Princess, too, reduces Bermuda calls

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Add Princess to the list of cruise lines that have cut back on Bermuda calls.

The line, which called in Bermuda 10 times this year, will visit just two times in 2012.

“As we have increased our capacity in Alaska for 2012, we don’t have a ship sailing to the Caribbean out of New York for the summer 2012 season. As a result, our visits to Bermuda have decreased,” said a Princess spokeswoman.

Two Princess ships will call in Bermuda next fall: the 3,100-passenger Caribbean Princess on Oct. 29 and the 2,600-passenger Grand Princess on Nov. 14.

Princess is the third Carnival Corp. brand slated to reduce capacity in Bermuda.

Holland America Line announced in mid-November that the 1,350-passenger Veendam will not return to Bermuda on regularly scheduled cruises after the 2012 season. The ship has operated seasonal Bermuda cruises from New York since 2010.

“The 2012 season will mark three years of Bermuda cruising roundtrip from New York, and in 2013 other destinations are being considered as part of our overall global deployment,” the cruise line said in a statement.

Holland America said that it would “continue to call in Hamilton occasionally on other itineraries.”

Carnival Cruise Lines earlier this month informed Bermuda tourism officials that it would not require the use of several berths it had reserved for next summer.

Four Carnival ships made a combined 16 visits to Bermuda in 2011, but next year just one ship, the 2,100-passenger Carnival Pride, will call at Bermuda one time, in April.

For cruise news and updates, follow Donna Tunney on Twitter @dttravelweekly.

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