Best repositioning cruises for 2022/23


Repositioning cruises can save cruise lines a lot of money, so what about passengers?

If you can handle air travel and are fine with extra days at sea, then a repositioning cruise is for you. But, sometimes to sweeten the deal, your flights can be included in the package.

And to help you choose the best repositioning cruise, here’s a list compiled by Cruise Passenger.

Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival Cruise Line offers repositioning cruises departing from Sydney or Brisbane to destinations around the world such as the South Pacific, Bahamas and Europe.

Most of Carnival’s transpacific repositioning cruises sail to enchanting beach destinations including Nuku’ Alofa, Moorea and Bora Bora before reaching your destination (usually Honolulu).

On board, you’ll have the opportunity to experience over 45 activities and enjoy world-class cuisine and entertainment.

Our pick for a Carnival repositioning cruise:

The 25-night transpacific voyage from Seattle to Sydney is one of Carnival’s cheapest repositioning cruises.

Scheduled to sail from September 6, 2022, the ticket starts at $103 per night and the flight is included + one night in a hotel.

The trip includes popular destinations such as Kona, Hilo and Maui in Hawaii, and Suva and Port Denarau in Fiji.

Celebrity Cruises

Choose from 29 routes scheduled for 2022/23. Most Celebrity voyages depart from Tampa, Florida and sail to Rome, Italy. But if you’re looking for something closer to home, there are several routes that start in Sydney and end in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Our choice for a Celebrity repositioning cruise:

The 18-night Tahiti, Moorea and New Zealand cruise is set to sail from Sydney in April 2023 and includes eight ports and nine days at sea. Prices start at $270 per night. Destinations visited include Bay of Islands (New Zealand), Papeete, Tahiti (French Polynesia) and Maui (Hawaii).

Royal Caribbean

International repositioning cruises with Royal Caribbean mean immersing yourself in the culture of one destination and culminating in the discovery of the rich history of another. For example, you can spend a few days discovering an ancient civilization in Cozumel and then end up enjoying the luxurious city of Dubai.

For 2022/23 voyages, Royal Caribbean has confirmed over 10 repositioning cruises from various ports of embarkation and disembarkation.

Our choice for a Royal Caribbean repositioning cruise:

During the 10-night Spain and Portugal cruise, you can explore the beautiful canals of Amsterdam or enjoy the intricate plant displays at the Palheiro Gardens in Funchal, Portugal. Pricing starts at $96 per night for departure September 9, 2022.

Viking Ocean Cruises

Viking has over 50 repositioning voyages for 2022/23 aboard its best oceangoing vessels: viking jupiter, viking orionand viking sky. The newest ships in the fleet – viking march and viking neptune – will join the fleet.

Our choice for a Royal Caribbean repositioning cruise:

Sail on viking march for a 16-day Sydney to Bali in March 2023. The ship will visit the ports of Brisbane, Hamilton Island, Townsville, Cairns, Thursday Island, Darwin, Komodo Island and Lombok. Pricing starts at $352 per night, including nine guided tours.

Princess Cruises

While Princess Cruises transatlantic repositioning voyages always depart in low season, one-way Panama Canal itineraries are considered repositionings if they are in the fall or spring to move a ship to a new port.

They sail from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles in the spring and vice versa during the fall months. Princess repositioning cruises are available in South America, usually from California to Chile and Brazil (October to December) and vice versa in the spring.

Our choice for a Princess repositioning cruise:

Due to a March 2023 departure, Princess Cruises will be offering a 16-day repositioning sailing from Brisbane to Hong Kong. Along the way, the ship docks at Indonesian and Vietnamese ports. Pricing starts at AUD 95 for the interior room, per person based on double occupancy.

P&O Cruises

Many repositioning cruises with P&O are annual one-way itineraries between some of the most popular cruise destinations in Europe, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and Australia.

Our choice for a P&O repositioning cruise:

Leaving on January 24, 2023, P&O Cruises has scheduled a cruise from Brisbane to Singapore with Indonesian destinations. Pricing starts at $164 per night per person.

Are repositioning cruises cheaper?

They can be!

If you book through a travel agent, such as CruiseAway, repositioning trips are sometimes offered as part of discounted air and cruise packages from major cities in Australia. Although this is not always the case.

When it comes to price, this is where you can often save. For example, the Carnival price mentioned above at $103 per night for the cruise, includes flights and accommodation. That’s less than what we see for cruises alone on Carnival’s website.

For example, a five-day sailing from Sydney to Tasmania, round trip, costs $116 per day. In this case, it is up to 11% cheaper. However, other sailings start at less than $100 per night – but don’t include flights if you don’t live at your port of departure. It therefore pays to compare prices.

What’s wrong with the repositioning of cruises?

Organizing your air travel from your port of disembarkation is a major buzzkill.

Additionally, a repositioning cruise will likely visit many ports of call and spend several days at sea.

So expect plenty of days at sea – a perfect scenario if you love being at sea. Either way, most cruises offer plenty of onboard entertainment to keep you bored and at affordable prices. advantageous.

What is a repositioning cruise?

In a repositioning cruise, the embarkation and disembarkation ports are different. With most ocean cruises, you’ll end up in the same port you started. So if you are departing from Sydney, your final port would be Sydney. But with a repositioning cruise, you can start in Sydney and end in Barcelona, ​​Spain.

Repositioning occurs if cruise lines move a ship, usually for economic reasons.

Cruise ships do this seasonally, such as when they need to move their ships from Alaskan voyages to the Mediterranean, or if demand is higher relative to an area.

For example, Europe is in high demand in the summer, but becomes difficult in the winter, so cruise ships focus more on Caribbean voyages.

All prices were correct at the time of writing.


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