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Transatlantic Cruise For those who have seen films of a young Grace Kelly arriving at the world-famous Monaco harbor on the SS Constitution for her wedding to Prince Rainier III, the image of a transatlantic sailing remains one of romance and something reserved for the rich and famous. The good news is you don't have to be a celebrity to sail on a transatlantic cruise, though you may feel like one, as many are available at affordable prices.

Several ships do what is often referred to as a "crossing the pond," "a transatlantic sail" or "doing a crossing." They offer a leisurely vacation experience, where you can find enrichment, entertainment, enjoyment and escape from daily routines and hectic schedules.

A transatlantic cruise is a time honored travel tradition, making everyone feel like royalty. There is a mystique about it, a reminder of days gone by. But they are not a thing of the past, as you can still enjoy a fabulous transatlantic sailing, but with all the comforts, luxuries, amenities and technologies of today. You can feel suspended in time, far away and removed from the hassles and demands of daily life. This time is yours. Nurture yourself. Luxuriate in this floating haven and indulge yourself with fabulous spa treatments, gourmet food, fine wine and high-end entertainment, as you de-stress on this ultimate escape.

A Myriad of Choices

Cunard Transatlantic Cruise The most famous route for these romantic crossings is between New York and Southampton, England. Cunard Line's ocean liner, Queen Mary 2, is the only ship to do these cruises on a regular schedule. For many, Cunard represents the "Golden Age" of transatlantic cruising, elegance and gentility. Today, you can still expect the finest white-glove service, as well as fabulous onboard amenities and vast culinary choices. Have fun! As you cross the big pond, sip on champagne and enjoy conversation at the chic Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar and dine at a delicious restaurant, such as Todd English. You may find yourself looking forward to the daily relaxing ritual of afternoon tea, usually accompanied by a harpist or string quartet. Watch the stars, both on deck and in the amazing planetarium, the only one a cruise ship.

Some cruise ships may sail from the Caribbean or Fort Lauderdale to Rome (or the reverse) and from various other ports. Transatlantic cruises are not just eastbound from the U.S. You can also depart from Europe and sail west to balmy breezes and tropical shores, such as from Barcelona or Lisbon to Miami or Fort Lauderdale. Another choice, if time doesn't allow for a complete world cruise, is to simply reserve the "transatlantic segment."

You can also experience a transatlantic sailing on a "repositioning" cruise, when ships move to different regions of the world depending on the season. Some that spend summers in Europe will then cross the Atlantic in late fall to spend the winter in the warm Caribbean and in the spring, do the reverse. By combining these sailings, such as a Fort Lauderdale to Rome itinerary, you get to do both a transatlantic and a Mediterranean cruise at the same time.

Other cruises may be from Miami to Southampton, with calls at such fascinating and diverse ports as Ponta Delgada, Cobh and Le Havre. Another exciting itinerary sails from Tampa to Rotterdam and includes King's Wharf, Cherbourg and Zeebrugge. There are also fabulous cruises from New York to London that include beautiful ports in New England and Scandinavia, so you have the best of both worlds.

You can also take a "roundtrip" transatlantic cruise. If time permits, you can then spend your holiday traveling and when it is time to return, you do so by cruise ship, so there are no airports or flying involved.

Days of Leisurely Pleasures

Atlantic Ocean When so much time is spent rushing around, busy schedules and getting things done, it seems almost impossible to not have to do anything except enjoy yourself. Imagine relaxing at sea, with absolutely nothing that you have to do. This fantasy can become a reality on a transatlantic cruise, filled with days of leisurely pleasures.

During this lovely peaceful time at sea, indulge yourself, whether it is in a dance or culinary class, a hot rock message at the spa, workout in the fitness studio or simply catching up on your reading. This time is yours to refresh and rejuvenate while getting pampered in this peaceful haven. With endless onboard amenities, the ship itself can be the destination.

A myriad of exciting activities, including a wide variety of enrichment programs, are also offered on many of these cruises. There are performances, as well as lectures and discussions from the world of music, art, sports, aeronautics and space, medicine, politics, ecology, economics, to name a few. Also featured are famous ambassadors, statesmen, journalists, chefs, astronomers, academics, broadcasters and astronauts.

Theme Cruises

Kick your heels up on transatlantic theme cruise featuring the "Golden Era" of Big Band music with the sounds of Dorsey, Miller and Wellington. Feel like you are on "Dancing with the Stars" as you learn how to ballroom dance from top professionals. Some cruises feature magical formal balls, where you can dress to the nines and have the time of your life as you dance across the Atlantic.

Fabulous "food and wine" theme cruises let you savor delicious cuisine and learn about wine from experts. Master chefs share their culinary expertise and the best parts are the special dinners, wine-tastings and food pairings. They are the perfect vacation choice for "foodies."

Diverse enrichment programs, from keyboard classes, astronomy lectures and foreign language studies are offered and carefree days provide the time to learn something new. They also provide a perfect way to meet people with shared interests and make new friends. Classes may be offered in everything from cooking to computers, photography and digital cameras. There are a variety of wellness workshops and cooking competitions.

Celebrity Cruises features "Celebrity Life Plus" on its transatlantic sailings. With an emphasis on "Taste, Learn, Revive and Play," the program offers you the option to spend days at sea learning new things, exploring new tastes, recharging and having fun. Guest chefs and wine educators share their expertise and conduct cooking demonstrations, wine tastings and fabulous food-and-wine pairings dinners. There are also speakers on a variety of topics and workshops in everything from language lessons to iPhoto classes and wellness workshops -- something for everyone.

These unhurried days at seas are meant to enjoy all that is offered to you. Spoil yourself with a day at the spa, with famous names including Canyon Ranch SpaClub, Greenhouse Spa & Salon and Carita Paris. Indulge yourself in the ultimate pampering with a heavenly beauty and wellness treatment, from a well-being massage to a facial or one of the several fabulous rejuvenating treatments.

Entertainment

Theater Another stress-free feature of a cruise is that you can have a night out on the town by just steps from your door. Enjoy a broad spectrum of entertainment, depending on the ship, from lavish Broadway-level productions and Vegas-style shows, to concert-style productions and classical soloists. You can try your luck at the casinos and at karaoke.

If you want to party, head to the disco, which are open until the wee hours. There can be everything from formal balls to dancing to favorite tunes in various lounges. There are also plenty of lounges and bars, for an after dinner cognac with new found friends. You can also watch the latest movies.

For the thrill of a lifetime, sail into New York City, it is something you will remember forever. You will glide past the majestic Statue of Liberty and historic Ellis Island, where your relatives may have arrived so many years ago. Another amazing experience awaits as you view, and later sail under, the massive Verrazano-Narrows Bridge looming ahead in the early morning light. What a magical experience!

A transatlantic sailing should be experienced at least once in a lifetime, whether you love to cruise, are looking for a special vacation or simply want an enjoyable way to travel. These cruises let you experience luxury without a huge expense. They are fun, interesting and very affordable and may be the best and most relaxing holiday you have ever had.

To book your Transatlantic, Repositioning or World Cruise, visit Cruise.com or contact one of our cruise experts at 888-776-0659.


Caribbean Cruise Glittering turquoise-hued waters, warm golden sunlight and white sand beaches are waiting for you on a romantic Caribbean cruise. Imagine lazing and sunning on a beautiful beach with balmy breezes and a sparkling sea with nothing to do but have fun. Relax and leave your cares behind, for you are about to cruise in the Caribbean on the vacation of a lifetime.

The average daily high temperature of 78 degrees makes the Caribbean a favorite vacation choice year-round and especially during the cold winter months, when lovely beaches and warm weather beckon. No wonder that couples, families and singles flock to this amazing tropical paradise. A Caribbean cruise offers something for everyone, and you can be as active or relaxed as you like. Stroll the romantic beaches and watch the sunset, explore ancient ruins and enjoy delectable local cuisine.

Spend the days lounging on a tropical sun-drenched beach, shopping away at fabulous stores with equally amazing prices, exploring the fascinating world beneath the azure waters and dining on scrumptious Caribbean cuisine. Perhaps the best part is the pampering you are receiving on your beautiful cruise ship, with countless onboard amenities. Cruising is the best way to get the most of the Caribbean. A fun-filled cruise is perfect for family vacations. Most of the ships have excellent programs for kids with numerous fun activities to keep them busy onboard.

Caribbean

In addition to magnificent beaches, each Caribbean island has something unique to offer. History buffs will be fascinated with centuries-old forts, including the ones found in San Juan, Curaçao and St. Kitts, built with winding staircases and hidden tunnels. Nature-lovers will marvel at natural wonders, such as the Baths in Virgin Gorda and Bioluminescent Bay, Vieques, Puerto Rico.

Be transported from one exciting island to another, some with a Dutch ambiance, such as Aruba and Curaçao, some French, such as Guadeloupe, Martinique and St. Bart's and several with a British influence, such as Anguilla, Barbados, Virgin Gorda and Antigua. Experience a unique combination of two blended European countries; Dutch Sint Maarten and French St. Martin, which share the same island.

Awaiting you in this tropical paradise are some of the world's most beautiful shores, framed by powdery white and pink sand beaches, and the rare black sand beaches, found in Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis.

Inviting aquamarine waters for swimming, diving, snorkeling, sailing and sunning are just some of the activities you can enjoy on a fabulous Caribbean cruise. Leave your daily routine and cares behind as you cruise from one glorious tropical island to another, each boasting fabulous beaches, culinary treasures and a lovely laid-back ambiance.

Shopping

Boasting more than fun and sun, a Caribbean cruise offers the opportunity for fabulous shopping at some very good prices. From fine jewelry to native goods, bone china, perfume, watches, liquor and crystal and everything in between, the Caribbean is a shopper's paradise. Good buys are offered in china, jewelry and watches. Designer names are found throughout the islands, from Cartier and TAG Heuer for watches, to Swarovski for jewelry and a myriad of fragrances. Name brand cosmetics are also offered.

Shopping in the Caribbean Pointe Seraphine in Castries, St. Lucia, offers a wide variety of shops and boutiques and art galleries. Curacao's Harbor Duty-Free Zone in Willemstad is one of the largest in the Caribbean and Antigua's Heritage Quay Shopping Center in St. John's is a haven for shoppers.

Looking for rare coins? Head to George Town, Grand Cayman. Known worldwide as a duty-free destination, you will find them here, as well as a wide assortment of watches, china, crystal, perfume, jewelry, and of course, fabulous Tortuga Rum Cake.

Lined with duty-free shops, Broad Street in Bridgetown, Barbados, offers a wide variety of items, including such designer names as Cartier and Gucci. St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands offers a duty-free shopping conveniently at the Havensight cruise ship pier. Chanel, Gucci and Rolex are just some of the high-end names you will find in the Bahamas and St. Martin.

Spanning an amazing 57 acres, Curaçao's cruise port of Willemstad features duty-free shopping, as well as dining. The popular harbor front street, Handdelskade, is lined with colorful 18th century buildings that house fabulous boutiques, art galleries and chic cafés.

Unique Shore Excursions

Caribbean Shore Excursions Adding to the Caribbean cruise experience are the many exciting and unique shore excursions, designed to please everyone, including entire families, such as a visit to Stingray City while on Grand Cayman Island. Here, you can swim and dive with these amazing creatures or view them from a glass bottom boat. Snorkeling amazing reefs will take you to a whole new world of underwater magic.

Immerse yourself in nature as you zip-line through the tree-tops for an exhilarating thrill as you experience rain forests in a completely different way. You will get breathtaking views and an incredible eco-tourism experience on many islands, including Antigua, Dominica, St. Kitts, St. Lucia and St. Martin. Not for the fainthearted, you will soar 300 feet about the ground. Scaled-down courses just for kids are also offered in some places.

Explore the amazing Baths, the huge rock formations, while in unspoiled and beautiful Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands. You can climb the huge boulders, snorkel and have an amazing time. Another active and fun shore excursion is hiking in the El Yunque Rain Forest, Puerto Rico, home to some of the Caribbean's most lush terrain and hundreds of animal species.

River tubing on the Layou River in Dominica, offers a thrilling experience, through the beautiful valley. Enjoy the tall cliffs and lush vegetation along the way. Other regions for this thrilling activity include Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Grenada.

Nature-lovers will enjoy a visit to the world-famous Cayman Turtle Farm. Here, guests can have the unique interactive experience with the amazing animals as a professional staff teaches awareness and conservation.

Explore the famous Hato Caves in Curaçao, with beautiful limestone formations, romantic pools and thundering waterfalls. For the thrill of a lifetime, go cave-tubing in Belize, where you hike through the magical Belizean rainforest and then tube down the Caves Branch River through spectacular cave systems.

Culinary Caribbean

Savor local cuisine for an added bonus to your Caribbean cruise. Taste Caribbean flavors and experience new cuisine, enriching your visit and get a real feel for the Caribbean culture.

Caribbean Food From Tobago's signature crab and dumpling dish to Trinidad's famous curry, the Caribbean offers fabulous tastes, reflecting the diverse heritage of its people. Much of the food is dominated by a wide selection of seafood, such as crab, lobster, conch, tilapia and bonito. Roti, with different versions found throughout the islands, is a scrumptious pancake or wrap, similar to a tortilla, filled with such tempting fare as curried shrimp, chickpeas and conch.

All the islands use fresh local ingredients, including fish caught daily, vegetables, delicious tropical fruits and chicken. Traditional dishes include favorites such as coconut shrimp, chicken kabobs, jerk chicken and fabulous curries, just to name a few. Different islands are known for their regional cuisines. Delicious Creole dishes can be found in the French islands of St. Barts, Martinique and St. Martin. Flying fish and cou-cou is a favorite in Barbados and chicken and rice dishes are a favorite in Puerto Rico. Savor conch chowder while at the Cayman Islands.

Desserts are equally scrumptious, such as delicious key lime pie, banana fritters and the famous Black Cake or Caribbean Christmas cake, made with aged rum-soaked dried that gives it a dark appearance and its name, plus delicious rum cake, using ingredients from local distilleries. Other regional desserts may include a sweet potato or coconut pone, a baked sweet, sticky and delicious treat.

Whatever Caribbean cruise you choose paradise awaits you. These tropical islands make a perfect romantic getaway. Activities and adventures abound for families of all sizes and ages. From shopping to dining to exceptional beaches and glorious weather a Caribbean vacation is the perfect way to escape today's hectic routines. So relax and unwind on your next Caribbean cruise vacation.

To book your Caribbean Cruise, visit Cruise.com or contact one of our cruise experts at 888-776-0659.