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Relax or Get Active? Which Bermuda Tour is Right for You?

Add color to your summer this year with a Holland America Line cruise to the pink sands and pastel skyline of Bermuda. Holland America’s weeklong cruises feature three nights in this beautiful destination, leaving plenty of time to explore and really get to know the island.

When you think of Bermuda do you imagine spending your days active in the sun or just wading in the water on a beautiful beach? Whatever you prefer, Holland America Line has a perfect experience for you.


The Island Kayak & Secluded Beach tour is an award-winning excursion. The tour explores Bermuda’s diverse eco-systems above and below the ocean’s surface. You’ll use a sit-on-top double kayak and head off on a guided and narrated shoreline tour. Take in the views of the rocky coastline, uninhabited islands and secluded beaches as you paddle along. Your guide will point out interesting plant species and Bermuda locals like egrets and herons. The water is clear enough to also watch the fish, coral and turtles below the surface.

Kayak along the shore or go for a 5- to 8- mile bike ride.

Kayak along the shore or go for a 5- to 8- mile bike ride.

The Railway Bike & Beach tour is a combination tour that is ideal for the active visitor. You’ll get some exercise and then take a well-deserved beach break after. First you’ll head to Somerset Island, located at the rural West End of Bermuda. You’ll gear up and hop on a Trek mountain bike and begin a guided cycle tour along the original Bermuda Railway Trail. This 5- to 8- mile ride will stop at various points of interests and feature spectacular views of stunning seascapes, lush gardens and exotic plants. You will also have a chance to hike up to historic Fort Scaur. When your ride is over you’ll cool off with a refreshing swim.

CelticCail gave the tour five stars on the Holland America Line website.

This was so much fun. We biked all over the place at a lovely pace, all the water you could drink was provided and carried by the guide. We got to stop at Fort Scaur and check that out, which was awesome. Our guide was friendly, fun, and informative. At the end, we had a half hour to take a quick dip in the amazing ocean, but we wanted more time for that! Both the bike ride and the ocean portion should have been longer!

Bermuda boasts more than 200-square miles of the Atlantic’s northernmost fringe reef. On the Bermuda Triangle Shipwreck Snorkel tour you will visit two of Bermuda’s most famous shipwrecks. The Constellation and the Montana are located on the very edge of the reef and are now home to an abundance of colorful coral and fish. As you make your way toward the reef you’ll learn all about Bermuda’s history. Then you’ll gear up with your snorkel, mask and fins and jump in the water to snorkel around the site.

On a SCUBA tour you can explore some of more than 350 wrecks.

On a SCUBA tour you can explore some of more than 350 wrecks.

Guests who enjoy scuba diving can explore the depths of the reef with the Bermuda Triangle Two-Tank SCUBA tour. There will be a lot to see with the majority of wreck sites situated in shallow depths of 30-50 feet of water.


Not all the activities on Bermuda involve swimming, biking or even sweating! This diverse destination is great for those looking to take it easy as well!

Sip on champagne as the sun goes down.

Sip on champagne as the sun goes down.

Is anything more relaxing than the site of the sunset? Actually, yes… the site of the sunset as you enjoy a glass of champagne while passing along the shores of Hamilton Harbour in a catamaran! The Catamaran Champagne Sunset Cruise is ideal for guests looking to just “be.” End your day on a high note with a romantic and enchanted evening as you cruise along the shore viewing the homes on the coastlines known as Millionaire’s Row and Fairylands. Then the catamaran will head toward the calm waters of the Great Sound. Enjoy island music as you sip your champers!

The Highlights of Bermuda tour features a panoramic drive, a relaxing way to cover the entire length of Bermuda’s main island. Views of this tiny country’s famous pink sand beaches stretch impressively along the South Shore, including well-known Horseshoe Bay. You’ll see Bermuda’s perfectly manicured Botanic Gardens and then along the north shore, you will pass through quaint Flatts Village, built around a picturesque inlet with a unique old-world charm. Then you’ll head to the historic town of St. George’s that served as the capital of Bermuda until the 19th century. It’s UNESCO World Heritage Site Old Town features old stone buildings, cobblestone streets and the oldest active Anglican church in the western hemisphere. The tour also includes visits to the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse and the Royal Naval Dockyard.

No drive around the island is complete without passing colorful Front Street.

No drive around the island is complete without passing colorful Front Street.

JoeyJeff gave the tour five stars and said it provided a great overview.

We boarded an air conditioned bus and our tour began with a smiling and informative guide. He was witty and told us just enough about himself and his family to give us an idea of what life is like for the residents of this beautiful island. We saw so much in the next few hours, and we were then able to zero in on where to spend more time in the days to follow.

For those looking to relax and take a dip in Bermuda’s sparkling waters, the Devil’s Isle Coastal Cruise & Beach Break will let you leave your worries behind and sightsee around Bermuda’s many islands. Known as the Devil’s Isles, you’ll be surrounded by secluded beaches and vibrant coral reefs. Your guide will provide commentary as the boat takes you to a beautiful peninsula. Then you’ll have a couple hours to swim and explore the beach. Floats, snorkel gear, paddleboards and kayaks are available for use, though you can just relax on the beach or grab a drink at the Dark n’ Stormy bar.

Relax on the secluded beaches of Devil's Isle.

Relax on the secluded beaches of Devil’s Isle.

Sailing roundtrip from Boston, Mass., on Veendam, six seven-day Bermuda cruises will sail in May, June and July, and feature three days and nights at Hamilton, the country’s capital known for its gorgeous beaches and abundance of golf courses.

Remember, you can pre-book your shore excursions online to save time onboard and ensure that you don’t miss your tour of choice! If you want to read or write a review of the tours, click HERE and then click “review.”

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December 2015 UPDATE: Take Advantage of View & Verandah
We want to make your dream cruise even dreamier with our new View & Verandah promotion. We’re offering stateroom upgrades, up to 10 percent off shore excursions and up to 25 percent off Collectors’ Voyages on 2016-2017 sailings when booked by Feb. 29, 2016. Check out the offer to see if your dream cruise is included and book now!

  • Peter J Wilkins

    When is the next Bermuda Hamilton cruise in Veendam or HA cruise line

  • Julie

    Hi Peter, Bermuda is no longer on our itineraries for the foreseeable future. But we have a lot of wonderful tropical options.

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