First cruise & first trip to Bermuda

Old Jun 4th, 2000, 06:12 AM
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Clynch
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First cruise & first trip to Bermuda

Looking forward to this trip and wanted to know the must see's and must do's in Bermuda
Traveling Mid-June - Any suggestions?
 
Old Jun 4th, 2000, 08:16 AM
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Lucky you...have cruised to Bermuda the last 7 years..and hoping to do it in September again...What do you like to do? Lots of things, snorkeling, beaches, touring island (heaven forbid) in the scooters, shopping, going out to St. George..Somewhere along the line, I'm not sure exactly what date your going to be there in June, but the Tall Ships will be leaving for Boston...with a little bit of luck you might run into them.... for more info and pictures write to me...
 
Old Jun 6th, 2000, 06:04 AM
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I strongly recommend renting a little outboard boat and cruising around Bermuda yourself. The island is perfect for this type of hopping from city to city. Its safer than a moped and gets you to most of the same places.

Most boat rental places also have snorkling maps if you're into that. Using the maps, you can find a wreck or two right offshore where no one else is snorkling.

No experience necessary to rent one of these boats. They're incredibly simple to operate and navigate.

Also, use taxis over buses. They're much more expensive, but you'll save hours; especially if you're going from one end of the island to the other. Vacation time is too precious to spend sitting on a bus for one to two hours.
 
Old Jun 8th, 2000, 11:56 AM
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Clynch,
You will love Bermuda! My wife and I spent our honeymoon their recently. Must Do's:
1) Rent a Moped
Sometimes a little hectic with the rounabouts but well worth it. Do not worry, the native drivers can spot a tourist from two miles (approx.length of island) away. Taxis are outrageously expensive!!
2) Visit Naval Maritime shipyards:
Take your moped to Hamilton. Next to the port there is a ferry that will transport you and your moped to the Naval Shipyards on West end of island. Very cool! Interesting! Then, navigate your way back to your hotel using one of the three main roads on the island; Upper, Middle or Lower roads. (they all run parallel across the entire island east to west).
3) Go shopping in Hamilton.
Very cool place with lots of shops. Also main cruise ship port.
4)Visit the Swizzle Inn (east side:
This is a small road side bar featuring the islands best rum drink (Rum swizzle) Hence the name "Swizzle Inn". Be cautious when leaving. The rum sneaks up on you!! (remember opposite side of road...Just a tip!!)
5)Snorkel Lower road
Lower road will lead you to the best spots for snorkeling. You can buy a map with all the beaches or just look for all the full parking lots. Caution: Ask about the Man O War and Currents before snorkeling. These two are well known here and should be respected.
6) Have Dinner and Afterhours in Hamilton:
Best spot for Seafood restaurants and nightclubs. Action packed on weekends.
7) Visit Zoo: (east end)
Go more for the experience and charitable contribution than for the displays. I think I have more animals and sea creatures at home. They did have a pretty cool turtle tank.
Other Tips:
Take lots of money. Nothing is cheap.
There is also a departure fee.

Have Fun!!
I would definately go back!!!
 
Old Jun 11th, 2000, 06:29 PM
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Thank you forum! Such great tips and information! Thanks!
 
Old Jun 11th, 2000, 07:43 PM
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My wife and I cruised to Bermuda on our honeymoon in 1995. We did not see very much of the island (it was our honeymoon) but we had a great time. It is a beautiful place. Be sure to take a horse-drawn carriage tour of one of the port cities.
Two mild warnings:
If you are cruising from the North Atlantic (we left from New York in August) you may experience some rough seas. Although it was not the "last voyage of the Minnow" it was enough to cause my wife some seasickness. Take Dramamine with you. If that does not work, the ship doctors had some kind of shot. Other passengers said it worked like a charm. My wife was too stubborn. Get the shot.
We went "helmet diving" in Bermuda. Helmet diving is to scuba diving what Slim Jims are to filet mignon. Don't waste your time or money.
Have a great time!~!
 
Old Jun 13th, 2000, 04:51 AM
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NEVER CRUISED TO BERMUDA BUT STAYED AT THE GROTTO BAY BEACH RESORT AND PRINCESS HAMILTON HOTEL BOTH WERE WONDERFUL.
JUST RETURNED FROM A 4 DAY TRIP. WE STAYED IN HAMILTON AND THIS WAS GREAT BECAUSE WE WERE CLOSE TO SHOPPING AND THE SOUTH SHORE BEACHES.
1. VISIT HORSESHOE BAY BEACH. YOU CAN RENT CHAIRS AND UMBRELLAS ON THE BEACH. THEY ALSO HAVE A SMALL SNACK BAR AND NICE BATHROOMS.
2. GREAT RESTAURANTS
PORTIFINOS (ITALIAN) VERY INEXPENSIVE
(FOR BERMUDA) WE ALSO ATE AT THE FISHERMANS REEF .EXPENSIVE BUT GOOD.
3. VISIT THE GIBBS HILL LIGHTHOUSE. GO EARLY IN THE MORNING AND HAVE BREAKFAST IN THEIR LITTLE RESTAURANT. VERY BRITISH.
4. IF YOU ARE STAYING FOR MORE THAN 4 DAYS GET A 3 DAY BUS PASS. THE BUS RIDES ARE FINE. A GREAT WAY TO SEE THE ISLAND. HOWEVER MOST TAXI DRIVERS ARE VERY NICE AND INFORMATIVE BUT VERY EXPENSIVE.
5. GREAT SOVINERS.
MICHAEL SWAN PRINT. HE WILL SIGN THEM FOR YOU.
SOME GREAT RUM!!!
WEDGEWOOD CHINA PIECES SIGNED AT A%S COOPER AND SONS.
IMPORTED SWEATERS.

HAVE A GREAT TRIP. MY HUSBAND AND I LOVE BERMUDA!!!!!!!
 

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