Did you know that you can save up to 50% off regular cruise prices by booking a repositioning cruse?
Cruise ships often have to relocate to start a new itinerary or season. Instead of sailing the ship empty, they sell discounted tickets. Repositioning cruises travelling to and from Australia frequently stop in Tahiti or travel via Hawaiian ports such as Honolulu, Lahaina, Kailua, and Kona. The amazing thing about repositioning cruises is that the ships offer a variety of culinary options and activities to keep the adventure going when the ship isn’t in port.
The whole idea though with repositioning cruises that they are the cross-ocean journeys that are not usually sold as a typical route that seasonal cruise ships travel when relocating in between seasons. That’s why the trans-Atlantic journeys seen below are in the Fall (Sept-Oct) and Spring (April-May) in-between busy travel seasons. Travelling from the Caribbean to Europe in the Spring for Summer European cruises and from Europe back to the Caribbean for Winter warm weather cruises.
Flights are sold separately so your best bet is to try and find one-way deals based on the departure and return points. If you have the time, I’d suggest to fly into a major hub like London where a number of airlines offer non-stop flights from major Canadian citiesand then either spending a few days travelling by land before that or opting to design your own connection with one of the many lower cost airlines offered in Europe. Or, taking a look for seat sales directly to your departure point before booking your trip as flights can often double to cost of your trip.
12-Night Transatlantic Repositioning Cruise Royal Caribbean
Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy – At Sea – Valencia, Spain – At Sea – Lisbon, Portugal – At Sea – Ponta Delgada, Portugal – At Sea – At Sea – At Sea – At Sea – At Sea – San Juan, Puerto Rico
Travel Tip: While many cruises offer excursions offered through the boat when docked, these tours can be crowded and often come at a premium price. To save a dollar or two, pre-book your excursions on your own with a little research online. In larger cities like Barcelona, Lisbon and Rome, it is easy to find a city tour through Hop on Hop Off bus tours that offer flexibility in departure times, or that include pick up and drop off at the port. Be sure to also select a tour with free cancellation as cruises can often face weather and docking delays and you want to ensure that you can easily rebook.