Even when we have the best intentions, sometimes our schedules are not carved in stone. Pressing situations may arise that require us to change a business meeting, reschedule a dental appointment, or even postpone a honeymoon indefinitely. However, sometimes company’s rescheduling, such as that which involves repositioning cruises, can actually result in finding more affordable sea voyages.
If you have not heard about repositioning cruises, then you have missed one of the best kept secrets in the industry. As spring and fall result in alterations in weather, cruise ships reroute and travel north during the summer, or south during the winter. This mirrors the movement of migrating sea creatures, such as whales. For instance, in the autumn, cruise lines must relocate their ships from Alaska, to the Caribbean’s warmer waters. Then in the late spring, they must transfer them back to Alaska. In another movement that result in repositioning cruises, cruise ships located in Europe during the summer travel across the Atlantic to the Caribbean, in the late fall. Then during the following spring, they retrace their route back to Europe.
Cruise lines discount such repositioning cruises, instead of sailing without any travelers. As passengers typically prefer to stop at several ports during cruises, cruise lines discount the fares, to make them appealing to such passengers. Furthermore, the cruise ships are still packed with bars, shops and casinos that will keep the passengers entertained during the lengthy voyage.
Why Repositioning Cruises is Popular
Repositioning cruises remain popular for various reasons. The most obvious one is the
discounted price; the daily cost for such cruises is often significantly lower than for cruises with identical ports of departure and arrival. Furthermore, while several stops at ports can be hectic, the duration of repositioning cruises typically is longer than a week, and includes more days at sea. This results in a more relaxing voyage.
Repositioning cruises can be found for various locations. Some of the best regions with this feature include Alaska (moves to Hawaii, Western Americas, and Panama Canal), and Europe and the Mediterranean (moves to U.S. and Caribbean). Cruises that have been repositioned even include South America (U.S., and Caribbean) and Asia (Pacific and Indian Oceans).
Like any other form of transportation, repositioning cruises include some drawbacks.
Airfare can be more expensive, as thousands of miles can separate the embarking and disembarking ports. Next, some people cannot literally afford to take off work a week or two, to enjoy a lengthy cruise. Additionally, some cruisers prefer to spend several days at ports, which are minimized with cruises that have been repositioned.
Rescheduling has become a part of everyday modern life. Fortunately for cruisers, repositioning cruises can make their voyages more relaxing and less expensive!