Our guide to a transatlantic cruise
What is a transatlantic cruise?
A transatlantic cruise involves sailing across the Atlantic Ocean from Europe to North America, or vice-versa, with Southampton to New York widely considered the most famous route.
How long does a transatlantic cruise take?
Where do transatlantic cruises go?
When is the best time of year to go on a transatlantic cruise?A transatlantic cruise can be enjoyed at any time of the year, however, if you’re new to the experience, you may want to consider when the weather is likely to be at its calmest. The Atlantic storms are more likely from early June to late November, with mid-August to mid-October usually seeing the most activity. So, if you have concerns about the weather, you may wish to choose a Transatlantic Crossing between December and May. Queen Mary 2 is currently the world's last ocean liner, specifically built for the smoothest sail possible even in rough seas.
What to pack for a transatlantic cruiseIt’s advisable to bring both smart and casual clothing for life on board. Sunny skies may ask for shorts, t-shirts, and sun dresses by the pool, but a suit or evening dress for dinner and cocktails. In the winter, layers are key. Bring a warm jacket and perhaps a hat and scarf for spending time on deck, and comfortable clothes you can mix and match throughout the ship, as you like.
What to do during your transatlantic cruise
Before arriving in New York or Southampton on your Transatlantic Crossing, explore Queen Mary 2 and engage in a variety of fascinating activities and entertainment. There is plenty of room on the ship for you to do as much or as little as you choose, from personal shopping experiences to exquisite afternoon tea.
Take care of your mind and bodySavour a week at sea to feed your curiosity and learn something new, or perhaps you'd rather focus on staying fit and active. Find something to suit no matter your preferences.
EnrichmentQueen Mary 2 is 1,132ft in length and on deck 7 you’ll find an uninterrupted deck, allowing you to circle the full ship for a walk, run, or jog, all while taking in the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean. If running is not for you, perhaps put yourself to the test by taking on Zumba or dance classes to get your heartbeat racing. On the other hand, if fitness isn’t your go-to, perhaps you’d like to try becoming the next Van Gogh by enrolling in some art classes or sit in on fascinating Insight talks with guest speakers .
Self-careMaybe you’ve exhausted yourself with all the dance classes and jogging and need a little self-care. Queen Mary 2 offers some of the best spa treatments and facilities for you to unwind and relax with. Additionally, our Aqua Therapy Centre offers an additional refuge of health and wellbeing and is accessible with a spa day pass.
As well as facilities and treatments, you’ll also find enlightening seminars taking place at the spa. Learn about all manner of wellness subjects, from acupuncture and reflexology to taking care of different skin types.