Sail between continents on exotic itineraries at varying price points

Transoceanic crossings are increasing in popularity due to their value and selling out earlier, so book well in advance.
Though a transoceanic cruise may seem like an outdated concept to some, today’s cruises are still a great option for traveling between continents, offering varied and exotic itineraries at a range of price points.

Ocean crossings today can range from seven days to several weeks. Many of the options take place in early spring or late fall, though year-round transatlantic sailings are offered by Cunard Line that connect several homeports. The line’s Queen Mary 2 sails regular crossings that usually last 7-8 days.

In addition to being an enjoyable way to get from place to place, transoceanic cruises can become vacations in and of themselves. With a diverse range of onboard entertainment ranging from spas and dining to enrichment activities, shows and casinos, days at sea can mean an impressive value on a vacation.

One 2014 option is Seabourn’s Quest sailing, departing from Ft. Lauderdale on March 22. The opportunities for pampering are many on this ship, which offers luxurious Oceanview Suites from $3,499 – quite a value, considering that for a 12-day Mediterranean cruise on Sojourn in May, Oceanview Suites begin at $5,999.

And Atlantic crossings aren’t the only option. Celebrity Century sails a 23-night cruise from San Francisco to Sydney on Sept. 16, while Crystal Symphony’s 14-day Tokyo to Los Angeles itinerary will depart May 1 with an overnight in Oahu.

Many crossings feature an additional itinerary that can be booked for an extended vacation. For instance, Silversea Cruises’ 17-day cruise onboard Silver Whisper departs Sept. 9 from Southampton, England, to Montreal has the option to add a 10-day cruise to Boston.