What Is A Repo Cruise?
A “Repo Cruise” involves the repositioning (not reposession) of a cruise ship. Let’s say it’s been cruising all summer long in Alaska, and now that the season is over, the company owning the vessel wants to send it to the Caribbean for the fall, winter and early spring. Well, they don’t want to lose money repositioning the ship, so they fill it with passengers who would enjoy sailing down the west coast of North America to San Francisco or Los Angeles, then package another trip down the Mexican Riviera and through the Panama Canal to its next home base in Houston, New Orleans or one of the Florida ports. There are several advantages to a repo cruise:
A. It means a non-typical itinerary with less often included ports of call;
B. It, more often than not, costs less per day than a routine routing;
C. They usually occur during moderate climate conditions – spring or fall;
D. Many of them are of shorter duration, so you might not need a lot of time off from work.
So, what are some upcoming super values among the repo cruises?
#1. This September three cruise lines are offering three different three-day cruises from Vancouver, B.C. to San Francisco. Norwegian Cruise Line ($149 for an inside cabin) and Holland America Line ($229 inside) both offer balcony cabins starting at $349 with a stop in Astoria, Oregon along the way. Princess Cruises (inside $199) with balconies beginning for a mere $299 has a stop in Victoria, B.C.
#2. MSC Cruise Line has an exclusive offer with Columbus Travel for an October transatlantic itinerary for 18-days from Genoa, Italy or 17-days from Barcelona to Miami with ports of call in Malaga, Spain, Funchal, Portugal, Barbados, Martinique, St. Maarten, St. Thomas and San Juan, and inside cabins start at $749 (about half what can be purchased from the cruise line directly). Just remember, this price is only available at Columbus Travel.
#3. The brand new Regal Princess is repositioning for 10-days from New York to Fort Lauderdale in October with stops in St. Thomas, Antigua and Aruba, and inside cabins start at $799, balconies $1029.
#4. The Disney Wonder is doing a transcanal cruise this October from San Diego all the way through the Panama Canal, with stops in Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Cartagena and Cozumel on the way to Galveston. Disney doesn’t ever come cheap, but this 14-day sailing starts at only $1400 for an inside cabin.
#5. Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Pride of America will have been in dry dock in San Francisco and will be going back to Hawaii next March. This repo sales for twelve-days and includes stops in Maui, Hilo, Kona and 2-days in Kauai. Inside cabins from $999, balconies from $1599. Compare this with the regular seven-day itinerary round trip from Honolulu on March 26 with inside cabins beginning at $1749.
And, of course, there are lots more – especially every spring and fall. For details call Columbus Travel at 800-373-3328.
Portions of the travel mentioned here may have been provided at a reduced rate or complimentary by travel suppliers. Photos are taken in person or provided by the supplier except where credited.