A transatlantic cruise will take you across the Atlantic Ocean, from the UK to the USA, and then you will fly back. Or vice-versa. Transatlantic cruises are available all year round, with even more available in the spring and autumn as repositioning cruises - when ships move between the Mediterranean for summer and Caribbean for winter.
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With transatlantic cruises, it is all about the cruise itself. You may stop at some ports en route, including Madeira or ports in Iceland and Greenland, but the majority of your holiday is spent at sea, relaxing, getting to know your ship. It’s during this time at sea that you’ll really have the opportunity to make the most of your ship’s facilities, as much as you want to at least. There’s nothing to stop you spending two weeks sat on a lounger, soaking up the rays and letting tensions melt. However if you’re a more active soul, you’ll have ample time to visit each lounge, restaurant, sports facility and more. It’s all up to you how you relax. Often these voyages represent great value-for-money too. As with any repositioning cruise, the cruise lines will often make the most of reduced fares while the ships are relocated either to the Americas or to Europe, depending on the season. But this depends on the cruise line; while some may treat a transatlantic voyage as a cheap repositioning cruise, others see it as a classic event, and indeed may even charge a premium to replicate the authentic experience.
The archetypal transatlantic cruise destination, New York is the city where most of these cruises either begin or end. There’s something quite magical about seeing the Statue of Liberty on your approach into the city, and spending an extra couple of nights in a stylish hotel in the heart of Manhattan as you explore the various famous attractions such as the Empire State Building, Times Square and Central Park.
Another potential destination for a transatlantic cruise is Boston, one of the most historic cities in the US and vital to the formation of the country. Today, guests can explore the heritage of the city or enjoy some of the more modern sights, including sculpted parks and popular tourist spots such as the famous ‘Cheers’ bar.
Many cruises call at Funchal, the main port of Madeira, giving visitors the opportunity to explore the city and the wider island. Within the city itself, expect stunning botanical gardens and plenty of wine shops for souvenirs, whilst further afield, the scenery of the island is certainly worthy of an excursion.
Any Transatlantic cruise embarking or disembarking in Southampton will often incorporate a stop at Dublin along the way, with the Irish capital proving popular with travellers from both sides of the pond. The obvious excursion is a trip to the Guinness factory or a typical Irish pub but if you don’t fancy that, there are plenty of unique shops and museums to see.
A transatlantic cruise will primarily consist of days at sea. If you’re the kind of person who lives for cruises based around visiting a number of ports, you might find your options limited. Transatlantic cruises travel in both easterly and westerly directions – consider flying to the US, booking a stay for a couple of nights in a major city (or indeed a longer stay either in one resort or split between cities) before cruising home to the UK. The climate of a transatlantic cruise varies. Most of the cruises set sail in the shoulder seasons, particularly in April, May, October and November, and most follow a route that is further north of the Caribbean. Plan ahead and expect a mix of temperatures and you’ll be prepared regardless of the forecast.
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