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Transatlantic

Transatlantic cruises are a unique way to combine the continents of North & South America with Europe in one trip. Most ships cross 'the pond' in the Spring & Autumn time. Spring: heading for the Mediterranean & Northern Europe  summer season. Autumn: heading back to the Caribbean & South America for warmer climes during our winter months.

There are also some ships that cross the atlantic year round, perhaps the best known is Cunard Line's iconic Queen Mary 2 which is still the only recognised Transatlantic Passenger Liner. 

Destinations enroute include Bermuda - discovered in 1505 by Spanish explorer Juan de Bermudez. At this time, both Spanish and Portuguese ships used the Bermudan Islands as a replenishment spot for fresh meat and water. Legends of spirits and devils, now thought to have stemmed only from the callings of raucous birds like the Bermuda Petrel, often arrived in storm-wracked conditions in the surrounding ring of treacherous reefs often keeping them from attempting any permanent settlement on the Isle of Devils.

For the next century, Bermuda is believed to have been visited frequently but not permanently inhabited. In 1609, a flotilla of ships left England under the Company's Admiral, Sir George Somers, and the new Governor of Jamestown, Sir Thomas Gates, to relieve the colony of Jamestown, settled two years before. Somers had previous experience sailing with both Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh. The flotilla was broken up by a storm, and the flagship, the Sea Venture, was wrecked off Bermuda leaving the survivors in possession of a new territory. The island was then claimed for the English Crown and St George's was inhabited in 1612 becoming Bermuda's first capital. It is the oldest continually inhabited English town in the New World.

The Canary Islands, Madeira and the Azores are also often ports of call on Transatlantic voyages.

Transatlantic