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Relocation Cruises

Relocation cruises are also known as repositioning cruises. These one way trips are often sold at exceptional low cost rates.


Some cruise liners spend all year on the same sailing itinerary but some vessels relocate on a number of occasions each year dependent upon the time of year.
For example, a ship may spend the summer sailing in Alaska but when winter sets in it may relocate to say the Caribbean. These one way trips are often sold at exceptional low cost rates without comprising on quality as the cruise liner companies would rather make the trip with some passengers on board rather than empty.

These relocation cruises sometimes have a focus on a theme such as wine or cookery and provide lectures from well-known speakers. Over the years interest has grown in this type of cruise to a point where it is better that you book your cabin well in advance of the scheduled sailing date as available berths will quickly sell out. It is often a good idea to enlist the services of a travel agent to find suitable relocation cruises or you could contact the cruise liners direct.


Relocation cruises often involve lengthy periods at sea of anything up to a month rather than the usual cruise itinerary that incorporates several stops at ports in different countries. This provides the benefit of allowing passengers to relax more and perhaps enjoy some spa treatments.

A downside of this type of cruise is that you may be faced with expensive one-way flights back to where you came from.

Some other popular relocation routes involve Florida-based cruise liners shifting to California ports and vessels moving between European ports and the Caribbean. Ships also relocate from southern ports to New England to enjoy the fall.

New vessels are often to be found on these routes as it enables the cruise line company to show off the new addition to their fleet. This gives the passenger a wonderful opportunity to take advantage of being one of the first passengers to board and sail a new vessel; a bit like owning a brand new car.

Cruising does not appeal to everyone, but because of the huge discounts available on these trips it is perhaps an ideal opportunity for a couple who has never done a cruise before, to board ship and try it out.

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