Hi Everyone. I'm contemplating a transatlantic cruise and am looking for input from anyone who has experienced one. Which cruise line and ship did you choose? Did you find enough to do during so many days at sea? Any tips and tricks you discovered? Thanks in advance.
Transatlantic cruise experiences.
Normally, you don't get much more than two or three sea days in a row on a TA, however, way down south in the Atlantic on one cruise, traveling west we had to divert further south due to a storm plus at the beginning we had to turn back toward the Canneries due to a guest's broken leg which resulted in missing a port even further south in the Verde Islands, our first destination, after crossing, was in the Caribbean at Barbados, all this led to eight total days without a port. We loved it, some passengers were downright angry though.Most TAs involve ship repositioning, which means they take place during the shoulder seasons, which means the potential for rougher seas, diversions and missed ports. Not considering the hurricanes in the south Atlantic I would say the water gets rougher the further north in the Atlantic you are during these seasons. Cunard uses their Queen Mary 11 between North America and Europe on sailings during all seasons I understand. Also, there are quite a few world type voyages that cross at good weather times of the year which you can book only a TA segment of and not take the entire world cruise. Some pretty interesting and fun ports to visit when crossing the pond. For instance, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Azores, Iceland, Madeira Islands, Cannery Islands and the Verde Islands.
I've only done one crossing and that was on the QM2. It was an eastern crossing, so NY - South Hampton. It was early October, so it did get colder going across the big 'pond'. Strangely enough, it was more 'rough' leaving the US, where the water seemed calmed; and smoother as we got closer to England, where the water was more turbulent (due to QM2 stabilizers).
It was my first ever trip, and I must say, I LOVED it! There was so much to do. I agree with Kennicott as you do lose an hour every night going east, so I need to do another crossing going west to gain those hours back! LOL
Every morning there seemed to be a special speaker, computer classes, library, spa activities, afternoon drinks, evening dinner, evening show, after show drinks, club that is open late, and it all starts over the next day!
We did a transatlantic on the Caribbean Princess in April. It was a good crossing, a couple of rough days at sea but not bad. Will do it again in a second.
I have done 2. 1 on Celebrity Equinox Italy to Florida and 1 on RCI Adventure of the Seas from San Juan P.R. to London. Both ships had plenty to do and I loved the sea days. For going to England I did like the big indoor street on Adventure of the Sea's for cold nights and rainy days.
I'd book another Transatlantic anytime I could find friends or family to go.
Hi. I have done 2 Transatlantic on dear old QE2 Southampton/New York -East and West. Also Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale on Celebrity Equinox. I love sea days and on those ships always found plenty to do. We did a repositioning from Barcelona to Cape town with MSC - seas were pretty rough but again enough to keep us occupied on many sea days.