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
Here's how to get to and around Bermuda.
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
(two flights daily beginning May 1)--(800) 525-0280
New York: American
Philadelphia: US Airways
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
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'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'--(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
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.
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
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.