The savvy traveler: Tips of the trade (Part 3)

Story and photos by Bob Schulman

Looking for a good deal on a cruise? Consider a “repositioning” cruise (ships being relocated to new destinations based on changing seasons). Here's how it works: Ships that operate in the Caribbean or Hawaii in the winter may be shifted to Alaska, Europe or Canada/New England in the spring, then back to destinations in warmer climates in the fall.

The experts at CruiseComplete say repositioning cruises typically offer deeply discounted prices. For example, $861 per person for a 16-night cruise on the Carnival Magic from Barcelona, Spain, to Galveston, Texas, with stops along the way at the Spanish ports of Palma de Mallorca, Malaga and Las Palmas and at Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The cruise starts Oct. 28.

Among other plusses of repositioning cruises, a CruiseComplete spokeswoman points out, “(Repositioning) ports tend to be more unusual and deviate from normally scheduled itineraries, giving the cruisers a wide variety of experiences.”

What's more, such cruises offer an opportunity to rub elbows with an extraordinarily diverse group of fellow travelers (repositioning passengers are typically seasoned cruisers who know the ins and outs of the business).

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