Lying 650 miles off the east coast of the U.S., the island nation of Bermuda is a terrific option for a relaxing cruise: the most common itinerary is five to seven nights, with Bermuda as the sole destination. The turquoise water, pink sand beaches, pastel-colored buildings and distinctly British traditions will enchant you.
The main cruise ship port is King’s Wharf, which can accommodate mid-size and larger ships. Located on Bermuda’s west end, it’s adjacent to the Royal Naval Dockyard, originally established in 1795 to keep an eye on French privateers and the United States. Now a museum, there are historical exhibits and treasures recovered from wrecked. Nearby sights include the Bermuda Arts Centre and a lighthouse that features 185 steps to a panoramic view.
When you’re ready to explore more of Bermuda – just 22 miles long and 2 miles wide – reliable bus and ferry systems can take you just about anywhere, including beaches, golf courses, and two other ports, Hamilton and St. George’s.
The mouth of the harbor and the dock facilities at Hamilton can only accommodate vessels less than 700 feet long, so if you’d like to dock there, choose a small ship. Hamilton’s central location makes it a convenient base for exploring all of Bermuda, but there’s lots to see and do right in town. The dock is steps from the retailers along Front Street – where you can buy classic Bermuda shorts and English tweeds – as well as restaurants and pubs. It’s fun to stroll among the charming buildings until it’s time for high tea.
Only the smallest cruise vessels are able to dock at St. George’s, and only when the weather and waves cooperate. But, an easy ferry ride from either King’s Wharf or Hamilton will bring you to this historic town of narrow streets and notable structures, including the Old State House, the Tucker House Museum and St. Peter’s Church. Nearby, you’ll find imposing Fort St. Catherine, great snorkeling in Tobacco Bay and amazing limestone caves.
Unlike the Caribbean, about 1,000 miles to the south, Bermuda isn’t a year-round cruise destination: the season runs from April through early November. Ships depart from Boston, New York, Cape Liberty (Bayonne), Baltimore and occasionally Ft. Lauderdale or Miami. A few itineraries that combine a stay in Bermuda with other destinations, such as New England/Maritime Canada or the Bahamas.
For more information on a cruise to Bermuda, talk with Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert.
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