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Best repositioning cruises 2022 & 2023 – sail all inclusive from only £62 a day!

Repositioning cruises present a unique opportunity to cruise across the transatlantic enjoying two worlds while making the most of some banging deals.

Transatlantic repositioning cruises take place at various points throughout the year as cruise lines shift their ship depending on the season.

Many ships generally pass the winter in the Caribbean, for instance, offering cruises around the tropical islands, and then spend the spring and summer in the Mediterranean calling at Europe’s countless hotspots.

As Jo Rzymowska, Vice President and Managing Director of Celebrity Cruises, explained: “In the late fall, our transatlantic cruises sail from Europe to North America, whilst in the early spring, they depart from the United States and head back across the Atlantic.

“Both offer a wealth of stunning destinations to explore from the sun-soaked Mediterranean, the Azores and Canary Islands, majestic Iceland and Greenland and the exotic Caribbean. The itinerary travelers choose will depend on what sort of vacation they’re looking for.”

These repositioning cruises tend to be cheaper than other sailings as they include more days at sea but this doesn’t need to be seen as a negative thing. According to travel agent Bolsover Cruises Club: “Repositioning cruises are usually great value and more for those that love lazing away on sea days.”

Rather than feeling guilty about not heading ashore you can truly put your feet up onboard and enjoy everything the ship has to offer, from the spa and deck games to the casino and cinema.

Travel writer Caroline Gladstone told Sailawaze of her experience of repositioning cruises: “They are definitely for those with time on their hands and who like many sea days; I really enjoyed mine. It’s a chance to get to know the ship, do the onboard classes (I got really into daily yoga and meditation) try out all the restaurants, learn a craft and sleep in!”

Fellow journalist Danielle Langer agrees. “Repositioning cruises can be a great way to get more for your money because it gives you a totally different embarkation and debarkation port to explore, sort of like a bonus port visit,” she explained.

Rzymowska told Sailawaze: “Repositioning cruises allow guests to become immersed in distinct cultures all in one trip, stopping at some of the world’s most coveted ports, across oceans. Additionally, with more days at sea, there’s more opportunity to relax, restore and make the most of our industry-transforming ships, from the award-winning spa with 120 treatments on offer to culinary experiences inspired by global destinations.”

Most major cruise lines will be repositioning their ships to the other side of the Atlantic in the fall, with repositioning cruises 2022 generally taking place from September to November. Repositioning cruises 2023 tend to occur in March through May when the ships return to this side of the pond.

We’ve rounded up some of the best repositioning cruise deals for 2022 and 2023, depending on which direction you fancy heading to make sure you bag the best cheap repositioning cruise vacation for you, whether you’re sailing with Marella Cruises, Princess Cruises or Disney.

Marella Cruises

All in

Marella repositioning cruises 2022 take place in October and call at a selection of Spanish highlights before sailing the Atlantic to a range of fabulous Caribbean islands. Marella repositioning cruises 2023 off the same but in reverse.

The best thing about Marella transatlantic cruises is that absolutely everything is included – flights, food, drink, tips, you name it, so absolutely no nasty shocks with the bill!

Celebrity Cruises

Med delights

Celebrity Cruises repositioning sailings pack in a number of top destinations. With Celebrity’s repositioning cruises 2022 you’ll enjoy Italy, France, Mallorca, Spain, the Bahamas and Florida so definitely no chance of getting bored!

If you book with the All Included Rate will benefit from a classic drink package, gratuities included and an unlimited basic Wi-Fi package. Food at a rate of complimentary venues is also included as standard.

Flights are not included on Celebrity Cruises repositioning voyages but can be booked at the same time as the cruise for ease.

Portugal & Spain Transatlantic

When: April 17, 2023
Duration: 15 nights
Where: Tampa, Florida | Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda | Funchal, Madeira | Seville, Spain | Malaga, Spain | Barcelona, Spain
Ship: Celebrity Constellation

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Norwegian Cruise Line

Upgrade time

As for Norwegian repositioning cruises 2022, you’ll get to stop at some more unusual locations closer to home en route to New York, and enjoy an overnight in Reykjavik, Iceland, NCL’s newest ship Norwegian Prima. Plus, the cruise fare has been slashed by a whopping £804 and you can benefit from a Free at Sea Upgrade.

This means the following are included: Open bar (all spirits and cocktails, wines, draft beer, juice and soda for guests 21 years or older), speciality dining and Wi-Fi plus US$50 Shore Excursion Credit per tour. What’s more, if you want to sail with extra loved ones, third and fourth guests need to only pay taxes.

Transatlantic Bermuda & Spain

When: April 2023
Duration: 14 nights
Where: New York, New York | Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda | Ponta Delgada, Azores | Funchal, Madeira | Seville (Cádiz), Spain | Motril, Spain | Ibiza, Spain | Palma, Majorca | Barcelona, Spain
Ship: Norwegian Epic

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Princess Cruises

Feel like royalty

Princess repositioning cruises 2022 and 2023 call at a wonderfully diverse range of ports those heading across the Atlantic in September can sample the delights of Canada as well as New York, while those sailing eastbound can visit a wealth of Spanish highlights.

Princess dining and entertainment are included in the fare, but if you want to go all in, the all-inclusive Princess Plus option includes drinks, Wi-Fi and crew appreciation. Flights are not included.

Royal Caribbean

Quids in

Royal Caribbean repositioning cruises 2023 go between New Jersey and Southampton, calling at France and the Azores.

Food at Royal Caribbean’s complimentary dining venues is included in the fare and other dining, drink and internet packages can be added on as well as pre-paid gratuities. Flights are not included.

Transatlantic Cruise

Duration: 11 nights
Where: Cape Liberty, New Jersey | Ponta Delgada, Azores | Cherbourg, France | Paris/Normandy (Le Havre), France | Southampton, England
Ship: Anthem of the Seas

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Classic cruise

Cunard repositioning cruises are technically not repositioning as such as the traditional cruise line specialises in transatlantic sailings. What’s more, there are no stops on route – it’s straight from the UK to the USA or vice versa.

It’s the perfect opportunity to complete switch off and do whatever you want with your days! Dining at your stateroom restaurant is included as is afternoon tea and room service plus tea, coffee, water and fruit juice. Drinks packages can be purchased as extra. Flights are included.

Eastbound Transatlantic Crossing

When: April 30, 2023
Duration: 7 nights
Where: New York, New York | Southampton, England
Ship: Queen Mary 2
Price: From £749 pp

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MSC Cruises

Cross over

MSC Cruises’ repositioning cruise 2023 stops at multiple Caribbean destinations as well as Morocco before returning to Europe.

Dining at MSC’s complimentary restaurants is included in the fare but all-inclusive packages can be added on. Tips, hot drinks and water are also included. Flights are not.

MSC Grand Voyages

Duration: 19 nights
Where: Miami, Florida | San Juan, Puerto Rico | Philipsburg, St. Maarten | Fort de France, Martinique | Bridgetown, Barbados | Funchal, Madeira | Casablanca (Marrakech), Morocco | Barcelona, Spain | Genoa, Italy
Ship: MSC Divina

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P&O Cruises

The other side

P&O repositioning cruises are very similar both eastbound and westbound, calling at key Caribbean islands, with the 2023 repositioning cruise stopping at the Azores instead.

Flights are included in the fare as is dining in P&O’s complimentary restaurants.

Disney Cruise Line

Fun time

Disney repositioning cruise itineraries vary depending on the direction of travel. The repositioning cruise 2023 includes more Spanish stops along with two Portuguese destinations.

All food including 24-hour room service, unlimited coffee, tea and soda is included in the cruise fare with Disney. Flights are not included.

Eastbound Transatlantic Cruise

Duration: 13 nights
Where: Miami, Florida | Ponta Delgada, Azores | Lisbon, Portugal | Cádiz, Spain | Málaga, Spain | Cartagena, Spain | Barcelona, Spain
Ship: Disney Dream

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Published 31.08.22