Thinking of a relaxing holiday? Maybe a cruise? Want to save a few dollars but avoid getting on and off on a daily basis?
Then a repositioning cruise is probably for you.
What is a repositioning cruise?
Cruise ships follow the sun.
So when winter approaches a destination, cruise ships will pack it up and head to warmer parts of the globe.
Ships can reposition once or twice a year. Their journey often incorporates a number of days at sea and it’s for this reason that they’re often deemed more relaxing and cheaper than a regular cruise.
The extra time at sea also allows cruisers to get a chance to really get to know the ship they’re on, by trying a number of restaurants and activities on board.
Want to know more? Check out the list below for the eight best upcoming repositioning cruises:
Radiance leaves Sydney
One night on board Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas can cost up to $166 a night on a South Pacific cruise.
However, cruisers can save almost $69 a night when they book the ship’s repositioning cruise from Australia.
The ship is leaving Australia in April and as part of her final journey this season, she will offer sail an 18-night repositioning itinerary from Sydney to Hawaii via New Zealand and Tahiti.
Departing 10 April 2014, the cruise includes calls to Picton and Wellington in New Zealand as well as Papeete, Moorea and Bora Bora in French Polynesia before sailing to Honolulu in Hawaii.
The journey also includes 11-days at sea, allowing guests to experience the ship’s range of activities and dining venues.
Prices start from $1,749 per person twin share.
For more information, visit royalcaribbean.com.au
Oosterdam to Seattle
A night on board Holland America’ MS Oosterdam can go for as much as $156. However, when the ship is repositioning from Australia to the US, cruisers can book for $76 a night.
The 42-night repositioning cruise from Sydney to Seattle departs on 30 May 2014 and sails to the US via the South Pacific.
Seventeen calls will be made including two to Noumea, Lifou, Port Vila, Dravuni Island and Mystery Island as well as single stops in Lautoka, Dravuni Island, Ile des Pines, Luganville, Suva, Pago Pago, Honolulu, Lahauna, Nawiliwili Kauai and Port Angeles.
Prices start from $3,198 per person twin share.
Allure of the Seas leaves Florida
A seven-night Western Caribbean cruise on board the world’s biggest ship, Allure of the Seas can cost up to $159 a night.
However, cruisers can save around $60 a night on the ship’s repositioning cruise to Europe.
The 12-night voyage from Florida to Spain will include ten days at sea and one call to Malaga in Spain before arriving in Barcelona.
With such a multitude of sea days, guests will have ample opportunity to explore the large vessel and try out some [or all] of its thrilling activities, including the ice-skating rink, rock climbing walls, basketball court, mini-golf course, zip line, FlowRider and Vitality Spa.
Prices start from $98 a night or $1,183 per person twin share for the 12 nights.
Norwegian Epic from Miami to Barcelona
Departing 28 April 2014, the 11-night transatlantic voyage includes nine days at sea and will make one call in Funchal, Madeira before arriving in Barcelona, Spain.
During sea days, guests will be able to dine at the ship’s selection of venues including a Japanese restaurant, noodle bar and French restaurant or order take out at the 24-hour Pizza place.
Cruisers will also be able to enjoy the ship’s selection of on board entertainment including the Fat Cats Jazz and Blues Club, sports complex and casino.
Prices start from $625 per person twin share.
Rhapsody sails from Singapore to Dubai
Cruisers can book an 11-night South Pacific cruise on board Rhapsody of the Seas for $255 a night or they can purchase the ship’s 14-night repositioning cruise from Singapore to Dubai for $145 a night.
The Asia & India Cruise departs on 3 May 2014 and takes guests from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, Phuket, Colombo, Cochin, New Mangalore, Goa and Bombay before arriving in Dubai.
There will be a total of five cruise days, giving passengers time to explore the ship’s features including the video game arcade, two pools, outdoor cinema and rock climbing wall.
Prices start from $2,049 per person.
MSC Opera from Cape Town to Southampton
A South Africa cruise on board MSC Opera can cost up to $84 a night, but cruisers can save around $40 a night by booking the line’s repositioning cruise from South African to the UK in April this year.
Departing 28 April, the 19-night cruise will sail to Dakar, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Funchal, Lisbon, Vigo and Cherbourg.
The journey includes 11 days at sea for guests to try the ship’s eight bars, Montecarlo Casino, Aurea Spa and Virtual Reality Games.
Prices start from $1,599 per person.
Disney Wonder from San Diego to Port Canaveral
Cruisers can save around $50 a night on a Disney Wonder’s repositioning cruise.
A four-night cruise from Vancouver to San Diego can cost from $191 a night per person. However, cruisers can book Disney Wonder’s journey from one side of the US to the other from $140 a night.
Departing 12 September to set up in Florida during the wave season the 14-night cruise will depart from San Diego and will make calls to Cabo, San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta in Mexico; Cartagena in Colombia; and Cozumel in Mexico before arriving in Port Canaveral in Florida.
There will be eight-days at sea, giving parents and their young ones plenty of opportunity to experience the magic of Disney.
Prices start from $1,967 per person.
Carnival Miracle from LA to Vancouver
Join Carnival Miracle as she sails from Los Angeles to Vancouver via Hawaii on 12 April 2014.
The 16-night cruise includes calls to Long Beach, Hilo, Kahului, Nawiliwili, Kona and Honolulu.
Guests will enjoy nine-days at sea to see comedian George Lopez in the Punchliner Comedy Club, try the Carnival Waterworks waterpark and test their balance on the ropes course in the SportsSquare.
Prices start from $1,445 per person.
Oceania Insignia from Southampton to New York
Oceania Cruises’ Oceania Insignia is heading from the UK to North America in October this year.
Repositioning on 2 October, the cruise will take guests from Southampton to Belfast, Dublin, Cork, St Johns, Halifax, Saint John, Portland and New York.
Six days will be spent at sea, allowing guests to try the ship’s selection of dining venues and onboard entertainment.
Prices start from $4,099 per person twin share.