The transatlantic cruise between Southampton and New York is one of the most historically popular cruise routes. Today, travellers can make this iconic journey between various ports across Northern Europe bound for East Coast USA or Canada, and can include a number of obscure destinations along the way.
With the direct Southampton to New York route taking six days of sailing time, transatlantic cruises are ideal for travellers who prefer to spend large amounts of time at sea.
Travellers looking to travel this classic route might consider taking a Repositioning Cruise. These cruises take place in the spring and autumn periods, as cruise ships relocate to different regions as the seasons change. Repositioning Cruises are particularly popular because cruise lines tend offer cabins at reduced rates, and most commonly run between Europe and the Caribbean.
Reminiscent of the days of great steam-liners running between Britain and the USA, many believe the greatest highlight of a luxury cruise across the vast and sprawling Atlantic Ocean is the journey itself.
Beyond this, pulling into harbour at New York, past the Statue of Liberty and in full view of one the most iconic skylines in the world, is undoubtedly one of the finest cruising experiences for passengers travelling westbound.
The Canary Islands, with fascinating rugged volcanic landscapes to explore, stand as ports of call commonly found on cruise itineraries in both directions; alternatively, the rich and fertile Azores Islands are becoming increasingly popular.
Passengers taking a Repositioning Cruise can benefit from sailing through a number of different cruise regions, enjoying the variety of attractions each region has to offer, as well as having the opportunity to explore more untouched destinations, such as Greenland.
Popular ports of call on a transatlantic cruise include Barbados; Hamilton, Bermuda; Rio de Janeiro and Salvador de Bahia, Brazil; Halifax (Nova Scotia), Canada; Cape Verde Islands; Gran Canaria and Tenerife, Canary Islands; Martinique; Casablanca, Morocco; Lisbon, Madeira and Ponta Delgada (Azores), Portugal; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Barcelona, Cadiz and Malaga, Spain; St. Martin; Plymouth and Southampton, United Kingdom; Boston, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and New York, United States of America.
While Cunard Cruises still run the classic route between Southampton and New York, nowadays, transatlantic cruises generally run between Florida and the ports of Spain and Portugal. Some lines offer cruises from various Caribbean islands, and a few run from South American ports.
Luxury cruise lines that offer Transatlantic cruises include Azamara Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard Cruises, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Ponant, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Sea Cloud Cruises, Silversea, Star Clippers cruises, Windstar Cruises, Yachts of Seabourn cruises.
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