Holland America has announced that Veendam won't be returning to Bermuda for the 2013 summer season.
"We will continue to call in Hamilton occasionally on other itineraries," said the line in a statement. "The 2012 season will mark three years of Bermuda cruising roundtrip from New York and in 2013 other destinations are being considered as part of our overall global deployment."
This announcement comes just weeks after Carnival announced that Carnival Pride would be redeployed in the Eastern Caribbean instead of Bermuda for the 2012 Summer season. Carnival Pride will still sail one voyage to Bermuda.
While The Veendam and Pride are pulling out, that doesn't mean that there won't be ships in Bermuda or that the region is being abandoned by the cruise lines. Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises will offer regular Bermuda sailings in 2012, and Norwegian has already announced that its new Norwegian Breakaway will debut in spring 2013 with a series of Bermuda cruises.
Bermuda is a great cruise destination. Most cruises to Bermuda originate from New York and typically spend two or three days docked in one of Bermuda's ports of call so that you can explore the country both day and night taking in the complete atmosphere of the island country. The people are very friendly there and there is much to do. It is quite easy to explore on your own by using public transportation including buses and ferries.
For those that have never cruised before, Bermuda is a great destination to do since there is a minimal amount of actual sailing. You can experience life onboard the ship and use the ship as your floating hotel while in Bermuda, saving on food and entertainment costs for example.