Bermuda: Getting There, Getting Around

Steady increase in air service and new departure cities for cruise ships are in the news on the Bermuda transportation front. Bermuda does not allow rental cars, but the 150 miles of well-paved roads are used by more than 600 taxis, excellent bus service and mopeds. With water all around, ferries are a convenient and scenic way to get around.

Here's how to get to and around Bermuda.

By Air
All flights are daily and nonstop unless otherwise specified.
Atlanta: Delta--(800) 221-1212
Baltimore: US Airways--(800) 428-4322
Boston: American--(800) 433-7300--and Delta
Newark: Continental
(two flights daily beginning May 1)--(800) 525-0280
New York: American
Philadelphia: US Airways

By Sea
With the purchase by Norwegian Cruise Line of Majesty Cruise Lines' Royal Majesty (renamed Norwegian Majesty), Bermuda is now served by three lines and five ships. There are departure points for cruises to Bermuda this year. Following is the 1998 schedule for Bermuda cruises.

Norwegian Cruise Line
NCL--(800) 327-7030--will be the first major cruise line to offer seven-day cruises to Bermuda from Port Canaveral, Fla. The Norwegian Crown will sail from Port Canaveral on Nov. 7, 14, 21 and 28--calling at Hamilton and St. George's. The ship will be deployed in New York for one-week cruises from May 2 through Sept. 19, calling at St. George's and Hamilton.
The Norwegian Majesty will sail on seven-day excursions from Boston on Sundays from April 26 through Oct. 11, calling at St. George's. The newly acquired ship incorporates some of NCL's typical features, including theme nights such as Irish Night and Colonial/Pirate Night; a strong sports program; snorkeling for the first time from this ship, and a golf program.

Royal Caribbean
Royal Caribbean's--(800) 327-6700--Song of America, the largest ship calling at Bermuda on a weekly basis, will sail from New York to Bermuda on Sundays from May 10 to Oct. 18 on seven-night holidays, calling at St. George's and Hamilton. The ship will also offer a seven-night spring cruise (May 3), originating in San Juan and calling at Hamilton before arriving in New York. A similar seven-day fall cruise departs New York Oct. 25 and calls at St. George's and Hamilton before sailing to San Juan.

Celebrity Cruises
Celebrity Cruises'--(800) 437-3111--Horizon replaces the Meridian (which was sold) for a cruise season that began with departures from Fort Lauderdale in April for roundtrip excursions to Bermuda. Those will be followed by voyages out of Wilmington, N.C. (seven nights, May 2), Newport News (seven nights, May 10) and Baltimore (seven nights, May 17). In addition, there will be four Philadelphia departures: six nights, May 25; seven nights, May 31 and June 7, and six nights, June 14. From June 21 to Sept. 6, the ship will make one-week round-trip voyages from New York, departing Sundays and calling at King's Wharf (Royal Naval Dockyard) and Hamilton.
In the fall, the Horizon will sail out of Philadelphia (six nights, Sept. 14 and 20), Baltimore (seven nights, Sept. 27), Newport News (seven nights, Oct. 10) and Charleston (seven nights, Oct. 18).
Celebrity's Zenith will sail from New York on Saturdays from April 25 to Oct. 17 on one-week roundtrip voyages, calling at Hamilton and St. George's.

Local Transport

All cabs are metered and fares are fixed by law. Large, six-seater van taxis are available for families and groups. The island's taxi drivers are available for hire as tour guides.

Pink and blue buses operate on regular schedules all day. Exact change, tokens or tickets are required. Tokens may be purchased at some hotels and guest houses, post offices and at the Central Terminal in Hamilton on Church Street. Multiday passes are available.

Mopeds and Scooters
Very popular with visitors, these vehicles are available for rent by the half-day, day, week and long-term. The cost depends on the length of rental and type of cycle. Helmets are compulsory and are available for rent. The riding-age minimum is 16 years. Pedal bicycles are also available for rental.

Ferry service runs on a regular schedule on Hamilton Harbour (Hamilton, Paget, Warwick) and to points on the West End (Somerset, the Royal Naval Dockyard and points in between). Bicycles may be taken on board; mopeds may be taken on the West End Ferry only and for an additional charge.

Horse and Carriage
Horse-and-carriage tours are a pleasant way to see Bermuda. Rates for one- and two-horse rigs are fixed by law.

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