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Buckley - Answered a Question by Mersey (27 Oct 08 16:56)

Hi It will have to be your choice of cruise line.We have done the transatlantic twice (going again Friday) we have done it both ways on Arcadia and the better crossing was Southampton to Barbados we had very calm weather this time last year.we came back and there was a 4ft swell in the Caribbean and not to good a crossing my wife eventually getting sea sick she got some tablets from guest relations and had a good nights sleep and no more problems.If you pick this time of year P&O offer a free coach service from M/c Airport to Southampton and you fly back in to Manchester.If you pick Barbados they have a free shuttle coach back from Southampton to Manchester airport.you could use Evesway Coaches if it easier but they charge.hope it helps and you get more info as to the other cruise lines.

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Neil & Ida Down - Answered a Question by Mersey (27 Oct 08 20:12)

The majority of Transatlantic cruises are early spring and late autumn. The best way to go is east to west which are the autumn/early winter ones because you get the extra hours, the other way you keep losing an hours sleep. Get out your atlas or an Atlantic map on the net and look at cruises that go the majority of the way below, that's south of, the Tropic of Cancer. Avoid ones which go to The Azores, Bermuda and Nassau in the Bahamas as they will take you into unfriendly waters. Madeira and Canary Islands are ok and after them keep below the Tropic line. That will keep you in or close to the geographic Doldrums but well away from the mental Doldrums. .... Neil.

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Ingle - Answered a Question by Mersey (27 Oct 08 22:06)

Cunard do regular crossings on the North Atlantic to New York. However, the north atlantic is cold and can be rough most times of the year. P&O do a round trip to New York and eastern Canada in Sept for the fall colours, and they also do round trips to the Caribbean, usually via Canaries, at various times of the year and these are around three weeks duration. As others have said there are repositioning cruises in the autumn and spring, where you sail one way and fly back the other, usually two weeks duration. Sail west in the autumn and east in the spring. These are often good value for money and all cruise lines do them.

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caven - Answered a Question by Mersey (28 Oct 08 09:40)

Bit like a self fulfilling prophecy - if you are already thinking about seasickness you have the seed of doubt ready to germinate! Why bother if you feel scared when there are so many other options to enjoy cruising.

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Setter - Answered a Question by Mersey (28 Oct 08 10:33)

I think there is really only one choice, especially if you are nervous about sea sickness. Cunards QM2 is built to take bad weather in the Atlantic. We have been on her in 40ft waves, escaping the tail end of a hurricane and she was unbelievably stable. She really does cut through the seas like the proverbial knife through butter. I would much prefer this option to an atlantic crossing on a "cruise ship" which isnot built for the Atlantic but for kinder cruising waters. Finally dont worry about sea sickness. I have suffered from it for the last 5 years since illness left me with balance problems and we still cruise a couple of times a year. Why? because I know that at the first sign of sea sickness I hot foot it down to the medic and have a phenergan injection!As i have told people before on this site the effe ct is nothing short of magical!Have a great trip. Cynthia.

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LONG - replied to Setter (28 Oct 08 23:32)

I would second that- my wife suffers terribly from sea sickness but a jab solves the problem. The only downside is that it may make you drowsy for 12 to 24 hours afterwards but that's a price well worth paying.

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