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I have done two Pacific Crossings, and I recently booked (finally) my first transatlantic.  The westbound crossing departs Barcelona on the 31st of October.  Is this a little late in the season for this trip? I have been at sea during all times of the year in the Atlantic, but for a crossing on a cruise ship it seems like this is a little late. Is this a normal time for a transatlantic?  

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13 hours ago, Thebosn1 said:

I have done two Pacific Crossings, and I recently booked (finally) my first transatlantic.  The westbound crossing departs Barcelona on the 31st of October.  Is this a little late in the season for this trip? I have been at sea during all times of the year in the Atlantic, but for a crossing on a cruise ship it seems like this is a little late. Is this a normal time for a transatlantic?  

no is normal time, We once took one that started the week after Thanksgiving and ended mid December. Ours next year Westbound is October 19 from Rome for 18 days.

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On 1/22/2020 at 3:55 PM, preschool teacher said:

Wow !!! A dedicated board!!! That is some awesome....

so I am doing my first trip from Tampa to Amsterdam in May.

all the ports are new and I’m excited about all the sea days.

the ship is the Brilliance and I like that size. I have been on big, small, and in between.

i read good reviews about the Brilliance, except for the Smokey casino.

 

some questions I have are on a May sailing will the solarium pool be usable? Or too cold?

we bought the 3 night dinner package, will the food keep rotating or get repeated?

i want to pack light, As much as I can, do people get really dressy for formal night?

 
I do have an active roll call, but it will be great to have this chat board.

thanks for any and all help!!!!

 

Solarium pool will defiantly be open and heavily used.

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We have done about a dozen TA's and 1 TP.  Each is a different experience and have had everything from smooth as a pond to 25 Foot seas.   I would have no qualms of taking another.   All or our cruises have been on Celebrity and have only done one East Bound TA.   

 

Our preference is a Westbound where you and the crew gain an extra hour every day for 5-6 days as oppose to loosing an hour a night.  

 

TA's and TP's have a huge following but if you are the type that need constant activity you may find yourself getting bored.  The cruise director is very busy and have things scheduled from early morning to late evening.    I don't participate in many of the activities but love spending time walking and working out and listening to audio books.   It is also really nice to stay up late and take a nice nap during the afternoon.   No pressure to do anything.    Do as much or as little as your enjoy.

 

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I'll kick in too.

 

We've done 3 so far, all Westbound, all on Princess.  We're booked on a 4th next year (also Princess).

In general we like sea days and thats a must as there will be a stretch of 5 or 6 (or 7) days at sea.  Folks who like to get off every day or two to stretch their legs struggle with TA's.  However, as I say, we love sea days and love to settle into our little routine and repeat it day by day.  Have never felt ship bound or uncomfortable.

 

Our most recent on Caribbean Princess was just days after a fairly active hurricane period.  This did stir up the sea (not to an uncomfortable level) but more significantly stirred up the sky.  We had 2 or 3 days of unsettled weather and 'dirty' sky.  Prior sailings were glassy seas and brilliant skies.  As others have written, the weather will be whatever it will be.

 

As to the question of whether to spring for a big upgrade, not sure I'd do so.  The ship is very active with more lectures, movies and other entertainment to keep you busy.  We didn't find ourselves spending any more time than any other cruise in the cabin so why upgrade?  On the other hand, TA's typically go off at a discount compared to similar length cruises in the Med or Alaska so an upgrade might be more affordable and tempting - if so - perhaps go for it!

 

Finally, one negative I'd report, and this may be Princess specific, but on all of our voyages we've experienced shortages on particular wines and beers.  The explanation is always the same - the season has ended in Southampton (Barcelona or Rome) and the warehouses are empty.  I'd be reluctant to purchase a beverage package in the future knowing there may be few (or even no) choices that fit my preference.  Other lines may avoid this problem, but I suspect the empty warehouse phenomenon is real and applies to others who sail European ports only seasonally. 

 

Sorry to be so verbose, hope this is of help to someone.

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We have done two TA’s, one from Barcelona (Carnival Vista) and one from Southampton (Independence of the Seas) and really enjoyed the cruises. We have booked on Anthem of the Seas TA 1st November this year and are counting the days down. To us TA’s are relaxing and we get to chill, explore the ship and meet people from our side of the pond and those going back over to their side of the pond. We like the fact that we can spend a lot of time doing what we want on board and not have to worry about a very port intensive trip. We try and make sure we get a couple of days at our final destination before flying back to the UK and reality (after shopping till we drop , me carrying bags of shopping for my DW). A TA  is a great experience And one am sure once tried you will do again. 

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On 2/12/2020 at 5:35 PM, Thebosn1 said:

I have done two Pacific Crossings, and I recently booked (finally) my first transatlantic.  The westbound crossing departs Barcelona on the 31st of October.  Is this a little late in the season for this trip? I have been at sea during all times of the year in the Atlantic, but for a crossing on a cruise ship it seems like this is a little late. Is this a normal time for a transatlantic?  

We are on Allure of the seas TA leaving Nov. 1, three other westbound TA'S have all been last week of Oct.  

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On 2/11/2020 at 10:25 AM, RhondaLea said:

We have booked our first TA cruise Barcelona to New York. The airfare I have found so far is shockingly HIGH! I believe it is because I am searching one way tickets. Who have you used in the past to get to Barcelona? 

Late to the party but, check your cruise line airfare option. We have done 6 one way flights from Lax to Barcelona or London, all priced under $350. All flights have been on Virgin, Air France or Lufthansa.  We are just about to book for Oct, 2020 and Norwegian air from Lax to Barcelona is $850.00 for non stop premium.  Economy coach on Norwegian starts at $250.00

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Hubby and I are booked on the Rhapsody from Barcelona on November 30 to Tampa on December 14, 2021. This will be our first TA and looking forward to it! We originally had an OV cabin on Deck 3; however, after reading more info on CC, decided to upgrade to an AFT cabin with a large balcony to enjoy those sea days! We prefer the AFT cabins to see all of the beautiful views on both sides! Cheers all!

 

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