A Transatlantic Cruise is the quintessential cruise, harking back to past times when getting onboard a huge steamer really was the only way to reach America from the UK. It's not a fast way to make the trip, but it is relaxing and a wonderful way to arrive in New York, Miami or Fort Lauderdale. If you want to shop til you drop, consider taking the cruise in the eastbound direction so that you can come home with all the luggage you desire.
Some transatlantic cruises may also make stops along the way, although this is by no means the standard. Madeira, the Azores and occasionally even Bermuda are all not too far off course and can be a great way of getting even more from your Atlantic crossing.
Whilst some cruise companies offer regular transatlantic routes, others may only offer them as part of a repositioning during spring or autumn, and this can be a great way to both save money and enjoy an itinerary that's a little out of the ordinary.
Transatlantic cruises predominantly arrive into New York, sailing past the Statue of Liberty, on the same route as the first settlers. And once you are there, a whole world of attractions opens up to you. See it all from the Empire State Building, spend a day wandering through Central Park, and take the ferry to Staten Island to explore a little more.
You could catch a show in Times Square, take the trip over the Brooklyn Bridge to explore this suburb, and make sure you eat lots of brunch - New Yorkers are crazy about brunch! And be sure to leave plenty of time for shopping! New York is famous for its amazing shops, whether you want bargains at Levi's or glamour at Bergdorf Goodmans.Alternative arrival points for transatlantic cruises are Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, although these are much more unusual. Orlando is a perennial favourite thanks to all its theme parks, and further south in Florida it's all about the glamorous beach lifestyle, so remember you best swimwear!
There are transatlantic cruises available throughout the year, and although summer cruises may be more pricey, they will mean that you can enjoy the ship's outside facilities, so it can be worth splashing out extra if you want some time in the sunshine.
Booking in advance is a great way to save, and dealchecker will bring you the best offers when we spot them in our Real Deals newsletter. If you can't wait then keep your eyes peeled for last minute offers too, although you will get a smaller choice of staterooms when you book.
Repositioning cruises are another great way of saving money, plus they usually head on even further too - meaning you get more cruise for your money. Every spring and autumn there will be some ships switching between their winter home in the Caribbean and their summer home in the Mediterranean, and going along for the ride can be a great money saver!
Updated 11th January 2017
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