I am looking for a way to travel from Maryland to the west coast of italy perhaps along montalto marina or a destination near Umbria that would allow me to visit Hotelito Eremito Del Alma for a 2 week vacation and then return home. I understand it takes quite a while for cruise ships to travel and a very long time for cargo ships to travel because of the financial positions surrounding cargo travel.

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    I'm not aware of any, but it wouldn't be difficult to sail from New York to Southampton, England, and then take the train from Southampton to London, then Paris, then Rome, then anywhere you need in Italy, if you want to avoid traveling by air. Nov 21, 2019 at 21:16
  • And using commercial cruises like that, you have a lot more control on the schedule.
    – Max
    Nov 21, 2019 at 21:20
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    The only time cruise ships ( as opposed to scheduled transatlantic liners) cross the Atlantic is when repositioning, and after that they stay there a couple of months at least. Nov 21, 2019 at 21:40
  • Typically repositioning cruises travel east across the Atlantic in April-May and west in October-November. I can't say that nothing exists that would allow you just two weeks before sailing back, but I would expect to sail one way and fly the other. Nov 22, 2019 at 0:12

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From Italy: no.

Cruise ships navigate the Atlantic Ocean from West to East on spring, and from East to West on fall. You will find most of ships will do this crossing, and some also from Italy. This is "repositioning" and so usually much cheaper. They go on summer on Europe, and in Winter on Caribbean Sea.

There is just Cunard which do regular transatlantic route. Note: technically they ships are not cruise ships but liners: hull and engines are different, for more speed and better transatlantic experience. But they usually depart from England (Southampton), sometime from Ireland or other ports across the Channel (but as far I know, not from Mediterranean).

You may find other cruises which go from North Europe to North US or Canada on regular basis: this is the very new trend, and cruise lines are adding it, but so, you may need to wait 2021 and later.

Cargo ships: this is much more relaxing experience, but often more expensive then the cheaper cabins on normal ships, and you never know exactly the sailing date or the arrival date (and maybe the arrival port could change on last hours).

Note: there are few exceptions, because of dry docks, so sometime cruise ships will cross ocean during spring/summer. This requires a better search in Internet, and you should consider that often such dates varies (according dry-dock availability, which are known much later then the published dates of cruise lines), but it could be a nice option in case of short term planing.

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