This has to be the WORST itinerary out there

Scratching my head at this one. 

We love Bermuda.  It’s probably our favourite cruise. Once we dock we are in Bermuda for 2 1/2 days.   The ship is our hotel. We are free to come and go as we please.  We are headed there in April for our 30th.  It has always been a 7 day voyage out of NY.  The same line, NCL, has the same itinerary out of Boston.   Here now, I give to you, what has to be the worst itinerary out of NY.   5 days.  Bermuda.   

Day 1.  Leave from NYC

Day 2. Fun day at sea

Day 3. Dock at Bermuda.   Leave at 5:00

Day 4. Fun day at sea

Day 5.  Return to NYC

 

Are you kidding me !?   One day, no, less than one day in Bermuda.  I guess everyone gets off the ship, has lunch at either the Frog and Onion or the Swizzle Inn.  A quick look around at some pink sand, and back on the ship.   Those had better be some real fun days at sea.

If I had only 5 days to get away, I would do a quick Canada run.

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Why do you enjoy so much time in Bermuda? I've never been there, but usually after being in a port for a few hours, I've seen and done what I had hoped for and am ready to leave. 

 

Go to different beaches and relax. Enjoy a restaurant.  Wednesday eve  they have a street fair over in Hamilton.   There is a botanical garden which we hope to visit this time.

Bermuda is on my list of places to go.  We almost made it there 2 years ago on the first Carnival Journeys cruise.  It is the one we had to cancel the 4 hours before we were to fly to NOLA, because of my Dad's death.  I'll get there someday even if it is for a few hours, I'd prefer the 2 1/2 days however.

Though I can't comment on why BAK like Bermuda so much, I can tell you why I love sailing there. 

Simple put there is so much to do and a very wide range of reliable options with whom to do those things with. 

Bermuda does not rely on tourism for it's primary income, they handle international business banking and re-insurance, so the tourist trade is just icing to them. Since it's currently self ruled territory under Great Britain (but looking to transfer allegiance to Canada), it does share most of England's laws, a British social structure, and mores. But because of it's proximity the USA, it's easy for the locals to do business with USA based company's and make extended visit to the east coast states. Also due to it's social relation to the UK it has the lowest crime statistics of any of the beach ports in the Atlantic Ocean through Caribbean sea.

Add to that a well worked out public transportation department with daily & multi-day unlimited ride passes, inexpensive direct to an attraction shuttles, and government regulated taxi system, this is the 1 island I tell even first timers to save money and tour on their own even being completely spontaneous with their plans. Just research what attractions that might interest your family/group before boarding, just for the sake of not wasting time each morning searching the in port billboard or magazine for ideas. You can choose from things like the aquarium, botanical gardens, golfing, ecology hikes/biking, cave tours, cave swims, resort pampering at all and semi-inclusive venues, free beaches renowned for swimming or snorkeling, a protected bay for paddle-boarding and kite-surfing, historic or architectural tours, horseback riding, personal watercraft rentals, organized theme sailing trips, authentic English or Irish style pubs with an island twist, and shopping just to name a few (I'm sure I've missed  a lot).

The one thing I will caution people about is since the island's standard of living is just about equal to any first world nation; food, beverages, and products are not cheap like you find on Caribbean islands. (Technically Bermuda is a North Atlantic Island.) So if you decide to grab lunch locally instead of heading back to the ship do expect a bill of about $40-50 for 2 entrees, 2 adult beverages, and either an appetizer or dessert a piece at a sit down restaurant or pub.  

 

Bermuda is directly off our NC coast.  I'd like to visit but it I think it would be a short trip

maryred, will you please be my tour guide when I end up going to Bermuda!

Sure just let me know when you want to go.

 

If I were to do one of the cruises that just had Bermuda I'd certainly would want at least one over night.  But if it were one over night I'd want the next day's departure to be in the evening.  But I think ideally I'd want at least two nights.

More than likely the 5-day cruise is just an escape cruise for folks. Instead of Bermuda, they could dock at NYC or Philly - it probably would not matter. The get-a-way cruise is more important than the destination for most on this cruise. 

Although it might be interesting to see a boatload of Boston folks in New York City for a short stay. Some version of a yellow tea party would surely occur.Wink

That makes sense.  There are several 3, 4, and 5 night R/T cruises with Carnival and Princess out here on the West Coast that are "get-a-way" cruises.  The stops are typically Catalina Is. or Santa Barbara with a stop in Ensenada.  None of those ports is anything special.  I've been on the 4 day ones with Carnival and Princess and would have been just fine staying on the ship the whole time.

 

I wonder how well Boston and New York citizens get along on the same ship? 

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