Weather During Nov Transatlantic Cruise?

Hello All,

We are booked on a 14-Night Mediterranean Transatlantic Cruise departing this November. The cruise embarks from Rome/Civitavecchia and disembarks in Ft. Lauderdale. We have 15 cruises under our belts, but this will be our first transatlantic cruise so we are not sure what to expect.

What has been typical weather on this route? I've read posts which have suggested, "it's pleasant" and "glass-like water," but I'm not sure what that means in terms of packing and preparations. Rome is typically 62° / 45° in November while Florida is 81° / 67°. I know there are variables, but would you please explain what temperatures and conditions we should expect as we cross the Atlantic?

I appreciate your help with this question. This community has actually taken this route and can offer advice.

Thank you,

Scott

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I have done Transatlantic in Late November and late April. In November we spent a week in Rome before the cruise. All I took for cold was a Polar Fleece jacket, light rain coat and a hat. We got lucky and only had one day of rain in Rome and one night of rain on the cruise. When I was in Rome the weather was nice, cool to cold but not freezing. I have also spent a week in Venice in early November and again the Polar Fleece and a hat were good.

For me the ideal is layering, I can put on a sweater, the polar fleece and a light waterproof wind breaker over the fleece. I always carry a windbreaker with hood when traveling to Europe or Alaska. When I spent a week in London in April I took a down jacket that I did not need. I have found the Fleece to be light weight and warm.

Have a great Cruise. I would suggest if you can spend a few days or week in Rome before the cruise to do so since you already are paying for the transportation. Rome is one of my favorite cities, I have been there a few times and I'd go back again.

Thank you. I appreciate your ideas, they help.

Safe travels!

Crossing the atlantic at any time can be variable... in November the chances are you will get a bit of bouncy stuff. It may depend on which way the ship goes by that i mean further north or slightly lower - Madeira or Azores. The higher you are the colder it will be, however saying that, whilst in deep sea you can have a flat day or some rougher stuff. As suggested - something waterproof i think is a very good idea, and from that layers.

Mal

Thank you. We’re looking forward to the cruise and having feedback has helped us think about packing.

Not all Trans Atlantic's are the same, a lot more depends upon the time of year you transit. In addition, not all TAs are repositioning cruises either, nor are they just in the Fall or Spring. Cunard runs North Atlantic crossings year around. When booking, think "latitude" before you make a judgement.

For instance, we have crossed eight times. Four west and four east. All were great voyages with very few days one might consider "rough". We just completed a west bound, nine months ago, that essentially was what we did two years before that almost to the day. Last December we were running west at about 24 degrees north latitude, which is slightly north of the Tropic of Cancer, which is 23.5 North. Took eight days, very warm, even hot at times, with moderate to calm seas all the way. Two years before, we were also running west but about 1000 miles north of where we were in December 2018, we visited Bermuda during that crossing. A lot of that cruise was slightly chilly with the sea heavy and pretty choppy for a few days. I could go on and on about the various portions of the Atlantic we have transited, way north or way south. Probably our best TA cruise was a west bound way south, took nine sea days.

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