Bermuda is made up by more than 181 islands, and is a self-governing British dependency located about 600 miles (960 kilometers) east of coast of North Carolina. Many people mistakenly assume that Bermuda is in the Caribbean. In fact, it is actually about 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) north of the Caribbean and therefore Bermuda has no hurricane season and it does not get steamy hot in the summer like in the Caribbean, on the conterary Bermuda boasts a near-perfect year-round climate with no rainy season.
The largest of the islands, also called Bermuda, it is only 22 miles from end to end, and a day on a scooter (tourists are not allowed to drive automobiles in Bermuda) will take you by miles of beaches, cliffs, botanical gardens, old churches and natural caves. Bermuda is famous for its pink-sand beaches and crystal clear turquoise waters. It is also known for its pastel painted houses, brilliant colored gardens, cricket matches, world-class golf courses, duty-free shopping and its British maritime history.
Hamilton is the capital of Bermuda. It offers a taste of tropical ease mixed with British charm, and it has some of the best duty-free shopping in Bermuda. St. George is the oldest inhabited town of English origin on the New World. St. Peters Church is believed to be the oldest Anglican church in the western hemisphere, it was originally built in 1612 and used to be the meeting place for the first Bermuda Parliament in 1620.
Most cruises to Bermuda depart from Boston or New York, and some from Cape Liberty, Baltimore, Norfolk or Charleston. Typically a cruise to Bermuda last seven days with three nights at the Island. Some ships will stay in one port, while others may visit up to three Bermuda cruise ports. Summer is prime time for Bermuda cruises, with June to August being the peak of the season, but you will find departures beginning in late April through October. If you visit the island during low season, you may be able to save on off season discounts.
Bermuda cruises are tightly controlled in order to keep the crowds to a minimum. For this reason only a few cruise lines offer this destination on some of their smallest vessels. For the same reason it is necessary to book your Bermuda cruise well in advance, especially if you want to go in the peak season.