Cruising the Transoceanic Route

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Though a transoceanic cruise may seem like an outdated concept to some, today’s cruises are still a great option for traveling between continents, offering varied and exotic itineraries at a range of price points.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.

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