Bermuda Cruise VacationsLocated about 500 miles due east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, the island of Bermuda has become a popular stopping point for various cruise lines. Although the Spanish first discovered the island in the early 1500s, it did not become a settlement until the English ship, the Sea Venture, which was headed to the English settlement of Jamestown, Virginia, wrecked off of the shores of Bermuda. Today, the island is a dependent British territory with its own government. Not only does the island boast a wonderful climate, cobalt blue waters and pristine beaches, but also Bermuda is considered to be one of the wealthiest as well as safest countries in the world making it a very attractive tourist destination. The cruise
Hamilton, Capital of BermudaBecause the speed limit on the island is only 20 miles per hour, it is perfectly safe to explore the different areas on moped or bicycle, but walking is also always an option. Hamilton, the capital of Bermuda, is located on Hamilton Harbor. The town itself sits on hills overlooking the harbor. Sightseeing boats can be seen meandering in and out of the harbor. The Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity is a wonderful example of English architecture. The church was built with Bermuda limestone while the altar in the Lady Chapel is made of exquisite Italian marble. Visitors who climb the hundred or so steps to the top of the tower will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of Hamilton. Another historical point of interest while in Hamilton is the Museum of the Bermuda Historical Society, which is located in the home of the island&s first postmaster. The Bermuda Public Library is also located in this building. Art lovers should head over to City Hall, which houses both the Bermuda Society of Arts Gallery and the Bermuda National Gallery. The streets of Hamilton are also lined with many interesting shops and delicious restaurants.
St. George and the West EndThe end of the island known as St. George is where the Sea Venture wrecked offshore and is therefore named after the man in charge of the wayward ship, Sir George
Whether it is magnificent beaches, nature reserves or historical points of interest, each of the nine parishes has something great to offer vacationers. To get a feel for what the island looks like as a whole, head over to Palm Grove. A map located in the pond shows each of the parishes divided by grass sections. Various Desmond Fountain statues surround the pond. Palm Grove is located in Smith's Parish. Also located in this parish is Spittal Pond. Over 25 species of waterfowl claim this as their home between the months of November and May. Fort St. Catherine, located in St. George's Parish, was built in 1613, although renovations continued well into the 19th century. The underground tunnels make this an eerie place to visit. Bermuda as a whole is also a water enthusiast's paradise. Water related activities include swimming, wind surfing, snorkeling, sailing, deep-sea fishing and diving. Tennis and golf remain the island's most popular sports. Bermuda has something for everyone and vacationers will not be disappointed. As most cruise vacations to Bermuda last seven days, vacationers will have plenty of time to see and do many things. If seven days is too short, there is always another cruise vacation in your future.
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