Too soon to track bookings for Bermuda's season

NEW YORK -- Agents are mixed on how busy this year's Bermuda season will be.

The main problem, they say, is that the ever-tightening booking window makes it virtually impossible to track even last-minute bookings.

Nonetheless, all seem to agree that Bermuda is the type of destination that today's traveler is seeking.

"People perceive Bermuda to be a safe, comfortable destination," said Rick Schneider, director of Starward First Travel in Hernando, Miss. "We're seeing a definite interest in Bermuda this year."

Cruise lines should offer Bermuda out of more ports, said Marilyn Radin Shindler, president of Radin Travel in Aventura, Fla. "If you used Charleston, S.C., for instance, you'd have a hell of a winner," she added.

At the Cruise Brothers in Cranston, R.I., the agency is "taking it day by day," said co-owner Steven Gefulso.

Bermuda is "slower than it should be at this time of year," he said, adding that the lackluster bookings have much to do with a virtually nonexistent booking window.

"Now we're booking within three weeks," he said.

In the end, Gefulso was at a loss to predict how the remainder of the season might shape up. "I just don't know," he said. -- C.C.

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