Cruise companies have their high and low seasons depending on the weather at the ports of call. When the seasons change each spring and fall, popular ships are sent to places where travelers are heading. If you are looking for a cheaper way of traveling from one continent to another, one way ‘ticket’ or cheaper way to spend longer time at sea, repositioning cruises may be right for you.
Repositioning cruises may be an alternative for you to get from one continent to another at an affordable price and in a relaxing environment. Now, more than ever, people who love to travel and are planning an around the world trip but hate to fly have an ocean full of ships to choose from.
Here are five repositioning cruises we are considering:
One: Repositioning Cruise from South America to Europe
13 nights Royal Caribbean’s Splendour of the Seas
This is a 13 night eastbound cruise from Sao Paolo, Brazil to Barcelona, Spain in spring. Ports of call are Recife, Brazil, Tenerife, Canary Island and Lanzarote, Canary Island.
This is a perfect way to travel from South America and embark on to your next continent, Europe.
Two: Repositioning Cruise from Miami, Florida to Colon, Panama
3 days Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas
If you want to explore Central America and prefer not to fly, try the cruise that goes straight to Colon from Miami. Imagine 3 days at sea of non-stop dining and entertainment. Feed yourself silly before embarking on the first destination of your world tour.
Check with Royal Caribbean for the available dates. All repositioning cruises are in the off peak travel seasons.
Three: Repositioning Cruise from Santiago, Chile to Buenos Aires, Argentina
With The Splendor of Carnival Cruise
This by far looks like one of the best itineraries for a South American repositioning cruise. Unfortunately, the date is not suitable for us. It is sailing on February 20th.
This 13 night cruise takes you from Valparaiso, Chile to Puerto Montt, Chilean Fjordland, Darwin Channel, Punta Arenas, Cape Horn, (Chile), Puerto Madryn (Argentina), Montevideo (Uruguay) and arrive at your final destination of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Four: Repositioning Cruise from Barcelona to New Orleans
16 nights Transatlantic cruise with The Sunshine of Carnival Cruise
The cheapest I’ve ever seen for a Transatlantic sailing, starting at $649 per person on November 1, 2013. This cruise takes you from Barcelona to Palma de Mallorca, Malaga, Las Palmas (Spain) to Great Turk Island and on to New Orleans.
What a fun way to relax after your around the world tour and save money.
Five: Repositioning Cruise from Cape Town to Hong Kong
47 Nights Oceania/South Pacific Cruise with Nautica
The Nautica is a midsize ship starting on January 5th, 2013 from Cape Town, South Africa through Cape of Good Hope onto East London, Durban, Richards Bay (South Africa), The Mozambique Channel, Maputo(Mozambique), Mayotte (French Comorros),Nosy Be (Madagascar), Indian Ocean to Dar-Es-Salaam and Zanzibar (Tanzania) Mombasa (Kenya),Mahe(Seychelles), Male (Maldives), The Bay of Bengal to Colombo (Sri Lanka), Phuket (Thailand), Penang, Port Klang (Malaysia), Singapore, Ko Samui, Bangkok(Thailand) Sihanoukville (Cambodia), The Gulf of Thailand to Saigon, Hue/Da Nang, Hanoi (Vietnam) through Hainan Strait to Canton and finally Hong Kong.
That’s a total of 13 countries in one trip, less than 50 days long for a taste and a glimpse of countries around the world that you may just want to arrive and not necessarily immerse in the cultures.
Have you been on a repositioning cruise lately? Please share your experience. We would love to read your recommendations.
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