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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:


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

A Chinese Ship to be Super?

In China, there are plans to build a "super cruise liner." It will likely be accompanied by a new cruise terminal and shipping business center, all of which will cost several billion yuan — or about $3 billion.

What's interesting about this item is the perception.

The 100,000-ton luxury cruise ship, which will take about four years to build, will carry a little over 2,000 passengers.

Is that a super cruise liner?

The company that will operate the ship has a development partnership with Royal Caribbean. That's the same company that built Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas. Each of those ships weighs about 225,000 gross tons. Each carries somewhere between 5,400 and 6,300 passengers.

Isn't that what a super cruise liner is?

Holland America Prinsendam
15 nights
October 31, 2012
Rome, Alicante, Malaga, Cadiz, Lisbon, Horta, Fort Lauderdale
Inside: $799
Cost per day: $53

Around America in Two Months

You could call this one an all-American trip on a ship. You get on board in America and, after more than two months on board, you get off in America. The ship belongs to Holland America. Its purpose on this two-month voyage is to circumnavigate South America. You can probably get to the embarkation/debarkation city on American Airlines, and you can be certain most of the passengers will be American…


On the fifth day of 2011, the
ms Prinsendam sails from Fort Lauderdale.

After two equator crossings, 13 countries, 29 ports and 66 days later, the ship returns to the same Florida port. You want to know the countries and ports…and the price…check here.

By the time it’s all over, you’ll have been to Antarctica, explored the Amazon River and made 792 new friends who will have been your roommates for two months (assuming that the cruise sells out).

They’ve titled this trip “Grand South America.” There’s that word again.
Four days into 2012, Holland America has just announced one of their ships (probably the Prinsendam) will do it all again, also from/to Fort Lauderdale. This trip takes 68 days. It’s for people who think the 2011 voyage is too short.

That’s it, we’re done.

Prinsendam’s New Intimacy

We’ve never been on the Prinsendam, but maybe you have. In any case, Holland America updates to its “most intimate ship” have certainly tweaked our interest.
And if you’re already booked on a ms Prinsendam cruise this year, you might be interested in knowing what the upgrades are.
One, capacity has been reduced to 835 passengers, to accommodate HAL’s Signature of Excellence program.
Two, there are 21 new staterooms towards the stern of the 8-year-old ship, 15 with balconies.
Three, the pool deck’s bigger.
Four, the Culinary Arts Center, with its state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen, has new furniture…as do some of the public areas.
The Prinsendam, by the way, is currently circumnavigating the Mediterranean and ports east, before heading west across the Atlantic on May 4, to start its summer job in Fort Lauderdale.
It’s the “demonstration kitchen” that got us. Food always does.
That’s it, we’re done.

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