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New York to Bermuda and Back: A Historic Maritime Voyage

Program Number: 21514RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/6/2014 - 7/13/2014; 9/20/2015 - 9/27/2015;
Duration: 7 nights
Location: Bermuda
Price starting at: $1,995.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 20; 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 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.




Itinerary At-a-Glance

Aboard Norwegian Breakaway, 7 nights.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.



Days 1-3: Arrival New York City, N.Y. / embark Norwegian Breakaway / At Sea:

Embark our vessel in New York City, then set sail through New York Harbor as we begin our three-day journey south through the Atlantic to Bermuda. Along the way, we’ll have lectures illuminating the story of Bermuda, and you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the amenities and entertainment options on board our ship.



Day 4: 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. Led by our 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 5: 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 6: 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 7-8: 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
   Norwegian Breakaway
  At Sea 7 nights
 Norwegian Breakaway
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: As the largest and most innovate ship to ever homeport in New York City, Norwegian Breakaway will sail to the pink sand beaches of Bermuda during the spring and summer. She is uniquely designed to capture the romance of traveling on the water, we've designed an industry-first open-air space to connect you with the ocean on The Waterfront.
  Ship Information: - Passenger Capacity: 4,000 (double occupancy) - Gross Register Tonnage: 144,017 - Overall Length: 1,062 feet - Max Beam: 130 feet - Draft: 27 feet - Engines: Diesel Electric - Cruise Speed: 21 knots - Crew: 1,595
  Contact info: 7665 Coporate Center Drive
Miami, FL 33126 USA
phone: 866-234-7350
web: www.ncl.com
  Room amenities: Cabin amenities will vary by stateroom category. For more information on the various ship categories, please visit Norwegian Cruise Line's website at: http://www.ncl.com/cruise-ship/breakaway/staterooms
  Facility amenities: - 9 complimentary dining options, from three-course dining to endless buffets with action stations. - Entertainment day & night. The Broadway shows Rock of Ages & Burn the Floor, The Second City comedy, jazz & blues club, dueling piano bar. - Fitness center, mini golf, sports court, ropes course, rock climbing wall, aqua park, pools, and hot tubs. - Attentive room steward and complementary room service.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
All participants must be on board the ship by 3:00 pm. Your first group event is dinner at 6:00 pm in the Manhattan Room. You will be staying at Norwegian Breakaway that night.
  End of Program:
This program ends upon disembarking the ship. All guests must disembark the ship before 10:00 am. You will be staying at Norwegian Breakaway the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. ONLINE REGISTRATION: All participants are required to register online with Norwegian Cruise Lines. After accepting the terms and conditions, you'll be given access to your personal electronic documents (eDocs). Your eDocs serve as your boarding pass, and will include key information about your cruise. Cruise refunds will not be issued if you are denied boarding due to lack of proper documents. Please use the following instructions: - Click on "Log In to My NCL" at www.ncl.com (top right of any page) - Log in (if you already have an account, or create a "My NCL" account following the online instructions) - Once you have logged in, you should see your reservation listed - When you see your registration, fill out your Online Check in and/or view your eDocs - Please note that you will need to complete the Online Check-in for each guest prior to accessing your eDocs For more information: http://www.ncl.com/freestyle-cruise/get-to-know-my-ncl Please call Road Scholar if you need assistance.
  Parking availability:
Parking is available at the Manhattan Cruise terminal. Drive up the Viaduct Ramp at 55th Street to the receiving area adjacent to the cruise vessel’s berth.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  At Sea
  From End of Program
  Location: At Sea
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Manhattan Cruise Terminal

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
JFK Airport

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$52.00 + tolls
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

40 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

20 miles

   

Taxis are readily available at the JFK airport and will take you to any point in Manhattan for a flat rate of $52 + tolls.

 

Manhattan Cruise Terminal

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
LaGuardia Airport

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$35
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

25 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

11 miles

   

Taxis are readily available at the LaGuardia airport and will take you the Manhattan Cruise Terminal.

 

Manhattan Cruise Terminal

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Newark Airport

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$50
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

35 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

16 miles

   

Taxis are readily available at the Newark airport and will take you the Manhattan Cruise Terminal.

 

Manhattan Cruise Terminal

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
JFK Airport

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$52.00 plus tolls
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

40 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

20 miles

   

Taxis are readily available at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal.

 

Manhattan Cruise Terminal

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
LaGuardia Airport

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$35
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

25 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

11 miles

   

Taxis are readily available at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal.

 

Manhattan Cruise Terminal

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Newark Airport

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$50
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

35 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

16 miles

   

Taxis are readily available at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal.

 
Driving Directions
  From New Jersey and Points South From the Lincoln Tunnel, follow signs to 42nd Street, make a left onto 42nd Street, go 3 blocks and make a right onto 12th Avenue. Take 12th Avenue for a half mile and make a left on 55th street, which is the entrance to the terminal. From the Holland Tunnel, take ext 1 (9A). Pass 3 lights and make a right onto West Street (which is also 12th Avenue). Take West Street/12 Avenue one mile and make a left onto 55th Street, which is the entrance to the terminal.
  George Washington Bridge/Westchester and Points North Go southbound on the Henry Hudson Parkway (Route 9A), exit to the right at 55th Street, which is the entrance to the terminal.
  Long Island From the Queens-Midtown Tunnel, go west via 34th Street to 12th Avenue. Turn left onto 12th Avenue and continue north to the New York Cruise Terminal on 55th Street.
  Midtown Manhattan Take 55th Street, and cross 12th Avenue to enter the Terminal.
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: Arrivals in New York City / Embark the Norwegian Breakaway
(Sunday, July 6)

Note: The Norwegian Breakaway will be docked at the Manhattan Cruise Terminal located at 711 12th Avenue, New York, NY. Arrival transfers are not included.



   
 Afternoon: You may embark the ship between 12:00 noon and 3:00 pm. You will not be allowed to embark the ship after 3:00 pm. If you are arriving by air, we recommend flights that arrive in New York City before 1:00 pm. Please make sure you have registered online with Norwegian Cruise Lines and you have your eDocs accessible when you arrive to the ship.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner is at 6:00 pm aboard the ship in the Manhattan Room. The maître d’ will seat you with your fellow Road Scholar participants and study leader.
 Evening: Each evening you will be free to enjoy one of the many onboard activities including: live performances, movies and live music.
   
Accommodations: Norwegian Breakaway
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: At Sea / Cruising the Atlantic Ocean
(Monday, July 7)

Note: Days at sea will be a mix of independent and group activities. In addition to private lectures by your group leader, you will have the opportunity to enjoy all of the activities, amenities and entertainment options aboard the ship.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast aboard the ship.
 Morning: In the morning, meet with your study leader and fellow participants for the program orientation at 9:00 am. You will be informed of the orientation location during dinner the night before. Learn about the ship, the itinerary and what you will see and do during your program. Following orientation, enjoy a lecture by your study leader, "Bermuda's Oldest Inhabitants." Review the early history, plants and animals of Bermuda.
 Lunch: Lunch at leisure aboard the ship. Choose from a variety of complimentary and supplemental dining options aboard the Norwegian Breakaway.
 Afternoon: Enjoy an afternoon lecture, "Architecture of Bermuda."
 Dinner: Group dinner aboard the ship in the Manhattan Room at 6:00 pm.
   
Accommodations: Norwegian Breakaway
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: At Sea / Cruising the Atlantic Ocean
(Tuesday, July 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure aboard the ship.
 Morning: Enjoy a morning lecture by your study leader, "Hamilton and St. George".
 Lunch: Lunch at leisure aboard the ship.
 Afternoon: At 5:00 pm enjoy an exclusive Road Scholar Cocktail Party!
 Dinner: Group dinner aboard the ship in the Manhattan Room at 6:00 pm.
   
Accommodations: Norwegian Breakaway
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: King's Wharf and Hamilton, Bermuda
(Wednesday, July 9)

Note: Some down hill (but not steep) walking is required.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure on board the ship.
 Morning: Arrive at King's Wharf, Bermuda. Upon disembarkation, join your study leader for a walk around the Royal Navy Dockyard, just steps from where our ship is docked.
 Lunch: Return to the ship for lunch.
 Afternoon: In the afternoon we'll take a ferry to Hamilton and explore Bermuda's capital. This short walking tour led by your study leader will cover main streets as well as the Bermuda Historical Society Museum, Par-la-ville Park and City Hall. Stop in at the Bermuda National Gallery, which houses Bermuda's national art collection.
 Dinner: Group dinner aboard the ship in the Manhattan Room at 6:00 pm.
   
Accommodations: Norwegian Breakaway
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: King's Wharf / St. George's / BIOS
(Thursday, July 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure aboard the ship.
 Morning: Your morning is free to explore King’s Wharf. Your group leader can offer suggestions of sites to visit or popular walking routes.
 Lunch: Lunch aboard the ship.
 Afternoon: Drive along the scenic northern coastline of Bermuda 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 the adjacent St. David's Island, discover the charm of this unique and enchanting community, once a US Air Force Base.
 Dinner: Continue along to the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) for dinner.
 Evening: After a short lecture and tour of the facility, we'll take a short cruise with the BIOS scientist to view the Bioluminescence.
   
Accommodations: Norwegian Breakaway
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: King's Wharf, Bermunda
(Friday, July 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure aboard the 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 aboard the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure to relax or explore King's Wharf before the ship departs at 5:00 pm.
 Dinner: Group dinner aboard the ship in the Manhattan Room at 6:00 pm.
   
Accommodations: Norwegian Breakaway
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: At Sea / Cruising the Atlantic Ocean
(Saturday, July 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure aboard the ship.
 Morning: Morning lecture by your study leader: "Mystery Roses and Exotic Flora of Bermuda."
 Lunch: Lunch aboard the ship.
 Afternoon: Program Wrap-Up: Meet with your group for an informal discussion about your experience during the program.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner aboard the ship in the Manhattan Room at 6:00 pm.
   
Accommodations: Norwegian Breakaway
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: New York City / Disembarkation / Departures
(Sunday, July 13)

Note: Departure transfers are not included. You will be responsible for your own transportation upon disembarking the ship.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast aboard the ship.
 Morning: The ship is scheduled to arrive in New York City at 8:00am. Disembarkation will begin once the ship is docked and has cleared customs, around 9:00 am All guests must be off of the ship by 10:00 am. If you are arranging your own flights out of New York City, we do not recommend flights that depart earlier than 1:00 pm.
   
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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A Traveller's History of the Caribbean


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Bermuda Map


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Don't Stop the Carnival


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Fodor's Bermuda


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Snorkeling Guide to Marine Life


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Under the Black Flag, The Romance and Reality of Life Among the Pirates


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