Why Are Transatlantic / Positioning Cruises So Cheap? Are They Worth Taking?

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I recently posted about what conditions are like in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean either in the early Spring or Late Fall on a southerly route. It really is amazing how calm they can be and has been for all 5 of our most recent transatlantic sailings both west to east as well as east to west.

Personally I just adore crossing the ocean on a cruise ship. It is simply the most relaxing vacation I have ever experienced and a ton of fun as well. As an added perk they also tend to be much cheaper, per day, than almost any other sailing. Let me give you an example.

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This cruise I have highlighted is for June this year. Once you add in the taxes and fees the absolute lowest price for this cruise for an interior cabin is just $656 per person.

Yes just $55 per day!

Wow right?

I mean you are talking a room way bigger than any coach seat on a jet, daily room cleaning, unlimited meals, quality shows and entertainment and on top of that transportation to Europe for less than the cost of a airline ticket. But why so cheap?

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Oh yeah this – lots and lots (did I mention lots) of sea days. Day after day of nothing but ocean and only the ship to keep you entertained. This is one of the reasons I think some don’t want to take a transatlantic cruise. But if you think this way you are, pun intended, missing the boat.

After all you are on a floating resort that has endless things to do each and every day if the ship is at port or not. I mean rock climbing or go cart races and on and on. Plus the chance to have 3 fantastic meals provided on fine linens every single day.

What is not to love?

But again we are talking a very tiny interior room that you will want to avoid as much as possible other than sleeping and showering and changing and going to some part of the ship to enjoy other than your cabin at that price.

If you want to splurge for some luxury then it is still going to cost you a bit to cross the ocean. How much?

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Well now, that is a bit of a price difference isn’t it. Now we are talking $1,932 per person or $161 per day or three times as much compared to an interior room with no perks to have a nice balcony cabin with access to the spa as well as a few specialty night dinners and an unlimited drink package on top of it all.

Even so, for much less than the cost of a business class ticket one-way to Europe, you are enjoying 12 nights of amazing luxury for this all-inclusive all-in price. Also, one addition cost you should plan for is unlimited wifi. With that many days at sea you will want to stay connected and that can add hundreds of dollars to the cruise!

I would love to know – have you ever taken a transatlantic cruise before? Did you enjoy it? How were the seas for your crossing? Would you take one again? Let us know! – René

 

 

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René de Lambert
René de Lamberthttp://www.FrequentFloaters.com
René de Lambert has been a travel blogger for over 10 years covering the travel industry - including cruising.

5 COMMENTS

  1. We took a TransAtlantic cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Splendor of the Seas in Oct/Nov 1998 from Barcelona to Miami (Barceloa/Gibraltar/Lisbon/Madiera/St Thomas/Miami). The Seas were so calm that we crossed paths, mid-Atlantic with a 30-foot sailboat (with 4 passengers onboard) heading from Florida to Europe.

  2. The wife and I have taken 2 transatlantic cruises on Norwegian and will take another on April 20. This time, we’re visiting places we have not been before; like Iceland and Belfast.. You are right about the pricing. With only 1 Cruise Next applied, the final price for the 14 day cruise was $1,770 for the both of us. We used our points for the American Airlines flights, and that cost was only $22.00 for the both of us.

    I enjoy your posts very much and appreciate the comments on Norwegian. We’ve sailed on other lines but have found for the price, there is no way you can beat Norwegian. We always like to take advantage of the upgrades when available. You can get a much better room for a lot less that the full fare pricing.
    Thanks – JCM

  3. You’re comparing apples to oranges. People go to Europe to enjoy the destination, not the flight. What’s the point of going to Europe if you can’t spend time exploring, dining and staying there. So it’s better to compare a transatlantic cruise to a ship circling around a lake for 12 days with nothing to do except the entertainment onboard, which gets tiring very quickly.

    • @Chris – Have you ever taken a transatlantic cruise? Also, nothing says you can not have an amazing vacation in Europe after the cruise. Beyond that I have flown countless times to and from Europe in every class of service (including real 1st class) and a cruise ship is 100x a better experience from begging to end!

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