Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Repositioning Cruise Deals for the Taking

It's that time again, cruisers! No, the "hairy chest" competition isn't about to start. I'm talking about "Repositioning Season", the time of year when ships move from their summer to their fall and winter ports. (And cruise lines slash prices to attract customers for the unusually long, skimpy-on-the-port-stop sailings that are necessary to get these big babies into place).

Here's a list of some of the best offers I've seen so far. Before you book any, make sure to research airfares, which may be higher than usual due to the fact that you'll be flying into one destination and out of another.

  • Norwegian Sun (9/20/11), 15 nights Copenhagen to Port Canaveral, $599: Those who book quickly will be gifted with $75 shipboard credit. Along with Copenhagen, cruisers will call in Lisbon, Amsterdam and near Bruges (Belgium). I found this price at VacationsToGo.
  • Norwegian Epic (10/23/11), 13 nights Barcelona to Miami, for $829: For a brand new ship with numerous entertainment options--Blue Man Group, a bowling alley, a Cirque-style dinner show--this deal ain't bad, especially when you consider that it comes with $100 worth of shipboard credit if you book soon with Cruise Club of America.
  • RCL's Voyager of the Seas (10/30/11), 13 nights Barcelona to New Orleans, for $669: Another offer from Vacationstogo (see above).
These are just a few of the deals out there for 2011. If you're interested in 2012 repo cruises, head to CruCon Cruise Outlet which has put those on sale this week. 

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