Travelers Advantage Trends: Repositioning Cruises Migrate From the Shadows

Uncommon Voyages Deliver Exceptional Value

Aug 02, 2007, 01:00 ET from Travelers Advantage

    NORWALK, Conn., Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Did you know that like birds,
 whales and other creatures, most cruise ships migrate when a new season
 comes rolling in? The most common repositioning cruises sail either north
 for the summer or south for the winter, with some transatlantic crossings
 in spring.
     Repositioning cruises are experiencing a surge in popularity, due to
 the value they provide for the length of the voyage. Leisurely days at sea
 mean that the huge selection of amenities offered onboard today's ships can
 be thoroughly enjoyed, and vacations become far less frenetic. Sailings can
 range from 4 - 18 nights (or more), and for the passionate traveler, there
 is no better way to see the world. With a variety of staterooms - many with
 extraordinary ocean views and private balconies - amazing vacation voyages,
 memories and photographs beckon.
     Think you'll get bored on a long cruise that spends several days at
 sea? Think again: The low price of your voyage includes meals, snacks,
 basic beverages, and plenty of activities and live entertainment. From
 24-hour pizzerias to midnight buffets to gourmet specialty restaurants, an
 impressive range of American and international cuisine is found on today's
 superliners. Possibilities for fun include casinos, full-service spas,
 Broadway-style shows, supervised kids' clubs, nightclubs, pool solariums,
 rock-climbing walls, art galleries, ice-skating rinks, teen coffeehouses,
 fitness centers, shopping promenades, and much more.
     Of course, these uncommon voyages make plenty of stops en route, and
 since the cruise ship is traveling a far distance, they have separate ports
 for departure and return. This can be ideal for travelers who live near a
 major port - you can cast off from that nearby port and fly home at the end
 of your cruise, or fly to the embarkation port and sail home. For example,
 a family from Ft. Lauderdale could fly to Barcelona, cast off for two weeks
 on Celebrity Cruise's Millennium, visit the beautiful Canary Islands, tour
 two more Spanish ports, and relax on the Caribbean island of Labadee before
 sailing home. Purchasing one-way airfare instead of a round-trip ticket
 could result in a more savings for shore excursions.
     Europe is a favorite starting point for fall repositioning sailings -
 many ships relocate to the Caribbean or locales close-by for the winter
 after spending the summer cruising the warm Mediterranean. For example, you
 could start your vacation with a land-stay in Paris or London before
 beginning your voyage to Madeira, Spain, Portugal, and the Canary Islands
 on a Barcelona to Ft. Lauderdale transatlantic cruise, such as Royal
 Caribbean's 13-night voyage aboard Navigator of the Seas.
     Extended ocean retreats can be particularly affordable, but if you've
 only less than a week, consider a shorter sailing. There are repositioning
 cruises that won't take a big chunk out of your wallet or your allotted
 vacation time. Holland America's has a 4-night Pacific Coastal itinerary
 for only $349. With these deals, you can finally take that vacation you've
 been putting off, especially as a Travelers Advantage member.
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