A Bermuda cruise combines the benefits of an all-inclusive package—all your transportation, meals, and lodging are usually included in the cruise fare with a typical land package (the ship acts as your hotel while you explore the Island).
Some 17,000 cruise passengers sail to Bermuda each year between April and October. Most Bermuda cruises depart from US East Coast cities like New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Newport, Wilmington, Charleston and Fort Lauderdale. They all suspend operations in the winter months. Bermuda cruise passengers pay a US$60 departure tax, though this is normally included in the price of a ticket. One good source for cruise deals is 02Cruise.com.
The traditional port is the City of Hamilton, the capital and the most commercial area on the Island. If you like to shop, you’ll enjoy that most stores are located in Hamilton. Many ships tie up in the Town of St. George, where you walk off the vessel into a charming town of 17th century buildings, narrow lanes, and small boutiques. The West End, Bermuda’s third port of call, is fast becoming the preferred place to be: Royal Naval Dockyard or King's Wharf, an erstwhile shipyard that was the British Royal Navy’s headquarters until March 1995, has been beautifully restored as a mini-village with shops, restaurants, a maritime museum, an art gallery, and a crafts market. There is a marina with rental boats, parasailing excursions, a snorkelling area, and occasional special events.
Weekly cruises to Bermuda, during summer months, include: