WESTBOUND: Travel to the United
States Of America in Style. For five
days of any crossing - Each day at sea
is 25 hours long and so you will arrive
refreshed in tune with local time ready
to step of your ship after breakfast and
enjoy a full day. That is without the jet lag
- wanting to go to sleep five hours before
everyone else and waking up in the early
hours of the morning.
EASTBOUND: Enhance your holiday or
travel experience and journey home from
the USA with the knowledge that you
have not got to go through long security
queues at the airport and have the
patience to endure a relatively cramped
flight overnight back to the UK. Why
subject yourself to all of this aggravation
when you can turn this overnight flight
home into the most comfortable and
relaxing journey home possible? Also the potential to shop and buy things that
you would not normally buy because of the flight home is irresistible. No restrictive
luggage weight allowances and much less chance of breakages if your purchases
are not being thrown into the hold of an aircraft or squeezed into the overhead
WHO ARE THEY SUITABLE FOR? If you want a regular cruise with ports of call or
badly suffer from the effects of motion - then these cruises are probably not for you.
These cruises are ideal for those of you who are well travelled, have cruised lots of
times before or are looking for something different. They are also perfect for people
who lead busy lives in the work or home environment and want to totally relax
without distraction and let someone else do all the work. For these reasons you
tend to meet a very different type of passenger on a Transatlantic crossing than on a
regular cruise with ports of call.
A transatlantic voyage takes you back to the golden
era of ocean liners before jet travel. They have rather
romantic connotations of casting off from the daily
grind of the UK on a wonderful adventure.
Why choose a Transatlantic Voyage?
1: Simply as a means of transportation to get from one side of the Atlantic to the
other. After all a seven night voyage on a luxury ship in a comfortable ensuite
stateroom on full board with waiter service can sometimes be the same cost of
an economy flight and a fraction of the cost of business or first class flights.
2. To enjoy the journey in itself as a way to relax perhaps without the interruptions
of ports of call and / or to escape the distractions of daily life.
3. As part of a greater holiday experience in North America instead of flying -
combining a cruise with a more traditional land based stay. For this reason
Transatlantic Crossings are ideal for people who like their land based holidays
but want to try out the cruise experience.
WHAT IS THERE TO DO
Cynical people would say:
Eat, Sleep & Drink - perfect!
But there is so much more too:
• Switch off from the outside world; put
the mobile down and shut the laptop!
• Have a wallow in the thermal pool or
detox in the Sauna.
• Try your luck at bingo or learn how to
• Watch a feature film or attend a
lecture by a guest speaker.
• Join a RADA acting class or pop in to
see a matinee theatre performance.
• Compete in a golf simulator
competition or learn more about
• Join the pub trivia quiz or learn about
• Make friends with Bill W or Dorothy.
• Work out in the gym or learn some
• Take a brisk walk on deck or sunbathe
in the solarium.
• Check out the library or peruse fine
works of art.
• Relax in a hot tub or have a splash in
• People watch with a Coffee or plan
your evening attire.
WHEN TO GO
Virtually all cruise lines who operate
cruises from the United Kingdom will
offer a Transatlantic Crossing at some
stage during the year. They are generally
offered as a repositioning cruise between
cruise seasons: you will find lots of offers
in the spring when cruise ships are
repositioning between their winter cruise
itineraries in the Caribbean and their
summer cruise itineraries in Europe and
vice versa in autumn. These crossings can
vary in length from seven to 15 nights
- with the longer ones incorporating a
handful of ports of call.
Cunard Queen Mary 2 offers a schedule
of traditional transatlantic crossings
throughout the year from May to early
January between Southampton and New
York. These crossings are usually for seven
nights and can be taken simply as a seven
night crossing or as part of a longer land
based touring holiday in the USA.
Look out for our exclusive Cunard Queen
Mary 2 Transatlantic offers featuring:
• Classic New York shopping
• New Year in New York
• Niagara Falls & Upstate New York
• San Francisco, Chicago & the
• Washington, Boston & New York
• Roundtrip USA - together with another
cruise line for two ships in one holiday
Go on, try a
you will be
SOUTHAMPTON: Most Transatlantic voyages operate to or from Southampton.
If travelling by car take the M3 at junction 12 on the M25 London Orbital motorway.
A train takes approximately 1.5 hours from London Waterloo. For those of you
further afield in Belfast, Scotland, Manchester, Newcastle and the Channel Isles
- Southampton has an airport well served by Flybe. Dock Gate 4 is the entrance
to the original QE2 cruise terminal and the ultra modern Ocean Cruise Terminal
which serves Cunard Queen Mary 2. Dock Gates 8 and 10 are the entrances to the
Mayflower & City cruise terminals.
Ocean Terminal Southampton