Of all the cruises out there, few can compare to the exhilarating excitement of standing on the deck of Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 as she thunders her way across the Atlantic Ocean. You might not think that a cruise with seven straight days at sea and no ports of call would be fun, but it’s that very uniqueness – coupled with the abundant amenities aboard the QM2 and the historical perspective on transoceanic travel – that makes these journeys so spectacular.
Next year, however, is a special one for Cunard: July 4, 2015, will mark the 175th Anniversary of the first westbound crossing of the Britannia and the beginning of transatlantic ocean travel as we know it. Since that day, Cunard has been carrying passengers between Europe and North America, and remains the only cruise line to still offer regularly-scheduled transatlantic crossings.
To commemorate this important milestone in the history of the company, Cunard will be offering a series of grand events and special transatlantic crossings next year, including a tribute to Cunard’s former homeport city of Liverpool, England with all three Queens together for the first time on the River Mersey.
There are several dates featured for what Cunard is calling The Original Transatlantic Crossing. Longer than the typical seven-day one-way sailing between New York and Southampton, these voyages will feature special ports of call, gala menus, and commemorative events on-shore. Even better, there’s plenty of different ways to get in on the action:
July 2, 2015 – The 175th Anniversary Crossing aboard Queen Mary 2: 12 Days. Southampton, Liverpool, Halifax, Boston, New York. This is also available as a 20-night voyage roundtrip Southampton.
Can’t make the official 175th Anniversary cruise? There are still other exciting options:
May 17, 2015 – Liverpool Salute & Westbound Transatlantic: 17 Days. Southampton, Cobh, Dublin Bay, Greenock, Oban, Liverpool (overnight), St. Peter Port, Southampton, New York.
June 21, 2015 – Roundtrip Transatlantic Crossing: 23 Days. New York, Southampton, Hamburg, Sout