If you’re looking for great value in a cruise that will sail across a wide swath of the globe, consider a trans-Atlantic cruise. And, if the description “trans-Atlantic” brings to mind ships that require a big travel budget and formal attire every night, be assured that we’re talking about different kind of experience.
Twice a year, cruise lines reposition some of their ships – including some of the newest and most sought-after – between North America and Europe. For example, in the fall, ships that have been sailing fall color itineraries in New England and Maritime Canada might reposition to the Mediterranean for the winter; ships that have been calling on the ports that ring the Baltic Sea might reposition to the Caribbean. In the spring, the trans-Atlantic pattern is reversed.
Rather than let their ships cross the Atlantic empty, cruise lines sell “repositioning” cruises to vacationers who are eager to try a different kind of cruise experience. Trans-Atlantic crossings usually take six days or more, providing a string of tranquil, relaxing days at sea. Don’t worry that you’ll be bored: in addition to all the usual onboard activities and entertainment, the cruise lines organize special-interest classes, expert speakers, card tournaments, culinary demonstrations, movies and much more.
Depending on the length of the cruise, your ship may make some interesting port calls. For example, a ship that repositions from Northern Europe to Florida might take a northerly route and call on unusual places like the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Greenland. Ships on their way to the Mediterranean might call on Bermuda, the Azores, and Gibraltar.
Because they are one-way routes, trans-Atlantic repositioning cruises are often available at discounted fares. Vacationers who can drive to the port of embarkation can also save on airfare, as they only have to purchase a one-way ticket. Some cruise lines even include air travel in the fares for repositioning cruises.
Because you’ll spend lots of time on the ship, pay special attention to shipboard features, stateroom amenities, and entertainment and dining options when you select a trans-Atlantic cruise. For more information and guidance regarding trans-Atlantic cruises, talk with Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert.
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