Posted by: cruise2 | 22 May, 2010

Carnival To Become No. 5 to Bermuda

Bermuda’s traditional April to October cruise trade began again last month with the first regular calls at Hamilton’s Front Street cruise piers since the Azamara Journey completed her Bermuda cruise season in 2007 by Holland America’s Veendam.

With Holland America being a newcomer to the Bermuda trade this year, its Veendam will make 24 cruises from New York direct to the Front Street cruise ships docks in Hamilton, with a tender call at St George’s en route. One call will also be made by the line’s Prinsendam. This year actually marks a return by Holland America to the Bermuda trade, where it had been a regular caller until the 1980s when it moved its centre of operations from New York to Seattle.

Other regular callers this year include Norwegian Cruise Line, with 45 calls by Norwegian Dawn from New York and Norwegian Spirit from Boston, and Royal Caribbean, with 40 calls by Explorer of the Seas from Bayonne, New Jersey, and Enchantment of the Seas from Baltimore to either King’s Wharf or Heritage Wharf, both located at the old Royal Navy Dockyard and served by ferry running into Hamilton. Celebrity Cruises will also offer seventeen cruises with its Celebrity Summit and Princess Cruises ten with Caribbean Princess.

Carnival Cruise Lines announced that it would offer a total of sixteen cruises to Bermuda in 2011, six from Charleston by Carnival Fantasy, five from Baltimore by Carnival Pride, four from New York by Carnival Miracle and one from Norfolk by Carnival Glory, all docking at King’s Wharf. This year will see only one Bermuda call by Carnival Miracle from New York but 2011 will see the largest number of Bermuda calls ever made by Carnival Cruise Lines, bringing them to No. 5 place after NCL, Royal Caribbean, Holland America and Celebrity, and within one call of Celebrity at No. 4.

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