Would I enjoy a transatlantic cruise?
Transatlantic cruises have been attracting travelers for generations. Once the playground of the very rich, todays repositioning cruises are value priced. Debunk the myths, and discover that there is something for everyone.
Even the most expensive cruise lines have relaxed dress codes. A tuxedo is not mandatory, and most nights are smart casual. Choose to dress up and enjoy the few formal nights or wear shorts to the casual dining café.
For the athletic, try a few laps around the track, Zumba, yoga, spinning or aerobics classes. Perhaps try an afternoon workout in the fitness center. Learn the tango and the salsa with the ships dancers. Then cool down with an indulgent treatment in the spa.
Choose intellectual pursuits with the enrichment series lectures. Photography, history, antiques, astronomy, the lecturers and topics vary on each sailing. Take classes in the iPad. Or learn to speak a foreign language. The choice is your.
Make sushi, or learn how to cook the perfect steak at the cooking demonstrations. Better still take a cooking class on Oceania’s Regatta.
Discover your inner artist with watercolor or scrapbooking classes. On Celebrity’s Silhouette attend daily glass blowing demonstrations by the Corning Glass Institute.
Read by the pool outdoors, or in the solarium. Enjoy a luxuriant soak in the whirlpool with views of the sea. Find a deck chair on the promenade and watch the world go by.
On Royal Caribbean families are never bored. Ice- skate, climb the rock wall, play a round of mini-golf, surf on the flow rider, play volleyball or basketball, stay as busy as you like. Need some alone time? Most cruise lines offer an excellent children’s program.
For fun and games, attend the not so newlywed show, dancing with the officers, guest talent show, or afternoon trivia contests. Catch a movie with Princess Cruises “movies under the stars” for a one of a kind experience. A daily schedule announces the lineup of activities.
Entertainment is on tap day and night. By day listen to live jams by the pool, or acoustical guitar as you sip cappuccino. By night Broadway style shows dazzle, and musicians, singers, comedians, jugglers, and dancers are de rigueur. Featuring a variety of styles, there is live music all evening long, and a DJ in the club till the wee hours.
Relax on your balcony as you nosh on room service. Up early, or sleeping late, breakfast is waiting. Grab a burger by the pool, or a fresh grilled salmon steak in the solarium on Celebrity’s Solstice class ships. Enjoy seated lunch on sea days, or simply choose a la carte meals in the café. At dinner savor five course gourmet meals. Don’t forget room service is 24 hours.
Last minute transatlantic cruises, known to repeat cruisers as TA’s, can drop to as little as $35 per day, per person for an inside cabin. Even with return airfare the per diem will often still be under $100. When you consider this includes, food and lodging as well as transportation and entertainment, it is definitely a bargain.
As the last sea day rolls around, you will wonder where has all the time gone? Myths debunked, the only question left is which sailing to try?
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