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Left to right: The Britannia, Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth

Crossing the Atlantic Ocean by ship is a travel bucket list item for many.
A transatlantic crossing remains a great way to go, even more than 170
years after crossings were first offered as regular passenger trips.

T

he late John Maxtone-Graham
lovingly outlined why he preferred
the romance of crossings over now
more common cruising in his classic
book about the golden age of transatlantic
cruise travel, The Only Way to Cross, which
highlighted the unique aspects of ocean
liner travel on the Atlantic. Though air
travel has supplanted ocean liners as the
most popular way to cross the Atlantic, a
transatlantic cruise remains "the only way
to cross" for some.
The allure and romance of a transatlantic
crossing is undeniable. With few or no ports
of call leading to many sea days during a
typical crossing, lucky passengers enjoy the
freedom of time and so much more. Plus,
the ships typically add more programs and
events for the additional days at sea, with
those onboard doing as much - or as little
- as they desire.

First Crossings

CUNARD

Until the advent of commercial air travel,
taking an ocean liner across the Atlantic

was the only way to travel between the
United States and Europe - making a
crossing a means of transportation. The
first ship to offer regular transatlantic
passenger service was Cunard's Britannia,
which took 13 days to cross the Atlantic
(between Liverpool and Boston) starting in
1840. At the time, mail and newspapers
took up to six weeks to make their way
across the Atlantic.
Within a year of the Britannia's first
scheduled crossing, three Cunard sister
ships also offered weekly transatlantic
service and kept to a timetable. Of an early
sailing on the Britannia, Charles Dickens
said that his cabin was an "utterly
impracticable, thoroughly hopeless, a
profoundly preposterous box." Thankfully,
cabins and the entire transatlantic crossing
experience would greatly improve in years
to follow - and it's still the case on modern
ocean liners today.
From 1946 until 1967, Cunard's original
art deco Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth
typically took just five days to cover the

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AAA Traveler - Spring 2018

AAA Traveler - Spring 2018
Navigator
Contents
Departures
Because Someday
Transatlantic Cruises: The Only Way to Cross
Coasting the Coast
Your Story
Trip Notes
Central Perks
Napa or Sonoma?
Northern Exposure
Agent Spotlight
Mountain Expressions
Cities We Love
Postcards
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