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Sail Date: April 2013
Most of the cruise ships dock at the Royal Naval Dockyard, but Hamilton was the only choice. Hamilton is a 20 minute and pleasant ferry ride from the Dockyard. There are many tours available. Do not try and do too much in one day, or ... Read More
Most of the cruise ships dock at the Royal Naval Dockyard, but Hamilton was the only choice. Hamilton is a 20 minute and pleasant ferry ride from the Dockyard. There are many tours available. Do not try and do too much in one day, or you will have a rotten time. The high points are: 1) Hamilton.....2) Dockyard....3) St. George. in that order. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2013
Bermuda is by far the nicest island I have ever been to. Everything there is clean and well maintained and the people are genuinely friendly. Rent a moped and explore the island and stop at the different beaches along the south coast, ... Read More
Bermuda is by far the nicest island I have ever been to. Everything there is clean and well maintained and the people are genuinely friendly. Rent a moped and explore the island and stop at the different beaches along the south coast, especially Horseshoe Bay. Also, go to Bistro J in Hamilton for dinner. The food is excellent and it's the best deal on the island for a meal of that quality. $35/pp for a 3 course meal and the menu is up on a black board and changes daily. Read Less
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Sail Date: February 2013
Hamilton is a resort island where you can experience souvenir shopping, boat tours around the island, and several top hotel resorts. This island has become a place where many Australians buy an apartment to rent out to those that want to ... Read More
Hamilton is a resort island where you can experience souvenir shopping, boat tours around the island, and several top hotel resorts. This island has become a place where many Australians buy an apartment to rent out to those that want to enjoy the island and National Park areas near Hamilton. Almost all travel is done by golf cart, which can be rented out by the hour or day. Many residents have their own cart and use it exclusively to travel the narrow roads.There are small free buses available to take you around to the different sites. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2012
We docked facing the Naval dockyard which was a very attractive area. A short walk away was the ferry to Hamilton although it was raining there was plenty of inside seating on the ferry. Hamilton is an expensive town but interesting to ... Read More
We docked facing the Naval dockyard which was a very attractive area. A short walk away was the ferry to Hamilton although it was raining there was plenty of inside seating on the ferry. Hamilton is an expensive town but interesting to walk around. There was also a bus that went around the Island. Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2012
Hamilton Bermuda is so well known by cruise travelers that nothing more can be added. However, I am glad I wasn't on one of the ships that stopped at the Dockyard area. Absolutely nothing to do there.
Hamilton Bermuda is so well known by cruise travelers that nothing more can be added. However, I am glad I wasn't on one of the ships that stopped at the Dockyard area. Absolutely nothing to do there. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2012
Hamilton was great as far as nightlife (we went to local bars to watch the Olympics), shopping, central location to see the entire island, safety, etc. I loved the fact that the Veendam docked the entire time in Hamilton. Much superior ... Read More
Hamilton was great as far as nightlife (we went to local bars to watch the Olympics), shopping, central location to see the entire island, safety, etc. I loved the fact that the Veendam docked the entire time in Hamilton. Much superior to our previous experience having to tender from the ship to St. George's, particularly when the last tender back to the ship was at a stingy 6 pm. Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2012
BERMUDA was every bit as beautiful as I expected. With only a day and a half in port at Royal Navy Dockyard, we thought it best to stick to Hamilton and the West End. Those that ventured on to St. Georges spent a large part of the day on ... Read More
BERMUDA was every bit as beautiful as I expected. With only a day and a half in port at Royal Navy Dockyard, we thought it best to stick to Hamilton and the West End. Those that ventured on to St. Georges spent a large part of the day on the bus and little time at there destination. The St. George's Ferry does not operate on the weekend. If you are there during the week, the St. George's Ferry makes that trip perfectly doable by cutting the travel time in half. The public transportation system really does work here. We each got two-day passes, which covered the bus and the ferry for $20. On day one we took the ferry over to Hamilton, and enjoyed the Gombay Dancers in Queen Elizabeth Park. From Hamilton we took the #7 bus to Warwick Long Beach. Any #7 bus departing Hamilton will get you to the south beaches. Just tell the bus driver up front where you want to get off. These have to be some of the most beautiful beaches in Bermuda. After hot dogs from a stand at Warwick Long Bay Beach, we hiked an absolutely stunning coastal trail to Horseshoe Bay. It was also about the hottest mile I have walked in my life. The beer at Horseshoe was a welcomed reward. Upon leaving you can take the $2 shuttle up the short but steep hill or just walk it. The bus station is just on the right as you leave Horseshoe Bay. Here you want to take only the #7 bus that says DOCKYARD if you are heading straight back to the ship. Some #7 buses stop at Barnes Corner or in Somerset. On day two we walked to the Sea Glass beach a mile or so down the road from the Dockyard near the Convict Cemetery. Just walk out of the Dockyard toward Somerset. Take a right at the Y just beyond the bridge. Follow the road down behind some old bight blue project houses. Take a right and walk through the Convict Cemetery toward the water. The beach is absolutely covered in Sea Glass. Take a plastic bag with you. We spent the rest of the day exploring the Royal Navy Dockyard. So the second day of our transport pass was pretty much wasted. It really is a beautiful and historic place that is worth your time. The Dockyard is full of re-purposed buildings and hulking ruins. It is a huge place. Have an Amber Ale at the Frog and Onion. It is a delicious cold local brew with a kick. We sampled the rum cake and watched the glass blowers. If had had more time, I would have visited The Bermuda Maritime Museum and the Commissioner's House up on the cliffs. The heat and a back ache from an already long walk, made the Amber Ale much more appealing than climbing the ramparts of this huge place. Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2012
Loved Bermuda! The whole country is so beautiful (like a botanical garden). And so spotlessly clean. Beaches are out of this world. You can choose a different beach every day. People are very friendly. I will definitely be coming ... Read More
Loved Bermuda! The whole country is so beautiful (like a botanical garden). And so spotlessly clean. Beaches are out of this world. You can choose a different beach every day. People are very friendly. I will definitely be coming back. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2012
Bermuda, in general, is a beautiful country. The thing that struck us the most was the civility of the natives we encountered. These people are truly very friendly and helpful. We toured Hamilton on foot, St. George's on foot, and ... Read More
Bermuda, in general, is a beautiful country. The thing that struck us the most was the civility of the natives we encountered. These people are truly very friendly and helpful. We toured Hamilton on foot, St. George's on foot, and the Dockyards. The bus and ferry system is a great way to get around. We purchased a 3 day buss pass for $28.00 each, and it is a great value. One thing that we were surprised of was how early everything closed. The shops all seemed to close by 6 PM as did most of the attractions. We'll plan accordingly next time!!. Harbor Night was okay, but I was really expecting more given how much it is promoted. I'm glad that it was only a few steps outside our door. Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2012
The port in Hamilton is beautiful. Easy on and easy off the ship, right into the heart of the city. We did not do any shore excursions so I can't offer an opinion on that. We made our own itinerary. Beaches and shopping are ... Read More
The port in Hamilton is beautiful. Easy on and easy off the ship, right into the heart of the city. We did not do any shore excursions so I can't offer an opinion on that. We made our own itinerary. Beaches and shopping are everywhere, as is good, albeit expensive, food. Be aware though, that most stores/shops close by 5 pm with a few exceptions at the Harbour Nights Festival. On day one, we saw St. George along with Tobacco Bay which was fun but disappointing becuase we found it to be dirty. It had decent snorkeling with no waves and a great snack bar with available changing rooms. Lots of trash in the sand and even broken glass (not sea glass) in the water. I would not return there, as Horseshoe, even though crowded, was much nicer on our trip last year and I wish we had gone there instead. We were exhausted and spent the night on the ship in the hot tub. We chose a "touristy" day for the second day; visiting Crystal Caves, Swizzle Inn, Verdmont museum (lovely old home and very interesting although hard to find), and we explored the railroad trail (Tom Moore's Jungle is there as well, which we visited last year. Worth the trip but not for the unadventurous). At night we went to Harbour Nights on Front Street which ended at 10 pm. The last full day we went over to explore the Dockyard and do some shopping, we saw the Royal Naval Cemetery, and to a beach with sea glass on it. We were going to go to another beach this day, but we were all too hot and tired, so we decided to eat dinner out at Hog Penny (very good pub-style) instead. Another night in the hot tubs. The last port day we had to be back at the ship by 12:30, so we checked out Ft. Hamilton and did some last minute shopping in Hamilton city. It was very hot all 4 days, and we were spent from the heat, so make sure to bring a water bottle with you. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2012
Great position on Front Street especially if you want easy access to shopping, the historic capital, the Harbour Nights Festival, and public transportation. However, Kings Wharf port is better if you are looking for direct non-stop public ... Read More
Great position on Front Street especially if you want easy access to shopping, the historic capital, the Harbour Nights Festival, and public transportation. However, Kings Wharf port is better if you are looking for direct non-stop public transportation to beaches, and if you want to participate in water sports, tours or dolphin adventures. Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2012
It's a shame HAL is not sailing to Bermuda again. Hamilton is a lovely port, and much better to explore the island than the Royal Dockyard.
It's a shame HAL is not sailing to Bermuda again. Hamilton is a lovely port, and much better to explore the island than the Royal Dockyard. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
the city, the entire Island were lovely. I'd have given it a higher rating but the weather was so bad that we couldn't get a really good feel for the entire place. But if you want beautiful and charming, Bermuda has it. Public ... Read More
the city, the entire Island were lovely. I'd have given it a higher rating but the weather was so bad that we couldn't get a really good feel for the entire place. But if you want beautiful and charming, Bermuda has it. Public transportation was very good, a bit confusing at first, but the bus drivers were very helpful. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
We were docked right on the main street of Hamilton which is a small city easily navigated by foot. The bus and ferry terminals were with 4 blocks of the ship and you were able to get any where on the island easily and quickly via public ... Read More
We were docked right on the main street of Hamilton which is a small city easily navigated by foot. The bus and ferry terminals were with 4 blocks of the ship and you were able to get any where on the island easily and quickly via public transportation. Harbor Nights - entertainment, food and crafts was held right next to our ship on Wednesday night, which was a nice touch and the entertainment could be enjoyed from the deck of the ship. Loved the beaches on Bermuda! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
We took the water taxi to Hamilton and then public transit. You can probably do public transit a lot cheaper than we did but the day pass wasnt bad. Only $12 per person. Again a short day to see a lot of things.
We took the water taxi to Hamilton and then public transit. You can probably do public transit a lot cheaper than we did but the day pass wasnt bad. Only $12 per person. Again a short day to see a lot of things. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
It is very convenient to dock right downtown on Front Street, a couple blocks from the ferry or bus terminals to get anywhere on the island. On Wednesday nights they have a music festival there (cancelled on our cruise due to high winds). ... Read More
It is very convenient to dock right downtown on Front Street, a couple blocks from the ferry or bus terminals to get anywhere on the island. On Wednesday nights they have a music festival there (cancelled on our cruise due to high winds). You don't need to take shore excursions; you can do pretty much anything on your own. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2012
The fort in Hamilton is full of history as is the Royal Naval Dockyard and St. Georges. Bermuda is an absolutely beautiful though expensive location. The transit pass is absolutely a must and allows you to take any bus or ferry on the ... Read More
The fort in Hamilton is full of history as is the Royal Naval Dockyard and St. Georges. Bermuda is an absolutely beautiful though expensive location. The transit pass is absolutely a must and allows you to take any bus or ferry on the islands. All of the houses are gorgeous and are pastel with white roofs. My girlfriend and I walked from a bus stop to Grape Bay, a private beach, which was gorgeous with a lot of tide pools that you wouldn't get a chance to see at the popular Horseshoe Bay or Elbow Beach. The best snorkeling we found was in Tobacco Bay within a short walk of St. Georges town center. There was as much wildlife as what I saw the last time I was in Cancun, though this could be seasonal. Also if you're there in the summer, make sure to check out harbor nights in Hamilton, it is a lot of fun. The White Horse Tavern had wonderful fish and chips. Having been to England and Ireland these were definitely up to par. Make sure to check them out as well as the island delicacy of Conch, though I'm not sure if this was local. They were still amazing. I had the best sushi I have ever tasted from Beluga Bar which is located in Washington mall in Hamilton. I highly recommend it. The chef offered us a few free pieces of local Wahoo Nigiri (amazing) and made us a roll that wasn't even found on the menu. The freshness and service was second to none. Flannagans in Hamilton was a nice lunch spot and has quite good traditional pub food. The waitress here told us about the Grape Bay (the private beach we snuck on to). Make friends with the locals. They are awesome people and will do whatever they can to help you out and give you some great ideas. Make sure to try a dark and stormy. Local dark rum and ginger beer are quite the combination. Once you leave Bermuda you can even ask for them on the ship. It is an absolute treat. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2012
We went to Bermuda before. The first day we arrived we went to the Ferry Terminal and purchased a transit pass for the time we were on the island. We went to St. George and got there too late to see the reenactment. We did go to the ... Read More
We went to Bermuda before. The first day we arrived we went to the Ferry Terminal and purchased a transit pass for the time we were on the island. We went to St. George and got there too late to see the reenactment. We did go to the Post Office and send post cards to friends and family. I also added to my stamp collection. We also visited our favorite ice cream shoppe, and went to the Lilli Perfumery. We went back the next day by bus and saw the Reenactment. We also saw the recreation of the ship Deliverance. Went back to the ice cream shoppe. We also went to the Bermuda Museum of Natural History, Bermuda Zoo, and Bermuda Aquarium. Another day we went to the Botanical Garden. The first day we also went to the Royal Naval Dockyard. Harbor Night was a good event. They had different shows, and vendors selling goods. It was an enjoyable evening. Every Wednesday night on Front Street. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2012
Bermuda was very beautiful, and very expensive. We took private island tours on the second and third day. They cost $40 and hour (three hours minimum for a minivan/taxi) there were four of us so we split the cost. Our guide was great. One ... Read More
Bermuda was very beautiful, and very expensive. We took private island tours on the second and third day. They cost $40 and hour (three hours minimum for a minivan/taxi) there were four of us so we split the cost. Our guide was great. One day we went west to the Dock yard, Gibbs lighthouse, the worlds smallest draw bridge, and a few of the beaches and hotels. The next day we went east to the crystal caves, St. Georges where we saw the dunking of the wench, and the oldest church on the island, we also went to elbow bay and Fort St. Catherine. Wednesday night was the Harbor Nights festival on front street in Hamilton, just off the ship. There were local artists, dancers, music and food. This takes place every Wednesday night during the spring and summer. Don't miss it. The Bermudian people are very polite and helpful. There are lots of free WiFi spots on the island. The public library in Hamilton will let you use their computers free for 15 minutes a day. They WiFi there was spotty. There is a cafe in Hamilton called "The Spot" the WiFi is free, (no password needed) and you can pick it up by sitting outside the cafe. The speed was very fast. Most of the Pubs and restaurants also offer free WiFi if you buy something. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2012
Our ship was almost 2 hours late disembarking which could have put a wrench in our plans. We bought a 2 day bus/ferry pass for 20.00. Our plan was to get to the Chrystal Caves before the last tour at 4:30. WE just made it, others did not. ... Read More
Our ship was almost 2 hours late disembarking which could have put a wrench in our plans. We bought a 2 day bus/ferry pass for 20.00. Our plan was to get to the Chrystal Caves before the last tour at 4:30. WE just made it, others did not. We went to the Swizzle Inn for a pitcher of there famous punch. We headed to City Hall for the "night in the Arts" with a wonderful free art exhibit and cocktails/appetizer reception. We spent the evening at the Frog and Onion pub. We took a seat at the bar and ended up having a wonderful conversation with two local taxi drivers. Our second day in Bermuda started off cloudy. We took the bus to Somerset were we started walking up the "Railway Trail" we stopped off at Fort Scaur for wonderful views of the harbour. We continued walking down the trail and saw a wonderful "Moongate" . As a young man was getting in his car I asked him if he could take our picture. We told him we were now on our way to "Gibb's lighthouse" by bus. He told us that he had a song on MTV called "Bermuda Is" (U tube it). As he began to drive away he lowered his window and said " I will take you there". He took us right to the parking lot the lighthouse. For 2.00 we bought a ticket and walked up the many stairs to a spectacular view of the Harbour. We walked the 20 minutes to Horseshoe Beach, all the way to Warwick Long Beach. We went back to the Dockyard to wander around under clear skies and had drinks and a snack at "Bone Fish". Read Less
Sail Date: March 2012
This is a beautiful place to visit.We had a short walk to the bus station to purchase a 2 day bus pass,which was 20 dollars per person.The buses are clean and safe(if a bit fast at time)with generally friendly drivers.We went to the naval ... Read More
This is a beautiful place to visit.We had a short walk to the bus station to purchase a 2 day bus pass,which was 20 dollars per person.The buses are clean and safe(if a bit fast at time)with generally friendly drivers.We went to the naval dockyard and had a lovely time. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2011
Bermuda looks like a wonderful place. Since we only had about 5 hours of actual land time, I can't really say much more. Will go back sometime in the future.
Bermuda looks like a wonderful place. Since we only had about 5 hours of actual land time, I can't really say much more. Will go back sometime in the future. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2011
We stayed at the West End Dockyard and rode the free choo-choo tram around the grounds, stopping 3/4 of the way around to tour Ft. Scaur and the Bermuda National Museum. There were nice view points from the fort, especially of the canons ... Read More
We stayed at the West End Dockyard and rode the free choo-choo tram around the grounds, stopping 3/4 of the way around to tour Ft. Scaur and the Bermuda National Museum. There were nice view points from the fort, especially of the canons pointed at our ship! We toured the many rooms of the Commissioner's House. There were varied displays including Bermuda tourism, slavery, a dollhouse, WWII, coins, and historic ships. Read Less

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