In October and throughout November, dozens of cruise ships in European waters are moved from their now-chilly locations and sent on long, trans-Atlantic sailings to the Caribbean or South American waters. Because, when they cross the Atlantic, they are solely at sea for at least five, six or seven days and make no port stops during that time, they are unpopular with the public; passengers with short attention spans can't stand the thought of being aboard a ship that isn't making daily visits to land. And many members of the public can't devote the two-or-so weeks that most repositioning cruises require (several port stops in the Mediterranean before reaching the open sea of the Atlantic, then the crossing, then several port stops on the way to the ultimate destination in Florida or elsewhere).
That's why the cruise lines and the cruise discount brokers often price these repositioning cruises at almost ridiculously low levels in order to fill the cabins aboard them. As you'll see below, some repositioning cruises are being sold for as little as $28.50 a day.
Recently, the urgent need to fill the repositioning ships has led some cruise discount brokers to include trans-Atlantic airfare to the jumping-off point in the overall price of the cruise. Some of them put you up at no charge for a night or two in a first-class hotel at the port of embarkation. Such complex repositionings are, to me, the most desirable of them.
Several outstanding repositioning cruise bargains: