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The above is my suite on the Norwegian Star on the way across the Atlantic Ocean in early May having departed from Miami Florida. The shot is in the middle of the crossing. The seas were so calm that at one point (see below) the only waves as far as the eye could see were from our ship. Looking down into the deep blue, the waters were so clear and calm that I could see a massive sail fish swimming along near us below the surface.
It was simply amazing.
The captain, who was Greek, informed us that in his 40 years at sea this day shown above was the calmest he had ever seen the Atlantic ever. He also joked that because he was Greek and spoke the language of Poseidon that that was the reason for the amazing calm seas – we all chuckled.
This next shot, while it may look the same, is not. This one was from one of the many many many Norwegian Epic Haven crossings I have taken. It was a Spa Suite and once again the ocean was calm with simple rolling swells that is nothing to get excited about or even have any cause for you to run for sea sickness remedies (as talked about in this post). Let me go on.
The above two shots are from this past year’s Norwegian Star crossing that sailed along the coast of Africa and then over to South American. Once again the shots are near the Equator and crossing the Atlantic Ocean in December.
In the half a dozen times I have crossed the Atlantic, either in April, May, November or December – all have been either calm or nothing but a few foot seas. Not once has it ever made me feel remotely uncomfortable or what I would call rough seas.
Clearly not. All my sails, by choice, have been southerly routes, that is, either starting in or ending in say Miami or San Juan or similar routes. I have purposely avoided the northerly ones that go or depart from New York even though so many sailings now start or end there (a big disappointment for me with NCL). So if you want to look for the best experience I would recommend following my lead and looking south.
I simply adore sailing access the ocean. It is a fabulous way to travel to Europe and not only is the sailing amazing but for the price of a coach airline ticket you can have many days at sea, amazing views and food, beat “jet lag” by gradually adjusting an hour at a time over many days as you cross thus arriving fresh and happy! – René
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