One way airfare between Europe and USA

My wife and I would like to do an Atlantic crossing sometime in 2020.  Traveling either to or from Italy or Spain via any US city. We would appreciate any advice/suggestions on whether to plan the cruise departing from the US and flying home. Or vice versa.  

Thank you.

Tags: Atlantic

5 Answers

I have done both. I liked starting in Europe and cruising home. More of the port visits were in Europe instead of the Caribbean islands. I also liked that by cruising home the time changed 1 hour a day so no jet lag when I got back to the US. I would suggest that if you have time to do a few days or a week in Europe before the cruise.

There are pros and cons for each direction. If you plan to spend time in Europe, an Eastbound cruise will get you there well rested and ready for sightseeing. Alternatively, if you have to go right back to work after your cruise a Westbound cruise will take you home without jet lag.

One of our favourite cruises is B2B Mediterranean and TA home. The Mediterranean cruise is port intensive and quite tiring, then we can relax on the TA.

One way air fares can be expensive, so look carefully for airlines that charge half of the return fare. Iceland Air is one to check among others. Also flights booked through the cruise lines can be very reasonable for one way.

We like to fly to Europe, stay a day or two on a pre-cruise and then take the ship home.

We've had good luck with Iceland Air one way. Plus took advantage of their option to stay a couple days when changing planes!

Thanks to each of you for your well thought out input.


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