2011 Bermuda Cruise
This cruise we followed the advice of many friends and went to Bermuda. It was quite enjoyable, and despite some mildly inclement weather as hurricane Katia skirted us, the weather was quite good: we had little rain. We visited many sites on the island, and with recommendations from several locals, have a list of places to visit and things to do when next we go. If you want to dive right in, the gallery index is located here.
Day 1: New York City
Upon boarding we were able to go straight to our room, so we dropped off the back packs and went to look over our favorite city. The day's pictures may be found here.
- Pier 54
- NYC skyline
Day 2: At Sea
We explored the ship at our leisure and enjoyed a few of the on board activities. Including eating. The day's pictures may be found here.
- Galley tour
- Exploring the MS Veendam
- Afternoon tea
Day 3: Hamilton City
The first port on the itinerary was supposed to be St. George's, but the island tender service was not running due to effects from hurricane Katia, so we proceeded directly to Hamilton City. The ship provided vouchers good for one all-day (pick your day) island transportation system pass. During our stay most of the ferries were no running as the outskirts of the hurricane passed by the island. The day's pictures may be found here.
- Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity
- City hall and the Bermuda National Gallery
- Par-la-ville Park
- Point Pleasant Park and the harbor
- Barr's Bay park and further exploration
- Front Street at night
Day 4: Hamilton City
We hired a driver for the morning to explore the middle of the island and drop us off at the Royal Naval Dockyard for the afternoon. If you come prepared with a list of things to see, your driver will work with you to get the most out of the trip and make further suggestions of similar things you might like to see. The day's pictures may be found here.
- Bermuda Botanical Gardens, Premier's House
- Bus stop rain catchment roof construction
- Several sea-side hotels/ resorts
- Warwick Long Bay beach
- Horseshoe Bay beach
- Gibbs Hill Lighthouse
- Somerset Bridge (smallest drawbridge in the world)
- Fort Scaur
- National Museum of Bermuda: Commissioner's House, Casemate Barracks, etc
- Royal Naval Dockyard
- King's Wharf
Day 5: Saint George
Making use of our travel vouchers, we headed out to the "west end" as they call it to put in some beach time. Of course, Justin grew restless and proceeded to explore the coastline of the parish for the afternoon. The day's pictures may be found here.
- Bob Burns Memorial Park
- St. George Town Hall
- Unfinished church
- Tobacco Bay Park and beach, Achilles Bay
- Fort Saint Catherine
- Gates Bay
- Alexandra Battery Park
- St. George's coastline walk
- Gates Fort Park
Day 6: Hamilton City
With just a few hours before setting sail, Justin took a walk out into Hamilton parish to re-visit a couple sites. The day's pictures may be found here.
- Bermuda Botanical Gardens, Premier's House (in detail)
- Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity tower/ belfry access
- Departure coastline views
Day 7: At Sea
We lounged about, ate and slept, pondered the meaning of going back to work, and napped some more. The day's pictures may be found here.
Day 8: New York City
No matter how good the vacation, it always feels good to come home. The day's pictures may be found here.
- New Jersey area