Ever done a Transatlantic?

Have you ever done a transatlantic cruise? If you have was it an eastbound or westbound? Witch way did you like better? I have done both ways and i like both ways, only the flights can be a bummer.  Flying over to Europe is about an hour to an hour and a half faster, witch cuts down on the jet lag. I like to try and get a westbound cruise that has stops in the Med and the Caribbean. Thats like having two mini cruises with sea days in between.

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I'd love to see the Med some day on a cruise, but have no desire to do a trans Atlantic cruise.

I haven't yet, but I would love to sail over, do a week or two land vacation, and then sail back.

Unfortunately, I think Cunard is the only one that does regular TAs.

 

Of course, after having done that, I would want to do a similar round trip trans-pacific. Gotta win the lotto first.Crying

I have done both ways.    I loved it.   First I did Rome to Florida with 2 weeks in Rome before the cruise and then a few days in FL after the cruise.  Next transatlantic was from San Juan PR to South Hampton England with a week prior in San Juan and then a couple weeks in London before the flight home.

 

I had smoother seas from Europe to the USA even thought the ship from San Juan to England was a bigger ship.

We leave on the 6th of April for first!

I would love to do a Transatlantic cruise. My husband also. It just isn't in the budget for us right now. 

We really like TAs. Probably because we like sea days. West is best. Gaining an hour all the time is a lot better than losing one, that is why on a world cruise catch one going east to west not the opposite. All of those we have been on have been basically repositioning cruises, except one; on a cost per day basis most have been real good deals. Early on they were called just that, "repos", not anymore though as the cruise lines have gussied them up, extended them with a lot of additional port calls and given fancy romantic names to the cruise.   We have done seven TAs. Four west and three east. Three crossings were on the far North Atlantic, the other four were south (Madeira or Canary Islands and below). The one not a repositioning was an almost three month circumnavigation of Africa starting in Florida.   Cunard is the only line I know of that does simple Trans Atlantic cruise ship crossings. Never been on them.         

Our second cruise was a TA, Florida to Rome. We had such smooth water you could play pool on it. The only bad weather was fog at our stop at the Azures and then that was up high and only for 1/2 day. We had 44C in Seville. The only downer to me was Gibraltar it was at 2am. Since I am busy Sep-April,we like catching the repos. So far we have done 1/2 the world. Bucket list: San Fran to Rome via the Pacific (one, two or even 3 cruises), then possibly round trip Florida around SA.

 

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Ashlee,  Look for a re-positioning transatlantic,  they can be very affordable.  They are the start and end of the Europe season.

In the past, the TA seem to be a lot less expensive than the Caribbean cruises. Don't forget to add the airfare, thoughSad

I prefer to leave from a domestic port and fly home, less jet lag on the ship.  Also less worries about missing the cruise due to delayed flights. 

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