Autumn is a great season for cruising. The summer crowds have left most of the popular tourist destinations and cruise ships are starting their bi-annual migration between their summer waters (such as Alaska and the Mediterranean) and their winters homes (such as the Caribbean, Hawaii and South America.) This is also the season that cruise lines begin their round-the-world journeys. Even if you don’t have an extra 60, 90 or 180 days to spend on a cruise ship, you can get a taste of a “Grand Voyage” by booking a segment of a world cruise and seeing ports like Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney while enjoying the amenities and leisurely pace of a luxury cruise liner.
Taking a repositioning cruise or a segment of a world cruise during the fall is a great way to see the world without all of that packing and unpacking and checking in and checking out of hotels. To get the most of your cruise experience, make sure to ship your luggage directly from your front door to your cruise stateroom, make shore excursion and alternate dining reservations in advance, get to the port city a day early and consider relaxing on the ship at least one day while the rest of the passengers are in port.