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Travel Tip: Seasonal Repositioning Cruises

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If it’s fall, it must be time for repositioning cruises.

So what exactly are repositioning cruises, and how can you benefit from them?

Think of the cruises as migratory creatures that move to warmer climates for the winter, and cooler climates in summer.

Instead of sailing empty, these one-way trips are open to anyone.

One benefit is that repositioning cruises tend to stop in some unusual ports.

Carnival Magic has an annual 16-day cruise from Barcelona to Galveston, Texas, with stops in Mallorca, Malaga and Grand Turk. The rate? About $50 per person, per day.

Some voyages feature themes and special guest speakers. When the Celebrity Summit moves from Bayonne, New Jersey to San Juan Puerto Rico in fall, the six-night cruise will feature lectures and classes with a wine educator.

One drawback is that these cruises are one-way. But for some, that’s actually a great excuse to make it a longer trip with land extensions.

Not all lines make their repositioning cruises easy to find. Call up the cruise line directly, or check out resources like and, both of which have pages dedicated to these sailings.

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