by Arnaldo Zanonato, Senior Manager, Port Adventures
In honor of our first-ever cruise to Bermuda, setting sail this week from New York City, I’m sharing 10 of the top things to know, including Port Adventure suggestions, so you can experience the best of this unique tropical island. Take note if you’re cruising to Bermuda with us this fall or next!
1. The South Shore beaches boast the island’s famous pink sand and turquoise surf. Spend the day relaxing at a pink-sand beach on our Horseshoe Bay Beach Transfer.
2. Bermuda is a cultural melting pot that harbors an eclectic blend of British, American and West Indian influences. While many Bermudian customs appear European (driving on the left side of the road, playing cricket, local pubs serving ale by the imperial pint), Bermudans share similarities with North America in their dialect and currency. Taste the European influence on our Dockyard Brewery Tour and Tasting.
3. When it comes to fashion, the island has a style that’s all its own—distinctive for Bermuda shorts, often worn with a jacket and tie as formal wear. You can get a glimpse of the luxurious Bermuda lifestyle on our Famous Homes and Hideaways Cruise.
4. At Admiralty House Park, you can watch cliff divers perform their graceful acts of remarkable athleticism. Or become a cliff diver yourself on our Hidden Gems Exploration Adventure.
5. The island is home to massive caves featuring stalactites and underground saltwater pools. Descend into a cavern on our Crystal Caves and Pink Flamingos excursion.
6. St. Peters Church, the oldest Anglican Church outside the British Isles, is home to a cultural treasure—the antique altar carved in 1615 by Bermuda’s first governor. Check it out during our Bermuda Island Drive.
7. Numerous coral reefs are in relatively shallow water, with virtually unlimited visibility, and are readily accessible from shore. Do some underwater exploring on our Snorkel Park Beach Adventure.
8. Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, built in 1846, is the oldest remaining cast-iron lighthouse in the world. Visit the lighthouse and other landmarks on our Scenic South Shore sightseeing excursion.
9. The historic British settlement of Bermuda is dotted with colorful British Colonial architecture, fountains, gardens and plazas. Stroll the 400-year-old cobblestone streets of a picturesque colonial town on our Haunted History Tour of St. George’s.
10. Bermuda’s climate is sub-tropical, with an average annual temperature high of 81° F and low of 60° F. Enjoy the island’s comfortable temperatures with a round of golf at Belmont Hills Golf Club.
Each of our five- and six-night cruises from New York City to Bermuda include at least two days on the island, giving you more time to soak up the Bermuda lifestyle. If you want to know more about what Bermuda offers, read Jonathan’s post, Five Reasons Bermuda Should be at the Top of Your Travel Bucket List. And if a Disney cruise to Bermuda is a bucket-list item you’re ready to check off, take a look at my previous post, Discover the Beauty of Bermuda with Disney Cruise Line, and then start shopping for your Bermuda shorts! Remember, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore.