In just under three weeks’ time, I’ll embark on an eight-night Transatlantic Crossing aboard Cunard Line’s grand flagship, Queen Mary 2. Sailing from Southampton, England to New York (well, Brooklyn actually, but who’s counting?) guests aboard the Queen Mary 2 will sail for eight straight days across the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. No ports. No distractions. Just one week and a day aboard the only modern purpose-built ocean liner in existence.
While I’ll be covering the voyage day-by-day with a full Voyage Report, I thought I’d take some time to explain exactly why it is that this, a cruise with absolutely no port calls, is such a desirable journey to make.
Calling a typical port-oriented cruise a “vacation” is sometimes a misnomer. After all, frequent port calls and early departures for shore excursions often mean that your vacation days are spent waking up early, queueing in lines, boarding motorcoaches, and generally running yourself ragged on-shore.
By contrast, a transatlantic crossing takes on an entirely different