If you loved days spent out at sea on past cruises – or if the idea of having lots of time to enjoy all the amenities of a modern cruise ship appeals to you – look into repositioning cruises.
Repositioning cruises happen when ships need to move from
one part of the world to another, in line with cruise seasons. For example, some
ships move from Northern Europe to the Caribbean in fall, or from Australia to
the Pacific Northwest in late spring.
Crossing a vast expanse of water gives passengers plenty of time
to explore everything on board, which can be hard to do on a port-intensive
cruise. Repositioning cruises often provide great value, as well. Just remember
that you’ll have to travel to one port to board the ship, then return home from
a different port (that might be on a different continent).
Most repositioning cruises are at least 10 days long, and
many are longer. And most of those days will be spent at sea, without a port in
sight. So, how would you spend your time? Here are a few ideas.
Try all the onboard activities. When there’s a
choice between exploring on shore and staying on board, most of us choose the
shore. Days at sea days provide the opportunity to participate in any and all the
onboard activities you like, from fitness classes to lectures, wine tastings, behind
the scenes tours, and much more.
See all the shows. You’ll have time to enjoy all
the shipboard entertainment, and perhaps see favorite performances more than
Visit the spa and enjoy a relaxing treatment;
it’s truly a wonderful experience.
Enjoy all the dining venues; today’s biggest
ships can have more than a dozen restaurants, and a repositioning cruise provides
time to try them all.
Spend time with your fellow passengers. You’ll
have time to get to know new people, which can result in lasting friendships.
Another advantage of a repositioning cruise is that any port
calls are likely to be excitingly off the beaten path. For example, a North Atlantic
crossing could include a call on Greenland; a ship sailing from the Caribbean
to the Mediterranean might stop in the Canary Islands; and a ship bound from the
South Pacific to South America might call on Easter Island. Some repositioning
cruises go through the Panama Canal, which is a fascinating destination in
To find a repositioning cruise that you’ll enjoy, talk with Anita,
your professional travel advisor.
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