Until the mid-20th century when jet liners surpassed ocean liners as the most popular mode of crossing the Atlantic Ocean, most travelers made the long journey by sea. Afternoon tea, concerts, shuffleboard and lectures were the order of the day on upscale ships, and guests dressed in their best to mingle with fellow passengers for dinner and dancing.
If you yearn for that gracious, leisurely style of travel—and you enjoy relaxing days at sea—Cunard Line, which celebrates 179 years of Transatlantic crossings in 2019, is the perfect guide for your journey between the U.S. and England.
Imagine sailing from New York City, past the Statue of Liberty, with a full week of unwinding, learning and fun ahead of you on the iconic Queen Mary 2, Cunard’s 3,064-guest flagship. Queen Mary 2, which sails between New York and Southampton, is considered the only true ocean liner in operation today. She is stronger, sleeker, smoother and swifter than a cruise ship, since she was purpose-built to withstand any kind of weather, to maintain stability in those conditions and to still make the voyage at a reasonable speed.
Today, the trip is time-efficient, taking only seven days, and Cunard’s rich history and maritime traditions are enmeshed with a modern, luxury cruise experience. There’s time to dance in the largest ballroom at sea after watching the sun set from the Commodore Club or go free-style in the G32 nightclub. While away the afternoon by the pool with a book from the largest library at sea and a finely-crafted cocktail. Savor gourmet meals in the classic Britannia Restaurant, the intimate Grills Dining Rooms, the Steakhouse at The Verandah and the world cuisine-themed King’s Court.
Enjoy state-of-the-art treatments at the Canyon Ranch spa®, a morning run around the deck, authentic English tea, star-gazing from the ship’s planetarium or a lecture that will have you well-prepared for the sights and experiences awaiting in London and/or New York. You’ll also cherish the occasional afternoon nap in your sumptuous room or suite and the world-class stage productions in the Royal Court Theatre after dinner.
If you find it difficult to leave such a civilized way of travel behind, plan to sail back after your vacation. And by the way, experts say, refer to your journey as a “crossing,” not a “cruise.”