Repositioning Cruising - Move with the Times and Save a Bundle

Posted August 30th, 2016

Cruise lines have regular routes throughout the year, though some shake it up a little and relocate a couple of times a year to start their cruises. These one-way journeys which are usually sold at a substantial discount, are called repositioning cruises. So let us give you the lowdown on some great repositioning 2017 cruises that offer amazing itineraries with a hearty reduction. The other big benefit of repositioning cruises in addition to the great savings is that they often incorporate a multitude of sea days, without daily port calls if your cruise objective is more about relaxation.

For those new to cruising, note with repositioning cruises they begin in one city and end in another, and passengers are required to purchase one-way flights that can sometimes be very expensive. To counteract this keep an eye out for cruise deals that include the one-way fare, and get even better value.

Below we have listed some top repositioning cruises for 2017 that either arrive or depart from Australia, and we have highlighted the cruising style, so you can select to make sure your cruising dream becomes a reality:

Norwegian Star – 16 January 2017

Hong Kong, Nha Trang, Phu My, Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Singapore, Bali, Komodo Island, Darwin, Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney.

Seasoned Norwegian cruisers now have the opportunity to cruise with them again, closer to Australian shores in the beautiful Indonesian and North Queensland waters.

Seaborn Encore – 17 January 2017

Bali, Lembar, KomRoyalodo Island, Darwin, Cairns, Townsville, Hamilton Island, Mooloolaba, Sydney.

This relatively short itinerary has quite a number of ports and is ideal for passengers who want to see a lot of Bali and the Queensland Coast. This brand new ship's elegant surrounds will be the perfect way to enjoy the idyllic waters of exotic Indonesian Islands and the Whitsundays before heading south to Sydney.

Ovation of the Seas – 20 February 2017

Sydney, Brisbane, Darwin, Port Klang (Kuala Lumpur), Singapore.

This is the newest ship of the Royal Caribbean fleet – this shorter cruise with limited ports provides a great insight into the onboard offerings of this cruise line. Also it tends to attract a more mature crowd, so for the more dare-devilish of those amongst us, the adventure activities will have less of a wait.

Coral Discoverer – 26 February 2017

Singapore, Pulau Penuba, Pulau Belitung, Way Kambas National Park, Anak Krakatua, Thousand Islands, Karimunjawa National Park, Surabaya, Lombok, Pulau Moyo National Park, Komodo Island, Sumba, Kelimutu National Park, Pulau Alor, Darwin.

The Indonesian archipelago with all of its vibrant wildlife is just one part of this expedition, passengers can also experience Lombok and Surabaya, and the untouched Karimunjawa National Park. With just 72 guests this cruise offers an intimate expedition cruising experience and is ideal for active, adventurous passengers who enjoy visiting more pristine and remote locations.


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Carnival Legend - 1 April 2017

Sydney, Mare, Cross International Dateline, Papeete, Moorea, Bora Bora, Honolulu.

This itinerary is perfect for cruisers who value variety in the many shore excursions. This trip tends to take place during school holidays, the perfect option for families to keep school-aged children well and truly entertained.

ms Noordam - 8 April 2017

Sydney, Noumea, Loyalty Island, Lautoka, Dravuni Island, Pago Pago, Hilo, Honolulu, Victoria, Vancouver.

Mature cruisers who appreciate more traditional elegant cruising will love this ship’s sense of style. This cruise will definitely appeal for those who want to visit Canada, minus the jetlag.

Radiance of the Seas - 18 April 2017

Sydney, Picton, Wellington, Papeete, Moorea, Bora Bora, Honolulu.

Food, food, glorious food that is what it is all about on this smaller ship that manages to serve an impressive array of dining options for a ship of its size – all in the spectacular setting of the Pacific.

Golden Princess - 19 May 2017

Sydney, Brisbane, Rabaul (Papua New Guinea), Manila, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Incheon, Nagasaki, Osaka, Cross International Date Line, Anchorage, Hubbard Glacier, and Glacier Bay National Park (Scenic Cruising), Skagway, Icy Strait Point, Ketchikan, Victoria (British Columbia), Seattle, Vancouver, San Francisco, Los Angeles.

Cruisers who have the time for a lengthy voyage and like plenty of onboard programs to keep them occupied on the many sea days, will love this cruise. Also onboard is plenty of staff to provide information about the icy Alaskan waters and to keep passengers entertained on sea days.

Celebrity Solstice - 20 April 2017

Sydney, Bay of Islands, Auckland, Cross International Dateline, Papeete, Moorea, Bora Bora, Lahaina, Honolulu.

It is all about the relaxation on this voyage, which offers a few days in New Zealand followed by plenty of sea days and a few ports. This 18-night cruise is a nice blend of entertainment, including a Hot Glass Show and specialist enrichment lectures, where you can develop a new skill whilst on board.

Pacific Eden - 12 June 2017

Fremantle, Komodo Island, Ujung Pandang, Lombok, Benoa, Probolinggo, Jakarta, Singapore.

This is for those who want to venture further afield and explore a comprehensive list of Indonesian ports that are included in the itinerary. This cruise has plenty of sea days, cultural immersion and city stops, and is a great option for cruisers who want to really get to know Indonesia. 

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Tara Young

The experience of travel changes a person. I see my job as highlighting what amazing travel opportunities there are to broaden your knowledge of that great big world beyond your doorstep and what you may learn about yourself on the way.

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