Bermuda Cruises & Reviews
While cost is a major factor for deciding on a cruise rather than an air travel to Bermuda, there are many other compelling reasons to go for a cruise to Bermuda.
I'll share all our experience and findings about the cruise ships calling the ports of Bermuda and what it takes to select the right Bermuda cruise deals.
Over the years we have taken many Bermuda cruises for our family vacations, and tried several Bermuda cruise lines. There are few things that come out very clearly. The most important of that is, in a 7-day round trip cruise to Bermuda leaving U.S. East Coast, you will barely get some two and half days to enjoy in Bermuda.
You will need to spend the remaining days on board the cruise ship itself. Well, if you are visiting few other Caribbean islands as part of a combined cruise deal, then the number of days in Bermuda may vary, and will be much shorter. Some cruises barely give you just a day's time in Bermuda before it departs on the same day in the evening.
So, what do you do on board as you keep cruising for days? For us, a key consideration is how we can best enjoy the time even while we are on the ship. Because that's where you will end up spending most of your time anyway. So while selecting a Bermuda cruise, we closely look into the onboard facilities and services.
Let me also put in a word of caution here - these days the cruise lines do not make money (may be very little) out of the cruise package they sell you. They make money out of the on-board facilities, services and entertainment they offer. And there are plenty of them to pamper you. For example, Spa classes or specialty restaurants are almost always chargeable, so are things like laundry and internet services.
Some of those charges can be exorbitantly high. Therefore, facilities of your interest and its cost, food, type of cabin or staterooms, on-board entertainment and activities are all very important factors in deciding what is the right Bermuda cruise deal for you.
Well, I shall discuss all these from all our experience and findings. But why should you cruise to Bermuda in the first place and not fly? Cost may be just one reason. There are plenty others. If you are still undecided, then check out: Why take a cruise to Bermuda?
Now that you know the advantages of cruising to Bermuda, first find out which are the main cruise lines operating to Bermuda and making regular calls.
The table below will give you the main cruise ships for the current year. Check them out to get details including capacity, accommodation, facilities, dining options, on-board entertainment and activities, our experience, reviews, charges for some of the main onboard facilities, hidden costs and more. You can then easily choose the one that is best for you.
You will also find the current schedule of the Bermuda Cruises below the table.
2013 Main Cruises to Bermuda & Our Reviews
2013 Bermuda Cruise Schedule
Here is the 2012 schedule for the Bermuda cruises: Bermuda Cruise Schedule 2013
Bermuda Ports where the ships dock
Shore Excursions in Bermuda
The cruise lines generally offer you a number of shore excursions in Bermuda. While those are quite convenient, but we always asked ourselves two questions: Are the rates reasonable and do they really cover the best of Bermuda for the precious short time we would be there? Over the years we learned that the answer is a big "NO". These days we organize our own tours and excursions. With the right information, you can also do it very easily. It would be far cheaper and satisfying. Here is how we do it: Bermuda Tours and Excursions
How to reduce cost of cruise to Bermuda?
If you have gone through the above links on the individual cruises to Bermuda, you can well understand that there are many hidden and other costs that eventually get added to your cruise spend. But there are many ways you can reduce them. We have learned much of those in a hard way. Check out How to save Bermuda cruise cost to know about our findings.
Bermuda Cruise Wedding
Well, if you are planning a beautiful romantic cruise wedding on your way to Bermuda or helping someone to do so, check out Bermuda Cruise Wedding for basic information.
Bermuda Travel Essentials
Travel Documents - Bermuda Passports, Visas
So all set to take a Bermuda cruise vacation? Here are some handy information about all the travel documents required to enter Bermuda: Bermuda Travel Documents
Bermuda Customs Duty:
Bermuda Customs can be a very painful experience unless you are well prepared and aware of what to bring in and what not to. Check out Bermuda Customs to know about the duties applicable on the goods that you bring in and limits to the duty free allowances.
Bermuda Health & Safety tips
While Bermuda is generally quite safe, like any other place on the earth, there do exist some health and safety risks in this island too. And some of the risks are quite unique to Bermuda. Knowing about them and preparing in advance will only help ensuring a smooth vacation. I suggest that you check out Bermuda Health & Safety to know about all such factors and the recommended safety measures.
While your stay in Bermuda may be a short one, it's important for you to get covered under health or medical insurance while traveling to Bermuda. Medical expenses in Bermuda can be very high. And there is virtually no free medical service available on the island. Find out the details here: Bermuda Travel & Health Insurance. Also check out Bermuda Travel info & Tips for some more useful travel information.
Cruises that made calls to Bermuda in earlier years
The following cruises are not scheduled currently although they had regularly called the ports of Bermuda in the earlier years.
1) Kings Wharf (Royal Naval Dockyard): This is the major port in Bermuda at the western end where the large cruise ships dock.
2) Bermuda Ports: Information about all the ports in Bermuda
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