Not all cruise ships are created equal. Well, most are pretty similar, but one stands out: Cunard's Queen Mary 2. Technically, it's not even a cruise ship; it's an ocean liner. It was built specifically to cross the North Atlantic year round and in any weather — something regular cruise ships can't do.
With most people flying over the pond these days, there's not a lot of demand for ocean liners. In fact, the QM2 is the last of its kind, making its Southampton–New York crossings something of a must-do.
People often describe the experience as "harking back to the golden age of cruising", which is a lot of fluff that doesn't mean much. Basically, it's a pretty luxurious affair (think Rose's quarters in Titanic) with Champagne receptions, tuxedoed dinners and white-gloved waiters. If you're more into t-shirts and flip-flops (nothing wrong with that), this might not be the holiday for you.
As you can probably tell, a QM2 crossing isn't exactly cheap. But every now and then, you'll find a price drop for a winter sailing — which is the case with the 15 December departure from Southampton. For £999* per person, it includes seven nights' full-board accommodation in a Balcony Cabin and flights back from New York. It might not scream cheap, but the same experience next June costs £630 more.
*We might be Pirates, but we’re an honest bunch. We check all our deals when we review them to make sure everything is available. However, with deals this hot, things change quickly—flight prices fluctuate, hotel rooms sell out, currencies yo-yo. But mainly, demand for the best deals means the lowest prices don’t last long. If you’ve missed out this time, don’t worry, we’re working on more great offers.