For some people, sailing across a wide expanse of water, warmed by the sun and refreshed by a cool breeze, is a thrill. If you love the “days at sea” that are part of most cruise itineraries, consider an Atlantic crossing, also known as a transatlantic cruise.
There are two kinds of transatlantic cruises. One crosses the Atlantic Ocean simply for the fun of it, which is a specialty of Cunard Line: the Queen Mary 2 regularly sails between Southampton, England, and New York City. The second repositions a ship from one cruise region to another, such as from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean or Baltic. Either type will give you a string of relaxing days at sea.
Transatlantic cruises are not entirely port-free – after all, there’s at least one on each end. The western end might be Miami, Tampa or New York; the eastern end could be Copenhagen, Southampton or Barcelona. Some itineraries visit Atlantic islands like Madeira, the Canaries, the Azores or Bermuda.
It takes a cruise ship some six to eight days to get across the Atlantic; when you add in a few island calls, the length can be 11-14 days or more. These cruises often provide very good value. But, don’t forget that you’ll need fly to Europe to begin the cruise or fly home from Europe after the cruise. You can also purchase two consecutive Atlantic crossings so that you’ll have a roundtrip cruise (with no jet lag).
So, what can you do on your days at sea?
There will be lots of activities on board, such as games, spa treatments, classes, dance lessons, lectures and behind-the scenes tours. You can curl up with a few good books or indulge in hobbies like knitting or scrapbooking.
The cruise can also be a time to increase your wellness. Visit the fitness center daily, walk on deck in the fresh air, and make healthy and delicious choices in the ship’s dining venues. Consciously relax: there’s really nowhere to rush off to. You just might finish the cruise feeling better than when you started.
Finally, catch the sunrise and sunset. With just the water, sky and sun in view, you’ll see some spectacular sunrises and sunsets. On clear nights, far away from the ambient light of populated areas, the sky will be breathtaking, too.
Ask Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert, to show you some itineraries for transatlantic cruises.
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