HAL ending Bermuda Cruises after 2012

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#3
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Yes, this is old news. Was posted back in October:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showt...hlight=bermuda
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#5
America's Hometown
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Originally posted by jtl513
Yeah - that's what most of the rumors have been saying. Guess it's now official.
Glad we have one booked for May....
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#6
New York City
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Joined Aug 2011
That's too bad. My wife and I loved being able to walk off the ship in downtown Hamilton. Went over to the RN Dockyard one day and thought it was a little out of the way for the things in Bermuda that interested us---your mileage may vary.
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#7
New York, NY
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This won't bother me at all. I think the Bermuda itineraries are overpriced for what you get. My opinion, of course.
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#8
Connecticut
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Originally posted by scamper
This won't bother me at all. I think the Bermuda itineraries are overpriced for what you get. My opinion, of course.
Have you checked the prices for a land vacation to Bermuda? Air, Hotel, meals? I found HAL to Bermuda to be a good deal on our trip this summer.
#9
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Originally posted by HamOp
It's only old news if you were aware of it. Not everyone reads the boards every day.

Thanks for posting the link, Willsot.
Sorry, my mistake. I thought that is why there was a search feature. No big deal...
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#11
Wisconsin, USA
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Originally posted by WNcruiser
Sorry, my mistake. I thought that is why there was a search feature. No big deal...
and I apologize. I did do a search but apparently not thorough enough. I was traveling the month of October.
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#12
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Originally posted by Willsot
and I apologize. I did do a search but apparently not thorough enough. I was traveling the month of October.

No reason to apologize IMO

Most of us do not do a thorough search before we begin a new thread. It was a reasonable thing to post and probably of interest to many.

Welcome Back. Hope your October travels were wonderful.
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#13
Norway
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Joined Jun 2011
Originally posted by HamOp
Have you checked the prices for a land vacation to Bermuda? Air, Hotel, meals? I found HAL to Bermuda to be a good deal on our trip this summer.
I agree. Veendam was a great deal, especially if you cruise in Sept when the rates hit rock bottom and the gangway is line with upgrades.
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#14
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Joined Oct 2001
After many many years of taking this cruises on Hoem Lines & HAL - it remains one of my all time favorites......

The last 2 years we have taken the Veendam & it certainly left a lot to be desired all around except for the ease of docking along Front Street for 4 days & the ease of boarding a ship 40 blocks nort of our home.

I long for home lines & wish a decent line took the spot of Veendam...
#15
New York
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Joined Jun 2010
It's a shame that the Island will lack a major line ship being able to dock in St. George or Hamilton. Many years ago my wife and I sat outside having lunch at the White Horse Tavern in St. George on a plane/hotel trip and watch various ships from NCL, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity docked in St. George and said that would be the way to come to Bermuda next time. Fast forward a couple of years and we were there, this time with kids in tow, via the Celebrity Zenith. Once most of the lines pulled out the smaller ships we came back several years later on the RC Explorer of the Seas, which due to its size was restricted to the Dockyard. You really don’t get the same experience only stopping at the Dockyard, as being on Front Street in Hamilton or in St. George can’t be beat. We’ve had other family members travel on the Veendam the past two seasons, which both times skipped the anchorage at St. George and sailed directly to Hamilton. Bermuda is never going to foot the bill to widen the two passes needed to enter either Hamilton or St. George, so they’re forever be limited to using the Dockyard. And getting around the Island from the Dockyard can be quite adventurous given their recent difficulties with public transportation.
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#16
Colorado
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The article I read said "Holland America did not say why it planned to shift the Veendam away from Bermuda, but it’s no secret that the line has struggled a bit with the itinerary". If that's the case, I'm glad to see HAL move to a more viable itinerary.
#17
Connecticut
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Joined Dec 2006
Originally posted by Mary Ellen
The article I read said "Holland America did not say why it planned to shift the Veendam away from Bermuda, but it’s no secret that the line has struggled a bit with the itinerary". If that's the case, I'm glad to see HAL move to a more viable itinerary.
Just might be that HAL is playing hardball with Bermuda. "Let us open the casino while in port and make some money, or we're outta here."

With three or four days in port and most people off the ship much of the time, not much money to be made.
#18
New York City
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Originally posted by gte937k
Veendam was a great deal, especially if you cruise in Sept when the rates hit rock bottom and the gangway is line with upgrades.
I just noticed that we were on the same 9/11 cruise. That's exactly what my wife and I did: we booked after major price drop, got an upgrade, and it was much cheaper than flying and staying in a hotel and eating in restaurants for four days.
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#19
Cleveland Hts., OH USA
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Joined Nov 2000
I'm so glad we were able to take this cruise, this past summer. It was wonderful. Too bad HAL won't continue it after 2012.
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#20
California
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Joined Sep 2000
Originally posted by bunnyman
It's a shame that the Island will lack a major line ship being able to dock in St. George or Hamilton. Many years ago my wife and I sat outside having lunch at the White Horse Tavern in St. George on a plane/hotel trip and watch various ships from NCL, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity docked in St. George and said that would be the way to come to Bermuda next time. Fast forward a couple of years and we were there, this time with kids in tow, via the Celebrity Zenith. Once most of the lines pulled out the smaller ships we came back several years later on the RC Explorer of the Seas, which due to its size was restricted to the Dockyard. You really don’t get the same experience only stopping at the Dockyard, as being on Front Street in Hamilton or in St. George can’t be beat. We’ve had other family members travel on the Veendam the past two seasons, which both times skipped the anchorage at St. George and sailed directly to Hamilton. Bermuda is never going to foot the bill to widen the two passes needed to enter either Hamilton or St. George, so they’re forever be limited to using the Dockyard. And getting around the Island from the Dockyard can be quite adventurous given their recent difficulties with public transportation.
What are some of the transportation problems at the dockyard?
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