The Holland America Line
has announced plans to increase the number of sailings it offers to Bermuda.
From 2010, the cruise line will operate 24 Bermuda cruises, instead of 11, with round-trips available via New York on the ms Veendam.
Richard Meadows, the cruise line's executive vice president of marketing, sales and guest programmes, has welcomed the decision and described it as a "wonderful development" for both Holland America and Bermuda.
"We are thrilled to homeport a ship in New York City to sail to Bermuda and our extended season to the islands will be very exciting for our guests," he added.
Mr Meadows said that Veendam was particularly suited to Bermuda cruises and is the perfect size to navigate narrow harbour entrances.
Other destinations currently served by the premium cruise line include Alaska, Hawaii and the Panama Canal.
Written by Fiona Mayers