Originally posted by Dave:
I am disappointed by that itinerary. There isn't much time in Bermuda.
That is a pitiful schedule. When I went on the Celebrity Zenith we docked in Hamilton for two nights and then went over to St George's for a day also. The bigger ships have to dock at King's Wharf, but they could at least spend two nights. It most likely is Bermuda controlling Carnival's time though. I remember many years ago Bermuda was restricting what cruise lines they were letting come into Bermuda. They had an "Image" to uphold and they weren't giving Carnival space.
To the point that I can't see doing that cruise for the purpose of seeing Bermuda. A get together cruise sure, but other wise it is almost a cruise to nowhere. I am sure you are correct in that Bermuda only gave them 24 hours in port. They could easily stay another day and still have time to reach Charleston.
Sounds a bit like what the Cayman's did several years ago regarding something else. Now they have changed their tune so to speak, and rumor is they are going to finally build a cruise ship pier. I watched some travel show about Bermuda as a cruise port, it seemed to convey they need the business.
I guess Bermuda doesn't want the income from Carnival passengers? I did notice there wasn't that much time there, but didn't think much about it. I did enjoy Bermuda when I was there, though. Maybe they still have the conception that Carnival passengers are all party-hearty?
I sure hope it isn't one of those "we don't want 'those people' coming here" things.
I'm thinking it's not that. Bermuda has been limiting the number of ships that can call there for years. Originally the limit was intended to preserve the integrity of the hotel vacation there. Their government would rather have folks fly there and stay on the island, rather than eating and sleeping on the ship. Sure cruisers contribute to the economy, but not the way hotel guests do.