By Raj Bhattacharya
Raj, a seasoned travel writer and Bermuda destination expert, has extensive global travel experience. This website reflects his profound insights, garnered over nearly two decades of dedicated findings and research on the island. Raj has assisted countless Bermuda-bound visitors by providing direct, personalized responses to their queries and imparting his wealth of knowledge through this platform. This site serves as an indispensable guide for those seeking informed and reliable insights into Bermuda's treasures.
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Viewers' Reviews and Comments
Namit (March 2022)
Hello, I am an Indian citizen. I would like to know if I need any tourist visa or transit visa if I have B1B2 visa for USA, and taking a cruise from New York to Bermuda?
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) March 2022
Hello, if you are taking a closed-loop cruise from New York to Bermuda, then you don't need any separate visa to travel to Bermuda. Suggest you take official confirmation from the cruise-line.
Steve Clark (September 2018)
We've only cruised Norwegian once, but that was quite enough. And our experience was the same as everyone else we talked to. Their target clientele is young people who want to drown in free drinks, and those who think cut-offs is dressing up. Look, we're just middle class folks who like to dress up for a fine dinner, and be in the company of like-minded others with a modicum of class. We'll stick with Celebrity.
Shevon (April 2016)
Hey! I am going to Norwegian breakaway in may 16-22 and were gonna stop in bermuda for 3 days! I haven't booked any excursions on their Web because I was hoping for a cheaper route. I was aiming to do caves/aquarium because I don't swim so I can't do the water activities haha...do you suggest I wait to book when docking in the ship or should I safely book In their website?
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) April 2016
Why book a cruise excursion. You can easily take a ferry to Hamilton, then a bus (#10 or 11) to Aquarium and then continue to the caves. Same way back. You can save a lot.
DM (April 2015)
We are docked for an overnight in August, do most of the ships offer 24 hour access to the boat when you are docked or do most have a cut off of when you need to be back on the boat when it is staying in port overnight?
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) April 2015
Cruise lines usually do not impose any restrictions on when passengers can return to ship while in port. However on the day of departure, there is a deadline by which one must board the ship.
Betty (July 2013)
A lot of people do not like to fly, and a lot of people in Florida would like to go to Bermuda, from Florida, on a cruise, leaving from Florida, not fly to New York, Maryland, or New Jersey, to go to Bermuda, so it would be great if you would start getting some cruise lines to do so.
Kirti Ganatra (June 2012)
Hi Raj, I found your website accidentally and find it very helpful. We are planning to take cruise to Bermuda, and find two of them, one goes to kings wharf and other to Hamilton. I heard that Hamilton is right at the center, however there is good public transportation. We will be there for three days. Which cruise should we consider? (price difference vs. convenience). We will be there on July 4, the beaches and caves etc will be open or not? Please give me your suggestion to use our time most efficiently to see all possible attractions. Is there any website where I can have the list of admission fees to different attractions and beaches? Is there any vegetarian food/restaurant available? Will it be possible to go back and forth to ship if it is at kings wharf ? Thanks a lot for your help..
Raj (bermuda-attractions.com) June 2012
Hi Kirti, Since you will be in Bermuda for 3 days, you can go for the cheaper cruise. I don't know which cruises you are considering. While Veendam and Regent both dock at Hamilton, they also dock at St. George. These days due to shallow waters, the ships dock offshore at St. George and ferry the passengers between the ship and the shore, which becomes quite inconvenient. I am not aware of any cruise ship that docks only at Hamilton City for 3 days.
One prefers Hamilton City because you are right at the heart of the island. This gives you an opportunity to enjoy the restaurants, shopping and nightlife which otherwise is quite sedate elsewhere in the island including in the Dockyard (Kings Wharf) area.
However having said that, Hamilton City is far more crowded than the rest of the island and is essentially a commercial area. In any case a direct ferry from the dockyard ferry-stop takes only 20 minutes to reach the Front Street (of Hamilton City). So you can easily reach out to the various places in the island from the dockyard. In fact a direct ferry from here to St. George (the world heritage town which you should visit) takes only 35 minutes, whereas from Hamilton City a bus (which is the only direct transport) takes more than an hour.
Moreover, Bermuda's most lovely south shore beaches are easily accessible from Kings Wharf by bus no. #7. If you are docking at the Kings Wharf, then buy a 3-day transport pass from the dockyard visitors information center. You can hop on and off the buses as well as the ferries any number of times for 3 days. Read Bermuda Tours to plan out your days.
July is in high tourist season and all attractions will be open in the island. There are no admission fees to the public beaches in Bermuda. Check out Must See Places and scan through the tourist places to know about admission fees and open hours.
It won't be easy to find veg only restaurant in Bermuda, but there are several restaurants serving nice vegetarian dishes. I have no idea of what kind of food you take, so I'm unable to comment much here. Take a look at the restaurant House of India ... one of our favorites and a budget Indian restaurant located in Hamilton city. Hope this helps!!
Kirti Ganatra (June 2012)
Hi Raj, thanks a lot for your answer. Specially for info regarding Indian restaurant. Sorry about not mentioning specific detail regarding the cruise, Holland America Veendam going to Hamilton and staying there for three night arrive on July 3 at 10 am and leaving on July 6 at 2pm and Norwegian Star going to kings wharf arrive on July 4 at 8am and leaving on July 6 at 5pm, but $50 less per person ($200 for our family). According to travel agent Veendam wound be better choice as we get more time in Bermuda and it is right in center but I would like to have your expert opinion. Thanks again
Raj (www.bermuda-attractions.com) June 2012
Hi Kirti, If I were you I would spend that additional $200 in Bermuda and enjoy, rather than spending it on the cruise line. As I mentioned earlier, you can reach the center of Bermuda (Hamilton City) in just 20 minutes by a direct ferry from the dockyard. In a 21 square mile tiny island, you are never too far away from anything. Secondly, the dockyard complex at Kings Wharf itself has several great tourist attractions which you would like to visit anyway. So even if you are docked in Hamilton, you will still come to the dockyard area to take a look around for at least half a day.
I just cant wait to get on the Norwegian Cruise from New York City! I'm here reading all the great reviews about some to Bermuda'a Beaches. I happen to be a beach person. If, I enjoy this cruise, I may end up coming back just to relax and have fun. I'm an adventurous person in general, but when I find something that I enjoy, I tend to go back until there's no tomorrow. So, I'm looking forward getting my body in the water and sitting on that lovely pink sand!