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Sail to New York and back?? is it possible?
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Old 08-02-2010, 9:50 AM
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I've spent days trying to find a way to sail to New York and back, Cunard do sail from Southampton which takes 6 days there and 6 back, the only options there seems to be are to sail 6 days there, spend the day in New York then sail 6 days back which seems a long way to go for a few hours. The other option is to sail 6 days there then wait for that ship to sail back to Southampton (6days) then back to New York (another 6 days) before returning, which means a stay of 12 days in New York which i think is a bit long, especially when you add in the 12 days return travel .

Has anybody done this trip and is there anyway that we could do it with a 3 or 4 day stay in New York? Btw flying is deffo out of the question, alot easier i know but that's the way it has to be.
Any help or advice would be much appreciated, thanks in advance.
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Old 08-02-2010, 10:00 AM
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is there any way you could sail out with cunard and come back with a different compny, or vice versa? that seems to be the only way to do it if you didn't want to spend too long in new york.
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Old 08-02-2010, 10:59 AM
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When do you want to travel? Cunard are the main cruise line going into NY, but you can sometimes come back from a different port (depends on the time of year however)
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Or fly one-way and sail the other?
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BTW 12 days in New York is not enough IMO - I want to move there.
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BTW 12 days in New York is not enough IMO - I want to move there.
12 days in New York is more than enough! Its a great city, but lets be honest - a long weekend is fine.
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Or fly one-way and sail the other?
Read the OPs first post.
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Don't bother reading the original reply below! Just realised the repositioning crossing takes 14 days so you'd be away just about as long as if you'd taken QM2 both ways and stayed the 12 nights in between. Have to say I now think you are not going to be able to do this (due to fact QM2 is fastest and the repositioning cruises "dawdle" i.e calling in Azors, etc. Unless you dedide to do a QM2 "turnaround" with only the day in NYC.

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It may just be possible if you can fit in a QM2 crossing that gets in a few days before one of the repositioning cruises leave. You would have to be very flexible with your dates as it only happens say twice a year - when the cruise ships come over to Europe for summer and then when they go back again for teh winter in the Caribbean. Even then, only a few call into or leave from New York, ,most go from Florida.

For example, there is a MSC repostioning cruise on the Poesia which leaves Port Everglades on 27 April and calls in at New York on 30 April. It's likely that you can book to join at New York. Looking at Cunard, the only westbound crossing around that time leaves S'hampton on 22 April arrivng NYC 29 April, so it would only give you one night in New York. (QM2 usually arrives early and you can ask to get off first. Poesia is supposed to be in port till 11pm on the 30th and you might not need to embark until 9pm, so you could have 2 full days there.)

Bad luck this time with the timings but I hope I've given some idea of how you might eventually find 2 crossings that will give you a few days in New York. It won't be easy. ANd, of course, int he autumn, you'll be looking at repsotioning cruises westbound and the QM2 crossing eastbound.

(I have to say I have done a westbound QM2 crossing (flew back) and found it something of an anti-climax. I had expected to enjoy the cruise more than NYC but it was quite the opposite- I'd go back to New York in a second but I wouldn't do the TA crossing again.)

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Thanks for all the advise, agree with bcl999, i would have to jiggle around the days to find a repositioning ship, we are planning to go between feb and april next year but we are really flexible about the date so i think that is prob the best route.
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Just came across this when i was browsing some cruise agent sites this afternoon - http://www.socruise.com/view-cruise/122311/

Any use to you?
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Just came across this when i was browsing some cruise agent sites this afternoon - http://www.socruise.com/view-cruise/122311/

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Thanks, a surprising find and something for me to keep in mind, need to get a definite date so we can start looking at other ships.
thanks for taking the time, much appreciated.
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If 12 days is too long, why not spend a few days in NY, then move onto somewhere else, like Washington DC or Boston for a few days, heading back to NY for the return sailing? You could use the train as flying is not an option.
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Check out Cunard site. I'm sure I saw a 2way crossing with something like 5 nights in NYC advertised recently. I couldn't find this thread to post it at the time.
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Lots of companies sail to NY fromSouthampton.

NCL are sailing their new ship in June - have a look at cruise sites like www.cruise.co.uk or www.cruisedeals.co.uk and other sites to get dates and lines that suit you.
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