If you go: Cruising to Bermuda
Carnival recently began offering seasonal cruises from Baltimore to Bermuda aboard the Carnival Pride, seen here docked at King's Wharf in Bermuda. (Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, Baltimore Sun / April 13, 2011)
From Baltimore, travelers can visit Bermuda by plane or cruise ship.
AirTran offers a daily flight from BWI-Marshall Airport to L.F. Wade International Airport in Bermuda. Fares start at about $160 each way for the seasonal flights from April to October. Go to airtran.com.
Carnival Cruise Lines offers seven-day cruises to Bermuda from Baltimore. (Also from New York and Charleston, S.C.) Fall cruises are set for Sept. 18, Oct. 2 and Nov. 6, with inside cabins starting at $649 per person. Go to carnival.com.
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines offers five-night cruises from Baltimore starting at about $499 per person for an inside cabin. Fall cruises are scheduled for Sept. 17, Oct. 1, Oct. 15, Oct. 29 and Nov. 12. Go to royalcaribbean.com.
There's no getting around it: Hotels can be costly in Bermuda. If you take a cruise, you can skip this expensive step as I did. But if you're going on the cheap, consider a vacation rental using Fiona Campbell's Bermuda Accommodations Inc. Call 877-730-1352 or go to bermudarentals.com.
The 2011 PGA Grand Slam of Golf is being held in Bermuda at the Port Royal Golf Course, Oct. 18-19. For the event, several hotels are offering special deals and rates.
Elbow Beach Bermuda is offering rates of $339, including accommodations in a premier room, breakfast for two and two passes to the PGA event. The luxury resort was renovated recently and has 98 rooms and suites, four restaurants, a gorgeous spa and a half-mile private beach. The resort's "Endless Summer" deal offers a $400 resort credit with a four-night stay. Go to mandarinoriental.com/bermuda.
Bermuda Department of Tourism, gotobermuda.com or 800-237-6832. The island also offers a free iPhone app to guide visitors.