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Inexpensive ways to get to swimming beaches?

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Inexpensive ways to get to swimming beaches?

Hello, We are considering a couple of Fall cruises that stay in Bermuda for days at a time. The ports offered for these extended Bermuda cruise visits are: Hamilton, St. George's, and King's Wharf. We have been to many very nice beaches in other parts of the Caribbean, but haven't ever been to Bermuda. What we are mainly interested in is ports where we can walk to a nearby swimming beach, with nice sand (not rocky), or that we can travel to very inexpensively by public transportation or taxi. We are walkers, so we don't mind walking through reasonably safe areas for up to an hour to get to a nice beach where we can swim. We don't really snorkel, but love to swim. Anyone know of beaches that fit our needs near the Bermuda ports listed above? Thank you so much & any advice you have is greatly appreciated!

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1. Re: Inexpensive ways to get to swimming beaches?

Bermuda's best and most famous beaches--ELBOW BEACH and HORSESHOE BAY (among wonderful beaches) will be located out along Bermuda's magnificent south shore in Paget, Warwick and Southanpton parishes Bermuda's very best beaches are all entirely public...and free.

If you decide on the HAL 'Veendam..' cruise during the 2010 season, the ship may (the Veendam skipped its St. George's port call and came directly into downtown Hamilton at least 1/3 of the visits last season due to difficulties 'tendering' pasengers ashore) make a brief port call at Saint George's....there are a few small beaches--Tobacco Bay, Achilles Bay and Saint Catherine's Beach that are approx. 1/2 mile away. There is no bus service from the harbour to these beaches, so it will be either walk or a short taxi ride.

From either the Dockyard cruise ship berths or the Hamilton Harbour cruise ship berth, a wonderful, pink sand Bermuda beach will be no more than thirty(30) very pleasant minutes away by public bus.

It's as simple, straightforward, convenient and economic as stepping off of your cruise ship, walking a few yards and stepping onto one of Bermuda's pretty pink & blue coloured public buses. The bus rides--'regular' #7-Dockyard-Via South Shore Beaches-Hamilton bus or '..SPECIAL..' express bus from King's/Heritage Wharf cruise ship pier at the Royal Naval Dockyard complex...OR...#7--Hamilton-Via South Shore Beaches-Dockyard bus from near the Front Street cruise ship berth.

From Dockyard to Horseshoe Bay will take approx. 30 mins. From Hamilton to Elbow Beach will take approx. 15 mins....to Horseshoe Bay approx. 35 mins. Every minute, of every route will be a wonderful ride through Bermuda's incredible natural beauty, with some 'take-your-breath-away' views along the way.

Bermuda's genuinely excellent public transportation system--buses & ferries--will take you to--or near to--just about anywhere you might want to get to during your brief port call.

Purchase a one-day or multi-day public TRANSPORTATION PASS for simple, convenient, economic '..hop-on/hop-off..' access to ALL public bues and ferries in Bermuda.

BERMUDA--Handy Reference Map--(Orientation, relative locations, etc)--

gotobermuda.com/uploadedFiles/GetHere/MapsAn…

BERMUDA BUS INFO--(Routes, schedules, fares, etc)--

www.gov.bm/portal/server.pt…

BERMUDA FERRY INFO--(Routes, schedules, etc)--

www.gov.bm/portal/server.pt…

Edited: 1:24 am, August 26, 2011
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2. Re: Inexpensive ways to get to swimming beaches?

Thank you so much KDKSAIL! We really appreciate your detailed & in depth response- very helpful!!

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Take a little time beforehand and familiarize yourselves with tiny (approx. 21 miles from end-to-end..3-4 miles from shore to shore...3 'main' roads--North Shore, Middle & South Roads) Bermuda's layout and the relative locations of various places and things....then overlay the public bus and and ferry routes over this....and you'll be well on your way to having Bermuda...and how to get from place to place...pretty much figured out, before your ship ties up and lowers its ganway to the pier...and you can hit-the-ground-running.

Edited: 3:20 pm, August 26, 2011
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Hello again KDKSAIL, We hope you are not in the path of the hurricane, but if you are, all the best to you and yours. When you get a chance, I wanted to ask if you have experience cruising on the Veendam or have any comments about if that ship & if it is a nice one. Then, if you have any input on the 3 airports in relation to the Manhattan cruise port. We wanted to know what the cost and least expensive method is of transporting from JFK or LGA or EWR to the cruise port, to board the Veendam. We will have luggage, so probably taking trains etc would be too cumbersome. Do you happen to have any idea on the approximate cost to take a taxi from either of the 3 airports to Manhattan cruise port? Thank you again & take care.

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5. Re: Inexpensive ways to get to swimming beaches?

**IF** the HAL 'Veendam' skips her brief (day-long) scheduled Saint George's port call due to wether/sea conditions and comes directly into downtown Hamilton (no bad thing) the cruise line provides a free one-day, public TRANSPORTATION PASS to passengers.

Because the ship cannot enter Saint George's Harbour (at Bermuda's far east-end), she anchors out in the bay just off of Fort Saint Catherine on her day-of-arrival (before the ship transits around into Hamilton Harbour at approx. 6 PM) in Bermuda. Passengers board a large 'tender' and are ferried ashore, into Saint George's Harbour. This is a somewhat cumbersome process. When the ship is berthed in Hamilton Harbour, passengers step directly ashore onto Front Street at Bermuda's 'center'.

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>>>...Then, if you have any input on the 3 airports in relation to the Manhattan cruise port. We wanted to know what the cost and least expensive method is of transporting from JFK or LGA or EWR...<<<

Sorry...never cruised aboard the HAL's 'Veendam'. But it is an older, moderately sized ship (approx. 1,300 passengers). For more cruise/ship specific information on HAL's Bermuda cruise and the 'Veendam' in particular, i's recommend that you scroll through the more ship/cruise-specific information at sites (among others) like--

hollandamerica.com/cruise-vacation-onboard/V…

www.cruisecritic.com/reviews/review.cfm…

cruisemates.com/articles/…axzz1WC6iuCjm

Insofar as connecting to the westside MANHATTAN CRUISE TERMINAL-- http://www.nycruise.com/ --from a NYC-metro airport (JFK, LGA, EWR) I'm inclined to recommend that (all other things considered) that you fly into Newark-Liberty Airport(EWR) if you have the choice...for perhaps the least bothersome ground connections (NJ Turnpike, to Linclon Tunnel at W40th St., then straight shot up the west-sside to the cruise terminal) between airport and cruise terminal-- panynj.gov/airports/ewr-taxi-car-van-service…

There are private shared-shuttle services and I believe that there is a fixed-fare rate for taxi transfers between EWR and the cruise terminal...but I'm not sure what that fixed rate is ??

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7. Re: Inexpensive ways to get to swimming beaches?

JFK - 20 miles 40 minutes $45 flat fare plus tolls and tip

LGA - 11 miles 30 minutes $30 plus tolls and tip

EWR - 15 miles 30 minutes $60 to $80 plus tolls and tips

All of the above times depend on traffic conditions.

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8. Re: Inexpensive ways to get to swimming beaches?

We have cruised Veendam and it was wonderful. We chose it over Celebrity Summit because it has an extra day in Bermuda. We loved it and are going again because of the great crew, service, food, etc. It is not as lively as the NCL ships going there but the service and food are way better. Veendam is older but HAL keeps their ships in great condition. We had no complaints onboard.

We have been to Bermuda a few times and like stopping in Hamilton as opposed to the Dockyard because it is central to everything and not as crowded. The Dockyard has 2 ships carrying 2200+ pax each where Veendam is the only one in Hamilton with 1300 people.

I suggest going to cruise critic and reading the ports section about Bermuda, the cruise line boards and reviews of each ship, and you can even chat with those on your sailing on the roll call section.

Finally, La Guardia has the cheapest and best transportation to the Manhattan Cruise terminal.

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9. Re: Inexpensive ways to get to swimming beaches?

we r cruising on the 18th of sept...read all the comments..could u tell me is there a show each night? what else is there to do on the ship?...no casino for 5 days also right? just when sailing

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>>>no casino for 5 days also right? just when sailing<<<

The on-board casino is closed when you board ship in NY. It does not open until you get out into international waters. The casino closes while the ship enters and is docked in Bermuda...otherwise you may gamble when at sea.