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Bermuda Cruise Port: Tips, Excursions and Weather

Front Street Hamilton. Credit: Wikimedia Creative Commons license
Front Street Hamilton. Credit: Wikimedia Creative Commons license

Bermuda cruise ports attract two kinds of visitors: People who cruise there as their only stop and those ships that stop there on their way to the Caribbean.

It’s a popular port of call for ships that embark from ports on the east coast of the United States. Major embarkation ports include New York, Boston, Baltimore and Cape Liberty, NJ. Most of the cruises last either five or seven nights.

This small British territory consists of small islands connected by bridges and causeways. From end to end, the country measures only 22 miles long. Tourists can travel the entire length in about one hour. Traffic is slow.

Visitors will enjoy bright blue skies, pink sand beaches, golf courses, museums and historic sites. It also has plenty of high-end boutiques and dining options.

Bermuda is not a vacation for anyone on a tight budget. Be prepared to spend some cash when going ashore. Dining and shops are pretty pricey.

These islands are more conservative than the others in the Caribbean. Restaurants have dress codes, and visitors can stroll around in bathing suits only on the beaches.

Parents will be happy to know that Bermuda is a great destination for families with many kid-friendly activities. There are many city attractions, and the beaches are clean and safe.

Unlike some Caribbean destinations, there is no need to worry about a language barrier for American, Canadian and British citizens because English is spoken everywhere.

Quick Travel Tips

  • Cruise ships usually dock at King’s Wharf or Hamilton.
  • Snorkel Park is a convenient beach at King’s Wharf.
  • Royal Navy Dockyard is the most popular attraction.
  • Public buses may offer a more budget friendly option for touring the island than taxis.

Destinations / Ports of Call

Carnival Freedom
Carnival Freedom docked in Bermuda. Credit: Wikimedia Creative Commons license

Ports of Call for Bermuda cruises will depend on the itinerary chosen. The most common itinerary is a five- to seven-night package with the only stop being Bermuda.

Ships will dock at King’s Wharf on the northwest tip of the island for two to three nights as we did during our seven-day cruise. Some may also stop at Hamilton in the island’s center or St. George’s at the northeast tip.

King’s Wharf

This wharf is where all the major cruise lines dock. Ships will stop right beside the Royal Naval Dockyard. It is the most popular tourist site of the islands.

King’s Wharf is rich with history and home to the Bermuda Maritime Museum. There is a mall, lighthouse and art center in the vicinity.

Buses, taxis and scooters can takes guests away from the busy area if they prefer some more private spots for relaxation.


Bermuda Cruise Port Map

The capital of Bermuda is Hamilton—with a population of less than 1,000 people—and has a modest number of things to see and do. A small number of smaller cruise ships usually dock right at Front Street where all the action takes place.

Hamilton has many daytime and nighttime activities, and visitors can see the entire town on foot. Public transportation is available for those that don’t want to walk. We walked the entire length of Front Street with occasional stops in less than two hours.

The most popular way of going from King’s Wharf to Hamilton is an inexpensive ferry that makes regular runs.

St. George’s

St. George’s was the first colonized location on Bermuda and is now a World Heritage Site. This charming city of 1,200 people is full of history and beautiful architecture.

Visitors can stroll along cobblestone streets, dine, shop and enjoy the scenery.

Attractions and Shore Excursions

Walking Around Attractions

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Quite a few attractions and shore excursions are packed around the Royal Navy Dockyard at King’s Wharf.

The National Museum of Bermuda, officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1975, houses some of Bermuda’s most extensive artifact collections. They include rare treasures from the 16th and 17th centuries. Admission prices are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and free for anyone younger than 16. (Prices are subject to change.)

Commissioner’s House built in 1820 was once home to the Dockyard Commissioner. It is a large Georgian House and the first ever cast iron house in the world. Guests can explore the house and see collections and exhibits of that time period.

At Bermuda Craft Market, guests can stroll through 60+ local art stands in the old cooperage building in the dockyard. It’s a five-minute walk north of King’s Wharf.

View or buy artwork and handicrafts including paintings, jewelry, woodwork and candles.

Bermuda sailing
Boating is a popular activity in Bermuda during warm weather. Credit: Pixabay license

Shore Excursions

Bermuda has a Dolphin Quest facility at the National Museum of Bermuda, by the Old Royal Navy Dockyard, where visitors can swim with the dolphins. Prices start around $150 and go up from there depending on the program.

Anyone with an interest in the island’s lengthy history can take a four- to five-hour tour of the island. Prices range from $75 on up depending on the length and other factors. Destinations may include St. George, Bermuda Botanical Gardens and the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art.

The 18-hole Turtle Hill Golf Club has an excursion for golfing fans starting at about $125 per person.

Beaches Near the Cruise Port

Snorkel Park is a white sand beach at the west end of Bermuda. It is within the Royal Navy Dockyard complex, and cruisers can walk there from ships that dock at King’s Wharf.

The water is calm and perfect for children to enjoy the ocean. Snorkelers will spy colorful fish and coral reefs under the turquoise waters.

Horseshoe Bay Beach, six miles southwest of the Hamilton cruise port and 10 miles from King’s Wharf, is known as the best beach on the island. It’s also the most popular and often available as a shore excursion from cruise ships.

Black Bay Beach is ideal for swimming and snorkeling in its shallow waters. The waves are calm, but swimmers should be aware of sharp rocks.

The sand is soft and covered with sea glass. There is a concession stand in the area to rent umbrellas, chairs and other beach items.

Shopping / Restaurants

Along with the Bermuda Craft Market by King’s Wharf, there are quite a few other options for die-hard shoppers. Although there is no sales tax in Bermuda, items are not cheap due to import duties.

There are shopping centers in Hamilton City (along Front Street), at Somers Wharf in St. George’s and at the Clocktower Mall by the Royal Naval Dockyard.

Some of the more unique finds in Bermuda are Gombey Rag Dolls, Banana Leaf Dolls, Longtail Jewelry and Rum Cakes.

The Pickled Onion serves authentic Bermudian food along with Asian and Latin menu items. The restaurant offers views of Hamilton Harbor.

Black Horse Tavern has Bermudian and Continental food with a casual atmosphere. It is a place where locals like to dine with reasonable prices.

Somerset Country Squire Pub and Restaurant is a traditional British Pub with average prices and a terrace overlooking Mangrove Bay.

Polaris at Carriage House has water views and Bermudian cuisine including seafood and sushi. Local fish and lobster caught fresh are on the daily menu.

Getting Around

Passengers who disembark from ships at King’s Wharf will need transportation to get to Hamilton, which is 15 miles away.

Shore excursion buses are common and often include visits to both Hamilton and St. George’s. These excursions may cost $100 per person or more.

Otherwise, taxis have metered rates set by the government. Exact change is required.

The rate for a one- to four-passenger taxi is $7.90 US for the first mile and $2.75 US for each extra mile. The rate for a five- to seven-passenger taxi is $9.95 US for the first mile and $3.50 US for each extra mile.

The expense of getting from King’s Wharf to Hamilton by taxi and back may make an excursion bus that also goes to St. George a better option. For getting from King’s Whart to Hamilton, it also is cheaper and faster to take the ferry.

The island has a convenient public bus system with 11 routes and 14 zones. Most buses leave from the Central Terminal on Washington Street by City Hall in Hamilton.

Bermuda has an active ferry system for travel around the island. Ferries leave from the Ferry Terminal on Front Street in Hamilton and also from King’s Wharf.

When to Go/ Weather

Bermuda monthly temperatures
Average monthly temperatures are warm enough for swimming in the summer but too cool in the winter. © Scott S. Bateman

Bermuda has sub-tropical weather with high humidity and warm temperatures. Average high temperatures from December through March hover in the 60s Fahrenheit.

April through November are warmer months with average highs in the 70s and 80s Fahrenheit.

Bermuda does not have a monsoon or rainy season. There is no fixed pattern for rainfall, but October is historically the wettest month with an average of six inches of rain.

April historically is the driest month with three inches of rain.

The best time to visit Bermuda is from April to September. The temperatures are warmer, along with the water.

The majority of tourist attractions are open during this time. Those who prefer to go when there are fewer people should visit during the winter months. The winter is popular with golfers.

Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas. He is the author of four books about cruising in the Caribbean, Alaska and Mexican Riviera.
January 08, 2024

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