Bermuda is relaxing with a cocktail on a pink-sand beach. It’s exploring an array of multicoloured corals and shipwrecks inhabiting the crystalline waters. It’s sailing the coastline, marvelling at the opulent celebrity mansions that occupy the shoreline.
And as well as being a top beach and watersport destination, Bermuda is also a cultural hotspot. The local culture is a unique blend of European, African and West Indian influences, which infuses the food, music and architecture of the island. The pastel-coloured towns are crammed with historic buildings and museums, alongside buzzing bars and thriving local markets.
Popular Ports in Bermuda
King’s Wharf, also known as the Royal Dockyard, is the most popular cruise port in Bermuda. It’s now a picturesque leisure complex, crammed with attractions and pastel-hued historic buildings.
Visit Dolphin Quest, a dolphin display and training centre located within the complex. Here you can realise your dream of being able to swim with dolphins. Kids and adults will love feeding and petting them, too.
For one-of-a-kind souvenirs, visit Bermuda craft market. Here you can find goods made by local artisans, including carved cedar-wood bowls, dolls made from banana leaves, and eye-catching paintings.
Another popular cruise port is located in Hamilton, the capital of Bermuda. It’s a flourishing, walkable city, with lots of art galleries, shops and other enticing attractions to explore.
Saunter down Front Street, a waterfront promenade decorated with colonial houses painted an astonishing array of colours – the ideal place for shopping and dining. During the summer season there is a regular Wednesday-night festival, where you’ll be treated to dance and music performances, handicraft stalls and street food.
The UNESCO-designated town of St George’s is the oldest settlement on the island; a picturesque cluster of soft-coloured colonial mansions. You’ll love exploring the winding cobbled alleys and quaint buildings. There’s a hidden gem around every corner, from a bespoke perfume shop to an artisanal ice-cream kiosk.
St George’s is surrounded by stunning natural beauty. Within a stone’s throw of the town is the picturesque Tobacco Bay, a distinctive pale pink swathe of sand caressed by the Sargasso Sea. The waters are clear and shallow, making this a top beach for snorkelling or swimming with children.
What are the best cruise ships for a Bermuda cruise?
Enjoy your island adventure in comfort and luxury when you travel on these two highly recommended ships.
Marella Discovery 2
The elegant Marella Discovery 2 never fails to delight, with its luxurious amenities and fun-filled activities. Active travellers can enjoy the rock-climbing wall, outdoor jogging track and mini golf course. There are plenty of child-friendly activities, including an escape room, where you solve puzzles to break free. But there’s also plenty of ways to relax, including watching al fresco movies by moonlight, or soaking up the Caribbean sun by the pool. You’re spoilt for choice with wining and dining options where you can savour succulent steaks or fragrant curries at one of the six award-winning restaurants.
Add a touch of glamour to your Bermuda cruise by travelling on Silver Spirit. Spend your days relaxing by the pool, or attending one of the free fitness classes run by the onboard trainer. Visit the spa after a long day of sightseeing, to enjoy a massage or a steam and sauna session. There are some fantastic dining options on offer, including Seishin, which offers authentic Asian cuisine, and Le Champagne, a sophisticated bar serving seasonal dishes.
Shore Excursion Ideas
These shore excursions will ensure you explore some of Bermuda’s most beautiful areas, both on land and sea.
Glass-bottomed boat trip
Get closer to Bermuda’s rainbow-hued underwater world on this glass-bottomed boat trip. You’ll sail along the island’s west coast, through waters populated with multicoloured shoals of fish and submerged shipwrecks. The coral reef surrounding the island is beautiful but deadly, its jagged edges having caused 300 shipwrecks.
Bermuda is renowned for its rich marine life, and keep a look out for electric-blue angelfish and iridescent parrotfish. You’ll visit the island’s underwater sea gardens and The Vixen, a British ship sunk in the 18thcentury, its bow still protruding from the water.
West Coast Kayak Adventure
Explore Bermuda’s untamed west coast on a glass-bottomed kayak. Glide past a coastline characterised by waving palms and rocky outcrops, interspersed with secluded white-sand bays. You’ll weave past tiny uninhabited islets, catching sight of Longtails, Egrets and Herons. Through the boat’s glass bottom, you might even spot a sea turtle. It isn’t all hard work – there’ll be time to relax on a secluded beach, too.
Bermuda Highlights – aquarium and crystal caves
Take a tour of some of the best attractions the island has to offer on this stress-free tour along Bermuda’s north coast. Pass the Botanical Gardens, a luxuriant garden of rare orchids and leafy groves. The first stop is the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo. Kids and adults alike can marvel over the hundreds of colourful fish and bird species.
Another highlight is the Crystal Caves, where you’ll descend stone steps to a labyrinth of subterranean caverns. Wonder at the twisting stalactites and the deep natural pool occupying the heart of the complex. On the way back to the ship, you’ll catch sight of one of the island’s iconic pink-sand beaches.
Top ports of call in this destination
- King’s Wharf
- St George’s