Experienced sea travellers know that some of the best deals on cruises can be found when these ships relocate from one area of the world to another, usually in fall and spring. Many ships that sail in the Baltic and Mediterranean in summer, or off Alaska or Canada, head for warmer waters of the Caribbean or South America in winter.
These voyages often involve crossing oceans, visiting unusual ports, and leisurely days at sea. They don't appeal to everyone, particularly those with tight schedules or short vacations. But if you have the time, they can be a great way to enjoy a luxury cruise at a bargain price.
I recently came across a cruise agency, Legendary Journeys, that appears to specialise in this type of trip. Among their current offerings are several cruises this fall from eastern Canada, Montreal or Quebec City, to Florida. A 16-day trip from Montreal to Ft. Lauderdale is available on several different ships for as little as $1489 U.S. per person, a price that includes return air fare. Port stops are Portland, Boston, New York City, Baltimore and Charleston.
Next spring, you can sail from Ft. Lauderdale FL to Kiel in northern Germany for 23 days for as little as $2188 U.S. This price also gives you free return air fare, plus a six-day Rhine Valley post tour and stops in the Azores, Portugal, Spain, and England.
For more information, call 1-800-511-5411, or check with the cruise line of your choice for re-positioning cruises.