RepositionCruises.com has all Repositioning Cruises 2015-2016 schedule as dates and itineraries officially announced by the world’s major cruise lines. here you’ll get your answers to questions’ like “What is a Repositioning Cruise”, what are the best destinations, how cheap are the prices, which are the best lines and ships, how to find them, why and when to take them, what are the benefits and disadvantages, what are the best or cheapest routes.
Relocation cruises 2015-2016 deals are also a pointer where, when and what are all the new cruise ships debuts. Another clue they give is about the lines’ itinerary changes or major changes in destinations and operational regions. Whatever the type of reposition cruises might be, be sure that you’ll get a best price deal on visiting some the world’s most popular vacation travel destinations!
What is a “Repositioning Cruise” – definition
“Repositioning Cruise” is one-off sea/ocean voyage that cruise passenger ships make when transferring from one operational region to another. Usually, this is done in Spring and Fall, often each year. But there are some exceptions of these “usual times”. Your off-season vacations will be marked by discounted cheap rates, big (yet not crowded) cruise ships, lots of “lazy leisure days” to enjoy the tranquility of the sea. Ship relocation deals are the preferable option for “highly addicted” travelers to enjoy a truly special and most affordable sea cruising vacation.
The special ship relocation voyages always feature an one-way itinerary (connecting different embarkation and disembarkation ports) since cruise ships relatively often change their sailing areas due to economic reasons. Another most prominent feature of all these “ship transition cruises” deals is the bargain price – they all are really really cheap in comparison to the ship’s regular cruise rates.
Repositioning cruise deals are rarely called that way by travel agents or in the cruise lines brochures. One of the most popular substitute names officially used by the cruise travel industry’s representatives is “Discovery Voyage”. The list of synonym names for the repositioning cruise deals includes: “Relocation Cruises”, “Transit-” or “Transition Cruises”, “Crossings” (also with “Eastbound” and “Westbound”). Of course, the most traditional (by definition) is “One-Way”, and also by destination – “Panama Canal”, “Suez Canal”, “Transpacific” and “Transatlantic”.
As to reasons why to embark on a relocation cruise – there are so many big ones. The most simple way to group all these special voyages is to name them “different cruises“. So many people dream to cross the Atlantic Ocean on a beautiful liner. So many dream to visit and sail the mighty Alaska. Or the mesmerizing Hawaii. Or to cross and experience the Panama Canal engineering miracle.
When considering this unique type of travel vacation themed as “Repositioning Cruises”, know that it’s all about long and exciting voyages, transiting famous canals, crossing the world’s biggest oceans. You’ll be most probably sailing coast to coast, often from one sea to another. It’s about comfort and impeccable service on some of the world’s best cruise liners. It’s about all the fun you can get on up to 3-weeks transitions visiting different continents, changing cold with worm climates. It’s about big-size swimming pool and Jacuzzi experiences, gourmet cuisine, bingo and casino thrills, onboard duty-free shopping. Some ships even offer rock climbing, surfing, hovering and ice-skating at sea. These are two Wiki links to their directories for Relocation and Transfer, where you can search many (although not cruising related) categories on re-position.
Why to take reposition cruises?
- It’s a longer, often Transoceanic voyage
- The itinerary has only a few ports of call. Destinations are from the “special and exotic” category, featuring Africa, South America, Transatlantic and Transpacific, US East Coast and Caribbean, often Asia and Australia.
- Top-option for “best fun” experiences on bigger passenger ships, with a lot more sea days than on a normal voyage.
- Irresistibly cheap rates – most affordable to cheap cruise rates on both mainstream and top luxury ships when they relocate in Spring and Fall each year.
- These are all low-season discounted deals on alluringly low priced cruises.
Still, whoever is blessed with enough free time and an adventurous spirit may enjoy each year at least one of the not so many repositioning cruise ships.
Repositioning cruise – examples, benefits, disadvantages
- Passenger ships sailing during the hot summer in Alaska relocate in Fall to the Caribbean Sea region through Panama Canal, or to Hawaii and then to Australia or Asia for their winter seasons.
- Ships from Northern Europe sail to the Mediterranean Sea or cross the Atlantic Ocean to operate round-trip itineraries leaving from USA ports (Florida nad New York mostly) or to Caribbean for round-trips from Barbados or Puerto Rico.
- Ships move from South America to Florida (for Caribbean) or Transatlantic to Europe (Baltic or Mediterranean) in early Spring.
- Another exotic destination is Africa. Search for ships sailing along the Africa’s east coast. In Fall they will be departing from UK (Southampton, mostly) to Cape Town or Mombasa. In spring they will return (usually departing from Cape Town South Africa) to UK ot the Mediterranean.
- They are cheap! The lower to absolutely cheapest price is the most important factor for the popularity of these special deals. The average cost of a repositioning cruise is up to 50 percent less compared to a typical round-trip sailing from the same port. And the best index is the “Price Per Person Per Day” – it could be as low as US $40!
- All relocation cruises offer a full set of entertainment and dining options onboard – they are just like the regular ones. This is the perfect chance to sample all the stuff on board since you are going to spend so much time at sea. There are even more onboard activities while ships reposition! The list of the “bonuses” includes guest lecturers, top comedians and numerous specially themed activities and games to entertain guests.
- And yes – the repositioning cruise ships are almost always not crowded.
- Too much time aboard the ship instead of visiting different ports of call (sea intensive as opposed to port intensive). Some find it pretty boring.
- Embarkation and disembarkation not in the same port increases the expenses as to additional flight fares added to the cruise ticket price.
- Spending a lot of time aboard the ship might tempt you to enjoy more “money spending fun” by splurging on bar drinks and gambling in the casino.
- The duration of relocation cruises – some last up to 18 days, and most people cannot afford so much time off work.
- You may experience occasional “bumpy ride” due to rough waters (especially on smaller ships), and often “choppy weather” as your ship transits from one part of the globe to another. The “changing weather” issue will also has its impact on your cruise packing list, you know!
What time of year are the most cheap Repositioning Cruises?
Most of them are operated in Spring and Fall. Some exceptions are a few ship relocation itineraries in the end of August, and some very rare very late re-position sailings in December, Jan or February. The best and most busy months with readily available and cheap relocation cruise deals are April-May, and September-October.
What are the best Repositionig Cruises?
When it happens that you have to choose what is the best, there’s this rule number one stating “expect the best from the best”. When you book on major cruise line ships, expect cheap rates, best value for money indices, lots of vessels in the fleet to choose from, great destinations and service.
The biggest lines and operators with regularly offered reposition sailings are Celebrity, Princess, Holland America, NCL Norwegian, Costa, MSC and Royal Caribbean. Recently, Carnival also decided to do a lot of ship transitions moving around several of the “Fun Ships” from one place to another. All these company decisions are made with economic considerations in mind. Lines do cruise ships repositioning to improve profits by departing from different ports or to more attractive destinations.
Some of these lines relocate ships each year crossing the Atlantic Ocean between Europe and USA (Florida, New York, Boston) or South America (Brazil, Argentina). Some reposition ships between Alaska and Australia, or between Alaska and Florida ports via Panama Canal transits. Some lines offer transiting through the Suez Canal on cruise ships repositioning between Europe and Asia. So what you gotta do is choose a destination and departure port. If you are big fan of a particular line – just search its page here – it is that simple.
If you ask “the best of the best” not as best prices, but rather as experiences, the simple answer to this question is “luxury cruises”. Generally, luxury cruise deals offer smaller ship cruise travel marked by sophisticated, all inclusive, superb service experiences. The list of top luxury lines includes Crystal, Seabourn, Azamara and Oceania. The more “affordable luxury” options are on Cunard, Celebrity, Princess and Holland America lines. If you simply in love with budget travel deals, save a ton of money and book deals on Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Costa, MSC – the cheapest of them all. Of course, the savings you can always spend on “ship drinks”, onboard gambling, Spa and massages and what not – the choice is always yours to make!
How much do repositioning cruises cost?
It depends on the itinerary as destination and length, but an one-way Transatlantic could cost as little as US $60 Per Person per day (double occupancy, fares inclusive of taxes and fees). You might pay 50% or even less for an one-way reposition cruise than the normal price for a round-trip with multiple ports of call.
What adds to these low prices is your one-way return flight fare. Still, you may purchase a cheap fly-cruise package with the flight fare included in the total price and a convenient departure from major US ports to UK or the Mediterranean’s biggest port cities – Rome, Barcelona and Venice being among the cheapest end-points. The same goes with the Hawaii and Alaska.
Never forget that almost all relocation cruises are operated in low season, so to buy discount cheap cruise and stay packages is always a quite reasonable option. You’ll be able to enjoy a budget-friendly off-season vacation to not so crowded places in some of the most charming and colorful seasons – the always new lush-luxuriant Spring and the melancholic-romantic Fall.
Our website provides information on discounted one-way cruise itineraries and indicative cruise prices Per Person by line.
In the table below you will find all relocation cruises 2015 and 2016 sailings on all major cruise lines. You can see detailed itinerary information by following our lines-links (positioned at page right).
To see relocation cruises segmented by season, destination or departure port (future project) – follow the respective links at page right.
|Cruise Line Ships||Spring 2015 Summer||Spring 2016 Summer||Fall 2015 Winter||Fall 2016 Winter|
|AIDAaura||Feb 25 – 17day Suez Canal (Dubai to Palma De Mallorca)||Nov 14 – 18day Suez Canal (Palma De Mallorca to Dubai)|
|AIDAblu||Apr 18 – 7day Gran Canaria to Palma De Mallorca||Nov 3 – 11day Palma De Mallorca to Gran Canaria|
|AIDAcara||Mar 23 – 12day Gran Canaria to Kiel||Oct 20 – 13day Kiel to Gran Canaria|
|AIDAmar||Feb 21 – 14day Palma De Mallorca to Hamburg||
||Aug 18 – 12day Hamburg to Gran Canaria|
|AIDAstella||Apr 26 – 12day Gran Canaria to Antalya/Turkey||Oct 30 – 9day Antalya to Palma De Mallorca|
||Apr 5 – 15day Transatlantic (Miami to Villefranche/Nice)||Nov 25 – 16day Transatlantic (Barcelona to Miami)||Oct 7 – 17day Suez Canal (Rome to Dubai)|
||Sep 9 – 15day Transatlantic (Southampton to Montreal/Canada)|
|Carnival Freedom||Feb 2 – 12day USA-Caribbean (Fort Lauderdale to Galveston)|
|Carnival Liberty||Mar 22 – 7day Caribbean (Port Canaveral to San Juan/Puerto Rico)|
|Carnival Pride||Mar 15 – 14day USA (Tampa to Baltimore MD)|
|Carnival Valor||Mar 22 – 5day Puerto Rico to Port Canaveral|
|Celebrity Century||Apr 5 – 15day Dubai to Rome (leaving the Celebrity fleet)|
|Celebrity Constellation||Apr 9 – 13day Transatlantic (Fort Lauderdale to Rome)||Apr 2 – 13day Transatlantic (Fort Lauderdale to Rome)||Nov 4 – 15day Transatlantic (Rome to Fort Lauderdale)||Nov 14 – 14day Suez Canal (Istanbul to Abu Dhabi)|
|Celebrity Eclipse||Apr 21 – 16day Transatlantic (Miami to Southampton)||Nov 1 – 15day Southampton to Miami (with Bermuda)|
|Celebrity Equinox||Apr 27 – 14day Transatlantic (Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona)||Apr 15 – 14day Transatlantic (Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona)||Oct 27 – 13day Transatlantic (Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale)||Oct 25 – 13day Transatlantic (Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale)|
|Celebrity Millennium||Apr 26 – 17day Alaska (Shanghai/China to Vancouver)||
||Sept 11 – 15day Alaska (Vancouver to Yokohama/Japan)|
|Celebrity Reflection||Apr 11 – 16day Transatlantic (Miami to Rome)||Apr 09 – 16day Transatlantic (Miami to Rome)||Oct 23 – 15day Transatlantic (Rome to Miami)||Oct 21 – 15day Transatlantic (Rome to Miami)|
|Celebrity Silhouette||Apr 19 – 14day Transatlantic (Fort Lauderdale to Amsterdam)||Apr 10 – 13day Transatlantic (Fort Lauderdale to Southampton)||Oct 31 – 15day Transatlantic (Rome to Fort Lauderdale)||Nov 05 – 15day Transatlantic (Rome to Fort Lauderdale)|
|Celebrity Summit||Apr 25 – 8day Puerto Rico to Bayonne NJ NY (with Bermuda)||Apr 23 – 8day Puerto Rico to Bayonne NJ||Oct 18 – 6day New York /Cape Liberty to Puerto Rico)|
|Costa Favolosa||May 12 – 11day Savona to Warnemunde||Mar 30 – 22day Transatlantic (Buenos Aires/Argentina to Savona)||
||Sept 01 – 13day Amsterdam to Savona|
||Aug 29 – 15day Stockholm to Barcelona; 17day Stockholm to Savona|
|Costa Magica||Apr 11 – 19day Transatlantic (Pointe-a-Pitre/Guadeloupe to Savona)||Nov 28 – 15day Transatlantic (Savona to Pointe-a-Pitre/Guadeloupe)|
|Costa Mediterranea||Mar 20 – 23day Transatlantic (Miami to Trieste/Italy); 17day Miami to Savona|
|Costa neoClassica||Mar 9 – 31day Suez Canal (Port Louis/Mauritius to Venice)||Mar 07 – 30day Suez Canal (Port Louis to Venice)||Nov 17 – 28day Suez Canal (Venice to Port Louis/Mauritius)|
|Costa neoRiviera||Mar 14 – 28day Atlantic (Cape Town/South Africa to Savona)||Mar 12 – 28day Atlantic (Cape Town to Savona)||Nov 15 – 22day Suez Canal (Savona to Dubai)|
||Mar 21 – 21day Transatlantic (Argentina/Buenos Aires to Savona)||
|Queen Mary 2||(multiple Transatlantic crossings)
Jun 30 – 4day Hamburg to Liverpool
Jul 2 – 2day Southampton to Liverpool
Jul 4 – 10day Liverpool to New York
|(multiple Transatlantic crossings)
||(multiple Transatlantic crossings)
||Oct 24 -10day Rome to Southampton|
|Disney Magic||May 15 – 15day Transatlantic (Port Canaveral to Copenhagen)||Sept 19 – 11day Transatlantic (Barcelona to Miami)|
|Nieuw Amsterdam||Apr 8 – 14day Transatlantic (Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona)||Apr 10 – 15day Panama Canal (Fort Lauderdale to San Diego)||Oct 19 – 13day Transatlantic (Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale)|
||Apr 08 – 24day South Pacific (Sydney to Vancouver)||
|Oosterdam||Apr 19 – 22day Australia to Alaska (Sydney to Vancouver, with Hawaii)||
||Mar 11 – 22day Transatlantic (Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona)||
|Ryndam||Apr 19 – 15day Transatlantic (Tampa to Harwich/London)||Oct 24 – 15day Transatlantic (Barcelona to Tampa) – leaving the HAL fleet|
||leaving the HAL fleet|
||Jan 03 – 14day Panama Canal (San Diego to Tampa)||
|Volendam||Apr 27 – 17day Alaska (Kobe/Japan to Vancouver)||Apr 16 – 19day Asia to Alaska (Yokohama to Vancouver)||Sept 23 – 25day South Pacific (from Vancouver to Sydney)|
||Mar 12 – 21day Panama Canal (Fort Lauderdale to San Diego)||Sept 26 – 18day Panama Canal (Seattle to Fort Lauderdale)|
||Apr 03 – 20day Panama Canal (Valparaiso to San Diego)||Oct 07 – 18day Panama Canal (San Diego to Valparaiso)|
|Zuiderdam||Mar 16 – 15day Transatlantic (Fort Lauderdale to Rome)||Oct 21 – 19day Transatlantic (Rome to Fort Lauderdale)|
|MSC Divina||Apr 26 – 20day Transatlantic (Miami to Rome, with Bermuda)||Apr 23 – 18day Transatlantic (Miami to Genoa)||
||Mar 03 – 19day Transatlantic (Rio de Janeiro/Brazil to Genoa)||
|MSC Magnifica||Mar 22 – 21day Transatlantic (Buenos Aires/Argentina to Venice)||Mar 06 – 18day Transatlantic (Brazil/Santos to Venice)||Nov 29 – 21day Transatlantic (Venice to Santos)|
|MSC Musica||Apr 10 – 20day Transatlantic (Pointe-a-Pitre/Guadeloupe to Venice)||Apr 02 – 15day Dubai to Venice||
|MSC Opera||Mar 28 – 19day Atlantic (Cape Town/South Africa to Venice)||Mar 12 – 9day Gran Canaria to Genoa||
|MSC Orchestra||Apr 30 – 12day Rome to Kiel/Germany||
|MSC Poesia||Mar 28 – 18day Transatlantic (Santos/Brazil to Venice)||Mar 27 – 20day Transatlantic (Buenos Aires to Genoa)||Nov 21 – 21day Transatlantic (Venice to Buenos Aires)|
|MSC Sinfonia||May 06 – 22day South Africa/Cape Town to Venice||Sept 05 – 12day Denmark/Copenhagen to Genoa|
|MSC Splendida||Apr 19 – 12day Italy/Genoa to Hamburg||Apr 07 – 20day Transatlantic Brazil/Santos to Hamburg||
|Norwegian Dawn||Apr 19 – 12day New Orleans to Boston||Oct 30 – 14day Boston to New Orleans|
|Norwegian Escape||Oct 29 – 10day Transatlantic (Southampton to Miami)|
|Norwegian Jade||Oct 29 – 16day Transatlantic (Barcelona/Spain to Houston)|
|Norwegian Jewel||Apr 18 – 19day Panama Canal/Alaska (Houston to Seattle)||
||Oct 6 – 13day Transatlantic (Dover/UK to Tampa)|
|Norwegian Sun||Apr 19 – 19day Panama Canal/Alaska (Tampa to Vancouver)||Apr 9 – 20day South America (Valparaiso/Chile to San Francisco)||
|Adonia||Mar 19 – 16day Transatlantic (Bridgetown/Barbados to Southampton/UK)||Mar 18 – 21day Transatlantic (Barbados to Southampton)||Oct 23 – 22day Transatlantic (Southampton to Barbados)|
|Arcadia||World Cruise 2015 segments||World Cruise 2016 segments|
|Aurora||World Cruise 2015 segments||World Cruise 2016 segments|
|Azura||Mar 20 – 14day Transatlantic (Barbados to Southampton)||Mar 18 – 14day Transatlantic (Barbados to Southampton)||Oct 30 – 15day Transatlantic (Southampton to Barbados)|
|Britannia||Mar 11 – 14day Transatlantic (Barbados to Southampton)||Oct 23- 14day Transatlantic (Southampton to Barbados)|
|Oceana||Mar 22 – 10day Southampton to Genoa/Italy||Oct 28 – 10day Genoa to Southampton|
|Ventura||Mar 13 – 14day Transatlantic (Barbados to Southampton/England)|
||Nov 25 – 2day Sydney to Brisbane|
||Nov 15 – 10day Fremantle to Sydney||
||Feb 13 – 2day Melbourne to Sydney||
|Caribbean Princess||Apr 25 – 14day Transatlantic (Fort Lauderdale to Southampton)||
|Crown Princess||Apr 25 – 7day Alaska (Los Angeles to Vancouver)||Apr 30 – 6day Los Angeles to Vancouver||
||Sept 19 – 28day San Francisco to Sydney/Australia (with Hawaii and New Zealand)|
|Grand Princess||Mar 19 – 3day Alaska (Los Angeles to Vancouver)||May 11 – 3day San Francisco to Vancouver||Sept 12 – 3day Alaska (Vancouver to San Francisco)|
|Island Princess||Mar 21 – 17day Transatlantic (Fort Lauderdale to Venice)||
||Nov 6 – 19day Transatlantic (Venice to Fort Lauderdale)|
||Apr 24 – 17day Ft. Lauderdale to Los Angeles||
|Royal Princess||Apr 25 – 14day Transatlantic (Fort Lauderdale to Southampton)||Sept 6 – 15day Transatlantic (Southampton to Fort Lauderdale)|
|Star Princess||May 14 – 2day Alaska (San Francisco to Vancouver)||
|Seven Seas Mariner|
|Seven Seas Navigator|
|Seven Seas Voyager|
|Adventure Of The Seas|
|Allure Of The Seas||Apr 19 – 12day Transatlantic (Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona)||Oct 25 – 12day Transatlantic (Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale)|
|Anthem Of The Seas||Oct 27 – 8day Transatlantic (Southampton/UK to New York City)|
|Brilliance Of The Seas||May 04 – 14day Transatlantic (Tampa to Harwich)||
|Enchantment Of The Seas|
|Explorer Of The Seas||
|Freedom Of The Seas|
|Grandeur Of The Seas|
|Independence Of The Seas|
|Jewel Of The Seas||
|Legend Of The Seas||
||Apr 20 – 18day Brisbane to Hong Kong||Nov 20 – 18day Hong Kong to Brisbane|
|Liberty Of The Seas||Nov 1 – 12day USA (New York to Galveston TX)|
|Majesty Of The Seas||-leaving the RCI fleet|
|Mariner Of The Seas||
||Mar 04 – 9day Singapore to Shanghai||15day Tianjin to Singapore|
|Navigator Of The Seas|
|Oasis Of The Seas|
|Quantum Of The Seas||
|Radiance Of The Seas||
|Rhapsody Of The Seas||
||Apr 10 – 14day Transatlantic (Santos/Brazil to Barcelona)||Nov 19 – 16day Transatlantic (Barcelona to Santos/Brazil)|
|Serenade Of The Seas||
|Splendour Of The Seas||
||Apr 4 – 16day Suez Canal (Dubai to Venice)||Nov 28 – 16day Suez Canal (Venice to Dubai)|
|Vision Of The Seas||Apr 11 – 15day Transatlantic (Tampa to Barcelona)||Oct 30 – 15day Transatlantic (Barcelona to Tampa)|
|Voyager Of The Seas||Apr 1 – 14day Fremantle/Australia to Singapore||Apr 16 – 14day Sydney/Australia to Singapore||Oct 22 – 14day Singapore to Sydney|
|Saga Holidays UK|
|Thomson Holidays UK|
|Thomson Celebration||Apr 12 – 12day Transatlantic (Bridgetown/Barbados to Tenerife/Canary Islands)||Apr 10 – 18day Transatlantic (Barbados to Malaga/Spain)||Nov 5 – 17day Transatlantic (Malaga/Spain to Barbados)|
|Thomson Dream||Apr 14 – 18day Transatlantic (Montego Bay/Jamaica to Palma De Mallorca)||Apr 12 – 18day Transatlantic (Montego Bay/Jamaica to Palma De Mallorca)||Transatlantic from Canary Islands to Caribbean (Montego Bay/Jamaica)
|Thomson Majesty||Apr 18 – 13day Canary Islands to Greece (Gran Canaria to Corfu)||Oct 30 – 10day Greece to Canary Islands (Corfu to Gran Canaria)||-.|
|Thomson Spirit||Apr 29 – 5day Cyprus to Turkey (Limassol to Marmaris)||Oct 26 – 9day Turkey to Cyprus (Marmaris to Limassol)|
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