Shoulder season: low-cost RV rentals, re-positioning cruises abound

We’re approaching a magical time of year for savvy travelers – shoulder season. Typically, the months of April to May and September to October signify slow business in the tourism industry. These months fall in-between major travel events for most people – spring break, summer vacation, and the holidays. Because there are fewer travelers, great discounts abound. In this post, I’ll share interesting spins on shoulder season discounts, thanks to Budget Travel.*

RV rentals

During shoulder season, RV rental companies need to move their fleet to meet demand for the upcoming months. These companies rely on customers to move their rigs for them. Cruise America (one of the largest RV rental companies) says “From time to time Cruise America needs to reposition RV’s from one area of the country to another. By taking advantage of one of our one-way specials you can get great deals on Time & Mileage charges while avoiding the usual one-way drop off fees.” They are currently offering a 50% discount on RV rentals from Chicago to Las Vegas between May 15 and June 5, 2012.

Check their website for a list of one-way specials: http://www.cruiseamerica.com/rent/hot_deals/

Re-positioning cruises

You’ve heard of Caribbean cruises and Mediterranean cruises…but what about a cross-Atlantic re-positioning cruise? This spring, many cruise companies will be moving their ships from U.S. ports to Mediterranean ports for the summer. Instead of piloting an empty ship across the ocean, they’ll take passengers along for the ride- at a discounted rate. For example, Norwegian Cruiselines  needs to move a ship from New Orleans to Barcelona this April. Join them on the 13-night journey – complete with a stop at Portugal’s Azores Islands – for $672. My friend, Marti, is a fan of re-positioning cruises. She took a trans-Atlantic cruise from Galveston, TX to Barcelona last spring.

Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas on a re-positioning cruise in Cartagena, Spain. Photo courtesy of Marti Cargile.

Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas on a re-positioning cruise in Cartagena, Spain. Photo courtesy of Marti Cargile.

Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas on a re-positioning cruise in Ponta Delgado, Azores. Photo courtesy of Marti Cargile.

Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas on a re-positioning cruise in Ponta Delgado, Azores. Photo courtesy of Marti Cargile.

Search for re-positioning cruises at: http://www.cruisecompete.com/specials/deals/repositioning/1

*A portion of this content was inspired by Budget Travel‘s article “Secret Routes to Savings” by Sean O’Neill, published September 2009. Read Sean’s article here: http://www.budgettravel.com/feature/0909_SecretSavings,4624/?src=inset

©Jessica Leigh Rosier 2012

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5 thoughts on “Shoulder season: low-cost RV rentals, re-positioning cruises abound

  1. I will have to look into the RV thing! Traveling with a family of five is very expensive. Thanks for the idea!

  2. Really interesting! I’ll admit I didn’t know this kind of thing existed. Great information — thanks!

  3. Great read. Thanks!

  4. Pingback: It’s shoulder season! Enjoy RV rentals at 95% off! « Traveling Saver

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