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Bermuda Cruise Port Profile

Carnival Freedom. Source: Wikimedia
Bermuda attracts two kinds of cruise visitors: People who who cruise there as their only stop and people on ships that stop there on their way to the Caribbean.

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.

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 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.

No need to worry about a language barrier either, English is spoken everywhere here.

Fast Facts


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

    Destinations / Ports of Call


    Front Street Hamilton
    Front Street Hamilton. 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. 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 inside the Royal Naval Dockyard (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.

    Hamilton


    The capital of Bermuda is Hamilton with plenty to see and do. 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.


    St. George's


    St. George's was the first colonized location on Bermuda and is now a World Heritage Site. This charming island is full of history and beautiful architecture.

    Visitors can stroll along cobblestone streets and enjoy the scenery.

    Attractions


    Bermuda Maritime Museum is at the Royal Naval Dockyard. It was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1975.

    It houses some of Bermuda’s most extensive artifact collections including rare treasures from the 16th and 17th centuries.

    Another attraction within walking distance of the docks is Dolphin Quest, a dolphin interactive experience.

    Bermuda sailing
    Boating is a popular activity in Bermuda during warm weather. Credit: Pixabay Creative Commons license
    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 next to Dolphin Quest.

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

    Beaches


    Snorkel Park is a white sand beach at the west end of Bermuda. It is within the 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.

    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 & 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.

    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 also has an active ferry system for travel around the island. Ferries leave from the Ferry Terminal on Front Street in Hamilton.

    When to Go/ Weather


    Bermuda monthly temperatures
    Average monthly temperatures are warm enough for swimming in the summer but too cool in the winter. © 2018 Scott 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 generally the wettest month with an average of six inches of rain.

    April 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.

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    August 04, 2018

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