Transatlantic cruises are both a journey and a holiday, offering many forms of entertainment, as well as opportunities for rest and pampering. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your transatlantic voyage.

Choose your perfect voyage

With so many options available, it’s easy to find the cruise that will suit you best. Many offer the chance to visit different ports along the way, with the possibility of guided tours and other activities. If you’re planning to travel onwards, look out for shorter cruise opportunities to take you further on your journey, or use your voyage as a jumping-off point to explore a new country.

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Plan ahead

Before you start your journey, it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with your ship’s many diversions. You’ll discover different activities to partake in, performances to see, and leisure facilities to enjoy. Whether you want to dance the night away or relax in the sun with a tall drink and a good book, you’ll find a range of pastimes to keep you busy.

Packing

Once you know how you want to spend your time on board, it’s time to pack your bags. It’s a good idea to include at least one or two formal outfits for dinner, along with casual clothes for visiting ports, sportswear and swimwear. You’ll need comfortable deck shoes for getting around the ship, and don’t forget to take a warm, waterproof jacket in case the weather turns. If you plan to spend your week in a deckchair with a good book, check and see if your ship has a library to save you a little space in your suitcase.

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Relax

Cruise ships offer many opportunities for rest and relaxation, from spas and beauty treatments to comfortable deckchairs with ocean views. If your cruise is part of a longer journey, take the time to relax as you sail from coast to coast. One of the major advantages of taking a transatlantic voyage rather than flying is the elimination of jet lag, as you have more time to adjust to the time difference before you arrive.

Enjoy the night life

Cruise ships generally provide a wide range of evening entertainment, from formal dinners and musical performances, to illusionists and entertaining passenger contests. Take a look at your ship’s schedule to see what’s on, or be spontaneous and visit the bars to meet your fellow passengers.

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Fine dining

You can expect to try some top-quality food on board, from buffets and oyster bars to cocktail snacks and formal dinners. Cruise ships are known for their food, so make the most of it and enjoy yourself!

Stay fit and watch the calories!

You’ll find a range of sporting facilities on board, from running tracks and swimming pools to climbing walls and gyms, depending on the ship you take. You’ll also find exercise classes to join, not to mention dancing in the evening. It’s easy to overindulge on the many delicious delicacies that the crew will serve, but adding a little daily exercise to your routine will allow you to enjoy them without finding your waistband has tightened when you dock.

Whatever your interests, transatlantic cruises have something for everyone. A little planning can help you get the best out of your trip, and build memories that will last a lifetime.