Continuing A Tradition: Cunard’s Iconic Transatlantic Crossings And A Special Memory Regarding Titanic

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Click the image for a larger view of Cunard’s new Queen Mary 2 info graphic, which features factoids about the flagship’s iconic Transatlantic Crossings

On April 15, we will remember the centennial of the sinking of the Titanic. Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line, has written a touching story about how Cunard will remember the day. I recommend you read Guided by a greater hand…

The centennial comes just weeks before Cunard Line‘s flagship Queen Mary 2 sets sail on her eighth Transatlantic cruise season beginning May 2012. This year she will sail 19 classic seven-day crossings between New York and Southampton, and six nine-day extended voyages between New York and Hamburg. For a schedule, click here.

The only liner to provide regularly scheduled Transatlantic service, Queen Mary 2 is one of my favorite vessels, and a Transatlantic cruise, which I have done three times now, ranks among my favorite experiences.

I enjoy Transatlantic cruises for a variety of reasons:

  • No jetlag, at least in one direction, assuming you’re flying back home. Of course, you could go both ways on the ship. My preference: West to East where you gain an hour each day.
  • Rich in classic British traditions, including my favorites, fish & chips and pints of ale.
  • Relaxed pace of onboard life. With no ports, except for the departure and arrival seven days later, you don’t have to plan your days ashore.
  • Admiring the expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. It’s beautiful out there in the middle of the sea.
  • Sailing into New York.

For more about our experiences on Transatlantic cruises, see the following posts here on Avid Cruiser:

Avid Cruisers, have you crossed the Atlantic by ship? If so, please share your stories in the comments section below or on our Facebook page.