Carnival Cruise Lines, the worldâ€™s largest cruise operator, will dramatically expand its Bermuda cruise schedule in 2011, offering 16 departures to the island from four popular eastern U.S. homeports â€” Baltimore, Norfolk, Va.; New York and, for the first time, Charleston, S.C. Carnival will be the only cruise line offering Bermuda cruises from Charleston.
The 16 Bermuda voyages â€” the most the line has ever offered â€” will encompass a variety of six-, seven- and eight-day cruises from April through November.
â€œBermuda is one of the worldâ€™s most desirable cruise destinations, and offering three different cruise lengths from four East Coast homeports provides our guests an unprecedented variety of choices for visiting this beautiful island paradise,â€ said Gerry Cahill, Carnival president and CEO.
Carnivalâ€™s 2011 Bermuda departures include:
* Baltimore (seven-day cruises on Carnival Pride) â€“ April 10 and 17, Sept. 18, Oct. 2 and Nov. 6
* New York (seven- and eight-day departures on Carnival Miracle) â€“ April 14 and 21, and Sept. 11 and 27
* Norfolk (six-day sailing on Carnival Glory) â€“ Oct. 16
* Charleston, S.C. (six-day voyages on Carnival Fantasy) â€“ April 23, May 19, June 16, Aug. 25, Sept. 15 and Oct. 6
Reservations are currently open for the six Charleston departures with the lineâ€™s other Bermuda cruises expected to be open over the next few weeks.
All 16 voyages will dock at Kingâ€™s Wharf, and while in Bermuda guests can sample the islandâ€™s many fine restaurants, shops and boutiques, and visit a number of interesting sites and landmarks. Six-day voyages will offer two-day calls at Kingâ€™s Wharf while seven- and eight-day cruises will feature three-day visits.
During their visit to Bermuda, guests can relax on the islandâ€™s legendary pink sand beaches and partake in a wide variety of watersports, including snorkeling, kayaking and scuba diving. Shore excursions visiting historic sites such as the Royal Naval Dockyard and Gibbâ€™s Hill Lighthouse, the oldest cast iron lighthouse in the Western Hemisphere, also are available.
Through Carnivalâ€™s golf program, guests also can hit the links and play the islandâ€™s most challenging and beautiful courses.
For additional information and reservations on Carnivalâ€™s Bermuda cruises, contact any travel agent, call or visit ww.carnival.com/bermuda.