We’re sort of back on schedule with my daily round-the-world (RTW) posts.
Today, we are talking about my 15-night repositioning cruise from Dubai to Europe.Image credit: Australian National Maritime Museum
The cruise was the first booking I made for my RTW. After paying the deposit, I felt that the RTW was going to come true. It also helped with choosing travelling dates for the rest of my trip.
I planned to cross either the Atlantic or Pacific ocean on a cargo ship but the price wasn’t cheap enough.
In the end, I found out about repositioning cruises which are ships that travel during off-peak season back to popular starting points.
Pros and cons of a repositioning cruise
- Cheaper per night than the usual cruise
- Long sailing period (so much water! and sunsets on the ocean)
- One-way (so I do not need to backtrack)
- Full of retirees (so I don’t have to see party animals)
- Unlimited food (vs cargos with three meals)
- Stops at a few important locations (one-day excursion!)
- Large one-time payment
- Long sailing period (with few stops at shores)
- Full of retirees (who have the time to travel on a long stretch of time)
- Expensive (not the usual price of a budget flight and not recommended if you are on a round-trip journey)
- High single surcharge (vs budget flights)
- Short stays at shore
Cost of repositioning cruise
When I made the booking for the cruise from Dubai to Italy, my booking charge was around S$2,000. I felt it was a reasonable price since it included transportation and lodging.
I paid the final fees in early February. However, I was shocked when I did a search and found out that the type of room I booked for was going at an even cheaper rate.
My friend advised me to call up the cruise company and tell them that I am upset about the price difference. I did make and call and was surprised when the operator told me they would refund the difference.
The refund turned out to be S$599.75 which is a really hefty sum and could help me with many nights in a cheap location.
I still need to pay about S$200 of tips for the whole trip but I haven’t made the payment yet.
While I’m very excited about the cruise, two of my friends who have been on cruises told me that it is actually really really boring. Gulp! I guess I’ll have to find out myself.