Bermuda Cruises, when did they change?

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#1
New York
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Joined Apr 2012
Haven't cruised in a while, but when we cruised, you left NY on a Sunday, got to Bermuda on Tuesday (St. George), moved to (Hamilton) on Wednesday, and left back to NY on Friday. Even when our last cruise on the Nordic Empress in 2003 or 4 can't remember, we stayed in port (Kings Wharf) 4 days. Now we are there 3 days with only one full day. Only HA seems to keep the old time itinerarary. Bummer!
#2
Long Island, NY
16,496 Posts
Joined Mar 2006
It changed when the ships got larger. Most ships cannot dock at Hamilton or St. George because of their size, so they dock at King's Wharf now. As well, 5-day Bermuda cruises are now possible because the ships are a bit faster.

In the fall, Explorer now has 7 day cruises to Bermuda.
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139 nights at sea (81 with RCI):
RCCL Anthem of the Seas (7 nights NJ to Bahamas) 3/19/17
RCCL Anthem of the Seas (5 nights NJ to Bermuda) 4/30/16
RCCL Anthem of the Seas (3 nights sampler NJ cruise to nowhere) 3/4/16
RCCL Liberty of the Seas (5 nights NJ to Bermuda) 10/17/15
RCCL Quantum of the Seas (3 nights inaugural sampler NJ cruise to nowhere) 11/18/14
Celebrity Summit (7 nights NJ to Bermuda) 8/17/14
Celebrity Summit (7 nights NJ to Bermuda) 8/25/13
RCCL Jewel of the Seas (7 nights Southern - Barbados route) 5/25/13
RCCL Explorer of the Seas (9 nights NJ to Bermuda, Labadee, San Juan and St Maarten) 5/24/12
RCCL Explorer of the Seas (7 nights NJ to Bahamas - New Years cruise) 12/30/11
RCCL Allure of the Seas (7 nights Eastern Caribbean) 8/21/11
Caribbean Princess (9 nights NY to Bermuda, St Thomas, San Juan and Grand Turk) 7/29/10 REVIEW
Caribbean Princess (7 nights Canada/New England) 8/24/08 REVIEW
RCCL Mariner of the Seas (7 nights Western Caribbean) 8/26/07 REVIEW
RCCL Mariner of the Seas (7 nights Eastern Caribbean) 8/20/06
Carnival Miracle (7 nights NY to Bahamas) 6/26/04 REVIEW
RCCL Adventure of the Seas (7 nights Southern - Aruba route) 8/24/03
RCCL Explorer of the Seas (7 nights Western Caribbean) 8/17/02
Costa Riviera (7 nights Western Caribbean) 5/90
Cunard Countess (7 nights Southern Caribbean) 6/89
Home Lines Atlantic (7 nights NY to Bermuda) 7/88
#3
New York
1,031 Posts
Joined Apr 2012
Yes we booked the 7 day and there is an extrs day at sea before. Guess that's so more ships can dock at KW. Sad though. It ain't like it was.
#4
New Jersey
3,305 Posts
Joined Nov 2005
Holland America docks in hamilton am not sure for how much longer. Also Azamara stops in hamilton and Regent seven seas. Smaller ships can get in there.
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Holland America Veendam ~ NYC to Bermuda~ Aug. 28th 2010 Great Trip ~ Great Ship ~ Best Staff ! Invited by Captain Rik to the Bridge upon sailing into Bermuda and on the way back to NYC at sunrise . Unforgettable .
Carnival Pride November 1-8th 2009 Baltimore MD. to Port Canaveral, Fl. Nassau & Freeport Bahamas.
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Norwegian Dawn NYC - BERMUDA
October 19th - 26th 2008
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Norwegian Crown 10/06 NYC ~ Bermuda
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#5
St. Charles Missouri
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Joined Apr 2008
my first cruise was seven days on song of america out of ny and it was awesome.
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#6
Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
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Joined Dec 2007
Our first cruise was also on the Song of America in 1996. Two years later we went back to Bermuda on the Empress of the Seas and by then they were docking at Royal Dockyards. I really liked the St. Georges & Hamilton cruise much better.
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CCL Song of America - Bermuda, 1996; RCCL Grandeur of the Seas - Eastern Carib., 1998; RCCL Empress of the Seas - Bermuda, 2001; RCCL Serenade of the Seas - Alaska Hubbard, 2004; RCCL Radiance of the Seas - Eastern Carib., 2005; RCCL Vision of the Seas - Mexican Riviera, 2007; RCCL Freedom of the Seas - Eastern Carib., 2008; RCCL Jewel of the Seas - Panama Canal/Carib., 2009; RCCL Explorer of the Seas - Bermuda/Carib., 2010; RCCL Jewel of the Seas - Canada/New Eng., 2011; RCCL Explorer of the Seas - Hurricane Sandy cruise to Bermuda, 2012; RCCL Explorer of the Seas - Bahamas, 2013; RCCL Explorer of the Seas - Bermuda, 2013; Amadeus Brilliant - Danube Christmas Markets, 2014; RCCL Grandeur of the Seas - New England/Canada, 2015; RCCL Anthem of the Seas - Storm Mars cruise to nowhere, 2016; RCCL Jewel of the Seas - Greek Isles Cruise, 2016; AMALegro - Seine Paris to Normandy, 2016; RCCL Anthem of the Seas - Bahamas, 2017

#7
New Jersey
3,305 Posts
Joined Nov 2005
We cruised on the NCL Crown (now fred olsen , Balmoral) twice to Bermuda. We docked at St.George and Hamilton as it was a small ship. We loved everything little thing about it too.
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Celebrity Summit June 2014 to Bermuda
RUBY PRINCESS March 17th 2013 to: Princess Cays, St.Thomas, St.Maarten & Grand Turks & Caicos.
NCL Gem October 2011 NYC to Bermuda - Nice cruise -
Carnival Pride Nov. 2010 Baltimore MD ~ Port Canaveral Fl. , Nassau & Freeport Bahamas. Another awesome cruise onboard this ship ! Still Best MDR !
Holland America Veendam ~ NYC to Bermuda~ Aug. 28th 2010 Great Trip ~ Great Ship ~ Best Staff ! Invited by Captain Rik to the Bridge upon sailing into Bermuda and on the way back to NYC at sunrise . Unforgettable .
Carnival Pride November 1-8th 2009 Baltimore MD. to Port Canaveral, Fl. Nassau & Freeport Bahamas.
Awesome ship !!! Best MDR ! Port of Baltimore is super organized !
Norwegian Dawn NYC - BERMUDA
October 19th - 26th 2008
Best Specialty restaurants !
Norwegian Crown 10/07 NYC ~ Bermuda
Still love this Ship !
Norwegian Crown 10/06 NYC ~ Bermuda
Great little Ship !
RCCL Explorer of the Seas July 2005
Miami to San Juan, St.Thomas, St.Maarten, Nassau Bahamas . Great cruise ~ BIG Ship !
Grand Princess 02 Ft. Lauderdale to San Juan, St.Thomas, St.Maarten, Nassau Bahamas . Gorgeous Ship ! Sabatini's specialty restaurant ~ the BEST!!
#8
3,866 Posts
Joined Sep 2005
NCL will have the Breakaway sailing to Bermuda and docking for 3 NIGHTS at Kings Wharf. She will home port in NYC - and will be the largest ship ever to home port there. I believe her sailings do not start until April 2013 but you can book now.
#9
1,590 Posts
Joined Jun 2006
Originally posted by family cruisers
Holland America docks in hamilton am not sure for how much longer. Also Azamara stops in hamilton and Regent seven seas. Smaller ships can get in there.
HAL is leaving the Bermuda market at the end of this season. Makes me very glad we decided to go this year, as docking in Hamilton is (to me) a clear plus. HAL also stays in Bermuda the longest of all other ships, I believe.

I hope another ship finds a way to provide 7-day itineraries from NY to Bermuda, docking in Hamilton. Its tough today, though, because so many ships are just too large.
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