An Ocean Liner cruise – how it differs to a cruise ship

A cruise on board a cruise ship is a vacation sailing not that far from the shore and calling from port to port. An ocean liner cruise is a grand voyage – a crossing from point A to point B over wide open waters. Think of endless horizons, misty mornings and bright moons. The whole idea of a journey on an ocean liner is in itself poetic.

There can come a time when, after many memorable vacations with your favorite cruise ship, you may want a change. Even after sailing on the biggest, fastest and most modern cruise ships you may find yourself looking for something different.

And for everyone who loves the concept of a cruise vacation, there is an ocean liner cruise that will give you a whole new experience.

Much like switching from cruise ships to ultra luxury cruise ships, it gives you a different type of vacation. One that is equally as fantastic. And perhaps even more thrilling.

What is the difference between an ocean liner and a cruise ship?

It’s all in the design. Modern cruise ships are designed to cruise relatively close to the shore between ports of call. Whilst an ocean liner’s sleek design, robust hull and high freeboard is designed for the high ocean waves.

Ocean liners also have an enormous capacity to store fuel, food and other necessities needed on a long voyage. Cruise ships rely on coming into ports of call to replenish their supplies.

Which cruise line offers a cruise on a ocean liner?

RMS Queen Mary 2 is the only ocean liner at sea. As the flagship of the Cunard fleet it regularly sails between Southampton, Southern England, and New York. It also offers a world cruise each year.

Queen Mary 2 has a capacity for around 2600 guests. And Cunard has long been associated with British elegance and style. And you will find this reflected in the design and decor on board. This ocean liner is a great choice for singles, couples and families alike.

They offer everything from a library to a planetarium, wine experiences to afternoon teas, children’s activities to sports events. And then there are the legendary gala evenings.

What can I expect on board RMS Queen Mary 2 ocean liner?

For dining you will mostly be in one of the main dining rooms for your breakfast, lunch and dinner. Menus are varied, all of a high standard and served in elegant surroundings. You won’t be disappointed.

There is music, dance, theater and broadway-style productions on board. Be entertained all day by performers, singer, musicians, acrobats and stand-up comedians.

Known as being more adult-orientated, Cunard does, however, have good facilities on board for children. There are various play zones and children clubs to keep the younger members of the family entertained. All this is included in the price of your cruise.

Cunard still has the traditional gala evening on board and it is very popular with guests. So pack your finest and join in this formel, fun evening.

There are many ways to enjoy sporting events on board. There is table tennis, paddle tennis and golf putting, as well as the pool area. And if you want to catch your favorite sport on TV then can also see major sporting events. Tune into the Premier League, Formula 1, tennis at Wimbledon, or for golf fans, the Ryder Cup.

What is the route of the ocean liner RMS Queen Mary 2?

Best known for her Eastbound and Westbound transatlantic route between Southampton and New York, The Queen Mary 2 is offer a 7 night crossing each month.

There is also an extention of the westbound trip from Southampton to New York – for 3 more nights you can continue on to Fort Lauderdale in Florida.

For a longer cruise, choose 2, 3 or 4 weeks and sail onwards from New York to the Caribbean. The itinerary includes stops such as St. Thomas, St. Maarten, CuraƧao and Barbados.

One-week cruises to the beautiful Norwegian Fjords are also available. And shorter trips to France and Germany, all departing from Cunard’s home port, Southampton.

What is included in the price on board Queen Mary 2?

Included in your price when booking a cruise on this fabulous ocean liner is:

  • Your accommodation in your chosen cabin choice
  • All of your dining including breakfast, lunch and dinner. You eat in the main dining room, or the Golden Lion Pub, the Kings Court or the Lido.
  • Join in entertainment on board – guest speakers and daily activities and sports events are all included. There is also a library and for children the kids club to enjoy.

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Meet the author: With more than 20 years experience from the travel industry, Mattias offers tips, expert advice and a unique perspective anchored in having worked with market leading cruise lines, tour operators, consolidators, airlines and hospitality suppliers. Read more..