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About Bermuda

The oasis of Bermuda boasts a year-round balmy climate and plenty of distinctive local colour, from a landscape of tidy pastel houses, to businessmen dressed in Bermuda shorts. This infamous 'land of shipwrecks' is also abounding with tragic and heroic tales.

Bermuda was first settled in 1609 by shipwrecked English colonists, headed for the colony of Virginia. Since then, more than 400 other vessels have suffered a similar fate. Needless to say, you'll find some of the best wreck diving and snorkelling in the world here. You'll also find excellent golfing, sailing and sports fishing.

Horseshoe Bay's wide crescent of soft pink sand is arguably Bermuda's most beautiful beach. Gibbs Hill Lighthouse gives panoramic views of the entire island, while its beacon can be seen up to 60km away. And the Royal Navy Dockyard, with its Georgian style Keep, is intriguing to explore.

 

Shore excursions in Bermuda

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Bermuda and the Crystal Cave

Activity high

Duration: 3½ hours

Enjoy an overview of the island and visit the Crystal Cave, Bermuda’s most intriguing attraction.

Setting off from the port, sit back and relax as you take a scenic drive that offers you a lovely overview of the island. Admire the pretty pastel coloured homes, sandy beaches and clear blue coastline.

Afterwards you’ll head to the Crystal Cave, where a guided tour will take you on a fascinating journey through natural beauty. You’ll descend 81 steps, 120 feet below the surface, where pathways span across a crystal clear lake. You’ll see spectacular formations 50 feet below the surface and if you look above, you’ll see pristine stalactites affixed to the roof of the cave. The caves were inadvertently discovered by 2 boys searching for a lost ball in 1907 and are often referred to as ‘Bermuda’s true hidden treasure’.

As your visit draws to an end, you can enjoy more of Bermuda’s idealistic scenery as you drive back to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus and on foot. Places for this tour are limited and early booking is advised. Passengers must be in a good physical condition. This tour involves around 1½ hours of walking. Passengers will be required to negotiate 81 steps into and out of the caves. The steps may become slippery and extra care should be taken. Flat, non-slip walking shoes are essential. Admission to climb the lighthouse is not included. This tour visits the Crystal Cave only and not the Fantasy Cave. Children under the age of 4 may not participate.

Bermuda and the Crystal Cave

Bermuda Bike Tour

Activity medium

Duration: 3½ hours

A cycling tour along the original Bermuda Railway Trail is the best way to appreciate the coastal and inland beauty of Bermuda.

A short boat (or bus) transfer will take you to the pick-up point to collect your Trek mountain bike and mandatory bike helmet. After receiving instruction on riding and safety, you’ll begin your cycle tour along the original Bermuda Railway Trail.

During the bike ride, your guide will stop at various points of interest along the way. In many areas, the trail has trees, plants and flowers hugging the original track area.

At the end of your ride, if time permits, a stop will be made at the beach to perhaps cool off with a refreshing swim.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by boat or bus and on bike. The boat transfer is shared with the kayak tour and is around 20-25 minutes. This may be substituted by bus. Children under the age of 10 may not participate. The bike ride will cover up to around 6 miles along various grades of road. The actual length of the ride is dependent on the agility of the group. Participants must be over 5 feet tall. Passengers are advised to wear closed toe shoes and lightweight clothing over a bathing suit. A back-pack style bag is recommended. Please remember to bring a towel, sunscreen, bottled water and a hat.

Bermuda Glass Bottom Boat

Activity low

Duration: 2 hours

A cruise in a glass bottom boat will enable you to see the beautiful underwater world up close and without getting wet.

Enjoy an interesting 2 hour cruise on board a custom built glass bottom boat. Experience first hand the fascinating coral reef that surrounds Bermuda and view the colourful fish that frequent the crystal clear, azure waters.

Your local captain will highlight various points of interest and share his local knowledge with you, while cruising over the mesmerising underwater wonderland. Be captivated by the allure of the ‘Vixen’ shipwreck and marvel at the variety of vibrant fish, which flock to be fed by the Captain.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by glass bottom boat. There are 3 steps to reach the top deck of the boat and 2 steps to access the glass bottom section of the boat. Marine life sightings cannot be guaranteed.

Bermuda Glass Bottom Boat at Sunset

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 2 hours

Head out at sunset aboard a glass bottom boat, and discover the nocturnal marine life that lies beneath the ocean.

Step aboard a custom built glass bottom boat and sit back and relax as you are regaled with tales of the island's seafaring past. As you cruise along the shoreline towards the western coral reef, keep a look out for the spectacular sunset.

Upon arrival at the reef, your captain will illuminate the underwater world with the boat's sub-surface lights, allowing you to view the nocturnal marine life that lurks beneath the ocean's surface. The crew will point out highlights, including Wreck Hill, one of the main pirate hangouts in centuries past.

On the return cruise, a Bermudan rum swizzle (cocktail) or a soft drink will be served as you head back to the port.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by glass bottom boat. Please note that a visible sunset cannot be guaranteed. There are 3 steps to reach the top deck of the boat and 2 steps to access the glass bottom section of the boat.

Bermuda Glass Bottom Boat at Sunset

Bermuda Island Drive

Activity low

Duration: 5 hours

Learn about Bermuda’s fascinating history as you take a leisurely drive around this beautiful island.

Your scenic journey will take you through the Royal Naval Dockyard into Somerset Village, which contains the world’s smallest drawbridge, before having a brief photo stop at Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, towering nearly 120 feet above sea level. Continuing along the coast you’ll have an impressive view of the South Shore beaches with pink sand and azure blue waters.

Arriving in St George’s, a World Heritage Site, the town's history is visible with its narrow winding alleys, cobblestone streets, picturesque cottages and museums. A short stop will enable you to capture this quaint town on camera. Proceeding along the North Shore Road, through Flatt’s Village, you’ll arrive in the bustling city of Hamilton the capital of Bermuda. There will be some free time to browse the famed Front Street, before returning to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus. As the transportation is by minibus and regrettably there is no storage for wheelchairs or pushchairs. There will be around 30 minutes of free time in Hamilton. Walking is at passengers’ own discretion.

 

A selection of cruises to Bermuda

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