Bermuda Cruises

By: Jennifer Bailey

Bermuda is a paradise destination for lovers of cruises. Most of the cruisers come from the United States. Fifty percent of them are repeaters, and that speaks eloquently of the spell that Bermuda casts on the tourists. The best time to visit Bermuda on your cruise is from April through October. The moment you land up in Bermuda, you can feast your eyes on the fascinating long pink sand beaches. The crystal clear waters under the blue skies and an abundance of lush green landscape along the winding roads dotted with cottages are simply mesmerizing. There are around 120 small islands, some of which so small that you can't even think of building a single house there.

While on a cruise to Bermuda, do remember to bring your Bermuda shorts. There are six world-class golf courses in Bermuda, and so you need to bring along your clubs and golf shoes also. If golf is your idea of a perfect holiday, then you can spend many a comfortable day lying leisurely under the sun and getting the tan you've always wanted. You can enjoy your stay among nearly 65,000 residents spread over 21 square miles.

Bermuda is a choice destination for honeymooners and wedding seekers, as it offers numerous romantic spots you can visit by riding horse driven coaches. A four-day stay should be sufficient to see the whole of Bermuda.

There are around 150 different Bermuda cruise trips from four major companies. Celebrity runs two ships; Zenith and Horizon make around 50 trips, while Royal Caribbean and NCL run Empress of the Seas and Norwegian Majesty, each making around 25 trips. The three major ports visited by cruising ships are Hamilton, St. George and King's Wharf.

Hamilton is Bermuda's capital town. Most cruise ships stop at the Hamilton port. Therefore Hamilton attracts the highest number of visitors. The city also boasts of an old world-shopping charm with a host of shops and boutiques. You can just walk or bike to many places including the popular Bermuda Rail Trail. The second port to visit is St. George. It is a historical place with cobbled streets and alleys. You must visit the Old State House, which was built in 1620. The third important port is King's Wharf, which is situated around the Royal Naval Dockyard, the most popular tourist destination here. It is a great cultural center.

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