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Transatlantic

If you like a lot of days at sea on your cruise, then a Transatlantic cruise could be for you! Either as "repositioning" cruises at the start or end of a cruise season, travelling from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean or vice versa, for instance, or as a regular crossings these voyages are an amazing way to spend quality time on board, and represent excellent value for money.

When to Visit?
The classic Cunard transatlantic crossing season is generally between April to December with less frequent crossings in the winter months. Repositioning cruises for major cruise lines take place in Spring or Autumn. The weather is variable and depends on time of year and route chosen, though the general rule is it will be warmer travelling towards South America.

UK to New York

The classic Transatlantic voyage is, of course, with Cunard line. Made popular over a long, storied history the 7 night Cunard voyage between Southampton and New York is now a much loved regular crossing on Queen Mary 2. Other cruise lines will sail between Southampton and New York, albeit less frequently and usually including calls to Ireland, Iceland, the Bahamas or US East Coast. Most of these voyages are shops repositioning for summer or winter seasons.

To/From the Caribbean

The Caribbean is a popular destination so when the weather turns colder in the autumn months, cruise ships will be repositioned to sunnier shores. Departing from a European port, in September, October and November you can set sail on a Transatlantic journey, calling in at Madeira or perhaps the Azores before arriving in the Caribbean. These crossings usually take around 2 weeks and will involve calls to several Caribbean islands before you disembark. When spring is on its way and the Caribbean season is done, cruise ships will return to Europe, repeating their transatlantic voyages but in reverse.

To/From South America

The same principle as above applies to cruises to South America which traverse the Atlantic; as the northern winter sets in cruise lines will take ships based in the Mediterranean and set sail to South America, sailing for Rio de Janeiro or Buenos Aires and taking in the Canary Islands, Cape Verde and more along the way.

Selected Transatlantic Cruises