Bermuda Cruise Tips
Comprised of more than 350 islands and located some 650 miles off the coast of North Carolina, Bermuda is part of the United Kingdom. Because of its near perfect weather, gorgeous scenery, lush vegetation, crystal blue waters, white sand beaches
and proximity to the United States
, Bermuda has long been a favorite cruise destination for Americans.
Choose a Smaller Vessel
The two main cities in Bermuda are St. Georges and Hamilton. Both have harbors which can handle medium sized cruise ships making it easy to disembark once you arrive on the island. Larger cruise ships must dock at King's Wharf, which is not particularly close to anything tourists want to see. Sightseeing will require a taxi or bus ride on the way out and another to return. Booking your cruise on a smaller vessel that is able to dock in the harbor of one of the main towns will save both time and money.
Eat on Board
Many Bermuda cruises are all-inclusive, meaning your meals on-board are provided. While Bermuda has many fine restaurants and offers virtually any cuisine imaginable, eating out in Bermuda is not cheap. Casual dining can mean anything from less than $20 to up to $50, and fine dining starts at $50 and goes up from there. Vacationers on a budget can save a bundle by taking their meals aboard ship.
Get a Passport
U.S. citizens must have either a birth certificate, a U.S. naturalization certificate, a valid passport, a U.S. Alien Registration card or a U.S. re-entry permit in order to enter Bermuda. As of June 1, 2009, Americans traveling by sea outside of the United States must present a passport or other valid Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) compliant document in order to re-enter the United States. For ease of travel, a vacationer's best option is to obtain a U.S. Passport prior to setting sail.
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