Cruise expert explains line cruises and when to get a great cruise deal

We ask a cruise expert to explain line cruises and the best time to get a good deal.

Travel SOS: What is a line cruise?

Maggy wants to know if she can take a one-way cruise and has asked whether she should take a repositioning cruise or a line cruise. She’s unsure of the difference, so we’ve asked Dean Brazier, managing director of Cruise & Maritime Voyages Australia, if he can explain it to her.


Q. Maggy
I was thinking about going on a one-way cruise, so I can spend some time in one destination and not just on a ship. I like the idea of cruising (I’ve never been on one) but I’d also like to visit a country and stay for a while. My friend told me I could go on a cruise like this, but I’m not sure if I’m looking for a repositioning cruise or something called a line cruise. Can you tell me what’s the difference?

A. Line voyages can provide an excellent opportunity for travellers to take advantage of great cruising deals and explore more exotic destinations.

At Cruise & Maritime Voyages, our line voyages usually take place in between our European and Australasian seasons to ‘reposition’ the ship. The route can vary each time to provide new experiences for our returning guests, whether that’s travelling via Africa, the Mediterranean, South-East Asia, or the Caribbean and South Pacific. For example, Astor will depart London on 15 October and reach Fremantle on 8 December 2018 before commencing its Australian season. Ports of call along the way include Amsterdam, Lisbon in Portugal, Bridgetown in Barbados and Bora Bora in French Polynesia.

For those looking for a less lengthy escape, shorter line voyages are available, which can make for a leisurely alternative to air, rail and road transport options. Closer to home you could embark on a six-night cruise from Auckland to Sydney, or further afield, an 11-night voyage from Hong Kong to Singapore provides the time to explore more exotic regions before and after your cruise.

The best deals for line voyages are usually when they’re first released – which can be up to two years in advance – so subscribing to relevant mailing lists or keeping in touch with your travel agent are highly recommended.

A strong advantage to line voyages is the value achieved. We’re currently offering a sale fare on a 23-night cruise from Cape Town to London, sailing the west coast of Africa, from AU$2779 per person twin-share, which works out to around $120 per night including meals, entertainment and accommodation. Destinations on that cruise include Walvis Bay, Cape Verde, Casablanca and Lisbon, so you can see how that kind of offer would appeal to savvy travellers. 

Line voyages can also offer access to cultures and regions that are difficult or expensive to reach via flights, and provide a relaxing way to explore with like-minded travellers who aren’t in a rush. It also means you only have to unpack once! The timing of our line voyages usually coincides with warmer weather, so a winter escape can be another incentive for travellers. 

By its very nature, however, a line voyage means the ship won’t return to where you began, so you’ll need to arrange flights home, but a travel agent can package this up for you. It also provides the opportunity to further explore your final destination should you have extra time up your sleeve.

If you have a Travel SOS question, send it to and we’ll do our best to answer, or find someone who can.

Have you been on a line cruise or a repositioning cruise? How was it? Would you recommend such a voyage to our members?



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    20th Oct 2018
    Have taken both of them; repositioning cruises are generally a bit cheaper. Going shortly with P&O UK from Southampton to Brisbane. Line cruises means mostly that you have to fly someplace to either start or finish your journey. Aussie P&O offers a nice trip from Brisbane to Singapore with flights back to Coolangatta (presumably Scoot Air Line, which we fly quite often). One can also fly to Singapore and do the trip in reverse. Have been travelling on the oceans since 1969.
    If you are a first timer have a look at the amount of tender ports your ship is going to visit; you will have to get yourself into the life boats to get ashore and sometimes the procedure is time consuming, especially in rougher weather. But then again, you may wish to stay on board ship.
    Some people do not like flying and want to start and finish the cruise at the same destination. There you have more people with mobility issues however, and that makes getting on and off the vessel somewhat more difficult.

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