A New York Times crossword-themed transatlantic cruise will set sail

Three thousand wordsmiths will have the opportunity to sail the seas while completing their favorite crossword puzzles. 

The New York Times first printed its famous brain teaser in 1942, becoming a daily feature in 1950. To celebrate the 75th anniversary of its crossword puzzle, the Times is partnering with Cunard for a one of a kind trip.

The 9-day transAtlantic crossing will leave New York on December 7th, 2017, for Southhampton, England. Every morning, guests on Cunard’s luxurious flagship, the Queen Mary 2, will wake up to the next day’s Times crossword puzzle slipped under their cabin door. 

Related: How to avoid seasickness

How to avoid getting seasick while on a cruise
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How to avoid getting seasick while on a cruise

1. Call guest services

A lot of people feel queasy once on board. Consequently, most cruise lines offer anti-nausea pills at their guest service counters at no extra charge. The motion sickness medicine will help until your body becomes accustomed to the movement of the ship. 

2. Choose your cabin wisely.

A cabin with windows and a balcony will allow more air and light into the room, alleviating queasiness. Alternatively, an indoor cabin can exacerbate these symptoms.

The location of the cabin can do wonders as well. According to Cruise Critic, cabin location is "a question of engineering, really." Choose a cabin lower and more central to the rest of the ship -- you won't feel the ship's movement nearly as much. 

"The higher decks and cabins at the very front (forward) or back (aft) of the ship will rock and roll the most," they said

3. You can still manage in an indoor cabin.

While an outdoor/balcony cabin is better for those prone to seasickness, an indoor cabin might be okay. One insider insists the TV should be turned onto the "ship camera" channel. It "will create the illusion of having a window when you have an inside room."

4. Invest in a relief band

It may be expensive, but a relief band could be your cure. Many cruise-goers insist on this small device, which fits on your wrist like a watch. 

This FDA-approved device has been proven to stop motion sickness and nausea -- just remember batteries! 


5. Opt for nausea-reducing foods.

If you call room service and complain of seasickness, more likely than not they'll send you up a bottle of ginger ale, saltines and green apples. 

Vacationers swear by green apples. For many people, the sour taste is the cure for all sorts of motion sickness. 

6. Keep your eye on the horizon 

In doing so, your brain "can use the horizon as a point of reference." It helps in reminding your brain that you are moving, solving the conflict between your ears and your eyes. 

7. Your journey and time of year matters. 

The rockiness of the boat can depend on the season or even the route of the cruise. Sailing across the Atlantic may face rougher waters than cruising in the Caribbean.

If you're going to the Caribbean, it might best to avoid the summer or fall (aka hurricane season). You don't want choppy waters, high wind or rain. 

8. Go with a more modern ship

No, not for safety concerns. Big ships that were built recently were probably built with stabilizers. Also used in ferries, the stabilizers are used to help prevent sea sickness. 

9. Talk to your doctor about anti-nausea medicine. 

Dramamine helps to calm, prevent and treat motion sickness. Bonine is also a popular medication to treat seasickness. 

10. Check your posture

Some doctors believe that posture can influence how your body reacts to movement, like the rocking of a boat. If you're feeling nauseous, try sitting upright or with a pillow to support the neck. 


If you have ever wondered why or how a word was chosen for the crossword puzzle, this cruise is a chance to hear straight from some of the Times’ crossword editors.  

With balcony cabins starting at almost $2,900 per person, the Cunard cruise costs a bit more than the Sunday Times, but some people will do anything to figure out the 11-letter word to fill 19 across.

Related: Foods you should never eat on a cruise

Foods you should never order on a cruise
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Foods you should never order on a cruise

Unpasteurized foods

Unpasteurized foods, like milk and cheeses, can contain harmful bacteria like salmonella, E. coli and listeria. The incorrect storage of unpasteurized foods makes it even more likely for bacteria to grow. 


Stick to bottled water, especially when you get to the ports. Avoid tap water, because of pathogens, when you can. 


If hot foods aren't cooked and maintained at 140 degrees, harmful bacteria might not be eliminated. 


Condiments and heavy sauces are usually left sitting out for long periods of time, making it easier for bacteria to grow. 


Even if it's cooked, eating seafood on cruises is risky because of its quick expiration dates and storage requirements. You might be better off ordering seafood at the local ports because of its freshness -- but use your judgement. 

Sushi is usually not stored safely. Raw foods should be stored at at least 40 degrees, but if it's been sitting out all day, you might want to avoid it. 



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