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Discovering the Joys of Transatlantic Cruises

[ 0 ] November 25, 2013 |

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Cruise holidays have become one of the most desirable holidays and as one of the oldest voyages, a transatlantic cruise is the pinnacle of the holiday-at-sea. On a transatlantic cruise the ship becomes the holiday destination until you reach shore and this destination is hard to beat when it comes to relaxation and activities.

Weeks at sea aboard an ocean liner many not be everyone’s idea of a holiday but transatlantic cruises are more than just bobbing about on a boat. Yes, you will have plenty of time to lie on a sun lounger by the Olympic-sized heated swimming pool but a transatlantic cruise offers first class dining options, beautifully designed accommodation and a wealth of activities, entertainment and sports. All of this can be enjoyed before you have even reached your port of call.

Choice of destinations

There’s more than one way to cruise the Atlantic. Transatlantic cruises present a number of destinations, with New York, Florida and the Caribbean providing some of the most popular end points. Cruises can be one way lasting seven days with a return flight or you can book a return cruise holiday meaning double the amount of relaxation time. There is certainly no shortage of destinations on offer and transatlantic cruises can include stop-offs in Spain, France, Canada, the Bahamas and the Azores, to name just a few.

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On-board activities and sports

Cruise line operators have carefully thought through the on-board activities for transatlantic cruises. For those who want to keep fit and healthy there will usually be a fully equipped gym, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a range of spa facilities. Sports lovers can enjoy tennis, bowling, rock wall climbing and some cruise liners provide jogging tracks around the entire length of the ship. For entertainment you can visit the cinema or casino, indulge in some retail therapy at the shopping malls, enjoy dancing at a nightclub or simply enjoy the view from the restaurant windows.

Save money on a cruise

Transatlantic cruises can be a cost saving holiday option especially as most of the meals and many activities will be included in the overall price. Further savings can be made by taking a repositioning cruise; this is a cruise which ends at a different port from your original port of departure. Repositioning cruises take place when ships relocate from one region to another and usually happen during spring and autumn. Repositioning cruises are often known as discovery voyages and they can lead to as much as 50% discounts off the price of a 10 or 14 day luxury cruise.

Rachel Holian is a travel writer for several web publications and has enjoyed vintage rail and sea journeys around the world from Switzerland to New York.

Images by Jessica Spengler and Bob Keefer, used under Creative Commons license

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