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Make the most of your Transatlantic Cruises

By DavidTuesday 04th June 2013

When travelling long distance often the journey becomes an integral part of your holiday so why not make the most of the ride?  Zooming across the ocean in an aeroplane may save you time but on transatlantic cruises the ship becomes your destination while you cross the expanse of ocean.
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Escape your everyday routine and experience a famous cruise route popular during the golden age of travel when steam liners crossed this rather large pond - the Atlantic Ocean. Most transatlantic cruises are one-way so you cruise in the direction of better weather (e.g. the Caribbean in the winter months and the Mediterranean in the summer months) and then fly back home.
With 5-7 uninterrupted days at sea, you may be concerned about what to fill your time with. Fear not, there are so many entertainment options on board it’s unlikely you’ll even find time to do them all! Our cruise ships have advanced to offer guests everything from ice skating and teen discos to 3D cinema or a spa. For some inspiration, read our top tips on how to get the most out of a transatlantic cruise.


If you relish the opportunity for rest and relaxation, you can sit by the pool or in the library with a good book. Find total relaxation with a massage, a sauna or yoga session, a few laps of the pool or just some quality time with your travel companions. This will leave you refreshed and raring to go once you reach a destination like the bright lights of New York or the vibrant Caribbean.

Enjoy the view

It’s not often that you’ll find yourself in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean so take the time to relax and enjoy your surroundings -whether that’s on deck in the sun, or in a comfy chair indoors, looking out on the deep blue sea. Remember to spend some time outdoors each day as the fresh air and natural light will keep you smiling. We think Central Park (with its thousands of live trees and plants) on our ship, Oasis of the Seas is the ideal place to get back to nature.

Keep Active

On transatlantic cruises you won’t suffer from that energy-draining jet-lag as the ships cross time zones at a leisurely pace. If you’re sailing south, make of the most of the good weather with outdoor activities. That could be watching a movie on the poolside screen, rock-climbing or maybe a round of miniature golf. If you’re heading north, maybe on the Brilliance of the Seas cruise from England to Boston via Iceland, then indoor activities will be more on your agenda. That could mean relaxing in the spa or joining activities such as an art auction, quiz or foreign language course scheduled in our Compass newsletter (delivered to your room daily). And remember, there’s a promenade filled with restaurants and shops to explore.
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Be a night owl

Nights onboard are just as action-packed - watch a show, try your luck in the casino, enjoy a special meal, mingle with fellow guests in the bars or dance your socks off in the nightclub. With no early starts for shore excursions you can party into the night and rest up the following morning.

Enjoy the food

We all like to put plenty of time aside for eating on our holidays and cruise ships are a seriously good place to do just that. From grabbing a quick bite in between activities to whiling away an evening with a romantic meal, on board dining options are rich and varied.


With 6 days at sea it’s a good time to embrace your sociable side. No-one likes to be forced to make friends but on a transatlantic cruise you may find that it happens naturally around the ship.

Save Money with Repositioning Transatlantic Cruises

You can find some brilliant deals on a repositioning cruise which means you’ll get a luxury 2-week experience for what could amount to the same price as a cramped flight. The best time to grab these deals is at the end of the summer and winter seasons.
Simply put, a repositioning cruise is a cruise that ends at a different port to the one you departed from. They are not only a holiday, but a way to travel to specific destinations, instead of using a plane.

Find Some ‘Me Time’

Our Adventure Ocean ® kids programme and soon to be fleet-wide Royal Babies & Tots Nursery offer hours of entertainment for all ages, leaving you free to find activities for yourself without kids in tow.

Port Assortment

Your transatlantic cruise will include ports on both continents and possible stops in between, which means diverse destinations in one cruise. England and Brazil, Iceland and Boston, France and Florida… the mixture makes for an extraordinary holiday!

Be the First

In autumn 2014, Oasis of the Seas ®, the largest ship in the world will leave Southampton for the first time heading across the Atlantic to sunny Florida. Be one of the first to enjoy the ship’s innovation on its transatlantic voyage and book your place now.

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