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New York to Bermuda: A Historic Roundtrip Voyage

Program Number: 20119RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/3/2014 - 5/11/2014;
Duration: 8 nights
Location: United States/Bermuda
Price starting at: $2,394.00 - 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
   Eastside Marriott
  New York, NY 1 night
   Norwegian Breakaway
  At Sea 7 nights
 Eastside Marriott
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Centrally located.
  Ship Information: N/A
  Contact info: 525 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10017 USA
phone: 212-755-4000
  Room amenities: Air conditioning. Bottled water, for a fee, Coffee maker/tea service, Individual climate control, Internet browser/Web TV, Iron and ironing board, hairdryer, safe. Direct dial telephone.
  Facility amenities: Restaurnat, lounge, bar. Fitness centre. Business centre.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBD If you plan on arriving one night early, please contact Program Coordinator at or 617-457-5560. For longer stays, please contact the hotel directly. Make sure to let them know you are with Road Scholar to keep your same room.
  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 May 3, 2014 in the late afternoon at the hotel in New York. You will be staying at Eastside Marriott that night.
  End of Program:
The program ends on May 11, 2014 after morning disembarkation in New York. You will be staying at Norwegian Breakaway the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. 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 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, $55/daily. Off site parking approx $55/daily. Central Parking System, 109 East 58th Allied Parking System, 150 East 58th QuikPark, 140 East 56th Rates for both are subject to change in 2012.
To Start of Program
  Location:  New York, NY
  From End of Program
  Location:  At Sea
Travel Details

Grand Central Station


From Train Station





Hotel is located .8 miles north of Grand Central. Walk northeast on Vanderbilt Ave toward E 44th and turn right on E 45th St. Turn left on Lexington Ave and right on E 57th Street. Hotel will be on your right.


Port Authority


From Bus Terminal





Hotel is located 1 1/2 miles north east of Port Authority Bus Terminal.


Lexington Avenue/59th Street Station


From Train Station





Hotel is located 1/3 of a mile South of the Lexington Ave/59th St Subway station. Walk west on E 60th St toward 3rd Ave, and turn right on 3rd Ave toward 59th St. Turn right onto E 57th, hotel will be on your left.




From Airport








15 miles


Approximately $45 one way. Taxi stand at airport.




From Airport








7 miles.


Approximately $45 one way.




From Airport








16 miles


Approximately $60 one way. Taxi stand at airport.




From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


$17-$23 depending on starting point. Call or go online for actual fare.
Prices are subject to change. (800-258-3826)

Driving Directions
  EWR Head northeast on Buses toward Express Rd. Take a slight right. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for US-1 N/US-9 N/US-22/NJ-21. Continue toward US-9 Truck N, keep right at the fork to continue toward US-9 Truck N. Keep left at the fork to continue toward US-9 Truck N. Take slight left onto US-9 Truck N. Merge onto US-1 N/US-9 N Continue onto NJ-139 E. Merge onto I-78 E Continue onto Lincoln Highway, Keep left at the fork to continue toward Ericsson Pl. Take exit 3 toward Brooklyn. Merge onto Ericsson Pl Continue onto Beach St. Take slight left onto 6th Ave/Avenue of the Americas. Turn right onto W 57th St. Destination will be on the right
  JFK From JFK - Follow signs to Van Wyck Expressway and merge with Grand Central Parkway. Take Grand Central Parkway West to Triboro Bridge to FDR South to 53rd Street Exit. Stay on 53rd Street until Park Ave, then turn right onto Park and take another right onto 57th Street. Hotel is on the right at the Corner before Lexington Ave.
  LGA Head west, take slight right toward Grand Central Pkwy. Take the ramp on the left onto Grand Central Pkwy. Take the exit onto Brooklyn Queens Expy E. Take the 30 Ave exit toward Northern Blvd/New York 25A. Turn right onto 30th Ave. Turn left to merge onto I-278 W toward Brooklyn/Staten Is. Take exit 41 for New York 25A/Northern Blvd. Turn right onto New York 25A E/Northern Blvd. Turn right onto Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge. Turn left onto 2nd Ave. Turn right onto E 57th St. Destination will be on the left.
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 3)
 Afternoon: Independent arrivals and check-in. Check-in at 3pm. Stop by the Road Scholar Welcome Desk in the Fireside Lounge from 3:30-5:00 to meet your group leader, Tim Rogers.
 Dinner: 6:00 PM Dinner at hotel.
 Evening: 8:00 PM Orientation and Welcome. Specific Room locations will be provided to you upon check-in.
Accommodations: Eastside Marriott
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: NY City Highlights / Embarkation
(Sunday, May 4)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Coach departs promptly at 9:30AM for today's excursion. Get a taste of the Big Apple on this half-day, guided sightseeing adventure and discover New York's most celebrated landmarks. Begin your sightseeing drive of Manhattan and view Rockefeller Centre, Times Square, the Theatre District, the Empire State Building and St. Patrick's Cathedral from the comfort of an air-conditioned motor coach. Travel through quintessential New York neighborhoods as you pass Greenwich Village, Little Italy, the Financial District, Fifth Avenue and Central Park. The highlight of your New York exploration will be a visit to the 9/11 Memorial. In the distance is the Statue of Liberty, proudly and steadfastly raising her torch as a beacon of freedom and democracy. Following your stop at Winter Garden, resume your travels on the pulsing streets of the city before transfering to the ship.
 Lunch: Boxed lunch on 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.
 Evening: Evening on own to explore ship's entertainment.
Accommodations: Norwegian Breakaway
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: At Sea
(Monday, May 5)
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board ship.
 Morning: Enjoy morning lecture by Tim Rogers, "Bermuda's Oldest Inhabitants," a review of early history, plants, and animals of Bermuda.
 Lunch: Lunch on board ship.
 Afternoon: Enjoy afternoon lecture by Tim Rogers, "Architecture of Bermuda."
 Dinner: Dinner on board ship.
 Evening: Evening on own to enjoy ship's activities.
Accommodations: Norwegian Breakaway
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: At Sea
(Tuesday, May 6)
 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 ship.
 Evening: Evening on own to enjoy ship's activities.
Accommodations: Norwegian Breakaway
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: St. George's / BIOS
(Wednesday, May 7)
 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: 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, May 8)
 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 and City Hall. Stop in at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute.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, May 9)
 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: 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, May 10)
 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 ship.
 Evening: Enjoy your last evening on the Norwegian Breakaway!
Accommodations: Norwegian Breakaway
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Arrive in NY / Disembark / Transfer to airport
(Sunday, May 11)
 Depart From: Depart NY. Independent transfers home.
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board.
 Morning: Disembarkation 8:00-10:00 am. Independent transfers home.
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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