Contributor Level: Captain

Transatlantic, love it or hate it ?

Before my first transatlantic sailing I was not sure if I would like all the sea days.   We had 2 sea days from the Rome to the Azores and then 6 sea days to Florida.  At first I thought I'd be bored, turned out I liked the days at sea.  Sea days is what cruising is all about,  able to relax and enjoy the ship,  sleep in, go to a lecture, lay by the pool, read a book and eat (can not forget eating on a cruise) 


I'm now hooked on transatlantic sailings,  just difficult to find friends that have the time to go.


6 Answers

Contributor Level: Captain

I cruise for a couple of reasons. Mostly the places where we stop and explore. But the sea days are a huge part of the experience. Totally unwinding is something that takes a while for me to do.

Contributor Level: Captain

We had 8 sea days on our way back from Tahiti. Loved it!

Contributor Level: Admiral

I love sea days.  They are days to recoup, relax and get extra sleep.  Happy

Contributor Level: Captain

Really love it. Did three east and two west since 1997. Longest was 8.5 sea days.

Also did three Pacific. One north/east and two south/north round robin.

Mill ponds everyone except for three days going east on the north Atlantic, one time.

Contributor Level: Cruise Director

Were doing our first TA in 37 days aboard the Caribbean Princess. This will be our 11th cruise overall and I can confirm I am a bit nervous. Never had to do the currency exchange thing and have never been to Scotland, Ireland or England before. We have 2 days at sea from Florida to get to Bermuda (been to Bermuda twice but not since 1995) then we have 6 days at sea before we get to Scotland. I am truly looking forward to the sea days as with our past cruises (usually 7 days) we did not spend much time at sea. The posts above have relieved my concerns a bit. Thanks ;)

Contributor Level: Captain

Tim:   Looks like you picked a great TA sailing.   The trip has good Ports to call on and is a nice ship.   I think you will enjoy the sea days,  that is what cruising is all about.

I hope your spending a few days in London at the end of the cruise.   If so a few tips.  On Celebrity we took the excursion to Stonehenge when we ported in Southampton.   It was only $30.00 more then the bus to the airport and dropped us at the airport at the end.  If your staying in London at Heathrow in the basement of Building 5 you can get the subway into London.  If your staying for a week buy an Oister Card (weekly subway pass,  you can get them near the sub way entrance)  Find out what subway station your hotel is near.  We stayed in Kensington and Chelsey,  the hotel was just 2 blocks from the subway.  London has some fantastic Museums, most of them are free to get into. I did my currency exchange here in the states before the trip.

Find out if one of your credit cards does not add service charges for currency conversion on charges and ATM's in the UK.

Most of all you will love the relaxing sea days to enjoy the ship and your visit to the UK.  Looking forward to your review when you get back.


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