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Cruise sector make it easier for passengers to see Bermuda

Cruise passengers will be able to depart for the pink and white sandy beaches of Bermuda from any of seven East Coast ports in 2004, according to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).Sailings to Bermuda are scheduled from New York; Bayonne, N.J.; Boston; Philadelphia; Baltimore; Norfolk; and Fort Lauderdale. This year has the potential to see more cruise passengers than ever coming to experience the distinctly British charm of this beautiful island.

“A recent study showed that 63 percent of passengers view a journey on a cruise ship as an ideal way to explore a vacation area they may want to return to at a later date,” says Terry L. Dale, president and CEO of CLIA, the non- profit association representing the North American cruise industry and nearly 16,000 travel agencies.

“Visiting Bermuda by ship is a wonderful way for cruisers - particularly first-timers - to ‘sample’ the destination while enjoying all their ‘floating resort’ has to offer, including fine dining, numerous onboard activities, top-flight entertainment, and the high level of luxury and pampering that are all included in the cost,” says Dale.

Once in Bermuda, travelers will find friendly residents, delightful shopping experiences, beautiful beaches, unique landscapes and historic architecture. They can also participate in snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, swimming and fishing as well as horseback riding, birdwatching and golf on some of the world’s most famous courses.

The cruise lines enhance the itinerary with uniquely Bermuda experiences and shore excursions, such as private visits to historic homes; a cooking class with a local chef; city tours by bike, by foot and by candlelight; learning to kayak the multi-hued blue waters; and exploring the island’s ecological treasures and famous coral reefs in a glass-bottomed boat.