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New York to Bermuda: A Historic Roundtrip Voyage

Program Number: 20119RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/31/2014 - 6/8/2014;
Duration: 8 nights
Location: United States/Bermuda
Price starting at: $2,494.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 23; 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Sail the 669 nautical miles from New York to Bermuda to discover this island nation’s blend of history and natural beauty. Begin in St. George’s, the oldest continuously inhabited English town in the New World, which just celebrated its 400th anniversary in 2012. Learn about Bermuda’s ecologically rich environments, delve into the history of the Royal Navy’s North American Station and enjoy access to the beautiful gardens and historic homes Bermuda has to offer.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day, usually over uneven, narrow or hilly terrain. Must be able to get on and off a motorcoach.

Itinerary At-a-Glance

New York City, N.Y., 1 night; aboard Norwegian Breakaway, 7 nights.

Coordinated by Road Scholar.

Days 1-2:
Arrival New York City, N.Y. / embark Norwegian Breakaway:

Explore Manhattan via guided coach. Sights include Rockefeller Center, Central Park, The Empire State Building and St. Patrick's Cathedral, the Winter Garden and 9/11 Memorial.
Lodging: Comfortable Manhattan hotel.

Days 3-4:
At Sea:

Onboard lectures illuminate the story of Bermuda.

Day 5:
Arrive at King's Wharf Bermuda / St. George's / BIOS:

Drive along the scenic northern coastline to the historic St. George’s, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guided by a local expert, see the Governor's Mansion and Bermuda's green turtles in Flats Village. After a local lunch, visit the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences to learn about local marine science.

Day 6:
Hamilton / Royal Navy Dockyard:

Spend the morning exploring the Royal Navy Dockyard. After lunch take the ferry over to Hamilton, Bermuda's capital. Enjoy an expert-led walking exploration of Hamilton and a visit to the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute.

Day 7:
Verdmont Museum:

Enjoy the scenic drive down the coastline to arrive back in Smith's Parish to visit the Verdmont House Museum. Built in 1710, Verdmont is a unique example of early Georgian architecture, and has remained virtually unchanged for 300 years.

Days 8-9:
At Sea / New York City / disembark / departure

Norwegian Breakaway

Launched in 2013, this brand-new ocean liner calls New York City its home port. Its design is inspired by New York and its cabins are like modern boutique hotel rooms at sea. Public areas include “The Waterfront,” a quarter-mile outdoor promenade lines with restaurants and shops. Legendary pop artist Peter Max created the distinctive hull artwork.

Meals and Lodgings
   New York Marriott Marquis
  New York Marriott Marquis 1 night
   Norwegian Breakaway
  At Sea 7 nights
 New York Marriott Marquis
Type: Hotel
  Description: General Room Amenities: Air conditioning Alarm clock Bottled water, for a fee Coffee maker/tea service Crib Electrical adapters Individual climate control Iron and ironing board Luxurious bedding - down comforters, custom duvets, cotton-rich linens Mini fridge in some rooms Pillows: down/feather Pull-out sofa bed
  Contact info: 1535 Broadway
New York, NY 10036 USA
phone: 212-398-1900
  Room amenities: Our Broadway hotel's rooms and suites offer the new Marriott Revive bed & spacious marble bathrooms. Enjoy great views of Times Square and the New York City skyline.
  Facility amenities: All suites & rooms offer a prime location with Internet access and a 24-hour business center. The prestigious Marriott Concierge Lounge is available for breakfast and evening refreshments. Exercise in style in the 4,000 sq ft state-of-the-art fitness center overlooking Times Square. This Broadway hotel In New York is near the Subway, Penn & Grand Central Stations & area airports.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior:  Please call the hotel directly at 212-398-1900 to book pre or post nights. Road Scholar rate will not apply.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM

 Norwegian Breakaway
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: Norwegian Cruise Lines new state-of-the-art 4,000 passenger ship, Norwegian Breakaway, is the largest ship to home port year-round in New York and embodies a uniquely Big Apple vibe. It is the newest addition to the NCL fleet that set sail in the spring of 2013. This state-of-the-art ship features the best of what the current fleet has to offer such as the exclusive Haven, a relaxing pampering spa and a plethora of dining options. Guests enjoy all the flexibility that Freestyle Cruising has to offer while sailing to the picturesque island of Bermuda. From award winning cuisine, family fun and daily entertainment as well as a wonderful staff and crew the Norwegian Breakaway is sure to be a destination all on its own.
  Ship Information: Name: Norwegian Breakaway Registry: Bahamas Builder: Meyer Werft Country Built In: Germany Capacity: 4000 Gross Tonnage: 144017 Stabilized: Yes Average Speed: 24 knots Length: 1081 feet Beam: 133 feet Number of Passenger Decks: 13 Non-Smoking Dining: Yes Non-Smoking Ship: No
  Contact info: Norwegian Cruise Line
Miami, FL 33126 USA
phone: 800-327-7030
  Room amenities: •Chestnut leather headboard cushioned and tufted to make reading and sitting up in bed more comfortable •Built-in vanity area with shelving and lots of storage space •Convenient lighted recess above the bed to hold books, magazines, tablet computers or electronic reading devices •Energy efficient by utilizing key card access to control lighting in the room •26-inch flat-screen television •Full-size closet •Bathrooms feature a contemporary, clean design, with a private shower •Mini-bar
  Facility amenities: The ship’s groundbreaking design includes an open-air boardwalk, The Waterfront, and 678 Ocean Place; a wide range of indoor and outdoor venues on three dynamic decks that will create a whole new complex at sea that enhances guests’ connection with the ocean. Norwegian Breakaway’s entertainment includes three Broadway shows. Also, the famed comedy troupe The Second City, Howl at the Moon dueling pianos, and New York’s own Slam Allen also perform on the vessel. Norwegian Breakaway features an exciting fireworks show on every cruise that will dazzle guests on the second to last night at sea each week, and is the grand finale of a decadent 1980s-themed deck party. Celebrity Chef and Food Network star Geoffrey Zakarian has also debuted his first restaurant at sea on Norwegian Breakaway: Ocean Blue by Geoffrey Zakarian, along with two additional venues, The Raw Bar and Ocean Blue on the Waterfront. Buddy Valastro, star of the TLC series “Cake Boss,” opened an extension of his popular bakery, Carlo’s Bake Shop, onbard. The ship features a total of 27 dining options on board and an Ice Bar, which is kept at 17 degrees Fahrenheit and features New York City-inspired specialty cocktails, as well as ice sculptures of the Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty to pay homage to New York City. The top decks feature the first Aqua Park at sea with five full-size water slides, including twin Free Fall slides, the first ever at sea, and a three-story sports complex that includes the largest ropes course at sea, a nine-hole miniature golf course, basketball court, rock climbing wall and more.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
The program starts on June 2, 2012 at the NY Marriott Marquis. Check-In at 4:00PM. Marriott Marquis is located at 1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036. You will be staying at New York Marriott Marquis that night.
  End of Program:
The program ends on June 10, 2012 in New York You will be staying at Norwegian Breakaway the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. If you have not sent in your Health and Safety Forms yet please do ASAP. All persons traveling to Bermuda are required to present a valid, machine-readable passport of their country. Participants are required to use the Holland America ONLINE CHECK-IN procedure to obtain program/cruise tickets/documents. Please find the attached Holland America Online Check-In Procedures included in this mailing. You will need access to a printer to complete the check-in. You will need your Booking ID to complete the Online Check-In. You can find this information in the Important Information page of this mailing. Please also have your Passport, full legal name, home address & telephone number; and emergency contact at hand. After going through the check-in process the Cruise Ticket, Boarding Pass and other related information may be printed off. It will be necessary to use a computer with Internet access to complete the check-in and required printing of documents. Holland America recommends that the Check-in process be completed at least 30 days before sailing. Law enforcement and other authorities require the information before an individual is permitted to board the ship. For assistance or problems with the ONLINE CHECK-IN, contact Holland America at 800.207.3546. Holland America will help with the the check-in for a fee. Or call us at Road Scholar at (617) 521-5373. If you're prompted to leave a message we'll be sure to call you back as soon as possible.
  Parking availability:
Valet parking at hotel available for $80/daily. Public Parking from approximately $50/day include Icon Parking, 164 W 46th St Astor Parking 1515 Broadway Central Parking System 253 W 47th St. Rates for all are subject to change in 2012.
To Start of Program
  Location:  New York Marriott Marquis
  From End of Program
  Location:  At Sea
Travel Details

Grand Central Station


From Train Station





Marriott Marquis is located .6 miles west of Grand Central. Walk northeast on Vanderbilt Ave toward East 44th. Turn right onto Broadway and hotel will be on your left.


Port Authority


From Bus Terminal





Marriott Marquis is located .4 mile east of the Port Authority. Head northeast on 8th Avenue towards West 42nd Street. Turn right on West 46th St and Right on 7th Avenue. Hotel will be on your right.


Penn Station


From Train Station





Marriott Marquis is located .8 miles north of Penn Station. Walk toward 7th Ave/Fashion Ave and take a left on 7th Ave. Take a slight left on Broadway and hotel will be on your left.


MTA Times Square Station


From Train Station





Marriott Marquis is located .5 miles west of Times Square Subway Station. Walk northeast on Madison Ave toward East 45th St. Turn left on East 45th. Turn right on Broadway, hotel will be on your left.




From Airport








15 miles


Approximately $45 one way. Taxi stand at airport.




From Airport








9 miles


Approximately $35 one way. Taxi stand at airport.




From Airport








15 miles


Approximately $60 one way. Taxi stand at airport.




From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle


Per Person/One Way:


$17-$23 depending on starting point. Call or go online for actual fare.
Prices are subject to change.


AIRLINK 1-877-599-8200 Super Shuttle (800-258-3826)

Driving Directions
  EWR Take NJ Tnpk. (N) to Lincoln Tunnel. Follow signs to 42nd St. (N). Take a left onto 8th Ave. and a right on 46th St. Proceed straight to hotel.
  JFK Take the Van Wyck Expressway to the Grand Central Parkway West. Stay on the right and Exit on the L.I.E. I-495 follow signs to the Midtown Tunnel. After passing through the tunnel take the Uptown Exit. Make a left at the 1st light at 37th Street and go to Third Avenue. Turn right onto Third Avenue and go to 42nd Street. Turn left and go to 8th Avenue. Turn right and go to 46th Street. Turn right and the hotel will be on the right at the end of the block, approximately 15 miles.
  LGA Travel west toward LaGuardia Rd. Take a slight right toward Grand Central Pkwy. Travel 0.3 miles and take a slight left to merge onto Grand Central Pkwy. Travel 0.9 miles and take the exit onto Brooklyn Queens Expy E. Travel 1.2 miles and merge onto I-278 W. Travel 2.2 miles and take exit 35 for I-495.L.I. Expy toward Midtown Tun/Eastern L.I./Greenpoint Ave. Travel 0.5 miles and merge onto I-495 W (Partial toll road). Travel 2.6 miles and take a slight right toward E 37th St (toll road). Take a slight left toward E 37th st. Take the 1st right onto 3rd Ave. Turn left onto E 42nd St. Travel 0.6 miles and turn right onto 6 Ave/6th Ave. Travel 0.2 miles and turn left at the 3rd cross street onto W 45th St. The hotel will be on the right.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival to NY, Welcome and Orientation
(Saturday, May 31)
 Afternoon: Individual arrivals and check-in at Marriott Marquis. Check-In at 4:00PM. If you arrive earlier you may drop your bags off and explore the area. Stop by the Road Scholar hospitality desk to meet your group leader, Tim Rogers. The hospitality desk will be set up from 4:30-5:30PM on the 3rd floor atrium.
 Dinner: Dinner at Crossroads Restaurant at 6:00PM. Meet your group leader and fellow participants. Road Scholar will have reserved seating. Crossroads is located on the 8th floor.
 Evening: Orientation in the Harlem Room directly following dinner, 7th floor.
Accommodations: New York Marriott Marquis
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: NY City Tour & 9/11 Memorial / Embarkation
(Sunday, June 1)
 Breakfast: Breafast buffet in hotel.
 Morning: Meet in the lobby at 9:15AM with luggage. Coach will leave at 9:30AM. Tour New York City on a private coach. Sights include Rockefeller Centre, Times Square, the Theatre District, the Empire State Building and St. Patrick's Cathedral. See the Winter Garden and 9/11 Memorial before getting dropped off at the ship for embarkation.
 Lunch: Boxed lunch on board coach.
 Afternoon: Coach arrives at ship for embarkation. Please have your documents from the Online Check-In. Ship departs at 4:45pm.
 Dinner: Dinner on board ship.
 Evening: Evening at leisure to enjoy ship's activities.
Accommodations: Norwegian Breakaway
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: At Sea
(Monday, June 2)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board ship. There are no reserved tables for Road Scholar during breakfast.
 Morning: Enjoy morning lecture on board. "Bermuda's Oldest Inhabitants"- early history of the island and covers plants, animals.
 Lunch: Lunch on board ship. There are no reserved tables for Road Scholar at lunch.
 Afternoon: Afternoon lecture on board- "Architecture of Bermuda" by Tim Rogers
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
Accommodations: Norwegian Breakaway
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: At Sea
(Tuesday, June 3)
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast on board.
 Morning: Enjoy a morning lecture "Hamilton and St. George" by group leader Tim Rogers.
 Lunch: Lunch on board ship.
 Afternoon: Road Scholar cocktail party!
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Evening on own to enjoy ship's activities.
Accommodations: Norwegian Breakaway
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: St. George's / BIOS
(Wednesday, June 4)
 Breakfast: Enjoy breakfast on board the ship.
 Morning: Arrive at King's Wharf, Bermuda. After disembarkation we'll drive along the scenic northern coastline of Bermuda, eastbound to the historic town of St George's. This remarkable shoreline offers photo opportunities along the way of the Governor's Mansion as well as Bermuda's green turtles in Flats Village. Upon entering St George's, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will feel as if you have stepped back in time. A stop in the heart of the Town Square allows you to enter the island's First House of Assembly. Across the main street sits the oldest active Anglican church in the western hemisphere-St Peter's Church. Step inside to marvel at its amazing state of preservation. You will enter Fort St Catherine where old swords and pistols are on display. Take in the stunning views from high atop this grand fortress. On adjacent St David's Island, discover the charm of this unique and enchanting community, once a US Air Force Base.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue along to the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences. After a short lecture and tour of the facility, we'll take a short cruise with the BIOS scientist as he demonstrates a plankton tow. Then back at BIOS we'll view our specimens under microscopes.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Enjoy activites on board the ship or travel to Hamilton to enjoy Hamilton's festive 'Harbour Night', Bermuda's "biggest block party."
Accommodations: Norwegian Breakaway
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Hamilton / Royal Navy Dockyard
(Thursday, June 5)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board ship.
 Morning: Join Tim Rogers for a walk around the Royal Navy Dockyard, just steps from where our ship is docked.
 Lunch: Lunch on board.
 Afternoon: In the afternoon we'll take a ferry to Hamilton and explore Bermuda's capital. This short walking tour led by Tim Rogers will cover main streets as well as the Bermuda Historical Society Museum, Par-la ville Park, City Hall and a stop at Masterworks Museum of Art. Some down hill (but not steep) walking is required.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Evening at leisure.
Accommodations: Norwegian Breakaway
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Verdmont Museum / Botanical Gardens
(Friday, June 6)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board ship.
 Morning: Drive along the scenic coast back to the Hamilton area to visit The Verdmont House Museum. This fascinating and beautiful old house is one of Bermuda’s most significant historic buildings. Built c. 1710, Verdmont is a unique example of early Georgian architecture, and has remained virtually unchanged for 300 years. Continue on for a short drive to the Bermuda Botanical Gardens.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Ship departs at 5pm.
 Dinner: Dinner on board.
 Evening: Evening at leisure.
Accommodations: Norwegian Breakaway
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: At Sea
(Saturday, June 7)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board ship.
 Morning: Morning lecture by Tim Rogers, "Mystery Roses and Exotic Flora of Bermuda."
 Lunch: Lunch on board ship.
 Afternoon: Road Scholar Trivia! Meet for a fun way to say farewell.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner on board.
 Dinner: Enjoy your last evening on the Norwegian Breakaway!
Accommodations: Norwegian Breakaway
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Arrive in NY / Disembark / Independent transfers home
(Sunday, June 8)
 Depart From: We'll arrive in NY around 7am. Disembarkation is 8:00-10:00am. Independent transfers home.
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: 8am arrrival in NY and disembarkation.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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