Aloha adventurers and welcome to another ‘Friday Thought’ here on Fred.\ Holidays TV. Today we are going to be focussing on our neighbours across the pond and talking about the various different ways you can discover the good old US of A. Many of us would say that American’s have an obsession with Britain, especially aspects such as our accents and the Royal Family, but this definitely seems to go the other way too. Although there was a slight decline last year, the United States still remains our third favourite holiday destination, behind Spain and France.
So let’s take a look at the various ways you can enjoy a transatlantic trip and explore the Land of Opportunity.
The most iconic way of travelling across the Atlantic Ocean is on board one of Cunard’s luxury liners. Last week we saw Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth as they sailed out of Southampton together and these ships have been making the journey across the ocean for 175 years. However, Cunard are not the only operator to sail this route. You can find cruises from the UK that take you to ports like Miami, New York and Fort Lauderdale from a range of different lines. Incidentally, Fred. Olsen have just announced a mammoth 35-night trip, sailing out of Southampton in September 2015 and visiting east coast cities such as New York, Boston, Charleston and Miami.
The most famous river in the USA has to be the Mississippi, but Fred.\ River Cruises can also offer trips along the Snake, Columbia, Ohio and Tennessee rivers. You'll be travelling in an authentic paddle steamer as you sail right through the heart of the country and into Mark Twain territory. These river cruises are full of history and culture and are a great way to see a different side of America that you wouldn't get to witness by just visiting the major destinations.
Of course, if you are looking to visit Uncle Sam on holiday, there’s no need for a ship to be involved in any capacity. The major cities along the east coast lend themselves perfectly to an extended city break and this is something that Fred.\ Holidays will be more than happy to provide. Four or five nights in the Big Apple or Washington DC may not be long enough to see all of the major sights, but would still act as a great taster and a well-deserved break.
When thinking about America, many people forget about a state that is actually joined to the Canadian mainland; Alaska. But this is one of the most popular destinations for expedition cruises. Fred.\ Expeditions can offer fly cruises that help you discover the stunning natural beauty of America’s 49th state on an exciting adventure. As well as bears, whales, icebergs and spectacular national parks, you will also get to meet some of the indigenous tribes that have lived here for hundreds of years and that help to make it such a vibrant holiday destination.
As the majority of what we offer is tailor-made to your own requirements, there is always the option to combine two of the choices that we've already mentioned. One such trip could involve taking a transatlantic voyage on board the emblematic Queen Mary 2, before embarking on a 5-night city break in the city that never sleeps; New York, New York. You can then sail back to Southampton on board the same ship or choose to fly back to the UK. And that specific combination of travel options is available on all our websites at the moment, on the tailor-made tab of the home page.
Another combination could involve a short stay in Miami or Orlando before you fly down to the Argentinian city of Ushuaia and head off on an awe-inspiring expedition cruise to Antarctica.
And that’s everything for this week. If you do want to say a great big yeehah, howdy or hey ya’ll to the United States, we have various different options across all of our sites. Thanks for watching today and we’ll see you again next time for another ‘Friday Thought’ from Fred.\. Goodbye.