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I read that on this thread or another one. Why is that? That's fine anyway. There's lots to do until 9pm

 

 

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This may be an oversimplification, but it was the best deal the CLs could get from the Bermuda government. Cruise ships of over 2,000 passengers (IIRC) pay a fee to open the casino; cruise ships under, no fee. The Bermuda government wants to attract cruise ships to dock in Hamilton and St George. It is already attracted HAL's Veendam for 5 or 6 visits in 2015.

 

 

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If you go to the US CDC website and start searching for recommended vaccinations for popular Caribbean ports, you will see a typhoid and Hep A on just about every listing including St. Thomas.

 

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I see your point, but aren't they stating that raw sewage is being allowed into the water around the southern beaches of Bermuda? Is this happening all over the Caribbean? Im disgusted at the recklessness of this. Ive considered Bermuda to be one of the most pristine, gorgeous places on Earth. I hate this.:mad:

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This was also on the CDC website (and I was so looking forward to some good monkey/bat meat :D ) :

 

Learn actions you can take to stay healthy and safe on your trip. Vaccines cannot protect you from many diseases in Bermuda, so your behaviors are important.

 

Eat and drink safely

 

Unclean food and water can cause travelers' diarrhea and other diseases. Reduce your risk by sticking to safe food and water habits.

 

Eat

•Food that is cooked and served hot

•Hard-cooked eggs

•Fruits and vegetables you have washed in clean water or peeled yourself

•Pasteurized dairy products

 

Don't Eat

•Food served at room temperature

•Food from street vendors

•Raw or soft-cooked (runny) eggs

•Raw or undercooked (rare) meat or fish

•Unwashed or unpeeled raw fruits and vegetables

•Unpasteurized dairy products

•”Bushmeat” (monkeys, bats, or other wild game)

 

Drink

•Bottled water that is sealed

•Water that has been disinfected

•Ice made with bottled or disinfected water

•Carbonated drinks

•Hot coffee or tea

•Pasteurized milk

 

Don’t Drink

•Tap or well water

•Ice made with tap or well water

•Drinks made with tap or well water (such as reconstituted juice)

•Unpasteurized milk

 

Take Medicine

 

Talk with your doctor about taking prescription or over-the-counter drugs with you on your trip in case you get sick.

 

Information for travelers on cruise ships

 

Food and drinks served on board cruise ships are generally safe. However, be careful about what you eat and drink at ports of call.

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I see your point, but aren't they stating that raw sewage is being allowed into the water around the southern beaches of Bermuda? Is this happening all over the Caribbean? Im disgusted at the recklessness of this. Ive considered Bermuda to be one of the most pristine, gorgeous places on Earth. I hate this.:mad:

 

It happens all over the world. There are raw sewage discharges from the US. I think any small Caribbean Island is doing it for sure. Any beach you go swimming at anywhere....you take a risk. Here is an article from this weekends Washington Post that is of interest on the subject.

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/is-bermudas-beach-sewage-problem-par-for-the-course-or-a-rarity/2014/04/10/5965a6ac-be8b-11e3-bcec-b71ee10e9bc3_story.html

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It happens all over the world. There are raw sewage discharges from the US. I think any small Caribbean Island is doing it for sure. Any beach you go swimming at anywhere....you take a risk. Here is an article from this weekends Washington Post that is of interest on the subject.

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/is-bermudas-beach-sewage-problem-par-for-the-course-or-a-rarity/2014/04/10/5965a6ac-be8b-11e3-bcec-b71ee10e9bc3_story.html

 

 

I had no idea to be honest with you. Thanks for the info

 

 

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Here's what commenters are saying in response to today's article about the sewage problem:

 

These are not grease balls. These are fecal balls covered in grease. The Government civil servants and politicians are trying to spin this into a restaurant grease issue. Most Bermudians and tourists aren't stupid……Sewage is washing up on our shores all summer while the wind is blowing onshore. In the winter it is mostly going into the open ocean, including our fishing grounds.

 

…and…

 

The south shore sewage outlet has been an ongoing issue for at least 50 years. The Seabright pipe was extended supposedly beyond the reef line.

 

The full article is here: http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20140416/NEWS/140419797

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Oh no, this is not good, I am always at Horseshoe Bay when we go to Bermuda, any update on this? I am going to look more into this.

 

 

from the 4/16 BDASUN: Water samples taken from South Shore in the wake of the appearance of grease balls were well within the accepted standards, Government announced today.....http://www.bermudasun.bm/Content/Def.../-3/1288/76769

 

If you want to stay current on anything that happens in Bermuda that might impact the cruise ship tourist, make a regular visit to the Bermuda Ports of Call forum. Here are 2 recent threads from there: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2018397 & http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2018348

 

 

 

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Was planning to book my NCL breakway now changing my mind. Better think 3x b4 getting into the water b/c you are basically swimming and drinking other people poops which could be very dangerous and deadly. I'll pass on this one.

 

We were already booked (and into the cancelation period) when this came to light, so will just not go in the water at all. Bermuda is such a great destination and there are plenty of things to see and do, so we will just enjoy the other options available. I think if I was booking now, and was already in the cancelation period, I might look at a different destination as well.

 

Seems silly to be so protective of Norovirus on the ship (which makes good sense) and then go ashore and get into water which the US CDC is advising Typhoid/Hep A shots for.

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Was planning to book my NCL breakway now changing my mind. Better think 3x b4 getting into the water b/c you are basically swimming and drinking other people poops which could be very dangerous and deadly. I'll pass on this one.

 

 

Bermuda is much, much more than beaches.

 

from today's RG:

The latest water samples from the Island’s beaches have come back clear, Government said on Thursday.

And bacteria counts were said to be “very low” for all ten beaches checked... http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20140417/NEWS04/140419743

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Was planning to book my NCL breakway now changing my mind. Better think 3x b4 getting into the water b/c you are basically swimming and drinking other people poops which could be very dangerous and deadly. I'll pass on this one.

 

I would keep an eye on the reports, but not go to Bermuda because of it? No way. I don't see it as a reason for panic - much less a dealbreaker.

As unpleasant as it is, the dumping situation has been like this for years - as have many US beaches.

Where I grew up, we used to ski through the sewage outfall in Long Island Sound; it didn't affect me one bit; I grew up, out Long Island Sound in; outfall used to ski through the one bit hasn't affected me. Long situation where I grew Sound hasn't! :rolleyes:

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if you read the comment from the locals, they tend not to believe the government sources

 

while I'm sure there is a lot to do in Bermuda, it is the pink sand beaches that I want to enjoy

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if you read the comment from the locals, they tend not to believe the government sources

 

while I'm sure there is a lot to do in Bermuda, it is the pink sand beaches that I want to enjoy

 

 

^ This exactly.

I've read all the info and have decided to show it to my doctor in June. If she recommends any vaccines I might get them.

 

 

 

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We were already booked (and into the cancelation period) when this came to light, so will just not go in the water at all. Bermuda is such a great destination and there are plenty of things to see and do, so we will just enjoy the other options available. I think if I was booking now, and was already in the cancelation period, I might look at a different destination as well.

 

Seems silly to be so protective of Norovirus on the ship (which makes good sense) and then go ashore and get into water which the US CDC is advising Typhoid/Hep A shots for.

 

 

We have been on 30+ cruises and just off the NCL Breakway last month to Bahamas and was thinking to book it again to Bermuda. Although we've been to Bermuda 3 to 4x and loved it everytime. However, I think if you're already booked you don't really have a choice and there are other things to do if you don't plan to get into the water so just relax on the the ship or visit around the island. As for us, I think is better to book a cruise to else where. Did not mean to scare anyone but swimming in contaminated water does seem scary and the last thing you want is to get sick from the cruise and it had happend so many times this year.

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I go to Bermuda for the pink sand beaches. And its a tragedy that whoever's in charge, hasn't fixed this problem for 13 yrs??? Im so disappointed, as Bermuda to me was the most pristine place ive seen. Ive been there 2x and never had a minute's concern over the cleanliness of the beaches. The locals seem fed up. I believe this will be fixed.

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