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Transatlantic Cruises

Harking back to the golden age of ocean travel, there’s nothing like an iconic transatlantic crossing between Southampton and New York. The ultimate no-fly cruise, you’re also able to take in the Canaries and Azores on many transatlantic voyages before heading south to the Caribbean. Popular lines making the 6 to 8-day sailing include Cunard and P&O between Southampton and New York while Norwegian and Royal Caribbean also often head to Miami.

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If you're looking for the ultimate escape with complete relaxation, a transatlantic Cruise should be at the top of your list for one of the most stress-free ways to unwind and kick back. Cruising the Atlantic is so much more of an experience than just gazing at the endless horizon. With the myriad of exciting activities and entertainment onboard, coupled with the outstanding cuisine and sumptuous accommodation, you hardly need even notice the outside world!

What is a transatlantic cruise?

An extraordinary way to travel, a transatlantic cruise involves crossing the Atlantic Ocean, from the east in Europe, to west, to destinations including North America, the Caribbean and vice-versa. The most iconic route is Southampton to New York- a journey undertaken most famously by Cunard’ Queen Mary 2.

As the most refined, civilised way to cross the Atlantic, a transatlantic cruise can be either simply one way with a flight to either meet it or return from it, or for a jet-lag free option, choose the return journey for 14 nights of sheer pleasure. To make the most out of your transatlantic crossing you can also choose to extend your stay with a cruise and stay holiday, combining your cruise with an exploration tour of the USA.

What to do on a transatlantic cruise

During a transatlantic crossing, the main entertainment is being at sea with only a couple of possible stop offs on the way such as the Canaries, Azores or even a Bermuda cruise adventure. However, there is plenty onboard to keep you amused, meaning that you can choose your own pace to enjoy life on the Atlantic Ocean.

If you'd like to enrich your cruise, there's plenty of opportunity to listen to lectures by experts and celebrities on subjects such as literature, film and maritime history, while cooking demonstrations and social events are offered daily during your voyage - with Cunard there are even fencing and ballroom classes!

Alternatively, you can choose to simply sit back and let the days pass you by. With well-stocked libraries, bars and lounges and spas offering massages and treatments, you'll be spoilt for choice onboard your ship.

How long does a transatlantic cruise take?

A transatlantic cruise can last anywhere from 7 nights, to 14 nights for a round-trip. There’s also cruise and stay getaways available, where you can opt to stay in a destination (such as New York) for a few nights before embarking on your transatlantic journey.

What month is best for a transatlantic cruise?

If you're looking for the best time of year to embark on a transatlantic crossing, it's recommended that you go between April and December as this is when the weather is best, particularly around September. If you choose to go on an early or late crossing, the weather can be unpredictable and sometimes foggy, meaning you won't get the best views of the ocean (or the iconic vision of the Statue of Liberty coming into sight as you approach New York).

Transatlantic cruise - what should be in your suitcase?

It will all depend on the time of year that you’re travelling on a transatlantic cruise. In the summer months, you’ll want to pack t-shirts, shorts and layers, with a warm jacket for when you are exploring the exterior of the ship. In the winter, make sure to dress warmly, as the Atlantic Ocean can be wet, windy and cold. Pack trousers, thermal underwear, a winter coat and hats and scarves. To find out more information, see our blog - A Packing Guide for Transatlantic Cruises.

Which cruise lines offer transatlantic cruises?

A wide range of cruise lines offer transatlantic cruises, including Cunard, Oceania Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, P&O Cruises and Regent Seven Seas, giving you the flexibility to decide whether you opt for a luxury cruise or a budget-friendly getaway.

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Top Transatlantic Cruise Destinations and Shore Excursions

A transatlantic cruise from Southampton to New York is considered to be the original one way voyage, however, crossings can also be eastbound or include the exciting destinations of Miami and Rio de Janeiro. If you want to experience the ultimate in luxury cruises, indulge in a Cunard transatlantic cruise aboard Queen Mary 2, Cunard's flagship which sets high standards in opulent transatlantic cruising.

Transatlantic Cruise to New York

Known as the original transatlantic cruise, this 6-night crossing to the bright lights of New York is still the most popular destination. Offering a wide variety of onboard entertainment, luxury and a taste of tradition, it has something for everyone from couples to families alike. If you choose the round-trip crossing, you can shop til you drop in the Big Apple, safe in the knowledge that there are no baggage limits onboard to hold you back!

Transatlantic Cruises to Miami

Visit the fashionable beachside city of Miami, famed for its stunning Art Deco centre and South Beach, with a 10-night Western Transatlantic cruise departing from Dover. To make the most out of your transatlantic crossing and to give you the opportunity to explore more of Miami and nearby Caribbean islands, enjoy a fly and stay Caribbean cruise holiday departing from Miami.

Transatlantic Cruises to Rio de Janeiro

If you are looking for adventure from your transatlantic cruise, a 19-night Atlantic crossing to the vibrant, cosmopolitan city of Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo are an ideal choice. Take a shore excursion to discover the gastronomic delights on offer and soak up the regional culture and history in the extensive museums, rich in fascinating local information. Extend your voyage and discover more of Rio de Janeiro and the fascinating country of Brazil with a South American cruise holiday.


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