Avid Cruiser Voyages: Bermuda

Of all the world’s cruise destinations, Bermuda remains one of the most unique, not only for its rich history and Caribbean-like ocean vistas, but also for its itinerary, which encompasses a healthy mix of sea days topped off with an extended, multi-night stay on the island.

A British Overseas territory located in the North Atlantic, Bermuda offers visitors a plethora of activities, from sunning on sandy beaches to exploring the new capital of Hamilton, or the old capital city of Saint George.

Bermuda’s Royal Naval Dockyard is close to the Commissioner’s House, pictured here. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia / Creative Commons

Bermuda is an entirely distinct destination. It has flavors and stylings that combine the best of the Eastern and Southern Caribbean with an intoxicating blend of European influence and history.

On the souvenir front, the island is also known for its hand-carved wood, commemorative coins, miniature ceramic cottages, cedar and mahogany handbags, polished shark’s teeth and of course, Bermudan shorts.

One of the greatest advantages of taking a voyage to Bermuda lies in the sheer number of Eastern Seaboard embarkation ports. In 2013, voyages to Bermuda will be offered from New York; Boston; New Jersey; Tampa; Miami; Fort Lauderdale; Baltimore; and even Miami. Some of these are dedicated runs that call only on Bermuda, while others combine stops on this vibrant island with ports of call in the Caribbean, Canada & New England, the Bahamas, and even a transatlantic crossing.

While a few ships can dock right in Hamilton, most cruise ships will spend time out at the Royal Naval Dockyard’s King’s Wharf. If you’re not calling on Hamilton directly, you can still get there by way of one of the many shore excursions, or by public bus, ferry, or taxi — though beware the latter can be quite expensive.

Enchantment of the Seas was launched in 1997 and stretched by 73 feet in 2005. She’s also a regular visitor to Bermuda, sailing primarily from Baltimore, Maryland. Photo courtesy of Royal Caribbean.

Either docking location is convenient for accessing some of Bermuda’s best beaches, though it will take you some time to get those and may not be convenient for passengers who are on cruises just stopping for the day. But given that most cruises include at least one overnight stay in Bermuda, you don’t have to worry about being back at the ship at a specific time in the evening. You can lay on the beach and enjoy every second of it.

Because of the common lengthy overnights stays in Bermuda, coupled with the growing number of itineraries that include stops in the Bahamas or the eastern coast of Canada and the United States as well, this pretty British overseas colony is still one of our favorite avid cruiser voyages.

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