There's more to Bermuda than pink beaches and turquoise waters, and a cruise holiday is the best way to experience the best that these 138 islands have to offer.
As a British territory north of the Caribbean, Bermuda has a distinct character from other island countries in the region, tending to attract a more sophisticated crowd. The islands offer activities for all ages, including upscale shopping, fascinating museums, world-class scuba diving and more golf courses per square mile than any other country.
Bermuda is also a popular getaway for families, with wildlife centres, inspiring outdoor excursions and child-friendly cruise lines.
Bermuda is the oldest extant British settlement in the New World, first settled by accident in 1609 when a shipwreck stranded English colonists on their way to America. Today the self-governing territory is a luxury holiday destination and home to a small but affluent population.
- Currency - the Bermudian Dollar is pegged to the US Dollar, and both currencies are equally valid. US currency is accepted in hotels, restaurants and retail premises, or you can withdraw local currency at the plentiful ATMs.
- Population - approximately 65,000 people live in Bermuda, not counting the significantly larger number of tourists who visit the islands all year round.
- Language - English is the official language of Bermuda and the most widely spoken, though visitors will notice a distinctive accent. The most widely spoken foreign languages include French, Portuguese and Spanish.
- Time Zone - Bermuda is 4 hours behind Universal Coordinated Time (UTC-4). It shares the Atlantic Standard Time (AST) zone with parts of Canada and the Caribbean, and advances 1 hour during the summer months.
- Weather - Bermuda's subtropical climate ranges from a mild winter to a warm summer, with average monthly temperatures between 16 and 29 degrees Celsius throughout the year. Storms are most frequent between August and October.
Who goes there?
Most cruises of Bermuda depart from the eastern seaboard of the United States, including those by Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International.
The islands may also be visited on cruises of the Bahamas and the Caribbean by Azamara, Carnival, Holland America, MSC, Oceania, Princess, Regent Seven Seas, Silversea and Windstar.
Best time to go?
High cruise season falls in the warm summer months of June to August, when water temperatures are most comfortable. Cruises operate throughout the year however, with May being a popular option to escape the crowds.
- Horseshoe Bay Beach - considered one of the finest beaches in the world, Horseshoe Bay is the classic postcard image of Bermuda with its pink and white sands. Lifeguards operate during summer when the sea is safe for swimming and snorkelling conditions close to the rocks are ideal.
- Hamilton - come ashore at Front Street in the heart of the Bermudan capital's dining and shopping district. Sample local flavours from street stalls before discovering Hamilton's cultural charms at the Bermuda National Gallery, Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute and Victoria Park.
- Town of St. George - when the seat of government and business moved to Hamilton, the former capital St. George was frozen in time and remains one of the best preserved colonial cities in the Americas. Wander the cobbled streets of the UNESCO World Heritage site and discover historic churches, public buildings and elegant mansions, and find out more about Bermuda's rich history at the numerous museums.
- Crystal Caves - Bermuda's natural wonders aren't limited to the beach, and the awe-inspiring caverns of the Crystal Cave and Fantasy Cave are a must on any itinerary. Shimmering stalactites hang over deep blue lagoons connected to the sea through underground passageways, ensuring a memorable experience for all ages.