What a way to travel!

Most vacations are a round trip from your home airport or nearest cruise port. So how about something a little different. Last year we went to the United Kingdom, but instead of flying round trip from Denver we as we have done in the past, we took a cruise from New York to Southampton. After several days in London we flew back to Colorado. We enjoyed a relaxing cruise before wearing our selves out sightseeing in London.

The trip over sure beat flying economy or even first class. We sailed on the Cunard ship the Queen Mary 2. This is an elegant ship that had just come out of refurbishment. The meals were some of the best I have had a sea. The ships entertainment included performances by the Royal Academy of Drama. There was a lecture series featuring editors from a major newspaper that provided for some interesting conversation. We even had a 3-D movie theater and a planetarium on board. My wife liked the High Tea’s and although I don’t dance, the ballroom gala was fun to watch.

Once we arrived in Southampton we took the train to London where we started our London adventure. While in London we rode the Tube and took the local buses experiencing life as a true Londoner would. We took in a BBC Prom at the Royal Albert Hall, did some shopping and found some wonderful restaurants.

On the return we flew back to the US on Virgin Atlantic. We found the service on this airline to be well above average. We liked that they handed all the kids I-pads to use during the flight keeping them occupied. We also found that a major benefit of taking a cruise to cross the Atlantic is you do not have the effects of jet lag. Next time you plan a trip to Europe consider a cruise for one or both directions.

Note: portions of this trip were complementary as part of a promotion for travel agents. Cunard offers regular scheduled transatlantic crossings. Other cruise lines may offer reposition cruises at certain times of the year.

Most vacations are a round trip from your home airport or nearest cruise port. So how about something a little different. Last year we went to the United Kingdom, but instead of flying round trip from Denver we as we have done in the past, we took a cruise from New York to Southampton. After several days in London we flew back to Colorado. We enjoyed a relaxing cruise before wearing our selves out sightseeing in London.

The trip over sure beat flying economy or even first class. We sailed on the Cunard ship the Queen Mary 2. This is an elegant ship that had just come out of refurbishment. The meals were some of the best I have had a sea. The entertainment on board included performances by the Royal Academy of Drama. There was a lecture series featuring editors from a major newspaper that provided for some interesting conversation. We even had a 3-D movie theater and a planetarium on board. My wife liked the High Tea’s and although I don’t dance, the ballroom gala was fun to watch.

Once we arrived in Southampton we took the train to London where we started our London adventure. While in London we rode the Tube and took the local buses experiencing life as a true Londoner would. We took in a BBC Prom at the Royal Albert Hall, did some shopping and found some wonderful restaurants.

On the return we flew back to the US on Virgin Atlantic. We found the service on this airline to be well above average. We liked that they handed all the kids I-pads to use during the flight keeping them occupied. We also found that a major benefit of taking a cruise to cross the Atlantic is you do not have the effects of jet lag. Next time you plan a trip to Europe consider a cruise for one or both directions.

Note: portions of this trip were complementary as part of a promotion for travel agents. Cunard offers regular scheduled transatlantic crossings. Other cruise lines may offer repositioning cruises across the Atlantic at certain times of the year.

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