Relive the golden age of cruising on a transatlantic cruise. Cross the pond in style and spend your days relaxing onboard, take in the scenery, and choose an itinerary which stops off at ports you never dreamed of visiting before. If you plan to fly to New York then why not pick an Eastbound Transatlantic cruise to come back to the UK - after all that shopping you won't have to worry about a weight limit!
Check out the ports of call below, and then pick from the best ships to cruise across the pond this year. If you have any questions, give us a call about booking Transatlantic cruises today.
Cunard, Queen Mary 2, 1st Sep 16, 15 nights, sailing from Southampton
P&O Cruises, Arcadia, 11th Sep 16, 24 nights, sailing from Southampton
Cunard, Queen Mary 2, 20th Sep 16, 7 nights, sailing from Southampton
Midge Ure OBE on board
Royal Caribbean International, Brilliance of the Seas, 17th Oct 16, 14 nights, sailing from Barcelona
P&O Cruises, Arcadia, 25th Nov 16, 24 nights, sailing from Southampton
Where do you start in this concrete jungle? Shopping in Bloomingdales, walking in Central Park, taking in the spectacular views on top of the Empire State Building, taking a ferry ride over to Liberty Island, paying your respects at Ground Zero, taking in a Broadway show.....the list is endless, as is the Big Apple. You'll find a vast array of food and drink available, but of course a Cosmopolitan has to be your choice of cocktail. If you're looking for something a bit different why not take a trip across the bridge to Brooklyn - their popular flea market has so much choice ranging from vintage fashions to LPs and antiques. A ferry ride over to Ellis Island is also a great day trip, before you arrive and learn the history of American immigration, don't forget to look back at the world famous, and stunning, New York skyline.
There's plenty to see and do in Massachusetts' capital city. The first thing you need to ensure is you visit at the best time. Fall is stunning, the golden/reddy leaves really give this city a countryside appeal. Make the most of this amazing scenery by taking a gentle stroll along the Charles River Esplanade, rent a sail boat or cool yourself down with homemade lemonade. If you're a huge sports fan don't miss out on a trip to Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox baseball team; if tickets are too difficult to buy you can still take a stadium tour. Don't make the trip to Boston without trying their world famous Clam Chowder; wash this potato dish down with a pint of Guinness and you'll feel like a local. Take a wonder around one of the four main shopping districts, Downtown Crossing,Copley Square,Newbury Street and Faneuil Hall, and pick up a bargain. Finally end your day with a tour Harvard University, first established in 1636. Learn about the historic buildings, surrounding squares, the John Harvard statue and find out about the most famous graduates.
Why not visit Germany's second-largest city before you head across the pond? Delve deep into the country onboard a reservoir cruise - these tiny boats will take you to the Alster Lakes allowing you view the natural habitats of the city. If you fancy losing yourself in some architecture then St Michaeliskirche is a must see. This Baroque-style building was first built in 1762, the tower is a symbol of Hamburg. Other key attractions include Planten un Blomen (plants and flowers) which is a green belt area and Hagenbecks Tierpark (Hamburg's zoo). Hamburg ranks highly for its gourmet food and fine restaurants. Whether you fancy freshly caught fish, or just a simple pizza, Hamburg offers a range of high-quality and diverse cuisine. Hamburg is also northern Germany's shopping district, where you can find high street shops, boutiques and fleamarkets.
A hotspot for beauties and beach activities, South Beach, known as the surf capital of Miami, guarantees a relaxing time. Why not try the Atlantic surf yourself, or grab some rollerskates and speed along the esplanade, dodging palm trees on your way? Make sure your next stop is Little Havana for a taste of Cuba. The restaurants, shops and music mirror those found on the Latin island.
This departure port for your Florida-bound Transatlantic cruise is a great choice if you're short on time. Portugal's capital city can be easily explored in a day, and the best way to do it is onboard the city tram. A hop-on-hop-off ticket gives you flexibility as well as a great experience - prepare to be shocked as this creaky transport link winds its way up narrow, cobbled, steep streets. If you're in the mood for some shopping then head to Praca do Comercio in Baixa (a downtown area of Lisbon). This is Lisbon's most regal plaza and leads you directly to one of Lisbon's largest shopping avenues. End your day in Lisbon with a trip on tram 28 - head to Lisbon's oldest district Alfama (on top of the city's highest hill), you'll pass St George's Castle, and once at the top you'll find great panoramic shots of the city below.
If your idea of a holiday is relaxing with a good book, a quick dip in the pool, lunch and dinners in different restaurants and some pampering in a spa, then this is a cruise holiday for you. The best thing about being out at sea for a long period of time is you can make the most of the amenities onboard. If watching the world go by isn't up your street then there are plenty of other activities to keep you and the kids entertained - from kids clubs to surf parks (onboard Independence of the Seas, Royal Caribbean); H2O Water Zones (onboard Freedom of the Seas, Royal Caribbean) to personal trainers. 'Sea Days' really can be full of adventure.
The most important info to note down is hurricane season between June & November. Spring and autumn can be fairly foggy, so between April and December are your best departure dates.
Many ships depart from UK ports including Cunard's Queen Mary 2; P&O's Aurora (both Southampton) and Celebrity Infinity (Harwich). If you fancy something a little bit different to arriving in New York then why not sail from Spain, Portugal or Italy to Florida? Royal Caribbean offers a number of itineraries onboard Liberty of the Seas and Legend of the Seas. Finally, jump on P&O's Ventura for a truly relaxing Caribbean cruise.
As well as the companies mentioned above, other transatlantic cruise liners include Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Lines and Princess Cruises.
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