Bermuda’s pink sand beaches, sophisticated museums and range of historical sites brings thousands of visitors to its shores each year, and more often than not they’ve come via a cruise. To get the most out of your trip, you’ll need to know a few tips of the cruising trade. Here’s our handy guide for your Bermuda cruise holiday.
Best cruise lines
Kings Warf is a former British Navy port and the most popular cruise stop destination in Bermuda. When you step outside you’ll swear you’re in London, only with one defining difference – the heat. At Kings Warf you can stop for afternoon tea, watch a game of cricket or rest and relax on the soft pink beaches all underneath the island’s streaming rays of sunshine.
It’s no surprise that Royal Caribbean® are leading the way when it comes to the top Bermuda cruises. This liner has four different cruise itineraries all porting in Kings Warf, including journeys onboard Grandeur of the Seas®. This ship lives up to its name, with deluxe ocean view staterooms and seven chic restaurants to choose from.
The other two popular ports of call are Hamilton and the Royal Navy Dockyard, both of which are ports favoured by Holland America Line and Norwegian Cruise Line. Holland America Line’s MS Veendam has two different cruise itineraries that both drop anchor in Bermuda’s capital of Hamilton. This classy ship is adorned with museum-quality art on the walls and holds a sense of grandeur when you walk through its chandelier ballroom and magnificent lobby. It also comes equipped with all state-of-the-art amenities like a smart pool area and spa, giving you the best of both elegance and modern living.
Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Dawn ports at the Royal Navy Dockyard, set on the west end of Bermuda next to Kings Warf. The area is home to some of the island’s most renowned beaches including Horseshoe Bay and Warwick Long Bay, a must-see destination for all those sun worshippers.
Once you’ve ported on this gorgeous island it’s time to think about what you’d like to see. Bermuda has no end to fantastic sites and exciting activities for you to enjoy, including the Crystal and Fantasy Caves. Here you’ll travel 120 feet below the Earth’s surface and enjoy a guided tour of these underground phenomenons as stalactites form a ceiling above you.
If you’re eager to do a bit of shopping once you’ve reached port, then the island’s capital Hamilton is where to go. This city has classic Bermudan buildings showcasing lots of colour, alongside a selection of beachfront restaurants and cafes. There’s plenty of shops for you to buy souvenirs in, as well as high-end shops if you want to treat yourself.
For a once-in-a-lifetime experience take an excursion to the National Museum of Bermuda. Here you can not only learn about the culture and history of the island, but also spend time swimming with nature’s friendliest mammal, the dolphin. These sessions in the water are educational as well as fun and a portion of the proceeds from Dolphin Quest goes towards supporting vital marine conservation.
Lastly, you can’t forget the beach. Bermuda is blessed with having postcard-worthy pink sands and tropical green waters. Horseshoe Bay Beach is spectacular, with rock formations creating pools of pristine clear water and a stretch of sand with sunbeds and parasols dotted throughout. Another must-see coastline is Elbow Beach, which can be reached by walking along Horseshoe Bay. The area even sports its own stunning rock formations and a sea-view restaurant.
Bermuda cruise tips
The island of Bermuda is small – only 20 square miles – which is great for cruisers who want to take in as much of the island as possible in a short amount of time. Don’t worry about renting a car here, in fact, tourists aren’t permitted to. Instead, take advantage of the excellent bus services which link the ports to the city of Hamilton. The capital is where you’ll find all the restaurants, shops and museums – so it’s a good place to start your trip. You can purchase a multi-day transportation pass that’ll allow you to hop on and off where you please. Bermuda has 11 public bus routes that go all around the island, so you’ll be able to reach whatever destination you choose.
To find the best Bermuda cruise deals make sure you book early. Six to eight months ahead is ideal, but remember that most cruise lines only go to Bermuda six months out of the year and keep that in mind when looking for deals. Here’s a list of some of our newest cruise deals to get you started.
Overall, Bermuda is a fabulous place to cruise to. It’s got all the classic cruising highlights like glorious beaches, cities with history and character, and fantastic tropical weather. Booking a cruise to this holiday hotspot will definitely be the highlight of your year.
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