Bermuda Cruises Going on a Bermuda Cruise

There's a certain magic and mystery to Bermuda. Literally, if you give credence to some of the speculation associated with the Bermuda Triangle. What can't be denied is that there have been a series of notorious and still unexplained disappearances in this area of ocean, whose three corners are found on the east coast of Florida, Bermuda itself, and Puerto Rico. Don't let that put you off, though Bermuda cruises have never been prey to alien abductions, magnetic forces or any of the other strange phenomena wafting through the minds of conspiracy theorists.

Bermuda itself is an interesting phenomenon geologically, that is. Hook shaped and surrounded by coral reefs, it was created about 100 million years ago in a volcanic eruption and crowns an underwater mountain 15,000 feet high. It's also interesting politically as a British Dependent Territory it is self governing, which, as in similarly self governing British islands such as Jersey and Guernsey, has led to a strong banking industry (tax laws. you know). Bermuda is a long way from Britain but its climate is also seasonal. 640 miles from North Carolina and about 1,200 miles from the Caribbean, it has a cool winter. Bermuda cruises only arrive in the warmer months. The island's crown colony status gives it a certain Anglo feel cricket, pubs, tearooms and sailing clubs abound.

The island's capital, Hamilton, and its other main cruise port, St George, are well adapted to the market created by Bermuda cruises. There are plenty of golf and water sports to play, shopping to buy and sights to see. And then there are the beaches. Among their general assets are beauty, and good water sports and refreshment facilities. But most importantly, they have great names. Horseshoe Bay, Warwick Long Bay and Church Bay on Hamilton vie with St George's Tobacco Bay, Elbow Beach and Achilles Bay Park for the most inventive monikers (I go with Elbow Beach, personally). No wonder the island's swimming teams are so disproportionately good with all those beaches, swimming is in the Bermudan blood. As are rum swizzles: while you're in Bermuda try this well known local cocktail at the Swizzle Inn. It's made of apricot brandy, brandy, honey, lemon, lime and (obviously) rum. If that sounds a bit strong there's always Tempest Lager, produced by the island's own beer factory, the Bermuda Brewing Company.

There are numerous Bermuda cruises. When you're choosing one, ask the company whether the ship has floor to ceiling windows for sunset watching. And it's always worth picking a cabin with an ocean view if it's in your budget. As with all cruises, take out travel insurance.

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