The island of Bermuda is often lumped in with ones in the Caribbean area. In reality, it is approximately six hundred miles from the coast of North Carolina in the Atlantic Ocean. Even so, it has many of the wonderful characteristics of a Caribbean island that include, a warm climate, soft sand beaches, welcoming people, and a colorful history. With a history dating back to the 1600’s, beautiful beaches, and golf courses, this destination is popular with many cruisers returning multiple times. This self-governing British territory is a favorite site for vacationers, especially cruise passengers.
The island’s government controls the number of cruise ships that dock in Bermuda each year. However, since it is within easy access to the east coast of the Unites States, there are quite a few cruise ships that make the journey annually.
Most cruises visit Bermuda between April and mid-November, while a few arrive in March and December. Peak periods for visitors to the island are April through September, with March through May being some of their rainy months. Ships sail from ports, such as, Florida, New York, Boston, Charleston, and New Jersey in the United States each year and many stay overnight for several days during a cruise. To get an idea of which ships traveled to the area and the length of their stay, visit their ports schedule (which is updated yearly) at: http://marineandports.bm/Documents/Shipping_schedules/2018_Cruise_Ship_Schedule.pdf.
Since Bermuda is a location that my wife and I have discussed visiting for decades, I surprised her with a cruise to that beautiful island for our 30th anniversary in November 2018. We intentionally chose a cruise ship that was scheduled for nearly three days at the port of Kings Wharf. The ship was the Carnival Ecstasy and we cruised from the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina. We decided to spend two lovely days in the historic Palmer’s Pinckney Inn bed and breakfast before boarding the ship. Built in 1868, the house has an aura of its own. You can almost hear the stories of people who have occupied the house of over one hundred years.
While the ship was not our favorite, we enjoyed the itinerary, which consisted of travel to and from Bermuda and nearly three days spent in port. The island has many of the features you find on many other islands you can visit in the Caribbean region — beautiful waters, beaches, and friendly people are commonplace. Even so, we thoroughly enjoyed our round the island excursion with a stop at their historic light house and several other historic areas. On our 2nd full day, we took a n the inexpensive water ferry across the sound to the capital city of Hamilton. Quite honestly, this was a bit disappointing, because it was little more than a metropolitan city on the waterfront with a only few historic buildings (State House built in 1816 and the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity completed in 1969). There are several museums, but we chose not to spend our time on the island reading all the exhibit signs in Hamilton’s museums. That was because we had planned to spend our final afternoon on the island wandering through the old fort at King’s Wharf, which is now the National Museum of Bermuda. In that facility, there are numerous enlightening exhibits that cover the island’s history from early discovery days through recent history. They also have a dolphin discovery training area where visitors can get a close-up look at these marvelous mammals. In the evening afternoon, you can wander around the wharf area through a variety of shops. Yo0u can also sample local cuisine at one of their bars or restaurants. All-in-all, our decision to visit the former British colony was a good one and worth your consideration, especially if you like water activities.
Cruiser At Heart was created and is managed by Robert (Bob) W. Lucas, who is passionate about cruising, world travel, meeting people, and sharing information with others. He has visited, lived, and worked in over 50 countries on four continents. He and his wife, MJ, took their first cruise in 1994 and have not stopped since. He shares his travel experiences about the wonderful people and cultures he has experienced, along with tips for maximizing a cruise vacation.