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TransAtlantic

January 11, 2008

Hey, does anybody know of readily available means to cross the Big Pond that does not involve an airplane or a cruise vacation?  I was talking with a prof here today (we were all helping a buddy move.  It was weird and really cool all at the same time) and he got his PhD from Cambridge over in the U.K.  And I got to thinking, should God ever decide to lead us that direction (which Steph and I have definitely thrown around), is there a way to get over there that doesn’t involve planes?  (Might I reference a couple posts ago as evidence of my current disdain for air travel)

I did some quick Google searches and couldn’t find any ocean liners that sold passenger tickets.  Anybody?  What am I missing?

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Molo permalink
    January 12, 2008 12:21 am

    I found one cruise, not really for the UK, but from Boston to Rotterdam in July of 08. For 4 people, the cheapest rate available is $4000, and takes 17 days (there’s also the $42k package, if you want that…or not). There’s also NYC to Rome, but nothing for Ol’ Blighty. I found it at http://www.hollandamerica.com/, which may or may not be representative of the money/time the trip takes.

    Since the trip, uh, ends in Rotterdam, I’m assuming it’s a combination of passenger liner and cruise ship.

  2. Molo permalink
    January 12, 2008 12:26 am

    Doh! I forgot; if you want something like a tramp steamer, old school stuff, there’s these people: http://members.aol.com/CruiseAZ/transat.htm
    There’s the QE2/QM2 listing (ugh) and the cargo ships underneath that. So, that’s a little different than cruise ship sailing.

  3. January 12, 2008 8:51 am

    Eli, thanks! Honestly, your second comment is more what I was thinking of. Thanks again!

  4. Ian Yetter permalink
    January 14, 2008 11:13 am

    Steamship?? Didn’t you see titanic?

  5. Slothboy permalink
    January 14, 2008 12:43 pm

    Well, you wait for the Bering Strait to freeze and then start walking. Then you take the train under the Channel.

    Something tells me that the inconveniences presented by Air Travel are FAR outweighed by the inconveniences you might face trying to cross the Atlantic on a cargo ship. When you find out on day 3 that you are violently seasick and that the crew does not walk around singing “be our guest” you may long for flight.

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