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Cruise destination spotlight: Bermuda

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Bermuda is the perfect choice for the cruiser who does not like to be rushed or hassled. The sailings depart from a variety of East Coast cities, giving many travelers the option of driving rather than flying to their departure ports. Travel time to Bermuda is one day at sea on each end of the itinerary. These relaxing days allow guests to unwind before and after their island experience.

But the real attraction of Bermuda cruises is that they always overnight in one or more of the ports. These multiday stops let cruisers really explore the island, as well as take part in Bermuda’s nightlife and dining scenes. These itineraries are ideal for travelers who want a more in-depth experience, rather than always rushing from port to port.

Bermuda cruises are seasonal, starting in April or May and finishing in October or November. You’ll find the best weather and the most crowds in the summer, especially when several cruise ships are docked overnight in the same port. If you want beach time, stick with the summer months. If you’re a golfer, you might prefer the beginning or end of the season when it’s still golf weather but less crowded.

Where you’ll go and what you’ll do

Bermuda cruises stop at a combination of three ports: Hamilton, King’s Wharf, and St. George. Many itineraries include an overnight stay in port, so guests can experience island nightlife and have more time in one area. Bermuda is a huge golfing destination, and you can find your way to the greens from almost anywhere. Or, for a more laid-back experience, enjoy the island’s famous pink-sand beaches.

Hamilton is Bermuda’s capital and the premier destination. From here, cruisers can easily explore the city, hit the beach or golf courses, or head out for a bike ride along the Bermuda Railway Trail. King’s Wharf is the home of the Royal Navy Dockyard. Besides exploring the fortress, you can visit various museums, kayak in Paradise Lakes, and shop at the Bermuda Arts Centre and Crafts Market. St. George is a historic town and a great place for a walking tour. You can also tour the limestone Crystal Caves. A variety of shopping, cultural, and water-based activities are available from any of these ports.

Which cruise lines sail to Bermuda?

You’ll find dedicated Bermuda sailings on several major lines during the spring, summer, and fall. Here’s what the cruise lines are offering:

Carnival: The Carnival Legend sails one six-night Bermuda cruise per year in mid-April. The sailing departs from New York.

Celebrity: Celebrity offers seven-night cruises on the Zenith departing between the end of April and mid-October. The voyages depart from the Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, New Jersey.

Norwegian: Norwegian runs five- to eight-night cruises departing from Boston, Charleston, New York, and Philadelphia aboard the Norwegian Crown, Norwegian Majesty, and Norwegian Spirit. Departures occur between late April and mid-November.

Regent Seven Seas: Regent offers one Bermuda cruise in April aboard the Seven Seas Navigator out of Ft. Lauderdale. This 11-night cruise calls along the East Coast of the U.S. in addition to Bermuda.

Royal Caribbean: Royal Caribbean sails five- to eight-night cruises departing from Baltimore, Cape Liberty, Norfolk, and Philadelphia aboard the Empress of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas, and Grandeur of the Seas. These voyages depart between April and mid-November.

Lines without dedicated Bermuda cruises often call at the island during transatlantic or other special sailings. For more information about any Bermuda cruises, contact the cruise line or a travel agent.

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