A while ago I saw a sale for a $149 (pp) cruise from the Mediterranean to the US, and it piqued my interest in finding repositioning cruise deals.
Essentially, a repositioning cruise is often a discounted cruise that is a oneway instead of a roundtrip because the cruise line is transitioning the ship to a different region, to take advantage of a different peak season. The deal I saw was a ship that was moving to the Caribbean for winter.
While the deal from Europe didn’t work out for us, I got to thinking that it might be a fun way to get home from Europe, and somehow even cheaper than the average flight (despite including stops in the Mediterranean and days of food).
In fact, I’ve seen great cheap options for seeing amazing places like Bora Bora, Greek Islands, etc…
This post is just sharing a little bit of what I’ve found as some of the best sites to find these cruise deals and best practices.
Also, if you prefer specific cruise lines, check out the section for List Of Repositioning Cruises By Cruise Line.
Top 3 Sites To Find Cheap Repositioning Cruises
1) CruiseDirect Deals Page
Click here to see the CruiseDirect deals page.
This is the best and most easily accessible page for cruise deals.
It seems to have the largest number of deals, I like that I can sort and filter, I like that I can see ocean view prices before clicking through, etc…
I usually filter the days and sort by price, showing cheapest first.
However, for some reason, the filter on the left for “repositioning” doesn’t work. But if you go to the page I linked to, you should see the list of deals.
Click here and then select “repositioning cruise” (under “choose a region”).
I like that I can sort by price (which is what I normally do), or by savings (by clicking the right column header, “You Save”).
In general, you’ll find the cheapest options at CruiseDirect’s Deals page, but here you can easily compare tons of repositioning cruises, including long term ones and again, by savings.
For example, there is a 49 night cruise for $5,689 from London to New Zealand! A heck of a repositioning!
I personally would never consider spending that much time on a boat, especially given the few stops. But it is an interesting route with interesting destinations. It goes down Europe, to the Canary Islands, Cape Verde, the Caribbean, through the Panama Canal, through French Polynesia and the Pacific, to New Zealand.
Again, I’m not spending 49 nights on a boat, but there are interesting deals, interesting destinations, and sometimes big savings.
Also, it does tell you if the deal is for a special room, like a balcony.
3) Costa Cruises
This is the only cruise line I’ll mention here for deals sites, and I’ll include it in the list of repositioning cruises by cruise line (below).
I’m giving a dedicated shout out here for two reasons.
First, this is where you’ll most likely find the cheapest cruise deals. They frequently have deals going to and from Europe.
Second, I wanted to mention both links to check.
There is a link for deals in english (here).
Then, there is a french link (here). For some reason this second link, not in english, has cheaper, better cruise deals.
List Of Repositioning Cruises By Cruise Line
- Disney here.
- Royal Caribbean here.
- Carnival Cruise here and here.
- Viking Ocean Cruises here.
- Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) here.
- Costa Cruises here.
- Virgin here.
- Pullmantur here.
- Celebrity Cruises here.
- Oceania Cruises here.
Things To Look Out For With Repositioning Cruise Deals
Not all cruise lines are created equal.
I think the first cruise deal site (Cruise Direct) I mentioned may have “Customer Rating” and you can click to see reviews.
Check # of days at sea and port calls!
I saw a repositioning cruise with no stops! None!
If you’re looking for cheap transit and like cruise culture and food, then this would make sense. But as someone who has never been on a cruise, I don’t think I could handle but so many days at sea without a break.
Sometimes price to oceanview rooms is similar.
Another thing I like about CruiseDirect, is that they show the “oceanview” and “balcony” price.
There are 3 great sites for checking repositioning cruises. The first two, because they have the most comprehensive lists, and the third is just one cruise line (Costa) who has some of the best discounts in the cruise world.
This could also be a great way to get across the Atlantic, but again, I’m skeptical of any route where there are few stops.
Either way, I think it’s something I’ll try out next time I see a crazy good deal.
Has anyone here tried a repositioning cruise? If it was a cheaper cruise line/deal, I’d be curious how tolerable it was, and pros and cons? Feel free to comment with any experience!