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7 Reasons That Fall is the Ideal Time for a Repositioning Cruise

Changing of the Seasons, Changing of the Ships

DETROIT – (July 15, 2011) Looking for long wonderful days at sea to relax and rejuvenate, paired with deep discounts on cruise pricing? Consider a repositioning cruise, say the experts at CruiseCompete. Repositioning cruises (one of the best kept secrets in the cruise industry,) consist of one–way itineraries scheduled when ships relocate to new destinations based on the season.

Ships that winter in the Caribbean or Hawaii will often move to Alaska, Europe or Canada/New England in the spring and then reverse course back to warmer climates in the fall. While these types of cruises do tend to have more days at sea, and less in port, the stops are more exotic than usual. Some ships make the transit from the west coast to the east coast and you will be able to go through the Panama Canal, Cruisers may visit broad swaths of the Caribbean or an entire coast line all at once, cross the Atlantic with stops in off-the-beaten-path places like Greenland or hit several cruise regions and even continents on one trip.

The Top 7 Reasons to consider a repositioning cruise this fall are:

1. The price.

2. Repositioning cruises tend to attract an extraordinarily diverse travel group. Many of them are very seasoned travelers who know the ins and outs of cruising.

3. Unrushed (and uninterrupted) days at sea that allow cruisers to truly unwind and revitalize.

4. The weather is generally excellent as it is the beginning of prime season.

5. These voyages often have fun and interesting cruise themes and guest speakers.

6. Ports tend to be more unusual and deviate from normally scheduled itineraries, giving the cruisers a wide variety of experiences.

7. These cruises are perfect for pre-and post-cruise explorations, as they start in one locale and end in another, with the ports generally being vastly different destinations.

The cruises offer tremendous pricing and are deeply discounted from normal fares. (Some lines will even offer 2-for-1 pricing – an even better deal!) Since pricing is prime influencer in choosing these cruises, let’s take a look at some of the fantastic deals available for repositioning cruises departing Fall of 2011:

Holland America: Prinsendam Transatlantic Canary Islands – This 20-night Canary Island crossing starts in Civitavecchia, Italy, on 11/7/11 with stops in La Spezia, St Tropez, Barcelona, Valencia, Cruising Strait Of Gibraltar, Cadiz, Casablanca, Agadir, Puerto del Rosario, San Sebastian de La Gomera, Half Moon Cay, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Currently priced at $1998 per person, this 20–night cruise costs only $99 per day.

Disney Cruises: Disney Magic’s Transatlantic – This 14-night Transatlantic cruise sails westbound from Barcelona, Spain, on 9/10/11, with stops that include Gibraltar, U.K., Madeira, Portugal, St. Maarten, Tortola, British Virgin Islands, Castaway Cay, and Port Canaveral, Florida. Currently priced at $1059 per person, this 14 night cruise works out to a mere $75 per day.

Carnival Cruises: Carnival Magic Transatlantic – This 16–night Transatlantic cruise sails from Barcelona, Spain, on 10/28/11, with stops in Palma de Mallorca, Malaga, Las Palmas, Grand Turk, and Galveston, Texas. Currently priced at $861 per person, this cruise works out to an unbelievable $53 per day.

Three all-inclusive cruise options, all priced under $100 per person, per day. How many vacations choices offer this kind of value, and world exploration to boot? For more information on these and other repositioning cruise options, please visit the Repositioning Cruise Specials page on CruiseCompete.