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For those who value traveling in style and comfort, for romantic souls who want to experience the style and grace of the "good old days" (but with all the modern conveniences) and for who simply want to escape from the ordinary routine, nothing beats a transatlantic cruise. As short as six days or as long as two weeks or more, these crossings between Europe and America feature the endless pleasures of leisurely days at sea the ship lovers and experienced cruisers treasure, rather than the usual series of port calls.

Transatlantic cruises once were the heart of daily commerce across the Atlantic, but today they are seasonal treats. One cruise line operates a schedule of crossings through the summer months, but most other transatlantic sailings occur with the migrations of cruise fleets from the Caribbean to Europe and the Mediterranean in the spring and the return voyages in the fall.

Eastbound crossings frequently depart from New York, Boston, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and a few Caribbean ports. Westbound ships often sail from Southampton, England; Barcelona, Spain; and other major European port cities. In each case, ships may take a longer, slower southern route past the Canary Islands, or the shorter and quicker northern course.

While a few of these voyages include visits to ports along the way - such as the Canary Islands on the southern crossings or Iceland on the northern path - the unique character of the transatlantic cruise makes these simply short diversions from the main event - the transit across the vast expanse of the Atlantic.



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Fuerteventura
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The island of Fuerteventura is the second largest of the Canary Islands -- 666 square meters -- and is located nearest to the coast of Africa as Morocco is just 65 miles away. It is the home of 75,000 people, but the goat population well...
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La Palma
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Santa Cruz de la Palma has the only major port in the island, serving ferry routes to Cádiz in Spain, as well as to Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote. The main ferry operators in the port are Naviera Armas and Fred. Olsen Express, an...
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Lanzarote
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  Lanzarote is a small volcanic island in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Morocco. Lanzarote may be the northernmost from the Canary Islands, situated just 70 miles from the coast of Africa. The area is 37 miles (60km) lengthy and 1...
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Las Palmas
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Situated around the circular island of Gran Canaria, Las Palmas is among three distinct areas which exist in this area. Las Palmas may be the capital, and hosts 370,000 occupants. It's a shipping port along with a thriving, fast-paced bu...
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Ponta Delgada is the largest municipality and administrative capital of the autonomous region of the Azores in Portugal. It is located on São Miguel Island, the largest and most populous in the Azorean Archipelago. Three central civil p...
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Tenerife
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The Canary Islands are culturally and geographically Spanish, but these islands are all unique and each offers tourists a different flavor. The Canaries have long served as a retreat off the coast of Africa; a place for Europeans to enjoy r...
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Transatlantic cruises also call a repositioning cruise. (Repo Cruise) is a cruise in which the embarkation port and the disembarkation port are different. This is a less common type of cruise, in the majority of cruises the ship's final des...
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