Back to back cruises are two (or more) cruise holidays taken one straight after the other, generally on the same ship. Many cruise ships go straight from one cruise route to another. The ship is the same but the route and destinations are different. Back to back cruises usually change over in one or two days, so back to back cruise passengers disembark and go through the routine customs procedures between cruises. They usually re-embark before the other passengers get on board, often to a champagne reception or exclusive welcoming party.
Make sure you book the same cabin each time or you will have to pack and unpack again between cruises. But if you’re ok with that, and fancy more variety, you may choose a stateroom on the first part of the cruise, then upgrade to a balcony suite on the second leg.
- Value: You only need to get to port once.
- Orientation: You will already know your way around the ship, so there’s no need to spend time on orientation.
- Entertainment: There’s so much to do on board, there’s always a restaurant you didn’t try or a show you didn’t catch.
- Cruise destinations: See more of the area of the world you’re cruising around.
- Convenience: Board before the other passengers and be back by the pool while the new passengers get their bearings.
Back to Back Cruise Itineraries
Most major lines offer back to back cruises in a range of cruise destinations. South America, South East Asia, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean are among popular back to back cruise holidays. There are also themed back to back cruises, such as food and wine cruises.
When cruise ships complete several cruise routes broken up into voyages of between one and several weeks, different legs of the route can be taken as back to back cruises. This makes back to back cruises perfect for tailoring to your desires as you control the overall itinerary and can tailor your own cruise route.