Going to Europe? Cruising Maybe Better than Flying!
Updated: Aug 23
So you got an upcoming trip to Europe. The real skinny on cruising to Europe is time. If you have the time to cruise it is a much better way to get there. Here are three good reasons why! First, cruising to Europe on a repositioning cruise is much cheaper than flying Business Class. I’m not going to say is less expensive than coach, because you can get some very good deals on coach, round trip to Europe, which will be discussed in the travel section. However, it is possible to cruise to Europe for less than $1000 with an outside balcony, on a repositioning cruise.
Cruising is a phenomenal value because not only do you get your transportation covered, you also get lodging, food, recreation, and entertainment for one great price. You do have to fly home, but a one-way coach can you found for for $500 or less. The second major reason to cruise to Europe is the easing of Jetlag problems. For anyone that has traveled to the Far East or Europe, you know that jet lag can be an issue. It is particularly problematic for some more than others. But when you cruise, if you do it right, Jetlag is a non-issue. As you head east you’ll find the ship’s Captain will change the time zone about every 48 to 72 hours. Typically will it be around lunch and you will have to take notice, because all scheduled events change with the ship’s time. After two or three days pass, you will continue to advance the time. With the slow moving advancement of the clock you’ll never have to deal with a six hour change at one time, as you would on a flight into Europe. To learn more about how to deal with time zone change, check out the travel section article.
Another great reason to cruise to Europe rather than fly, is that if you are the kind of person that is prone to stress, cruising to Europe will help you unwind prior to your arrival. Traveling in Europe can be somewhat stressful in-itself, especially for the uninitiated. But, after 12-14 days of relaxing at sea, you’ll be ready for anything, including the challenges International travel. The entertainment, the state room attendant, and the dining room staff are always more than accommodating, while trying to take care of your every need. Therefore good bit of pampering occurs, and I naturally begin to relax.
We use this time to brush up on the language of the countries that were planning to visit. Using such an applications as Duolingo or Rosetta Stone over the Wi-Fi enables us to learn a few hundred more words before arrival. I enjoy the time at sea to exercise, walk, and get some of that great ocean air.
So, if you want to save money, enjoy a fantastic cruise, circumnavigating one of the worlds great oceans, and enjoy some great entertainment and food, get a balcony and cross over on a repositioning cruise, often for less than $1500. The only disadvantage is the time it takes, as time is not always available. But if you are one of the fortunate ones that can get a few weeks off, try the transatlantic cruise for relaxation and an economical experience.