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robngerry 07-05-2008 10:08 AM

My husband and I are thinking about booking the Nov 29th Transatlantic cruise - departing Barcelona and arriving Galveston. Curious as to what the temperatures are like and how smooth the Atlantic was at that time of year. We've been on many cruises and Royal Caribbean is our favorite. Any comments/sugestions greatly appreciated!

TrvlPro 07-05-2008 10:48 AM

Hi robngerry, Welcome to cruise-chat! The Nov transAtlantic is at the end of the Med season so temps will be quite cool as you depart Barcelona. In the 60's for highs and 40's for lows at night. As your trip progresses it should get warmer with each day as you travel further south. Nov is still inside hurricane season and late in the season is often more active than early. The ship will steer clear of any major storm threats, they do have the equipment to forcast and avoid them. The ship can also cruise at speeds approaching twice the speed of such storms so I wouldn't worry much about that. The sea can be rough that time of year but Voyager of the Seas being among the largest ships sailing and having very good stabelizers, you'll be on a ship that can handle high seas well without the dificulty and discomfort for passengers of smaller vessels.

That cruise looks like an exceptional value right now and I love the Voyager Class of ships. I'd do it without hesitation. Just pack accordingly with clothing for cooler and wamrmer climates, it can still be very hot and humid in Galveston/Houston that time of year. Have a great time if you set this one up!

Cheers, Neil

robngerry 07-05-2008 11:54 AM

Hi Neil - thanks for speedy reply. The deal does look pretty good - just trying to figure out if our schedules permit and what we can do with air fare. Wondering too if 5-6 days in a row at sea will be too much or just enough. We do like to lie out on the deck in the warm sun. I remember one cruise out of San Diego (?) to Hawaii. Firt day out was cool and overcast - but we were determined to lay out - and we did under multiple layers of blankets and sweatshirts. . .

TrvlPro 07-05-2008 04:09 PM


Wondering too if 5-6 days in a row at sea will be too much or just enough.
That would be the perfect cruise from my perspective. I have grown to like the sea days better than port days. I like to actually enjoy a vacation as a vacation and not spend all my time on the go. I like to get up when I like, eat when I like, rest and relax and when in the mood catch a show or hit the casino for a while. My last cruise was constant ports and that was fun occasionally but I need at least one cruise a year that's all about recharging the batteries and doing as little as possible, mentally and physically. Get me away from the phones and emails for a week at a time and serve me meals, I'm a happy guy!

Cheers, Neil

Sonny V 07-05-2008 07:45 PM

Hello robngerry, WELCOME TO CRUISE-CHAT! My wife and I did a transatlantic on the Navigator last April from Ft. Lauderdale to Barcelona. Thst cruise is one of our favorite cruises. The 6 days at sea were very relaxing. We had a lot of concerns about the weather and the seas, but everything turned out great. We will do it again, except the next time we will fly to Spain and cruise back to the States.


Hank 07-06-2008 05:17 PM

Last December 2, we departed Barcelona on the Brilliance of the Seas for a 15 day to Ft Lauderdale. We normally do 2 transatlantics per year (spring and fall) but this was the latest we have ever returned from Europe. It also turned out to be some of the best weather we have ever experienced. The seas were relatively calm the entire way across (never more than 6 feet) and nearly every day was warm (70s) and sunny. In April of 07 we did the Jewel of the Seas from Miami to Rome, and this cruise had the most dreadful weather we have ever experienced in more than 50 cruises. For 3 straight days, the seas never dropped below 30 feet (often quite higher) and it rained nearly every day. The bottom line is that when you cross the Atlantic its like rolling the dice, and there is no way to predict.


robngerry 07-08-2008 10:42 AM

Many thanks one and all! We are gathering best prices to see what we can do. Will probably fly into Barcelona so we arrive the day before the ship leaves - don't want to risk getting stuck in Boston due to bad weather!

Hank - thanks for reassurance re weather and temps. I know there are no guarantees!

Hank 07-09-2008 06:49 AM

Since you are thinking about air arrangements, I have a suggestion based on a cruise we took out of Barcelona last December. I believe Aer Lingus operates daily flights out of Boston to Barcelona. All of their flights require you to change in Dublin, but this turns out to have a real benefit. We booked Aer Lingus (out of Dulles) last December, and did a free stop-over in Dublin for a few days. It turned out that Aer Lingus allows stopovers in Dublin for up to 30 days with no charge, plus you get to keep the higher luggage allowances allowed on their transatlantic flights. They also are popular with many of us who do a lot of transatlantics because they let you book one-way flights at half the cost of roundtrip. Since we had no desire to spend time in Barcelona (have been there more than 6 times) we simply took the early morning flight from Dublin to Barcelona the day of the cruise (its only a 2 hour flight). We were not too concerned about the possibility of missing the ship because the flight was in Barcelona by 10, but we also knew we could have easily caught up to the ship the following day in Alicante (our backup plan).


robngerry 07-09-2008 09:33 AM

Hi Hank: We've been checking out separate air and it is costing almost more than just the cruise itself! Maybe we'll just row ourselves over. Seriously tho - getting a pretty good package deal from RCCL. Holding the res now and will make the final decision tonite. WAHOO!

robngerry 07-16-2008 10:28 AM

[QUOTE]Originally posted by TrvlPro:
The Nov transAtlantic is at the end of the Med season so temps will be quite cool as you depart Barcelona. In the 60's for highs and 40's for lows at night. As your trip progresses it should get warmer with each day as you travel further south.

OK - we have booked the cruise! YAY! Now as weather will be a little cooler than our normal caribbean adventures, any suggestions as to what to pack - especially keeping in mind all the new fees for checking baggage and such. Really looking forward to this one!

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