Friday, February 26, 2010

Cruise to Bermuda

The telltale signs of spring become noticeable about mid April. Days grow longer and songbirds are heard more frequently. If you look up you will see that trees are beginning to bud, and if you look down you'll observe little green sprouts popping out of the soil. But the most evident sign that spring has sprung? It has to be the return of cruise ships heading down to Bermuda!

Bermuda is known for its pink sand beaches, lemon and lime painted homes, green golf courses and turquoise waters. The island's rich seafaring history is witnessed in museums and forts from St. George, across to the city of Hamilton, and onward to Kings Wharf. Explore the Crystal Caves, swim with dolphins, or shop for English woolens and Irish linens on Front Street. Explore the depths of Bermuda's waters, wrecks and reefs by scuba, snorkel, glass bottom boat or a unique helmet dive. And what better way to get to this paradise but by cruise ship? This year there is an expansive choice of ships to choose from, each as distinctive as the lovely island itself.

After a hiatus of several years Celebrity Cruise Line returns to Bermuda in 2010 with class and style. Sailing from Cape Liberty, New Jersey, the Celebrity Summit will make weekly trips to Bermuda April through September. The Summit is a Millennium class ship that entered service in 2001. A combination of Old World charm and modern sophistication, the Summit is consistently voted one of the "World's Best Large Ships" by Conde Naste Traveler. You can count on award-winning cuisine in which each meal is both a culinary and visual masterpiece, and personal yet unobtrusive service second to none. Don't confuse this commitment of "service with style" as snobbery because that is far from the truth. In fact, Summit is a perfect choice for the entire family! The "family ocean view stateroom with veranda" has a private master bedroom and will comfortably hold a family of 5. And it nice to know that age appropriate children's programs will keep kids engaged and entertained throughout the cruise!

Also out of Cape Liberty this year is Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas. Rock climbing, ice skating, in-line skating and mini golf, sports court...this ship is where the action is! When you've worked up an appetite stop into Johnny Rockets for a burger and yummy chocolate shake! For a memorable dinner make a reservation at Portofino and enjoy the finest in classic Italian cuisine. The Royal Promenade, an interior boulevard lined with shops, pubs and eateries also features colorful parades and dance parties in the evenings. Book one of the novel interior Promenade staterooms, a cabin with a window where you can watch the activity below. The Explorer's schedule in 2010 includes 5-night cruises to Bermuda and 9-night cruises calling at Bermuda, St. Maarten, St.Thomas and Puerto Rico.

Calling all Freestyle cruisers! The Norwegian Dawn will sail out of New York City and head to Bermuda from April through September this year. Bright colors and whimsical design reflect the fun, easygoing atmosphere onboard. So, what's for dinner? Whatever you feel like! With 15 different dining options it could be anything from steak to sushi or Tex-Mex to French. Evening dining hours are from 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m. so you can dine at your convenience. The dress code during evenings is resort casual so feel free to leave the suit and tie at home. Freestyle cruising is a perfect fit for families and if you're traveling with toddlers don't miss the T-Rex kid's pool and kid's center where they're sure to have a gargantuan good time!

If you call New England your home you'll be glad to know that NCL has a cruise leaving right from your backyard...Boston! The Norwegian Spirit is a wonderful choice for a 7 night cruise to Bermuda. Fully refurbished in 2008 it's like stepping aboard a brand new ship. Giving you all the Freestyle options that NCL is known for, everyone is sure to have a good time. There's an undeniable water theme going on here with the Tivoli Pool, four outdoor hot tubs and the kid favorite Buccaneer's Wet & Wild, with waterslides, a paddle pool, and their own hot tub. The teens and kids program delivers fun both day and night. Adult nightlife is just as exciting with Broadway caliber shows, the "White Hot Dance Party", and the comedy of Second City!

Get ready to welcome Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas to Baltimore this year. Those that have a hard time getting away for an entire week will appreciate her 5-night sailings to Bermuda throughout the summer and fall. This is the only Royal Caribbean ship with a bungee trampoline and it's hard to tell who enjoys it more...the kids or the adults! Guests will certainly appreciate the elegant Solarium onboard in which a retractable glass roof can cover this adult only indoor/outdoor pool and lounge area. Kids won't feel neglected because they will be enjoying their very own sprinkler area and splash pool!
So there you have entire flotilla heading down to Bermuda from the Northeast! Each ship is a destination in itself but these cruises are so much more. They include several wonderful days enjoying and exploring the lovely island of Bermuda! The Caribbean is a year-round destination but not Bermuda. It's a short season and if you don't act now the opportunity may pass you by. And if you miss it you'll be like many others looking for next year's signs of spring.

To view all 2010 Bermuda cruises, CLICK HERE.

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