Historically, Transatlantic Cruises were the main cruise routes offered by the cruise lines in the early days of ocean cruising. Today this itinerary is used in the Spring and late Fall as ships are moved from the Caribbean to European waters for the summer season. Weather is good for either time period, though it should be noted that it will likely be cool out on deck on sea days.
In the recent past the cruise lines have cut down on the overall transatlantic offers by keeping a ship they might be bringing into service in Spring or Summer in Europe for the entire season, thus having to run a Transatlantic itinerary only at the end of the season to bring the ship back to the warmer water of the Caribbean.
This is one itinerary that is perfect for Seniors or couple traveling who enjoy lots of sea days as they will be plentiful. The ports visited usually include possible stops in the Caribbean and then at the end visiting ports such as the Canary Islands on the way to the Mediterranean or Baltic home ports. Because there are so many less port stops on a Transatlantic cruise vacation the prices can be especially attractive. This is a trip for travelers who have time to spend, enjoy the ambience and diverse on board activities, and/or are looking for an exceptional value.
All the major cruise lines including Celebrity Cruises, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Holland America, Norwegian Cruise Lines will have ships sailing this type of itinerary, because they will all be moving their ships around to spend the summer months sailing the magnificent waters of the Baltic, General Mediterranean and Greek Isles. Now more than ever before the major lines are also supporting this itinerary with not only their large ships, but their small ship products.
More luxury cruise lines such as Regent Seven Seas, Crystal Cruises, Oceania Cruises, and Azamara Cruises, Silverseas and Seabourn will also be represented in this itinerary offer to a lesser extent , as many times they incorporate it into an itinerary that allows for some very unique stops along the way, so it is not a Transatlantic cruise in the classic sense.
This is definitely an early Spring and late Fall cruise vacation option, because that is when the ships are moved between North America and Europe. The sailings over to Europe in Spring have remained the same date range for the most part in the cruise calendar for the cruise lines, however, the return trips have definitely been pushed to later in the Fall than historically. The season in the Mediterranean has become longer as more and more passengers have embraced the idea of a Fall cruise vacation to the Mediterranean. This is a good move as there are less crowds in the Fall, the weather, while cooler, is not as humid, and the prices are definitely a value at that time.
When we research this trip for you we will look at ALL the cruise lines that meet your established criteria which saves you an ENORMOUS amount of time. It is extremely important to have a professional agent working for you to identify which of the routes offered will best suite your needs as well as which ship is the best match for your cruising preferences. We also compare the amount of port time on each itinerary to make sure you are getting the most for your purchase and it goes without saying that VALUE is a priority when assisting with a Transatlantic Cruise vacation. We have countless dates that we have negotiated our own pricing with each cruise line, plus added our own special value benefits.
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