RepositionCruises.com has all Repositioning Cruises 2015-2016-2017 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 2016-2017 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, January 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 2016 and 2017 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 by line, season, destination or departure port (future project) – follow the respective links at top page right.
|Cruise Line Ships||Spring 2017 Summer||Spring 2016 Summer||Fall 2015 Winter||Fall 2016 Winter|
|AIDA Cruises & TUI Cruises (Mein Schiff)|
||Nov 3 – 11day Palma De Mallorca to Gran Canaria||
||Oct 20 – 13day Kiel to Gran Canaria|
|Mein Schiff 1||
|Mein Schiff 2||
|Mein Schiff 3||
|Mein Schiff 4||
|Mein Schiff 5||
|Azamara Journey||–||Apr 5 – 15day Transatlantic (Miami to Villefranche/Nice)||Nov 25 – 16day Transatlantic (Barcelona to Miami)||Oct 7 – 17day Suez Canal (Rome to Dubai)|
||Sept 9 – 15day Transatlantic (Southampton to Montreal/Canada)|
|Carnival Cruise Lines|
||–||Nov 27 – 11day Miami FL to Galveston TX|
|Carnival Ecstasy||–||Feb – relocation from Miami to Charleston||–||–|
|Carnival Elation||–||relocation New Orleans to Jacksonville FL (starting April 23)
|Carnival Fantasy||–||Feb – relocation from Charleston to Miami||–||–|
|Carnival Fascination||–||relocation from Jacksonville to Puerto Rico (San Juan departures starting April 24)
||–||Oct 30 – 7day San Juan Puerto Rico to Miami Florida|
|Carnival Liberty||–||relocation from San Juan Puerto Rico to Galveston TX (starting March 21)
|Carnival Magic||relocation from Galveston TX to Port Canaveral (starting December 9)||
relocation from Galveston to New Orleans (starting April 4)
|Carnival Victory||–||Feb – relocation from Miami to Port Canaveral
Nov – relocation from Port Canaveral to San Juan Puerto Rico
|–||Oct 30 – 7day Port Canaveral to Puerto Rico|
|Celebrity Constellation||Apr 17 – 15day Suez Canal (Abu Dhabi 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 17 – 13day Transatlantic (Miami to Southampton)||Nov 1 – 15day Transatlantic Southampton to Miami (with Bermuda)||Oct 29 – 15day Transatlantic (Southampton to Miami)|
|Celebrity Equinox||–||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||May 7 – 14day (Yokohama to Vancouver)||
||–||Sept 2 – 16day Alaska (Vancouver to Yokohama/Japan)|
|Celebrity Reflection||–||Apr 09 – 16day Transatlantic (Miami to Rome)||Oct 23 – 15day Transatlantic (Rome to Miami)||Oct 21 – 15day Transatlantic (Rome to Miami)|
|Celebrity Silhouette||–||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 23 – 8day Puerto Rico to Cape Liberty/Bayonne NJ||Oct 18 – 6day New York /Cape Liberty to Puerto Rico)||Oct 16 – 6day New York to Puerto Rico|
|Costa Favolosa||–||Nov 27 – 16day Savona/Italy to Pointe A Pitre/Guadeloupe|
|Costa Magica||–||Nov 28 – 15day Transatlantic (Savona to Pointe-a-Pitre/Guadeloupe)|
|Costa Mediterranea||Feb 29 – 21day Transatlantic Buenos Aires to Barcelona||Nov 26 – 16day Transatlantic (Savona/Barcelona to Rio De Janeiro)|
|Costa neoRiviera||–||Mar 13 – 23day Suez Canal (Dubai to Venice)||Nov 26 – 25day Suez Canal (Savona to Dubai)||–|
|Costa neoRomantica||–||Mar 5 – 26day Suez Canal (Port Louis Mauritius to Savona Italy)||Nov 17 – 26day Suez Canal (Savona to Port Louis)||–|
|Costa Pacifica||–||Mar 1 – 20day Transatlantic (Santos to Savona)||Nov 28 – 20day Transatlantic (Savona to Santos); 19day Savona to Rio De Janeiro||–|
|Queen Mary 2||Transatlantic crossings 2017
||(multiple Transatlantic crossings)
Hamburg to New York (Jun 21, Jul 15, Aug 30), and New York to Hamburg (May 17, Jul 6, Aug 9)
|(multiple Transatlantic crossings)
||(multiple Transatlantic crossings)
||Oct 24 – 10day Rome to Southampton||Nov 5 – 10day Rome to Southampton|
|Disney Cruise Lines|
|ms Braemar||–||Mar 03 – 15day Transatlantic (Barbados to UK/Southampton)||Dec 23 – 15day Transatlantic (Tenerife to Barbados)||–|
|ms Black Watch||–||–||–||–|
|Eurodam||–||Mar 27 – 14day Transatlantic (Fort Lauderdale FL to Barcelona)||–||Nov 04 – 15day Transatlantic (Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale)|
|Nieuw Amsterdam||–||Apr 10 – 15day Panama Canal (Fort Lauderdale to San Diego); 19day to Seattle||Nov 02 – 13day Transatlantic (Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale)|
|Noordam||–||Apr 08 – 24day South Pacific (Sydney to Vancouver)||–|
|Ryndam||renamed to Pacific Aria (P&O Australia)||–||renamed to Pacific Aria (P&O Australia)||–|
|Statendam||renamed to Pacific Eden (P&O Australia)||–||renamed to Pacific Eden (P&O Australia)||–|
||Oct 08 – 13day Montreal, Quebec to Fort Lauderdale|
|Volendam||–||Apr 16 – 19day Asia to Alaska (Yokohama to Vancouver)||
|Westerdam||–||Mar 12 – 21day Panama Canal (Fort Lauderdale to San Diego)||–||–|
|Zaandam||–||Apr 03 – 20day Panama Canal (Valparaiso to San Diego)||–||–|
||Oct 21 – 19day Transatlantic (Rome to Fort Lauderdale)||Oct 07 – 12day Quebec City to Fort Lauderdale|
|MSC Divina||Apr 01 – 21day Transatlantic Miami to Rome||–||
|MSC Fantasia||Mar 26 – 17day (Dubai to Genoa)||–||Nov 17 – 16day (Rome to Dubai)||–|
|MSC Lirica||Mar 20 – 21day Transatlantic (Santos/Sao Paulo to Genoa)||Mar 03 – 19day Transatlantic (Rio de Janeiro/Brazil to Genoa)||
||Oct 28 – 21day Transatlantic (Venice to Santos/Sao Paulo)|
|MSC Magnifica||–||Mar 06 – 18day Transatlantic (Brazil/Santos to Venice)||Nov 29 – 21day Transatlantic (Venice to Santos)||–|
|MSC Musica||Apr 02 – 20day Transatlantic (Santos/Sao Paulo to Venice)||Apr 02 – 15day Dubai to Venice||
||Nov 29 – 19day Transatlantic (Venice to Santos/Sao Paulo)|
|MSC Orchestra||Mar 10 – 21day Transatlantic (Buenos Aires to Venice)||
|MSC Poesia||Mar 18 – 13day Transatlantic (Fort de France to Marseille); 14day Fort de France to Genoa||Mar 27 – 20day Transatlantic (Buenos Aires to Genoa)||Nov 21 – 21day Transatlantic (Venice to Buenos Aires)||Nov 20 – 20day Transatlantic (Genoa to Fort de France); 21day from Genoa to Pointe A Pitre|
|MSC Preziosa||Mar 14 – 19day Transatlantic(Santos/Sao Paulo to Genoa)||–||–||Nov 19 – 18day Transatlantic (Genoa to Santos/Sao Paulo)|
|MSC Sinfonia||–||May 06 – 22day South Africa/Cape Town to Venice||
|MSC Splendida||–||Apr 07 – 20day Transatlantic Brazil/Santos to Hamburg||–||–|
|NCL Norwegian Cruise Lines|
|Norwegian Dawn||–||–||Oct 30 – 14day Boston to New Orleans||Oct 28 – 14day Boston to New Orleans|
|Norwegian Escape||–||–||Oct 29 – 10day Transatlantic (Southampton to Miami)||–|
|Norwegian Gem||–||–||–||Oct 15 – 8day New York City to Puerto Rico|
|Norwegian Jade||–||Apr 16 – 16day Transatlantic (Houston to Barcelona/Spain)||Oct 29 – 16day Transatlantic (Barcelona/Spain to Houston)||Oct 29 – 16day Transatlantic (Barcelona/Spain to Houston)|
|Norwegian Spirit||–||Apr 23 – 14day Transatlantic (Port Canaveral to Barcelona)||
||Nov 17 – 16day Transatlantic (Barcelona to Port Canaveral)|
|Norwegian Star||–||Apr 17 – 14day Transatlantic (Tampa to Copenhagen)||–||Sept 28 – 15day Transatlantic from Copenhagen to Tampa)|
|Norwegian Sun||–||Apr 9 – 20day South America (Valparaiso/Chile to San Francisco)||
|Adonia||–||Mar 18 – 21day Transatlantic (Barbados to Southampton)||Oct 23 – 22day Transatlantic (Southampton to Barbados)||–|
|Arcadia||–||World Cruise 2016 segments|
|Aurora||–||World Cruise 2016 segments|
|Azura||–||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||–||–||Oct 28 – 10day Genoa to Southampton||–|
||Nov 25 – 2day Sydney to Brisbane|
||Nov 15 – 10day Fremantle to Sydney||
|Pacific Jewel||–||Feb 13 – 2day Melbourne to Sydney||
||Sept 05 – 17day Transatlantic (Southampton to New York)|
||–||Sept 17 – 1day cruise Seattle to Vancouver|
|Emerald Princess||Apr 12 – 29day Hawaii, Tahiti, South Pacific (Sydney to Los Angeles); 32day plus Vancouver||Apr 02 – 14day Transatlantic (Fort Lauderdale to Southampton)||–||
||Nov 6 – 19day Transatlantic (Venice to Fort Lauderdale)||–|
||Dec 03 – 17day Transatlantic (Rome to Fort Lauderdale)|
|Regal Princess||–||Apr 17 – 14day Transatlantic (Fort Lauderdale to Copenhagen)||
||Sept 10 – 14day Transatlantic (Copenhagen to New York)|
|Royal Princess||–||Apr 22 – 15day Transatlantic (Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona)||–||Oct 01 – 16day Transatlantic (Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale)|
||Sept 18 – 1day Seattle to Vancouver|
|Seabourn Odyssey||Oct 13 – 15day Transatlantic (Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale)|
|Seabourn Quest||–||Mar 30 – 16day Transatlantic (Fort Lauderdale to Monaco)|
|Seven Seas Mariner||–||Dec 9 – 14day Transatlantic (Cape Town, South Africa to Brazil/Rio De Janeiro)|
|Seven Seas Navigator||Mar 17 – 14day Transatlantic (Miami to Barcelona)|
|Seven Seas Voyager|
|Adventure Of The Seas|
|Allure Of The Seas||–||–||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||–||Apr 26 – 14day Transatlantic (Tampa FL to Barcelona)||Oct 25 – 13day USA (Boston to Tampa)||Oct 17 – 14day Transatlantic (Barcelona to Tampa)|
|Enchantment Of The Seas|
|Explorer Of The Seas||–||Apr 28 – 11day Australia-Asia (Fremantle to Singapore)||
|Freedom Of The Seas|
|Grandeur Of The Seas|
|Harmony Of The Seas||–||–||–||Oct 23 – 13day Barcelona to Ft Lauderdale|
|Independence Of The Seas||–||May 01 – 13day Transatlantic (Fort Lauderdale to Southampton)||–||Oct 30 – 15day Transatlantic (Southampton to Fort Lauderdale)|
|Jewel Of The Seas||–||Apr 28 – 15day Transatlantic (Fort Lauderdale to Rome)||–||Nov 06 – 12day Transatlantic (Rome to Puerto Rico)|
|Legend Of The Seas||
||Apr 20 – 18day Brisbane to Hong Kong||Nov 20 – 18day Hong Kong to Brisbane||–|
|Liberty Of The Seas||–||–||
|Majesty Of The Seas||-leaving the RCI fleet|
|Mariner Of The Seas||
||Mar 04 – 9day Singapore to Shanghai||–||–|
|Navigator Of The Seas||–||May 08 – 13day Transatlantic (Fort Lauderdale to Southampton)||–||Nov 10 – 13day Transatlantic (Southampton to Miami)|
|Oasis Of The Seas|
|Ovation Of The Seas||–||
|Quantum Of The Seas|
|Radiance Of The Seas||–||
|Rhapsody Of The Seas||–||Apr 10 – 14day Transatlantic (Santos/Brazil to Barcelona), Barcelona to Rome||Nov 19 – 16day Transatlantic (Barcelona to Santos/Brazil)||Oct 27 – 14day Transatlantic (Rome to Port Canaveral FL)|
|Serenade Of The Seas||–||Apr 29 – 16day Transatlantic (Fort Lauderdale to Copenhagen)||
|Splendour Of The Seas||–||
||Nov 28 – 16day Suez Canal (Venice to Dubai)||–|
|Vision Of The Seas||–||Apr 16 – 14day Transatlantic (Tampa to Barcelona)||Oct 30 – 15day Transatlantic (Barcelona to Tampa)||Nov 26 – 16day Suez Canal (Venice to Dubai)|
|Voyager Of The Seas||–||Apr 16 – 14day Australia to Asia (Sydney to Singapore)||Oct 22 – 14day Asia to Australia (from Singapore to Sydney)||–|
|Thomson Cruises UK|
|Thomson Celebration||–||Apr 10 – 18day Transatlantic (Barbados to Malaga/Spain)||Nov 5 – 17day Transatlantic (Malaga/Spain to Barbados)|
|Thomson Dream||–||Apr 12 – 18day Transatlantic (Montego Bay/Jamaica to Palma De Mallorca)||Transatlantic from Canary Islands to Caribbean (Montego Bay/Jamaica)
|Thomson Majesty||–||Oct 30 – 10day Greece to Canary Islands (Corfu to Gran Canaria)||-.|
|Thomson Spirit||–||Oct 26 – 9day Turkey to Cyprus (Marmaris to Limassol)|
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