Sunday, June 8, 2014

Planning for the Bermuda cruise in November 2014


I will be visiting Bermuda for the first time this fall.

It will be part of an extended 2 part cruise that I will be taking on the Norwegian Dawn from Boston to Bermuda and then from Boston to New Orleans.

This cruise gives me about 2.5 days in Bermuda.

We will dock at the Royal Naval Dockyard on Sunday November 2, 2014 and will lift anchor on Tuesday November 4, 2014 at 5:30 PM

As we arrive on a Sunday many shops will be closed but those in the Dockyard area will most likely be opened as they cater mostly to the cruise ships.

The two major cities are Hamilton, the Capital and St George – the former colonial capital.

They are no private car rentals allowed on the Island.

Scooters are a popular mode of transportation but unless you are familiar with driving on the other side of the road they are not recommended for tourists.

The Island is served by a good bus and ferry system.

Because we are arriving in November the seasonal ferry from Dockyard to St George won't be running so it will be necessary to either do a tour or take a bus/ferry combo.

The ferry from Dockyard to Hamilton is a year round service – you can buy an all inclusive two, three, five day pass right in the Dockyard compound.

In doing my research I have identified a number of attractions etc that I will like to visit.

It is generally considering the time and distance involved recommended that your full day in port – in my case Monday – be the day that you go to St George.

In looking at the ships tour they for the most part appear to be able to be done by ones self with a little planning.

Here are some possible suggestions for each day.

Sunday Nov 2, 2014 Bermuda arrival 11 AM.

  • possible 4 hour taxi tour – ship excursion to get a lay of the land – ends in Hamilton – will need to either bus or ferry back – with no time constraints this is a good option.
  • Ideally I would have preferred a tour of the Island but the ship is offering that on Monday. May see if I can find a private one.
  • Another things I want to do is bike some or all of the Bermuda railway trail.
  • Possible evening sunset cruise
  • Walkabout of the Royal Naval Dockyard.

Monday Nov 3, 2014 All day in port.

  • This is the day that I will do St. George's – you are looking at over an hour of travel each way but there is lots of see including Tobacco Bay which is a short .6km from the town and seems to be on every bodies to do list.
  • St Peter's Church is a must see.
  • The other attraction in the area are the Crystal Caves complex – there are two caves area close to each other and a combined ticket for savings.

Tuesday Nov 4, 2014 – departure time 5:30 PM – all board should be 5 PM.

The Capital city of Hamilton is my main focus for today.

There is a walking tour of the town.

I will take the ferry one way and explore the town – and perhaps the bus back so I can stop at Horseshoe Beach and see why it is on a to do list.

This could also be a day to do some biking as the trail is right there.

One other attraction to take in is the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse.

I have identified a number of web sites that are providing useful info in the planning stages.

This is only a preliminary list prepared in June 2014 – it will be updated

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