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By Plane

The flight from most East Coast destinations--including New York, Raleigh/Durham, Baltimore, and Boston -- takes about 2 hours. Flights from Atlanta take 2 1/2 hours; from Toronto, it's less than 3 hours. From London, England, the trip takes about 7 hours.

American Airlines (tel. 800/433-7300; www.aa.com) flies nonstop, twice a day, from New York's JFK Airport and once daily from Miami. Departures coincide with dozens of connecting flights from elsewhere in North America.

Delta (tel. 800/221-1212; www.delta.com) offers daily nonstop service from Boston and New York and two flights daily from Atlanta.

Continental Airlines (tel. 800/231-0856; www.continental.com) offers nonstop service from New Jersey's Newark Airport. Departures are twice daily. The low-cost carrier JetBlue Airways (tel. 800/538-2583; www.jetblue.com) offers two daily nonstop flights between New York and Bermuda. The 2-hour flights originate at Kennedy International Airport.

US Airways (tel. 800/428-4322; www.usairways.com) offers daily nonstop flights from Washington, D.C.

USA3000 Airlines (tel. 877/872-3000; www.USA3000.com), a low-fare, full-service airline, is the newest air route to Bermuda, flying three times weekly from Baltimore/Washington International Airport and twice weekly from Newark.

United Airlines (tel. 800/538-2929; www.united.com) offers daily service from Chicago.

Air Canada (tel. 888/247-2262; www.aircanada.ca) offers daily nonstop flights from Toronto, with frequent connections into Toronto from virtually every other city in Canada. The flight departs around 9am, permitting convenient connections from Montreal and Quebec City. The airline also offers a nonstop flight from Halifax on Saturday at noon.

The airline of choice from the United Kingdom is British Airways (tel. 0844/493-0787; www.britishairways.com). It flies from London's Gatwick Airport from five to seven times a week, year-round. No other airline flies nonstop between Britain and Bermuda.

Most airlines offer the best deals on tickets booked at least 14 days in advance, with a stopover in Bermuda of at least 3 days. You might need to stay over on a Saturday night to keep fares down. Airfares fluctuate according to the season, but tend to remain competitive among the companies vying for a piece of the lucrative Bermuda run.

Peak season (summer) is the most expensive time to go; low season (usually from mid-Sept to mid-Mar) sees less expensive fares. The airlines that fly to Bermuda seldom observe a shoulder (intermediate) season.

By Cruise Ship

Cruise ships tie up at three harbors in Bermuda: St. George in the East End, the Royal Naval Dockyard in the West End, and Hamilton Harbour at the City of Hamilton. However, ships coming into the harbor at Hamilton may be on the wane.

While the cruise experience isn't for everyone, it's very appealing to some people and is certainly a carefree, all-inclusive vacation. Ships from the East Coast of the United States reach Bermuda in a little over a day. You'll spend a few full days (usually 3) moored at the island, exploring during the day and returning to the ship at night. It's convenient and comfortable -- like having a luxury hotel and restaurant that travels with you.

Of course, that's also its major disadvantage. Most cruisers don't get to know the real Bermuda as well as those who stay in hotels ashore. For instance, cruise-ship passengers generally eat all their meals aboard the ship -- mainly because they've already paid for the meals as part of their cruise price -- and so they miss out on sampling Bermuda's cuisine. They also rarely get to meet and interact with Bermudians the way land-based visitors do.

Seven-day cruises out of New York usually include 4 days at sea, with 3 days in port. Cruise lines currently offering regularly scheduled trips to Bermuda include Celebrity Cruises (tel. 800/647-2251; www.celebrity.com); Norwegian Cruise Line (tel. 866/234-7350; www.ncl.com); Princess Cruises (tel. 800/774-6237; www.princess.com); and Royal Caribbean International (tel. 866/562-7625; www.royalcaribbean.com).

How to Get the Best Deal on Your Cruise -- Cruise lines operate like airlines, setting rates for their cruises and then selling them in a rapid-fire series of discounts, offering almost whatever it takes to fill their ships. Because of this, great deals come and go in the blink of an eye, and most are available only through travel agents.

If you have a travel agent you trust, leave the details to him or her. If not, try contacting a travel agent who specializes in booking cruises. Some of the most likely contenders include the following: Cruises, Inc., 1415 NW 62 St., Ste. 205, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33009 (tel. 888/282-1249; www.cruiseinc.com); Cruises Only, 100 Sylvan Rd., Ste. 600, Woburn, MA 01801 (tel. 800/278-4737; www.cruisesonly.com); The Cruise Company, 10760 Q St., Omaha, NE 68127 (tel. 800/289-5505; www.thecruisecompany.com); Kelly Cruises, 1315 W. 22nd St., Ste. 105, Oak Brook, IL 60523 (tel. 800/837-7447; www.kellycruises.com); Hartford Holidays Travel, 129 Hillside Ave., Williston Park, NY 11596 (tel. 800/828-4813; www.hartfordholidays.com); and Mann Travel & Cruises, 4400 Park Rd., Charlotte, NC 28209 (tel. 800/849-2028 or 704/556-8311; www.manntravelandcruises.com).


Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.