Advice on cruise: Boston to Bahams

Old Oct 7th, 2015, 04:28 PM
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Advice on cruise: Boston to Bahams

We are planning ahead to a little relaxation aboard a cruise ship Boston to Bahamas. There are a number of cruise lines...any of them better especially for seniors with some walking restrictions? And any months favored? We have been on many overseas trips and traveled exentsively in U. S.
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Old Oct 7th, 2015, 04:32 PM
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Sorry, destination is not spelled right! Bermuda it is. On the other hand what about the Bahamas? Let me add we aren't into gambling or boozing, just relaxation.
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If you aren't into gambling or boozing, then don't gamble or drink. But all cruise ships have casinos and bars. If that makes a difference for you, then it's an important consideration in choosing to cruise at all.

I don't know off-hand which ships use Boston as a base to get to Bermuda and what months cruises are offered. Most of the ships are pretty big, so there's a fair amount of walking but not enough that would be an issue unless you have real mobility issues. All the ships are ADA-compliant and all have sufficient elevators. Most Bermuda cruises are between May and September.

The month is probably more important to your enjoyment. Most cruises to Bermuda are in the summer. From Boston, you'll have the best weather from June through August, though there's always the risk of a tropical storm or hurricane in the summer. But Bermuda weather is the same as North Carolina, so you could go as early as May and have pretty warm weather.

In Bermuda, you can use the bus to get around. You certainly won't want to rent a scooter or moped, and taxis are prohibitively expensive. If that's a concern, you may again want to reconsider this kind of travel. But I think the buses will work fine for you. There are also some ferries that can help. And of course the ships offer organized excursions, but there is little reason to do that in Bermuda if you want to get out on your own.
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Old Oct 9th, 2015, 11:51 AM
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Holland America Veendam
Norwegian Dawn

In looking at Vacations to go, these seem to be the only choices out of Boston.

The Dawn is a medium size ship, built in 2002.

The Veendam is small, about half the size of the Dawn, and several years older, built in the 90s. I might prefer the newer, larger ship, but the Veendam looks very pretty. It has a larger percentage of inside cabins though, so you might want to book early to get an outside or balcony.

I have not sailed on a Hal ship and only once on a much larger NCL ship.
Just what I have read, so no personal experience, but Hal seems geared to an older crowd. With mobility issues, the smaller ship might work better, but the Dawn is not a mega ship by any means.

You could have more choices by going down to NYC or NJ.

Read reviews about these cruises on cruise critic.
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We did a taxi in Bermuda to the zoo/aquarium and back again, and it wasn't ridiculous considering the length of the drive (around $60 each way). However, there were four of us, so that does change the equation, and at this point getting Dad on and off a bus is interesting.

We took Celebrity, but that was out of Bayonne.

Cruising is very easy for people with mobility issues.
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NCL Dawn to Bermuda is a great cruise. We did it 3 years ago. Wonderful entertainments on ship. Foods were good.
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