Bermuda Journals

Bermuda by Land and by Sea

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A September 2007 trip to Bermuda by Cantin2

Fairmont Ferry Photo, Bermuda, North America More Photos
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Caribbean Princess Cruise

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Hotel | "Cruising on the Caribbean Princess"

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TRANSPORTATION:Getting to Red Hook in Brooklyn NJ is not easy....I don't know of any public transportation - then lots of traffic all of the time. Cabs from NYC and the airports are expensive. This was our third time to Red Hook - twice on our own and once with a driver. Even with the GPS it was nerve wracking. Once there parking is $15 day and extremely convenient. Drop off luggage and walk a few hundred yards back once you park. Open air only-no indoor parking. Another option is to look into Princess's transportation from a few nearby cities and if you go to "Cruise Critic" and sign up for "Roll Call" for your cruise, you may find that some take charge person will be willing to make arrangemen...Read More

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Sabatini's on Caribbean Princess Cruise

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Restaurant | "Sabatini's a Specialty Restaurant on the Princess Cruise"

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Caribbean Princess has only two specialty restaurants - Sterling Steak House and Sabatini's - both are relatively small for the size of the ship - 3100 passengers - therefore, making a reservatio on boarding day is imperative. Sabatini's carries a $20 surchard and the Steak House $15.Sabatini's is a pleasant restaurant located in the interior of the ship, there no ocean views. the yellow clothed tables are inviting - flickering single candle holder and a tall glass filled with a mixture of very long bread sticks. We had looked over the menu a few times prior to our dinner night and wondered what we'd end up ordering - so many appealing choices. Tables are well spaced - a low wall with etch...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 8, 2008

Exploring from St. George's

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National Park Beach near St. George's Photo, Bermuda, North America
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Exploring from St. George’s – Day 1Over the past few years, St. George’s has evolved into a lovely port – unfortunately most of the newer ships are too large to enter that harbor through the very narrow channel – you have to give up quality of ship for the charm of docking here. But any visitor to Bermuda can m;ake their way here via ferry, bus, taxi or cycle.Historical sites have always been popular – the Anglican Church, the ………museum……St. Catherine’s Fort and……………… A few beaches are close by, Tobacco Bay and St. Catherine’s Beach below the fort and the abandoned hotel (former Club Med) are good snorkeling spots and Clearwater Beach is a quiet escape from the tourists. All are ac...Read More

A Few Hours at the Dockyard

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Fairmont Hamilton Princess Photo, Hamilton, Bermuda
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The larger, newer cruise ships visiting Bermuda must dock at the Royal Dockyard onthe West End. Many guests sign up for excursions offered by the cruise lines, but we like to "do it on our own" for many reasons.This was our first docking experience here although we have visited this area on motorbike in the past. As of summer 2008, one ship can dock at the pier - Another pier is under construction. The area is nicer than I had expected, but remember, these large ships carry 2500 to 3700 passengers....so......it's going to be busy...There is a free shuttle to take you from the ship to the dockyard. It runs every 1/2 hour and can probably carry at most 150 passengers....the walk is easy - 5 ...Read More
Fairmont Ferry Photo, Bermuda, North America
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Picture this large hotel, surrounded by a golf course atop a hill - the front overlooks the ocean - the back faces the harbor. The road along the ocean is South Shore Road and Middle Road is on the harbor side. It's about 1/3 mile to either...not bad going downhill - but quite a workout uphill.On the ocean is Fairmont's Beach Club, tennis courts, Ocean Restaurant, Dive Shop, Sundries Shop, and the Cabana Beach Bar for drinks and casual lunch food. The sister resort in Hamilton also has access to this Beach Club since they do not have a beach in town. The renowned Waterlot Inn is at the harbor and this is also where the Fairmont private ferry is docked. On property is also the Golf Club and its...Read More

Exploring from St. George's - Day 2

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Fairmont Beach club Photo, Bermuda, North America
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Exploring from St. George’s – Day 2Since today is a full day in port, there’s time to explore further – After an early breakfast and a quick internet check - we’re heading out to Hamilton for a bit of shopping and then on to the South Shore Beaches via bus…….the most economical way to do this on your own.We are using our "15 ticket – 3 zone" transportation tickets that we bought yesterday at the Post Office for $20 – these can be share, never expire and can be used on all busses and ferries. If you travel more than 3 zones, you must give them 2 tickets.Again from St. George’s, we can take the #1,3,10 or 11 bus to Hamilton Bus Deport– last stop – about 40 minutes. If you want ...Read More