Crown Princess pool deck

Savvy cruisers who yearn for days at sea, as well as great deals, look forward to spring and autumn more than any other time of year. This is when repositioning cruises feature as an unsung element of cruise lines' rosters.

Though some ships spend the entire year sailing the same itineraries, many relocate to follow the sun. Few ships stay in Europe when the weather turns, so between September and November there is a veritable armada of ships crossing from Britain to the U.S. and Caribbean, calling at Iceland and the Canadian Maritimes en route. Likewise, in spring many ships, having spent winter in the Caribbean and South America, head back to Britain via the Azores, Canary Islands and Iberian Peninsula.

These one-way voyages are often sold at discount prices as they are not part of regular sailing schedules. To attract passengers, cruise lines may theme them with topics ranging from food and wine, to theatre, and big band music. Enhanced enrichment programmes also make these voyages appealing.

How do I find a repositioning cruise?

Some cruise lines' websites have a transatlantic or oceanic voyages category in their search options. For those that don't, entering March, April and May in the sailing months search box usually reveals springtime sailings from North American ports as well as hubs in the Caribbean and sometimes cities in Latin America. Similarly, searching for cruises between September and November will show westbound repositioning voyages.

Why should I take a repositioning cruise?

With unbelievably low rates per day, these voyages offer great value for money. Cruise companies occasionally take delivery of a new vessel from a European shipyard before it sails in U.S. waters and these trips are snapped up by those who want to be the first to sail on new ships.

Plus you get to make a Transatlantic crossing – which for more many years was offered by just one cruise line, Cunard, as a formal voyage from Southampton to New York with no port stops. The definable difference between a repositioning cruise and a regular scheduled voyage is the added advantage of ports of call. There is the chance to visit off-the-beaten-track ports -- the bragging rights of places such as Qaqortoq, Greenland; Trois-Rivieres, Canada; or Ponta Delgada, the Azores are legion. These blended with restful sea days as you cross a vast expanse of ocean.

What are the downsides?

The Atlantic can be tempestuous and ships have to navigate many nautical miles of open sea. Fortunately, eastbound courses call for a southerly track -- avoiding the storms -- while westbound sailings hug the Eastern Seaboard after calling at the Faroes, Iceland, Greenland and Canadian Maritimes. Repositioning cruises are one-way voyages. Nearly all cruise companies include the outbound or return flight as part of the package -- but it does mean a transatlantic flight of around eight hours.

Read on for details of repositioning cruises to and from UK ports coming this autumn 2018 and spring 2019.

Editor's note: Contact your favourite cruise line or travel agency for other options to and from European ports.


Spring 2019

The Ship: Azura (P&O Cruises)

The Trip: Caribbean Transatlantic 14-night repositioning fly/cruise.

Departs: 8 March 2019

Itinerary: Barbados (overnight), St Lucia, St Kitts, Antigua, Ponta Delgada, Southampton.

The Highlights: Azura offers a swanky vision of a traditional P&O Cruises' ship where the ambiance is very social. This 3,100-passenger ship has a number of P&O Cruises' favourites such as wine guru Olly Smith's The Glass House; superb Indian cuisine at Sindhu, and the gastronomic Epicurean restaurant offering a molecular gourmet twist on classic British fare.

Who Should Go: Sociable types: You can meet up with friends in Brodie's pub, which offers a variety of entertainment including quizzes and football matches, as well as live music and karaoke in the evening. There's also the adults-only enclave -- The Retreat -- within the Oasis Spa; as well as the Oasis Villa, an exclusive-use area with private whirlpool spa.


The Ship: Britannia (P&O Cruises)

The Trip: Caribbean Transatlantic 14-night repositioning fly/cruise.

Departs: 15 March 2019

Itinerary: Barbados (overnight), St Lucia, St Kitts, Antigua, Ponta Delgada, Southampton.

The Highlights: There is a strong emphasis on food, with a number of "Food Heroes" lending their name to the cuisine including Eric Lanlard and Marco Pierre White. Speciality restaurants range from the sublime Epicurean with its molecular gastronomy cooking to pan-Asian Sindhu. There's a superb selection of wines on offer in the Glass House and cheese curated by Alex James at the Market Café.

Who Should Go: P&O Cruises' flagship is perfect for this springtime voyage which fuses four Caribbean ports with the unhurried lifestyle of an Atlantic crossing, plus there's the added attraction of direct flights to Barbados from London (Gatwick), Birmingham and Manchester.


The Ship: Crown Princess (Princess Cruises)

The Trip: Western European Passage 15-night repositioning fly/cruise.

Departs: 16 April 2019

Itinerary: Fort Lauderdale, Ponta Delgada, Lisbon, Bilbao, Zeebrugge, Portland, Southampton.

The Highlights: Part of the same series of ships as Ruby and Emerald Princess, the 3,082-passenger Crown Princess entered service in 2006. This may be one of the larger ships in the Princess Cruises' fleet, but it never really feels crowded and has something to appeal to all ages. The depth and breadth of programming has something going on every minute of the day and night, whether it's lectures, karaoke, yoga classes, wine tastings -- or signing up for the Chef's Table by Curtis Stone which includes a galley tour and special tasting menu.

Who Should Go: Foodies will love all the options -- from the three main dining rooms, to Sabatini's for Italian treats, or Crown Grill for succulent steaks and seafood. More casual choices range from Vines Wine Bar for evening tapas to the Salty Dog Gastropub developed in collaboration with Ernesto Uchimura, a founding chef of the original Umami Burger. 


The Ship: Pacific Princess (Princess Cruises)

The Trip: Fire & Ice Explorer 18-night repositioning fly/cruise.

Departs: 12 June 2019

Itinerary: Fort Lauderdale, New York, Halifax, Reykjavik, Isafjordur, Akureyri, Torshavn, Lerwick, Dover.

The Highlights: Rather clubby in character and with just 670 passengers, Pacific Princess offers an experience on a more personal scale. Despite its smaller size there's still a good selection of places to eat ranging from a main dining room plus two intimate, alternative restaurants: Sabatini's trattoria and Sterling Steakhouse. Most of the accommodation is standard outside cabins; there's also a deck of mini-suites plus ten Owner's Suites located above the bow and the stern.

Who Should Go: This voyage is a cruise unto itself. Apart from the Transatlantic element there are three ports in Iceland which will alllow you to savour the landscape in all its glory -- craggy lava fields and ice-dappled mountains. Here there's a range of excursions to see the island's geothermal activity in all its glory. There's also a rare call at the capital of the Faroe Islands as well as a visit to the main settlement in the Shetland Islands.


The Ship: Braemar (Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines)

The Trip: Caribbean Return 16-night repositioning fly/cruise.

Departs: 14 March 2019

Itinerary: Barbados (overnight), Antigua, Tortola, St Kitts, Ponta Delgada, La Coruna, Southampton.

The Highlights: A timeless style flows throughout Braemar's interiors which were refurbished in late 2017. One of the focal points of this 929-passenger vessel is the painted, five-deck-high atrium; while the cascading outside decks at the stern enhances the ship's elegant profile and offer stunning vistas.

Who Should Go: Repeat passengers are impressed with the delicious buffets on offer in the Palms Café whether it's a quick lunch or a late-night snack. In the main Thistle and Grampian restaurants, formal á la carte dinners are served every evening; or there's the chance to book a table at the Grill or the Poolside for an alfresco dining experience. 


The Ship: Celebrity Silhouette (Celebrity Cruises)

The Trip: Trade Winds Transatlantic 13-night repositioning fly/cruise.

Departs: 14 April 2019

Itinerary: Fort Lauderdale, Nassau, Bermuda (overnight), Lisbon, Southampton.

The Highlights: Aboard Celebrity Silhouette the “wow-factor” is everywhere; from the Lawn Club high above the ocean on Deck 15 which features half an acre of real grass for lawn bowling or putting, as well as an open-air restaurant, the Lawn Club Grill; to the Celebrity iLounge Internet café with cutting-edge Apple products and the real tree hanging in the Atrium. Dining options include the Grand Cuvee Dining Room plus speciality restaurants ranging from fine French cuisine in Murano, lighter dishes in Blu, playful dishes in QSine and Italian food in Tuscan Grille. There's also the AquaSpa Café, Sushi on Five and Café al Bacio.

Who Should Go: Foodies who want time to indulge in the speciality dining venues as well as those looking for an overnight stay in Bermuda, not forgetting the chance to explore Nassau in the Bahamas. Quirky on-board retreats include: the Hideaway -- designed to be like a tree-house for adults; the Porch beside the Lawn Club; and the intimate Ensemble Lounge which offers after-dinner jazz.


The Ship: Independence of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)

The Trip: Caribbean Transatlantic 14-night repositioning fly/cruise.

Departs: 4 May 2019

Itinerary: Fort Lauderdale, Labadee, San Juan, St Thomas, St Maarten, Southampton.

The Highlights: Though in its 10th year now, Independence of the Seas underwent a multi-million dollar makeover in 2018, which has seen a whole host of new features added, including a virtual reality bungee trampoline experience; Laser-Tag; a puzzle break room called Observatorium; a new water park for kids, Splashaway Bay; a sports bar, Playmakers Sports Bar; plus Fish and Ships -- a kiosk serving battered cod, haddock, saveloys, chip butties and deep-fried chocolate bars.

Who Should Go: This transatlantic voyage includes an action-packed beach day on Royal Caribbean's private island of Labadee in Hispaniola followed by the colonial charms of San Juan. After two days flexing the credit card in St Thomas and St Maarten, there are eight days at sea to enjoy every facet of this fun-packed ship or just relax on deck and soak up some rays.


The Ship: Marina (Oceania)

The Trip: Atlantic Encounters 14-night repositioning fly/cruise.

Departs: 5 April 2019

Itinerary: New York, Saint John (New Brunswick), Halifax, St John’s (Newfoundland), Cork, Dublin, St Malo, Le Havre, Southampton.

The Highlights: Billed as a "premium luxury" line, Oceania is best known for its culinary program and foodie shore excursions, as well as luxury-level service, just with fewer inclusions in its base fares than the classic luxury lines. Marina was the line's first new-build ship back in 2011, and highlights include four speciality restaurants, Afternoon Tea with white-glove service and suites designed by Dakota Jackson and Ralph Lauren.

Who Should Go: This cruise is perfect for foodies who revel in long, leisurely meals, as well as those who want to enjoy the best of the Canadian Maritimes at a most unusual time of year -- there will certainly be no other cruise ships around. Add to this enticing proposition two calls in Ireland as well as in France and it all adds up to a rather special voyage.


The Ship: Silver Wind (Silversea Cruises)

The Trip: Fort Lauderdale to London (Tower Bridge), 16-night repositioning fly/cruise.

Departs: 30 April 2019

Itinerary: Fort Lauderdale, New York, Halifax, St John’s, Waterford, London.

The Highlights: Timelessly elegant yet luxuriously relaxed; Silver Wind is a perfect illustration of how complete a small-sized ship can be. With just 296 passengers, beautiful suites and spacious public rooms, Silver Wind is one of the cosiest and most intimate ships afloat today and is a perfect balance of yacht-like intimacy combined with the space, amenities and diversions typically found on larger vessels. 

Who Should Go: Those who want to travel in style and enjoy the bucolic ports in the Canadian Maritimes that overflow with nautical heritage combined with the quaint attractions on offer in the Irish port of Waterford.


The Ship: Marella Explorer (Marella Cruises)

The Trip: Transatlantic Homecoming 19-night repositioning fly/cruise..

Departs: 28 April 2019

Itinerary: Barbados, St Lucia, St Kitts, Antigua, St Maarten, Road Town (BVI), Horta and Ponta Delgada (Azores), Brest, St Malo, Le Havre, Zeebrugge, Southampton.

The Highlights: With a capacity for 1,924 passengers, Marella Explorer has recently undergone an intensive transformation. The ship now features Indigo -- a bar, club and casino with wraparound sea views –- as well as ten restaurants and ten bars, not to mention an indoor cinema plus a sports and family deck. A new innovation is the first Champneys Spa at sea which offers a full-service thermal suite, treatment suites with their own showers and mini saunas, a Finnish sauna with floor-to-ceiling windows, plus spa cabanas on the adults-only Veranda that come complete with thermal suite access. 

Who Should Go: This is possibly one of the most relaxing repositioning cruises on offer in 2019. In addition to a wealth of contrasting Caribbean ports which are ideal for sun worshippers and shopaholics alike, there are visits to two islands in the Azores.

Want to know more about Marella Explorer? Check out the member reviews.


The Ship: Magellan (Cruise & Maritime Voyages)

The Trip: Mexico, Caribbean & Azores 22-night repositioning fly/cruise.

Departs: 10 April 2019

Itinerary: Cozumel (Mexico), George Town (Grand Cayman), Ocho Rios (Jamaica), La Romana (Dominican Republic), Road Town (BVI), St Kitts, Antigua, Barbados, Horta and Ponta Delgada (Azores), Tilbury.

The Highlights: The 1,250-passenger Magellan is an extremely cosy and finely-tuned cruise experience. There are two classic dining rooms: the Waldorf and the Kensington, both offer open seating at breakfast and lunch and traditional first and second sitting for dinner. Menus are the same in both restaurants and food is well presented. True to cruise tradition, afternoon tea and late-night snacks are also featured. The informal Raffles Buffet Bistro extends out onto the deck beside the Lido bar. For a supplement you can dine in Fusion -- which offers superb Indian gastronomy.

Who Should Go: Undoubtedly the most leisurely voyage on the spring 2019 reposition cruise roster, there's the chance to indulge in a host of Caribbean destinations that would rarely feature together on a scheduled sailing, plus there's the added attraction of two calls at the dramatic islands of the Azores.


Autumn 2019

The Ship: Azura (P&O Cruises)

The Trip: Caribbean Transatlantic 14-night repositioning fly/cruise.

Departs: 18 October 2019

Itinerary: Southampton, Madeira, Antigua, St Kitts, St Lucia, St Vincent, Barbados.

The Highlights: Azura offers a swanky vision of a traditional P&O Cruises' ship where the ambiance is very social. This 3,100-passenger ship has a number of P&O Cruises' favourites such as wine guru Olly Smith's The Glass House; superb Indian cuisine at Sindhu, and the gastronomic Epicurean restaurant offering a molecular gourmet twist on classic British fare.

Who Should Go: Sociable types: You can meet up with friends in Brodie's pub, which offers a variety of entertainment including quizzes and football matches, as well as live music and karaoke in the evening. There's also the adults-only enclave -- The Retreat -- within the Oasis Spa. There’s the added attraction of direct flights from Barbados to London (Gatwick), Birmingham and Manchester.


The Ship: Britannia (P&O Cruises)

The Trip: Caribbean Transatlantic 14-night repositioning fly/cruise.

Departs: 25 October 2019

Itinerary: Southampton, Madeira, Antigua, St Kitts, St Lucia, St Vincent, Barbados.

The Highlights: There is a strong emphasis on food, with a number of "Food Heroes" lending their name to the cuisine including Eric Lanlard and Marco Pierre White. Speciality restaurants range from the sublime Epicurean with its molecular gastronomy cooking to pan-Asian Sindhu. There's a superb selection of wines on offer in the Glass House and cheese curated by Alex James at the Market Café.

Who Should Go: P&O Cruises' flagship is perfect for this autumn voyage which fuses the unhurried lifestyle of an Atlantic crossing with four Caribbean ports, plus there's the added attraction of direct flights from Barbados to London (Gatwick), Birmingham and Manchester.


The Ship: Crown Princess (Princess Cruises)

The Trip: Western European Passage 16-night repositioning fly/cruise.

Departs: 22 September 2019

Itinerary: Southampton, Zeebrugge, Portland, Le Verdun, Bilbao, Lisbon, Ponta Delgada, Fort Lauderdale.

The Highlights: One of Princess' Grand-class ships, Crown Princess excels at providing fun, relaxing and enriching experiences for adults, from popular nighttime Movies Under the Stars to decadent spa treatments and culinary tours, while also providing brand-new children's spaces and special programming for families traveling with little ones.

Who Should Go: Foodies will love all the options -- from the three main dining rooms, to Sabatini's for Italian treats, or Crown Grill for succulent steaks and seafood. More casual choices range from Vines Wine Bar for evening tapas to the Salty Dog Gastropub developed in collaboration with Ernesto Uchimura, a founding chef of the original Umami Burger. The Chef's Table by Curtis Stone includes a galley tour and special tasting menu.


The Ship: Braemar (Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines)

The Trip: “Voyage to the Islands of the Caribbean” 16-night repositioning fly/cruise.

Departs: 3 December 2019

Itinerary: Southampton, Ponta Delgada, St Maarten, Antigua, St Kitts, St Lucia, St George’s, Barbados.

The Highlights: Braemar is one of the most welcoming cruise ships you're likely to experience. Crew greet passengers with friendly smiles and welcome drinks, and wherever you sit -- out on deck, in the lounges or waiting for a cocktail at the bar -- you are guaranteed to be able to turn around and have someone to engage in a pleasant and warm conversation.

Who Should Go: Repeat passengers are impressed with the delicious buffets on offer in the Palms Café whether it's a quick lunch or a late-night snack. In the main Thistle and Grampian restaurants, formal á la carte dinners are served every evening; or there's the chance to book a table at the Grill or the Poolside for an alfresco dining experience. 


The Ship: Celebrity Silhouette (Celebrity Cruises)

The Trip: “Boston, Broadway and Bermuda” 15-night repositioning fly/cruise.

Departs: 24 October 2019

Itinerary: Southampton, Boston, New York (overnight), Bermuda (overnight), Nassau, Fort Lauderdale.

The Highlights: It's the most sophisticated experience you'll find on a nearly 3,000-passenger ship -- see the focus on wine, sleekly styled spaces and upscale dining -- without being overly stuffy. Celebrity does a commendable job of keeping the pretentiousness quota in check by inserting playful touches, like an ice-topped martini bar that features juggling bartenders, the aforementioned cook-your-own steakhouse and another restaurant, Qsine, where passengers are encouraged to play with their food.

Who Should Go: Foodies who want time to indulge in the speciality dining venues as well as those looking for overnight stays in New York and Bermuda, plus the chance to explore the Bahamian capital, Nassau. If you like a little “me-time” then quirky on-board retreats include: the Hideaway -- designed to be like a tree-house for adults; the Porch beside the Lawn Club; and the intimate Ensemble Lounge for superb after-dinner jazz.


The Ship: Independence of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)

The Trip: Caribbean Transatlantic 14-night repositioning fly/cruise.

Departs: 26 October 2019

Itinerary: Southampton, St Maarten, St Thomas, San Juan, Labadee, Fort Lauderdale.

The Highlights: The Brit-popular Independence of the Seas underwent a multi-million dollar makeover in 2018, which saw a host of new features added, including the exhilarating "Perfect Storm" waterslide; "Sky Pad" -- a virtual reality bungee trampoline experience; "Laser Tag: Battle for Planet Z" in Studio B; and a Puzzle Break experience in a dome called the "Observatorium". Also new is a water park for kids -- Splashaway Bay; Playmakers Sports Bar; plus Fish and Ships beside the pool.

Who Should Go: This transatlantic voyage includes seven days at sea to enjoy every facet of this fun-packed ship or just relax on deck and soak up some rays. St Maarten and St Thomas offer the chance to flex the credit card, and then there are the colonial charms of San Juan followed by an action-packed beach day on Royal Caribbean's private island of Labadee.


The Ship: Explorer of the Seas (Royal Caribbean)

The Trip: "Southern Caribbean Transatlantic" 14-night repositioning fly/cruise.

Departs: 5 November 2019

Itinerary: Southampton, St Lucia, Barbados, Roseau, Antigua, Miami.

The Highlights: Launched in 2000 and having undergone a multi-million dollar makeover in 2015, Explorer of the Seas now has a 3-D movie theatre and FlowRider surfing simulator. At the heart of the ship is the Royal Promenade which overflows with activity: shops, places to eat and a recreated vintage pub. Beyond the pools and whirlpools, there’s a rock-climbing wall, skating rink, basketball court and mini-golf. As for entertainment, the ship positively buzzes with a multitude of showstoppers.

Who Should Go:This voyage includes seven days at sea, before arriving in the Caribbean paradise of St Lucia with its iconic Pitons. British-influenced Bridgetown, in Barbados, features a Trafalgar Square, and the pristine beaches are not to be missed. From Roseau in Dominica, you can visit Trafalgar Falls, as well as Morne Trois Pitons National Park; while Antigua’s quaint capital of St John’s overflows with British naval heritage.


The Ship: Insignia (Oceania)

The Trip: "Atlantic Panorama" 15-night repositioning fly/cruise.

Departs: 11 September 2019

Itinerary: Southampton, St Malo, Dartmouth, Cork, Bantry, St John’s (Newfoundland), Shelburne (Nova Scotia), Saint John (New Brunswick), Portland, New York (overnight).

The Highlights: Billed as an "Upper Premium" line, Oceania is best known for its culinary programme and foodie shore excursions, as well as luxury-level service. Late in 2018 Insignia emerged from a major transformation as part of the OceaniaNEXT initiative. The result of the makeover is that the former country-house embellished interiors now have a vibe reminiscent of a classy boutique hotel.

Who Should Go: This cruise is perfect for foodies who revel in long, leisurely meals, as well as those who want to enjoy some excellent seafood at St Malo before exploring southern Ireland. This rather special voyage continues towards the Canadian Maritimes when the Fall colours will be at their most vibrant. There's also the chance to witness the tides at the Bay of Fundy before an overnight stay in the Big Apple jump-starts you back into the real world.


The Ship: Sirena (Oceania)

The Trip: "Crowning Journey" 14-night repositioning fly/cruise.

Departs: 24 September 2019

Itinerary: Southampton, St Malo, Plymouth, Cork, St John’s (Newfoundland), Saint-Pierre, Corner Brook (Newfoundland), Saguenay, Quebec, Montreal.

The Highlights:In May 2019, Sirena will emerge from a major transformation when the 342 cabins and suites will have a stunning new décor, so too will the restaurants, lounges and bars. The two speciality restaurants -- Tuscan Steak and Red Ginger -- epitomise this cruise line's dedication to all things epicurean, a company-wide focus that even includes food-themed Culinary Discovery Tours.

Who Should Go: Health-conscious travellers appreciate the Wellness Tours inspired by Canyon Ranch which nourish mind, body and spirit in locations around the world. On this cruise there's the chance to paddle a kayak along the tranquil Saguenay Fjord in this unspoiled wonderland that's home to Beluga whales. Before that there's captivating St Malo, Plymouth and Cork -- all with strong nautical connections. Continuing to the Canadian Maritimes, the Fall colours are reaching a crescendo, while as a finale, there's a visit to the charming city of Quebec before arriving at cosmopolitan Montreal.


The Ship: Silver Whisper (Silversea Cruises)

The Trip: "London (Greenwich) to New York" 15-night repositioning fly/cruise.

Departs: 26 September 2019

Itinerary: London (Greenwich), Falmouth, Cork, St John’s (Newfoundland), Sydney (Nova Scotia), St Pierre, Sydney (Nova Scotia), Halifax, Boston (overnight), Cape Cod Canal, New York.

The Highlights: Timelessly elegant yet luxuriously relaxed; Silver Whisper is a perfect illustration of how all-encompassing a small-sized ship can be. With just 382 passengers, beautiful suites and spacious public rooms, this ship is an ideal vessel to enjoy a voyage such as this. There’s the choice of four sumptuous places to eat -- The Restaurant, The Grill, La Terrazza, and La Dame. The Zagara Beauty Spa is an ideal place for some serious pampering.

Who Should Go: This is a voyage that will be pitch-perfect for those who want to travel in style and relish the bucolic ports in the Canadian Maritimes that overflow with nautical heritage. As a perfect primer to the Atlantic crossing, the quaint attractions on offer in Falmouth and the Irish port of Cobh are hard to beat. The overnight stay in Boston is an added bonus.


The Ship: Disney Magic (Disney Cruise Line)

The Trip: Westbound Transatlantic 10-night repositioning fly/cruise.

Departs: 15 September 2019

Itinerary: Dover, Portland (for Stonehenge), Cork, Sydney (Nova Scotia), Halifax, New York.

The Highlights: The 2,700-passenger Disney Magic was Disney Cruise Line’s first ship in 1998. Since then it has undergone continual refurbishments to keep it up-to-date. In 2018 Rapunzel's Royal Table dining experience for both kids and adults was added. The ship sports a nostalgic ocean liner appearance with a navy-blue hull and red funnels. Much of the appeal however lies in the fact that it's designed for everyone, not just kids. There's an adults-only pool area tucked away at the front of the ship. All the family love Disney's rotational dining programme, but there's an adults-only Italian restaurant -- Palo.

Who Should Go: This is possibly one of the most unusual transatlantic repositioning cruises in terms of ports of call. It's also relatively short (most are nearer 15 days). Plus you end up in the Big Apple for a quick flight home.