We are just back from the southern Caribbean on RCCL'S Serenade and our group had a fabulous time, only one member was a "challenge".
I can't get over how fast people are talking about the "next one" which I am suppossed to plan for Bermuda. We live along the east coast from NY to VA so we would like to catch a port somewhere along that.
Question is a 5 day cruise worth it? Are there ever 7 day cruises? Which cruise line?
I guess I talked myself into shopping again!
Bermuda is a wonderful island. Its beautiful, quaint, charming, laid-back and very British. Most if not all major cruise lines cruise to Bermuda, and most of them depart from NY or Boston, they don't depart much further south than that being that Bermuda is located off the South Carolina coast.
Go for the 7 day. You will fall in love with Bermuda and want to spend as much time there as you can.
Carnival is one of the cruise lines that does NOT come to Bermuda, however, they are having a special one-time only cruise that will be coming to Bermuda sometime in April I believe. Best check with Carnival if you are interested.
Bermuda is indeed a beautiful island. I live there.
I have cruised to other islands (Bermuda is NOT in the Caribbean) and the main town called Hamilton is very clean; the people friendly.
Thanks Lisa K ! I have want4ed to go to Bermuda since I was a little girl as I saw pictures of how clean & beautiful it was.We have to make things final which is a little tough with 13 personalities.This cruise would be next year I think (again personalities). I have cruised on RCCL twice & Disney once and have no idea how they all rank any thoughts.
I will check carnival though, maybe DH & I can sneek away by ourselves!
You might want to check out NCL's Crown out of NYC -- 7 days and all 3 ports in Bermuda. The Crown is an older ship than the rest of NCL's fleet but the cabins are larger. While not initially designed for "freestyle" dining, the Crown follows the rest of the NCL as far as dining.
I try to take the longest cruise I can due to the fact that when I add airare in and divide it by the number of days it makes the per day cost less. I always have to apy airfare from Iowa so it makes no sense for us to sail for less than 7 days. That is what I use for my rule of thumb. I would sail year round if I could, and never come back....:-)
Horizon 1990, 1992, 1999
Crown Dynasty 2000
Century 1996, 2001
Explorer of Sea 2003
Norwegian Dawn 2004,2005
Voyager of the Sea 05/05
Celebrity Zenith 1/23/06
Celebrity Century 11/13/06
Norwegian Dawn DD cruise 10/14/06
Celebrity Constellation TA 9/15/07
Norwegian Dawn 10/25-26 Nowhere
I think Celebrity's Zenith (or Horizon leaving from other ports) has the best itinerary.
Here is Zenith's itin:
Day 1 Cape Liberty Cruise Port, Nj Departure Depart 4:30 PM
Day 2 At Sea
Day 3 Hamilton, Bermuda Docked Arrive 9:00 AM
Day 4 Hamilton, Bermuda Docked
Day 5 Hamilton, Bermuda Docked Depart 6:00 AM
Day 5 St. George Island, Bermuda Docked Arrive 9:00 AM
Day 6 St. George Island, Bermuda Docked Depart 3:00 PM
Day 7 At Sea
Day 8 Cape Liberty Cruise Port, Nj Arrival Arrive 8:00 AM
I went to Bermuda in May 2003 on the Horizon and chose this line because of the itinerary. These two ships dock right in Hamilton and St. Georges so you can just walk right into these wonderful cities.
The larger ships can only dock at the Naval Dockyard (not much to do there).
You will need at least 4 days in Bermuda itself to go to the wonderful beaches.
When I go back to Bermuda again (which everyone does) it will be on Celebrity.
I've heard a few horror stories about the rough waters departing from NYC. My brother in law spent the best part of a 9 day cruise in bed because of sea sickness. It would be so much easier for us to depart from NYC and not have to bother with taking flights, etc. I still want to go to Bermuda. I hear it's simply beautiful!! Maybe next year . . . .
Well, we are scheduled to go to bermuda on a 7 day cruise on celebrity's horizon in just 5 weeks (can't wait!!). We are sailing out of Philadelphia. Sounds to me that a Philadelphia departure port might be good for your group as well??? Check it out!
My husband, Bruno, and I have cruised 14 times to Bermuda. Eight times on the now retired RCCL "Song of America", four times on RCCL "Nordic Empress" which is now known as the "Empress of The Seas" and once on Celebrity's "Zenith". We have cruised to Bermuda mainly in July, but several times we cruised there during October. About eight years ago we cruised from Bermuda and into hurricane-like weather. It was very, very scary to say the least. That particular time was in July. Bermuda is a most beautiful, clean, relaxing, friendly and ideal island to visit. We have cruised four times to the Caribbean and twice to the North Atlantic Canadian provinces. I believe that RCCL "Empress of the Seas" still cruises from Cape Liberty, Bayonne, New Jersey to Bermuda for seven days while the "Voyager of The Seas" cruises to Bermuda for only five days. I love Bermuda and I can't wait to visit there again.
We had a great trip on the Horizon out of NYC in 2003, which now sails out of Philadelphia or Baltimore to Bermuda. The sister ship the Zenith sails out of Cape Liberty in Bayonne, NJ. Warning stay away from the Motor Scooters. They are not Mo-Peds like they were 20 years ago, now they are dangerous!
We sailed on the Norwegian Majesty out of Boston, 7 days. We absolutely loved Bermuda. At that time (1999) the ship docked in St. John for the whole time we were there and that worked out really well because you didn't have to worry about the ship moving. We purchased passes for the bus/ferry "pink ladies" and used those to visit the crystal caves, Hamilton, John Smith Bay (our favorite beach), etc. There is a great tavern with an outdoor bar and music just across the bridge from the ship, I believe it is called the White Stallion Inn.
We sailed May 28 out of Norfolk; it was very easy there. We drove from Charlotte and parked our car in the lot for the cruise ships, our luggage was taken out and put on a bus which we boarded and they took us to the dock.