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Time To Check Re-positioning Cruises

 

September is typically a good time of year to explore re-positioning cruises…either last-minute cruises this fall or the reverse trips that depart next spring.

Doesn’t everybody like the price-point that comes with ships that have to get from one part of the world to another? We do. Better bang for your buck…always.

However, there’s a few things you need to know — if you don’t already — about re-positioning cruises;

One, remember to factor into your budget the cost of traveling to or from the ship. These are not return cruises.

Two, you need time for a re-positioning cruise. They are longer than most cruises and there’s additional travel time required to get there, or back.

Three, most have an abundance of sea days. While we’ve never been bored, it’s always a possibility. If you’re worried about running out of things to do, or books to read, consider going on a larger ship that has more amenities.

From three cruise lines, here are three re-positioning cruises on which you might get the double benefit of being “last-minute” because they all leave this fall, and they’re in different parts of the globe:

Norwegian

Copenhagen to Miami, 14 days on the Norwegian Star, on October 6 and starting at $419 — that’s an incredible $29 per night.

Holland America

Vancouver to Sydney, 24 nights on the Veendam, on September 24 and starting at $1,499 — that’s $62 a night.

Royal Caribbean

Boston to Tampa (extended trip through the Caribbean), 13 nights on Brilliance of the Seas, on October 26 and starting at $1,237 — $95 a night.

Today at portsandbows.com: Holland America’s new ship

Holland America Prinsendam
16 nights
October 5, 2014
Athens (return): Volos, Thessaloniki, Kavala, The Dardanelles, Istanbul, Batuma, Trabzon, Sinop, Constanta, Bourgas, The Dardanelles, Cesme, Ephesus
Oceanview: $1,599
Cost per day: $99
www.hollandamerica.com

The Commonwealth and Cunard

In another era, cruise commentators would say Cunard was sending its entire fleet of ships to Australia because it was part of the British Commonwealth and it was Cunard's "duty" to visit Commonwealth countries every now and then.

Well, Cunard IS sending its entire fleet to Australia this "summer" and it has nothing to do with political obligations. Nobody talks much about the Commonwealth these days and Cunard's only "duty" is to send its ships to where the action is. This is a business.

Besides that, Cunard isn't owned by the Brits…it's owned by Carnival, which is predominantly American.

So much for that feel-good story…

Nonetheless, the three Queens of Cunard — Victoria, Mary 2 and Elizabeth – will all be in Australian waters in the same season, which is February and March "Down Under." In addition to having a family reunion, they'll be part of the largest deployment of cruise ships to Australia, ever.

Between the southern hemisphere's mid-spring (October 1) until its mid-autumn (April 30), there will be 34 cruise ships in and around Australia. They'll make 588 port calls, up about five per cent over last year, when 33 ships were visiting. It's expected these records will continue to change each year, for the foreseeable future.

The reason for the cruise explosion is, well, Australians. Last year, almost 700,000 of them went on a cruise, another record that keeps changing.

So it's not because they're getting a lot of visits from their Commonwealth cousins.

Celebrity Summit
7 nights
February 1, 2014
San Juan (return): St. CroixSt. Kitts, Roseau, GrenadaSt. Thomas
Inside: $549
Cost per day: $78
www.celebritycruises.com

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