A May 2005 trip
to Bermuda by MaggieG
Quote: Our round-trip Boston/Bermuda cruise included 4 days moored in downtown St. George, where we used the ship like a hotel. We had time to explore Bermuda at a relaxed pace. We used the bus and water taxi system with a couple of expensive taxi rides.
We had to choose from five to six appetizers and four to five main courses, plus salads and desserts. The appetizers were so appealing that I chose two of those, making one my main dish. The menu was continental with a Caribbean flair. Each dish we had was perfectly cooked, with prime quality.
Of all the wonderful dishes, our favorite was the mussels. We each ordered them as an appetizer and found them very tasty and uniquely flavored (I think with a bit of coconut milk). It was rich and wonderful.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 30, 2005
Tom Moore's Tavern
The casual atmosphere with decent pub grub was inviting. We stopped into the Swizzle Inn for a break, drink, and snack. It is right where we needed to switch buses. We enjoyed it so much that we went back for lunch the next day. We enjoyed the hamburgers and pulled-pork sandwich. However, I didn't care much for their fried calamari or fries.
Rum Swizzles seem to be their featured drink, but I liked the Dark and Stormy better. It's not so sweet. (It’s made with dark rum and ginger beer, a British version of ginger ale with more bite, with a dash of lemon.)
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 30, 2005
3 Blue Hole Hill
Baileys Bay, Bermuda
The ship moored right at the Town Square in St. George. There was a street fair the first night we were there, with craft booths and street dancers, as well as a costumed reenactment of typical early trials and punishments – the woman was ducked in the water for gossiping and the man put in the stocks for cursing. It was lots of fun (at least for the spectators).
The one shore excursion (of the many offered) we scheduled was a horse-and-carriage tour of St. George and the surrounding area for the first morning we were in Bermuda. Charles, our driver, was really informative about the flowers and trees, as well as local customs and how each home’s limestone roof helps purify and collect the rainwater for that family’s use. I thought the "Moon Gates" (circular gates where you make a wish each time you step through) were fascinating, and we all loved the beautiful colors of the homes, the many flowers, and the many bays – we couldn’t believe how clear the water was!
Charles timed our visit to the strait, going into St. George’s harbor just right, because we got there just as the NCL sister ship, Norwegian Crown, was going through the narrow strait. It was so close, I felt we could just about touch it! It was no wonder I had doubts that we would fit through when our ship approached St. George.
We spent one day at Tobacco Bay, where I did my snorkeling. The water was so clear, but quite a chilly 72°F. (I forgot that we were in the Atlantic Ocean – I was expecting water to be more like Florida or Hawaii.) After being in the water for about 45 minutes, my teeth would start chattering, making it a bit difficult to keep a good seal around the snorkel tube, so I’d get a mouthful of saltwater. Then I’d come in to enjoy the sun and sand until I warmed up. (My husband doesn’t go in cold water, so he enjoyed the beach, but he never got his pink gin on a pink beach, because Bermuda doesn’t allow the public consumption of alcohol.) The reef fish were brightly colored and GORGEOUS. The prettiest fish seemed to like to be near the gap in the rocks, which is where the cold water came in! BRRRRR, but so pretty.
Waiting for the water taxi one day, I wondered at the view of our ship moored behind and totally dwarfing the Deliverance, a replica of the ship that was wrecked on Bermuda, and the crew had to use local materials to repair it before they could leave. I think we sail larger ships than the Deliverance in our San Francisco Bay!
We took a water taxi to Dockyard, where we had a neat lunch at the Frog & Onion and visited the arts-and-crafts shops. Then we caught buses and worked our way back to the ship at St. George. We got out at various places to explore – our friends wanted to climb a lighthouse, while we wanted to enjoy another beach, so we split up and rejoined at another pub – the Swizzle Inn (where you "Swizzle In and Swagger Out," although if one has too many of their rum swizzles, I imagine STAGGERING out would be more likely). It was a good meeting spot, because we had to change buses there. When we found that the Swizzle Inn was such a really neat place, we returned another day for a tasty lunch.
We sailed out of Bermuda on Friday evening, and we saw a lovely sunset as we were leaving. And then on Sunday, we were back in Boston and back into miserable weather. We had very enjoyable cruise and visit to Bermuda and have many fond memories of the trip. I would go again.