The Frugal Cruiser, Consider a Repositioning Cruise

The frugal cruiser… And who doesn’t want to save money on travel these days… Should consider taking a repositioning cruise.

Cruise lines that concentrate on the Caribbean in the wintertime… And the Mediterranean in the summertime have to get their ships from one cruising ground to the other.

Hence the repositioning cruise… Which offers at a reduced rate, a lot of sea days, great food, great relaxation, all of the same amenities you would expect on a cruise offering ports of call on a daily basis.

We just returned from a cruise from Fort Lauderdale that ended up 14 days later in Citavecchia, italy…the port closest to Rome Italy.

At a price of $899 per person… That works out to a per day price of $64 a person, this is truly a remarkable bargain… Try finding a resort, for $64 a day per person including all meals and entertainment.

The repositioning cruise, is not for everyone, since we had 8 sea days before our first port of call in Gibraltar. Subsequent ports, were Alicante, Spain…Barcelona… Marseille France… Livorno Italy (Florence/Pisa).

For those that take cruises for relaxation these eight days at sea can be heaven like… Great for relaxing on board, with good books and great company at mealtime.

The entertainment is what you would expect on a first-class cruise ship. Good dance reviews, singers, hypnotists and comedians.

The highlight of this particular cruise in my opinion, were the educational speakers… With the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster… Several talks on that fateful night off Nova Scotia, gave an insight that goes far behind the scenes… in more depth… than any movie could possibly cover.

To those that say eight days between ports is boring… I would beg to differ, there never seem to be enough time in the day to do all the activities that were available for the passengers.

Some repositioning cruises, going from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean include stops at the Azores or Bermuda… This particular itinerary did not include those stops.

So for the frugal traveler that enjoys the ambiance, service, great food that today’s mega-cruise ships provide… Take a look at the savings you can realize by taking a repositioning cruise.

These cruises leave generally from the Florida area in the spring… And from Mediterranean and European ports in the fall.

For those travelers, that want a bargain, a cruise between popular cruising grounds should be in your future.

Frugal Travel Tips For Cruises

Cruises are one of my favorite ways to see the world. I love falling asleep in one country and waking up in another, not having to pack and unpack. Cruise lines run the range of prices from value to super expensive. For frugal travelers, here are some tips to cut expenses.

Consider All Itineraries

When most people think of cruises, they think of the Caribbean, the Mediterrian, and perhaps Alaska. However, name an ocean port and there is likely a cruise sailing into it. And some of these itineraries can not be only bargains but a pleasant surprise. We once booked a 12 day Baltic cruise from London to St. Petersburg and return for less than the airfare from New York to London. It remains one of our favorite cruises.

Bring Your Own Non-Alcoholic Drinks

Food is normally included in the price of a cruise (except for dining at the exclusive restaurants). However, beverage other than water, coffee, tea, and if lucky iced tea come with an additional cost. So what we do is buy non-alcoholic beverages in ports (allowable – for alcoholic drinks, there is often a corking charge) and then pour them into glasses.

Make Your Own Tour

We’ve been on over a dozen cruises all over the world and have only done one ship organized tour (on our first cruise). They are expensive, move forward at the pace of the slowest traveler, and restrictive. For a well organized traveler, making their own arrangements is preferable.

One trick that we use is to look at the sights the ship tours cover and include those in our “tour.”

Note: Tour Directors will often tell of horror stories about passengers not getting back to the ship on time. The solution? Leave some extra time and do the far away venues first.

Big Breakfast, Late Dinner

For the frugal traveler, maximizing the time in port is a must. That means if possible choosing the late seating at dinner. Also we tend not to eat large lunches (if at all). Instead we eat a large breakfast on the ship (where the breakfast is free), snack on bits and bites of local food while on shore, and then top the day off with a leisurely late dinner.

Cruising is one of the favorite ways for this frugal traveler to see the world. And by using these tips, it is one luxury that can fit into a traveler’s budget.