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If you go: Cruising to Bermuda

Bermuda is in the

Atlantic Ocean

, about 650 miles east of North Carolina. Although the island is only 21 square miles, it has nine parishes and about 75 miles of coastline.



Getting there

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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

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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

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Lodging

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

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Deals

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

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Information

Bermuda Department of Tourism,

or 800-237-6832. The island also offers a free

iPhone

app to guide visitors.

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