With its temperate climate, pink sandy beaches, and azure
water, Bermuda is a beautiful place to visit on a cruise. Whether
you are single, a couple, or a family with kids, Bermuda cruises provide
the opportunity to relax and have fun in an enjoyable, relaxing
atmosphere. Not only is the destination special, but the journey to
Bermuda is wonderful as well. Many cruises to Bermuda are
single-destination journeys, giving tourists several days to explore the
island and use their ship as a floating hotel. On board you can
usually find gourmet food, excellent entertainment, swimming and exercise
facilities, and sometimes even spa services.
Most cruises to Bermuda are a combination of several days at
sea and several days on the island. The island can be explored via
moped or scooter; golf, sunbathing, and snorkeling, as well as boat tours,
dining, and shopping are common activities for cruise-goers.
Cruises to Bermuda occur on a seasonal schedule, rather than a
year-round basis. This schedule coincides with Bermuda's
"high season," which stretches from April to October. Bermuda is
located 1,200 miles north of the Caribbean, resulting in a cooler winter
climate. The busy cruise period coincides with the Atlantic
hurricane season, so an itinerary could be impacted if a storm blows in.
Ships depart from East Coast cities such as Boston, New York, Baltimore,
Philadelphia, and Norfolk; they dock at the City of Hamilton, town of
St. George, or The Royal Naval Dockyard in Sandys Parish.
Large ships usually anchor near the Hamilton Harbour, and some ships will
visit two city ports.
One of Bermuda's big attractions to cruise ship passengers
is that all three ports — Hamilton, St. George's, and King's Wharf
— are within walking distance for shopping. Bermuda, however,
has no tax-free port facilities.
When taking a cruise to Bermuda, there are several different cruise lines
to choose from. The best cruise line for you depends upon your needs
and interests. The primary cruise lines that travel to Bermuda are
Celebrity, Norwegian, Princess, and Royal Caribbean.
Celebrity Cruises is known for its elegant decor and modern touches,
as well as its plentiful spa services, and wonderful food. If you
are a true gourmand, you'll appreciate Celebrity's reservations-only
alternative restaurants on their Millennium-class ships — complete
with attentive waiters, tableside cooking, and elegant music. Yet
Celebrity's cruises are known to be relatively affordable. Bermuda
offerings include 11-day to 15-day trips.
Norwegian Cruise Lines give the feel of being on a large floating
city, with a variety of nightlife, restaurant, bars, and entertainment
offerings. If you are interested in meeting people on your Bermuda
cruise, Norwegian's casual dress code and open-seating dining make that
easier. If you aren't into the stuffiness of traditional cruising,
Norwegian might be right for you. Several of the line's ships offer
week-long cruises to Bermuda.
Royal Caribbean International owns some of the biggest and most
activity-packed ships around. Royal Caribbean attracts the younger
crowd, and nightlife is abundant. Features include ice skating
rinks, boxing rings, rock-climbing walls, water parks, and giant hot tubs
that hang over the ship's sides. Health spas, solarium pools, and
theaters make this cruise line a great choice for active folks.
There are several cruises to Bermuda to choose from, ranging from five to
nine nights in length.
Reserve a Bermuda cruise from New York, Philadelphia, or
Norfolk. Equal parts island charm and British pageantry, Bermuda
offers an abundance of shopping, golf and colorful sights. www.CelebrityCruises.com
Take a Bermuda cruise from New York, Boston, or
Philadelphia. Visit as many as three seaside towns including St.
George's, Hamilton, and King's Wharf. Each of these harbors offers
a unique perspective on this exquisitely maintained island, ranging from
famous British fortresses to languid pink sand beaches. www.NCL.com