10 Fall 2018 Repositioning Cruises You Can Still Book — Most for Under $1,300by Donna Heiderstadt | August 28, 2018
It’s hard to find a better deal on an 11-to-22-night itinerary than on a repositioning cruise. Yes, you need to love sea days (there will be a lot of them), but you’ll also visit some pretty cool ports on your transatlantic or trans-Panama Canal route. From early September to early November, cruise lines reposition many of their ships from the Mediterranean and Alaska to the Caribbean. Here are 10 that you can still book—most with fares ranging from $700 to $1,300 per person.
12 Nights from Rome to San Juan on Jewel of the Seas
Dates: Nov. 5-17, 2018
Ports: Valencia, Spain; Lisbon, Portugal; and Ponta Delgada, Azores
Onboard Vibe: With 2,191 passengers, Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas offers a more intimate cruise experience than the line’s newer megaships. But top specialty restaurants, such as Giovanni’s Table and Chops Grille; nightlife spots, like Schooner Bar and Vintages; and activities that include disco parties and a rock climbing wall keep things fun.
Price: From $699 per person for an inside cabin; $899 for an outside cabin; and $1,199 for a balcony cabin
14 Nights from Copenhagen to New York on Norwegian Breakaway
Dates: Oct. 2-16, 2018
Ports: Gothenburg, Sweden; Southampton, England (for London); Cobh, Ireland (for Cork); and Ponta Delgado, Azores
Onboard Vibe: Norwegian Breakaway is a big ship filled with exciting things to enjoy. Top activities on the 3,963-passenger vessel include The Waterfront promenade, water slides and ropes courses at the Aqua Park and Sports Complex, and the musical production Rock of Ages—plus 16 restaurants and 14 bars and lounges.
Price: From $799 per person for an inside cabin and $999 per person for a balcony cabin
14 Nights from San Diego to Tampa on Norwegian Pearl
Dates: Oct. 21-Nov. 4, 2018
Ports: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua; Punta Arenas, Costa Rica; Cartagena, Columbia; and Georgetown, Grand Cayman
Onboard Vibe: Refurbished in 2017, the 2,394-passenger Norwegian Pearl is ideal for warm-weather cruising. It offers 16 dining options (including Moderno Brazilian churrascaria and two casual outdoor grills), 15 bars and lounges, a relaxing pool, six hot tubs, and a bowling alley.
Price: From $929 per person for an inside cabin and $1,349 for an ocean-view cabin
14 Nights from Copenhagen to New York on Regal Princess
Dates: Sept. 8-22, 2018
Ports: Aarhaus, Denmark; Kristiansand, Norway; Greenock, Scotland (for Glasgow); Dublin, Ireland; Cobh, Ireland (for Cork); and Halifax, Nova Scotia
Onboard Vibe: Regal Princess, which accommodates 3,560 passengers, is a spacious ship with a glittering, Italian-style central Piazza, a rear sports deck, three pools (one for adults only), 24-hour room service, and 10 restaurants—including the main dining room’s special Crafted by Curtis Stone dishes and Alfredo’s, which serves some of the best pizza at sea.
Price: From $1,008 per person for an inside cabin
14 Nights from Rome to Fort Lauderdale on Celebrity Reflection
Dates: Oct. 22-Nov. 5, 2018
Ports: Barcelona, Spain; Cartagena, Spain; Malaga, Spain; and Tenerife, Canary Islands
Onboard Vibe: Designed with adults in mind, the 3,046-passenger Celebrity Reflection has a sophisticated ambience suited for cruisers who love food, wine, and fun. Highlights include the adults-only Solarium Pool (it’s covered for cool fall days), eight restaurants (we recommend you splurge on a multi-course tasting at Murano), an excellent fitness center, and Canyon Ranch SpaClub.
Price: From $1,149 per person for an inside cabin
16 Nights from Amsterdam to Tampa on Brilliance of the Seas
Dates: Sept. 1-17, 2018
Ports: Waterford, Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Cobh, Ireland (for Cork); and Ponta Delgada, Azores
Onboard Vibe: If you can swing a super last-minute commitment, Royal Caribbean’s 2,142-passenger Brilliance of the Seas can be your home for more than two weeks as you enjoy six restaurants (such as Giovanni’s Table and Izumi) and seven bars and lounges (including R Bar for craft cocktails and and Vintages for wine). Activities include outdoor movie nights and Latin dance and culinary classes.
Price: From $1,235 per person for an inside cabin
15 Nights from Southampton to New York on Royal Princess
Dates: Sept. 10-25, 2018
Ports: Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Hamburg, Germany (for Berlin); Bergen, Norway; Belfast, Northern Ireland; and St. John’s Newfoundland
Onboard Vibe: Like its twin sister, the 3,560-passenger Royal Princess makes a great home for a last-minute two-week crossing, offering the same space and amenities as Regal Princess.
Price: From $1,298 per person for an inside cabin
14 Nights from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale on ms Oosterdam
Dates: Oct. 27-Nov. 10, 2018
Ports: Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Cartagena, Spain; Gibraltar, British Territory; Lisbon, Portugal; and Funchal, Madeira
Onboard Vibe: Accommodating 1,964 passengers, Holland America Line’s ms Oosterdam offers hands-on cooking classes in America’s Test Kitchen, lectures and activities inspired by BBC Earth Experiences, BB King’s Blues Club, and Lincoln Center Stage musical experiences—plus, six restaurants and several bars and lounges.
Price: From $1,399 per person for an inside cabin
22 Nights from Genoa to Miami on MSC Divina
Dates: Oct. 6-28, 2018
Ports: Civitavecchia, Italy (for Rome); Marseille, France; Barcelona, Spain; Cadiz, Spain; Lisbon, Portugal; Ponta Delgada, Azores; King’s Wharf, Bermuda; and New York City
Onboard Vibe: MSC Divina, launched in 2012, is a 3,118-passenger ship with a vibrant, lively Italian ambience (and excellent cappuccino and gelato), as well as eight dining options (an Eataly Restaurant among them) and multiple pools (including an aft infinity pool and an Aqua Park).
Price: From $1,649 per person for an inside cabin
11 Nights from Dover to New York on Disney Magic
Dates: September 9-20, 2018
Ports: Portland, England (for Stonehenge); Cobh, Ireland (for Cork); Sydney and Halifax in Nova Scotia; and St. Johns, New Brunswick
Onboard Vibe: If you’ve always wondered what a Disney cruise would be like—especially one without lots of school-age kids onboard—but found the price daunting, this relatively affordable sailing is a good opportunity to try it out. Dine at the 2,700-passenger Disney Magic’s five restaurants (including the adults-only Palo and the new Rapunzel’s Royal Table), relax at the Quiet Cove Pool, and enjoy excellent production shows in the Walt Disney Theater and piano music in adults-only bar Keys.
Price: From $1,966 per person in an inside cabin
Donna Heiderstadt is a New York-based contributor to ShermansCruise who has also written for Coastal Living and Islands.