Things to Know About the Transatlantic

Jul 10, 2020 5:40 AM ET

There is no denying that a cruise is just about the best type of vacation that you can take if you are looking for relaxation mixed with adventure and sight-seeing. Looking at different cruises to take can be overwhelming, to say the least. They seem to go everywhere around the world and there is a different cruise line for each place. One of the best cruises you can go on is a Transatlantic cruise. A Transatlantic cruise is a whole new kind of adventure where you get to spend your days at sea and exploring the different ports. You will get to make the most of your time by sailing on sailboats, enjoying your time relaxing on the beach, doing wine tastings and so much more. Below are a few things you should know about the Transatlantic so you can get the most out of your cruise and remember it for a lifetime!

What is the best time of year to go on a Transatlantic cruise

Going on a Transatlantic cruise during the fall will give you a little more time to unwind and sleep in a little bit more as the ships travel in an east to west direction. The long voyage of the fall makes it a little more relaxing though the temperatures will be a little cooler especially when you are out on the water. Spring and summer travel will feel a little busier and more crowded but it is the time to go for warm weather lovers.

Cruising to Europe

If you are traveling from the United States to Europe then it is always best to book your vacation sooner rather than later. This will guarantee that you get the best picks of cabins and the further out you plan your vacation the more money you will save.

What to expect

There are a lot of days at sea on these cruises unlike some of the other types of cruises. You are not stopping every other day and exploring different islands and exotic places, you are sailing in attempts to get to Europe as soon as possible. Many people worry that such a long voyage at sea will mean that they will end up getting bored and run out of things to do trapped on the boat. However, there are so many things to do on a Transatlantic cruise that it is nearly impossible to get bored. There are fun lectures, fitness classes, dancing and dance lessons, cooking classes, swimming, game nights with other guests, fancy dinners, shows to see, nightly entertainment. It gives you a chance to really slow down from your daily life, relax, and breathe in the ocean air. The time on the ship allows you to meet new people and make friends before you port. Once you get to your destination, you will be spending many days traveling around Europe and fitting as many sights in as you can while the ship is in port.

Should you pack formal clothes on this trip

Most cruises have a night or two that are considered formal nights. On formal nights, people dress up in their fanciest clothes and get into the mood of luxury. You can avoid these nights by going to the more casual restaurants on the ship, but you will miss out on a lot of fun if you choose not to go. Everyone is looking and behaving their best and you get to experience a level of luxury that you do not often get to experience in your normal day to day life.

Transatlantic waters can be a little choppy from time to time, especially in the fall, but when you take a cruise especially on a larger ship you will experience more smooth sailing than anything. Transatlantic cruises are for people who are more ready to relax and unwind than those who are seeking adventure.


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