Green - Answered a Question by Elliott (31 Jan 09 06:32)

Yes, there are many cruise lines which do the Transatlantic crossing to either New York or Florida (and occasionally to other places on the east coast of the USA). For most of the cruise lines, these Transatlantic crossings happen at the beginning or end of the European or Caribbean seasons and they are called "repositioning cruises". This means that a ship may have spent the summer in the Med. and, in around October, it does its last Med. cruise and returns to the USA where it will probably do cruises around the Caribbean or South America for the winter season. These repositioning cruises can be quite inexpensive. However, and this is a BIG however from my point of view(!!), doing Transatlantic crossings can be tricky from a weather perspective! Even in summer, the weather in the Atlantic can be troublesome and I would never undertake a crossing in a "regular" cruise ship which, let's face it, are pretty much like top-heavy floating elephants! I know you will get various answers saying that people had wonderful crossings of the Atlantic in their cruise ships but the weather in the Atlantic is a tricky thing at the best of times (remember the Titanic....that was in April, not the middle of winter!!). A bit of a joke, that, but I am trying to make a point! The best way to do a Transatlantic crossing, IMNSHO is on the Queen Mary 2 which is an ocean LINER, not a cruise ship, as such. This ship is specifically designed to deal with heavy weather and it cuts through the water like a knife through butter. I have crossed twice.....once with force 6-7 weather and once with 9-10 weather (bearing in mind that a hurricane is force 12!). The prospect of being on a cruise ship in weather like that is too horrendous to contemplate! Additionally, there are some very good deals on QM2 crossings at present. Suggest you talk to your travel agent, call Cunard or go to their website

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Elliott - replied to Green (01 Feb 09 18:26)

Thank you so much for your informative answer to my question. It is much appreciated, and my wife and I will make both transatlantic crossing on the Queen Mary 2. I have only made one transatlantic crossing with the US Marine Corps on a troop ship, and the trip there in October or November was quite rough. Thanks again for you help.

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BLYTH - Answered a Question by Elliott (31 Jan 09 12:01)

A number of cruise ships larger or the same size as the QM2 do a re-positioning cruise in October transfering from Europe to Fort Lauderdale and these are normally good value for money but not sure if crossing the Atlantic then is a good idea.

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BLYTH - Answered a Question by Elliott (31 Jan 09 12:36)

Another advantage to the points I made below is the QM2 will go Southampton/New York whilst a re-postioning option might call in say at Madeira and perhaps Bermuda or other ports before arriving back in the States. Just another thought the advantage of the QM2 is it does the trip very regularly at different times of the year.... Bill.

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