.

Thanks in advance for all the help!

Alex
Re-pos used to be great deals, because they had to move the ship, and whatever revenus they got was added. However, people have discovered that, and re-pos are not as cheap, usually and relatively, as they used to be.
#4
Central FL
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Joined Sep 2006
You can find a lot of short (usually West Coast) repo cruises by going to the HAL site Find A Cruise and specifying Any Ship, 1 to 5 days duration. They are usually a little cheaper per day than longer cruises.
#5
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Joined Aug 2009
Are the prices similar to a "normal" cruise?

i have found very good bargains on these. the downside is usually the airfare is more because you are not flying round-trip. look on the cruise air forum for ways around this.


Generally, how long are repositioning cruises?

Varies, but usually 16+ days.


Do they stop at a similar number of ports as "normal" cruises?

The best thing about repos is they often visit unusual ports.


Where can find and book repositioning cruises?

Look at the start or end of the 'seasons'. for example, in the fall ships move from the med to the carib. springtime it reverse. some move up to alaska for the summer - you get the idea. some travel websites list these as a separate category.
#6
3,576 Posts
Joined Jan 2006
Originally posted by Cyclone92
Where can find and book repositioning cruises?
Some online cruise agencies offer "repositioning" as a search option. My favorite agency showed about 100 repositioning cruises lasting from 3 to 49 nights at prices from $209 to $17,698.
#7
Roselle, IL
12,900 Posts
Joined Sep 2000
Basically it is when a ship changes home ports for a season. Right now the fleet is either in Europe or Alaska. During the Caribbean season many ships home-ported at Ft Lauderdale or Tampa or San Diego. Then these ships either go to Seattle, Vancouver or Europe to operate out of these places.
#8
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Joined Aug 2010
There are also the Trans Pacific cruises, for example the Volendam September 7th, departs Vancouver for a 26 day journey to Sydney, Australia;
the Zaandam departs from San Diego October 30th 25 days to Sydney.

The ships are "downunder" for our summer season, then head back to USA
for Alaska season, via Asian ports.

There are lots of choices for you to consider.
#9
Omaha, NE
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Joined Mar 2011
Thank you for all the information, I really appreciate. This is an option that I am definitely going to look into for future cruises.

Alex
#10
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Joined Jul 2001
We have done several different repositioning cruises -- and loved them all.

Did not get any bargains price wise on them.
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#11
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Originally posted by Krazy Kruizers
We have done several different repositioning cruises -- and loved them all.

Did not get any bargains price wise on them.
i had an inside on carnival for one repo cruise - it was $800 for 16 nights (med and transatlantic), and i was going solo. such a deal.
#12
Landlocked in Colorado
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Joined Mar 2002
Just got back from the final segment of a "repo" cruise! Volendam from Kobe (Japan) to Vancouver - 17 days. 2nd segment after dry-dock in Singapore. Visited S. Korea, Russia, and then Kodiak and Sitka! (Was a re-route from original Japanese itinerary).

Great cruise and definitely something to consider.
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#14
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Joined Jan 2006
There are some incredible prices on transatlantic cruises. I find 11 Royal Caribbean cruises lasting 13 to 16 nights priced at under $600. The Ryndam's 17 night Barcelona to Tampa cruise departing November 3, 2011 is priced at $1099.
#15
S. Carolina
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Joined Sep 2007
. . . often comes with a TransAtlantic since there are many sea days, and thus lower port fees. I love sea days so find those cruises most desirable. However, with airfares so high, you have to figure that European flight in with the cruise fee in order to determine what is affordable.

And the down side, some cruisers don't like sea days. Fortunately, DH and I both love that relaxation time . . . it's one of the reasons we cruise - to escape of "busyness" of life at home.

You'll have to try it to know what is good for you!!!
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#16
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Originally posted by CtheW0rld
i had an inside on carnival for one repo cruise - it was $800 for 16 nights (med and transatlantic), and i was going solo. such a deal.
inside cabins are just not for us

great price for those of you who like them

enjoy
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#17
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Joined Dec 2006
Originally posted by Cyclone92
I am relatively new to this board and until coming here, I had never heard of a repositioning cruise. I understand the premise of the cruise as the name "repositioning" is pretty straight forward. I am looking for more specific information about these types of cruises as I cannot find much information about them.

Some of the things I am wondering about...

Are the prices similar to a "normal" cruise?
Generally, how long are repositioning cruises?
Do they stop at a similar number of ports as "normal" cruises?
Where can find and book repositioning cruises?

Thanks in advance for all the help!

Alex
Usually much cheaper and many more sea days.

There is one next year on the new Celebrity ship for 15 nights from Rome to Ft Lauderdale with about 5 ports (including ports for Florence, Barcelona, Milan, Provence, Canary Islands) and the price for their AQ class is unbelievable (private dining room for lunch and dinner, smoothies included for breakfast etc., specialty teas brought each day, champagne bottle upon embarkation and unlimited access to their ceramic loungers, priority embark, disembark) at approx. $3,500.00 for two people including taxes.

Remember, this pricing is for the category right below the Suite level.
#18
Mountainside, NJ
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Joined Jul 2007
I have done two of these and really enjoyed both. The first was 42 days from LA to Sydney via Hawaii, South Pacific islands, and New Zealand. The second cruise was Rio, Buenos Aieres, Amazon, Caribbean, FL, ending in NYC, for 45 days. The second cruise was very port intensive, never more than one or two sea days in a row. The first cruise was also port intensive, but there were two long sea legs (4.5 to Hawaii and 5 from Hawaii to American Samoa). In both cases the price per day was good and the experience fantastic. In both cases the ship was repositioning.
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#19
Ontario, CA (The one WITH the Palm Trees!)
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We have done two repo cruises: LA-Vancouver 3 day and San Diego-Vancouver 6day.

The first one was before repo cruises became popular. There were 188 pax on the Amsterdam. It was cheap enough for the kids to get their own room. Kids still think that was their best cruise.
The 6day on the Zaandam was full, it wasn't a bargain but a good per day price.
#20
Oklahoma City
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Joined Oct 2000
We have done two repo cruises from San Deigo to Vancouver both times. On the 4 day we got a fantastic deal on a deluxe suite. We paid more (per day) on the 6 day, but the ports were worth it plus a 6 day was long enough to justify flying in.

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