Just curious now that we're getting down to the final stretch to our cruise to Bermuda...can anyone tell me what they thought was worth doing, seeing, etc down there. My husband wants to rent mopeds and I think it would be fun and we have decided not to book the excursions through the ship. I really want to swim with the dolphins but not sure the price is worth the time they give you. Any suggestions for seeing, shopping and eating down there? Also, is anyone going on the Dawn on 4/18 out of New York? Anyone? lol
Something to keep in mind about the moped is heavy traffic and driving on the opposite side of the road. The hop on/hop off bus is a good deal. You can get a multi-day pass. There are a lot of walking tours you can do in the towns to see historical sights. St George has a re-enactment in the town square of a "Town Dunking".
So far, you're the only one on your Roll Call. Hopefully, you'll find someone as it gets closer. This will be a popular week as it is school vacation in several northeastern states.
Onto Bermuda. I agree with Cruise Fanatic that the bus is the way to go. It's not a hop-on-hop-off bus that you might have seen in other ports -- that is, not a tourist bus -- but the regular bus for which you can purchase a multi-day pass. I highly recommend this after several visits to Bermuda by ship. The South Shore beaches are a quick and easy ride away (on the #7 bus, if my memory serves correctly). You can also transfer to another bus in Hamilton that takes you to the Aquarium, which is marvelous, IMO. I also suggest purchasing a combination bus-ferry pass, as there are ferries that connect the Dockyard with St. George and Hamilton.
Bermuda is an expensive place to shop. Still, I enjoy the shops on Front Street in Hamilton -- everything from general souvenirs to more pricey items. NCL used to have a Dine Ashore program through which we found several great restaurants. Most are on Front Street, yet there are a few others we really enjoyed in St. George. One of our favorites in St. George is the large tavern on the corner near Town Square. I forget its name...yet although it's perceived to be somewhat touristy, we've enjoyed it.
The walking tours are great! You can find more information at the Tourist Center when you arrive. (The links I used in the past are no longer working, but I'll see if I can find some more.) There are a couple of forts within walking distance once you are in Hamilton or St. George, and the Maritime Museum at the Dockyards is fabulous.
My favorite spot is Horseshoe Beach.
I'll be right in front of you. We're leaving the 15th and will be in Bermuda the 18th.
I agree with Lisa. In addition to the moped/ scooter learing curve, there's the wrong side of the road thing. It really detracts from the sightseeing.
When I went last year, my son and I took the bus to Hamilton and had a look around, then took the bus all the way to St. George and took the Ferry back. The second day we went to Horseshoe beach for a couple hours and headed up to see crystal cave.(The Swizzle Inn is right around the corner from the caves...birthplace of the rum swizzle.)
The drivers are wonderful. polite, helpful and informative. The routes are easy if you end up in thw wrong place...who cares, you're on vacation! Just hop on the next bus.
The Dockyard area has some nice little pubs that aren't as expensive as you might think. The Frogg and onion has a monster glass of local brew in a take home glass. If the weather is nice, the snorkel park is walking distance from the ship, and the National Museum (dolphin quest)is right there also.
There's sooo much to do on Bermuda it's hard to narrow it down to one thing. There's really no need to do an excursion unless you have your heart set on something like the dolphin swim. And honestly, I looked at the dolphin quest website, and it's less expensive to book through the cruise line because you get the group rate.
While you should alsways be aware of your surroundings, Bermuda is very safe so there's no problem going out on your own.
Fodor's has some nice self-guided tour suggestions. And don't be afraid to use the internet. Sometime the tours offered by the cruise lines can be booked directly
Have a great time, We'll try to leave some sunshine for you!
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