Transatlantic Cruise Ship Crossings
Transatlantic cruise crossings and all about the Transatlantic crossings by ship – both on cargo and passenger marine vessels. A concise history of the Transatlantic ship crossings, luxury and cheap Trans-Atlantic cruise ship crossings with the exciting to alluring offers by the world’s best cargo passenger ship lines and cruise travel companies and their super famous ships.
The most popular Transatlantic crossing cruise options available on the market are the Cunard Transatlantic crossings, the repositioning cruises between Europe and the Americas
- the classic Cunard Queen Mary 2 ship Transatlantic crossing cruises with the iconic North Atlantic itinerary UK to USA (Southampton to New York) and the reverse from NYC to Southampton.
- the cheapest of all – the Transatlantic repositioning cruises in Spring and Fall each year – one-way crossings from the Americas to Europe (Mediterranean, UK and Baltic, during Spring) and the reverse during Fall – from Europe (Mediterranean) to Caribbean, North and South America, from UK to USA (New York), Canada and UK to Caribbean (Barbados) also offered with cheap Caribbean fly cruise deals to Barbados and St Thomas.
- the British lines’ cheap round-trip Transatlantic cruises from UK to Caribbean.
- the cheap fly cruises to Alaska from Germany and UK by small luxury lines (like Hapag Lloyd with departures from Germany), combined with the adventure cruise trips to Iceland and Greenland across the Atlantic on the way back.
- the exciting Around The World voyages by top luxury lines, offering Transatlantic ship crossing as segments of their world cruise itineraries, often starting from UK (Southampton), but also from Germany (Hamburg).
- Transatlantic cargo ship cruise travel to Europe from USA and South America, or the reverse route. Enjoy a very long, very slow and very special (as to the itinerary) Trans-Atlantic ocean crossing trip on board a freighter ship on its cargo itinerary, with departures from small to biggest cargo ship ports (predominantly in the Mediterranean and Baltic), ships with small crew, limited passenger capacity, lesser activities and modest amenities.
- Transatlantic sailing cruise ships – tall sailing ships, yachts and catamarans, with their unique ship travel experiences, special routes and destinations.
Today, the Atlantic Ocean cruise crossing is offered as an exotic and luxurious ship travel vacation option, provided by the best Transatlantic passenger liners – an epitome of safety, modern technologies and top-notch ship designs. Prior to 19th century, the “burden” of crossing the Atlantic Ocean was carried by sailing ships, on longer and dangerous journeys, hopping from island to island and hoping not to meet the rage of God in some of the many storms, especially during the Atlantic summer.
And the steamships change the history. The Blue Riband was the new title of the fastest Transatlantic ships ever since. The unbeaten and first among the Transatlantic ship crossing records is the crossing time of the classic ocean liner SS United States – the fastest Transatlantic ship ever – in July 1952, she crossed the most famous ocean for just 3 days 10 hrs and 40 min, reaching a maximum speed of 38 knots (44 mph; or 70 km/h).
The Atlantic Ocean ship crossings became more and more popular with the new generation of cargo-passenger liners – a symbol of national and corporate status – who will build the most luxurious, the largest, the fastest. All famous Transatlantic liners are build either in UK, France, Germany, USA or Italy. The long list of the classic Transatlantic passenger ships (and true marvels of the ship building industry) includes the glorious names of RMS Lusitania (1906-Cunard), Mauretania (1907-Cunard), Olympic (1910-White Star Line), the notorious RMS Titanic (1912-White Star Line, sank on its maiden voyage on 15 April), SS Rex (1932-Italia Line), SS United States (1952-United States Lines), Normandie (1935-Compagnie Generale Transatlantique), Andrea Doria (1953-Italian Line), SS France (1962-Compagnie Generale Transatlantique), and of course the iconic Cunard’s RMS Queen Mary (1936), Queen Elizabeth 2 (1969), and the only currently operational classic ocean liner – RMS Queen Mary 2 (2004), with its fast and regular 7 and 9 days sailings between NYC, Southampton and Hamburg.
The Transatlantic flights made the glory of the ocean liners to wane, since larger and larger air-planes began to serve the classic destination USA-Europe in the new fast-business times. And the speed prevail over the style. Since the 70′s, crossing the Atlantic for merely 4 hours became the death sentence for the whole era of the liners, to leave place for only one of them – the new old fashioned Queen Mary 2 of the old Cunard Line.