Have you ever wondered about the home of the Bermuda Shorts and pink sand beaches? The Bermuda Islands are a popular cruise destination, thanks to its location in the mid-Atlantic on the route between New York and the Caribbean. If you take a cruise to Bermuda, you will not be disappointed! From it’s warm subtropical climate, to historical sites, beautiful beaches and ocean waters, snorkeling, natural reefs, golf, and shopping, Bermuda offers something for everyone.
Bermuda expects well over 300,000 tourists each year from cruises so you can see, the cruising industry is a major player in the economy of Bermuda. As such, island residents are very welcoming to visitors traveling to Bermuda on a cruise vacation. Bermuda is British territory located about 650 miles east of North Carolina so it is an easy destination for Americans since Bermudians speak English.
To cruise to Bermuda from the United States, you have several options for departure ports. The most popular ports are New York; Cape Liberty, New Jersey; Baltimore, Maryland; Norfolk, Virginia; Charleston, South Carolina; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Boston, Massachusetts. The majority of cruises to Bermuda occur in the summer months of May, June, July and August but the cruise season lasts from April to November each year. There are several ships that are regular callers to the island and make multiple visits each cruise season. Those ships are the Norwegian Dawn, the Norwegian Spirit, the Norwegian Majesty, the Explorer Of The Seas, and the Grandeur of the Seas. Each of these ships will visit approximately 25 times during the summer months! This gives you plenty of options for planning your cruise vacation to Bermuda. There are also several other smaller ships from smaller cruise lines that will visit Bermuda. Some of those are callers on Transatlantic cruises.
There are three ports of call in Bermuda. The busiest ports are St. Georges and Kings Wharf (Dockyard) located on the east and west ends of Bermuda, respectively. These two ports are deeper and can therefore accommodate today’s larger cruise ships. The City of Hamilton also has a dock but it can only accept smaller cruise ships. In order for cruise ship passengers to get around the Island and visit Hamilton, you have to rent a scooter, take public transportation or use ferry service. You cannot rent cars in Bermuda due to it’s small size and limited roadways to handle the influx of tourists.
Once you have arrived in Bermuda, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy. The must see attractions include the beautiful pink sand beaches, the historic town of St. George (a World Heritage Site), wonderful shopping and restaurants in the capital city of Hamilton, and the Royal Naval Dockyard which has the Bermuda Maritime Museum. Other activities include snorkeling and scuba diving in the amazing reefs. You can also play golf on the Island.
Bermuda Shorts is standard business attire on the island. Worn with a shirt, tie, blazer and characteristic knee socks, you’re good to go. The Bermuda shorts originated in the early 20th century, from the British military uniforms, designed for hot weather, in some of the outposts.. Pink is a favorite color, for bermuda shorts, but other colors are worn.