Bermuda: Getting to and around

Princess Cruises will be added next year to the three cruise lines now serving Bermuda, and cruise service will be increased to the island's West End.

This is part of a substantial restructuring by Bermuda of its transportation plan following extensive reviews of air and cruise service to the island. Bermuda will maintain its policy of limiting the number of passengers to the island.

The 2000 schedule, which also will include Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line, will provide for about 6,800 passengers per day to Bermuda, a figure aimed at maintaining an appropriate balance between air and cruise arrivals while ensuring infrastructure standards.

This year's schedule

  • Celebrity Cruises: Zenith will offer 26 Saturday departures from New York, sailing seven-night itineraries from April 17 through Oct. 16. During the voyages, Zenith will dock for two full days and two nights in Hamilton and one and a half days in St. George's.
  • Celebrity's Horizon will embark on a variety of six- and seven-night cruises this year, departing from New York and other East Coast cities, and docking at historic King's Wharf on the island's West End.

    Horizon's first Bermuda sailing will depart from Fort Lauderdale on April 23, and stop in King's Wharf for two nights, returning to Ft. Lauderdale on April 30.

    The ship's 15 seven-night cruises to Bermuda from New York will depart on Sundays from June 13 through Sept. 19.

    Eleven additional cruises will depart from several East Coast cities, as follows:

  • Philadelphia: Six-night sailings to King's Wharf on May 24, June 6, Sept. 27 and Oct. 3; and a seven-night
  • sailing to King's Wharf and Hamilton on May 30.

  • Baltimore: A seven-night sailing to King's Wharf and Hamilton on May 16, and a six-night sailing to King's Wharf on Oct. 10.
  • Newport News, Va.: Seven-night sailings to King's Wharf and Hamilton on May 9 and Oct. 16.
  • Charleston, S.C.: Seven-night sailings to King's Wharf on May 1 and Oct. 24.
  • Royal Caribbean Internatonal: This line has a new ship on the Bermuda route this year -- the Nordic Empress. The vessel will have Sunday departures from May 9 to Oct. 17 with seven-night sailings that call at St. George's and Hamilton.

    A special eight-night sailing departs from New York on Oct. 24 and visits St. George's, Hamilton and St. Thomas before arriving in San Juan.

  • Norwegian Cruise Line: NCL will offer three ports of embarkation to Bermuda: Port Canaveral, New York and Boston. The Norwegian Majesty will sail from Boston to St. George's each Sunday from April 11 to Oct. 17. The Norwegian Crown calls at both St. George's and Hamilton and sails Saturdays from New York between April 24 and Oct. 9; and from Port Canaveral between March 28 and April 11.
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