Complete with pink sand, blue waters and cobblestone streets lined with brightly-colored colonial buildings, some might say that Bermuda is the perfect cruise destination. In fact, Conde Nast Traveler readers have voted Bermuda “Best Island in the Caribbean/Atlantic” 18 times in the past 20 years! ms Veendam cruises to this island paradise roundtrip from Boston in spring and summer 2015 with leisurely three-night visits. Just picture it, three perfect days in Bermuda!
After one sea day full of techsperts, culinary delights and fabulous shows, the ship arrives at Hamilton, Bermuda. Upon disembarking you can hit the beach! Leave your worries behind as you join the coastal sightseeing cruise Devil’s Isle Coastal Cruise & Beach Break. Get to know a bit about the land you’ll be exploring over the next few days and then have some fun in the sun — you’re on vacation, after all! Swim in the crystal waters, rent a kayak, snorkel and then head to Dark n’ Stormy Bar for a refreshing cocktail.
A perfect ending to a perfect first day is the Catamaran Champagne Sunset Cruise. Hop aboard the catamaran and sail along the shores of Hamilton Harbour, checking out the impressive homes along the coast known as Millionaire’s Row and Fairylands. Experience the warm Bermudian hospitality, a gorgeous glass of bubbly and the breathtaking colors of the sky as the sun dips down into the calm waters of the Great Sound. After the cruise, head back to the ship and enjoy some of the onboard nightlife or hit the sheets to wake up refreshed for another perfect day.
Day two in Bermuda is all about exploration! Chances are you’ve heard of the Bermuda Triangle, so learn more on the Bermuda Triangle Shipwreck Snorkel tour. Bermuda boasts more than 200 square miles of the Atlantic’s northernmost fringe reef, and while the reef is beautiful, it’s infamous as a wrecksite. Gear up and head out to explore two of Bermuda’s most famous shipwrecks: the Constellation and the Montana. En route the captain will tell you all about the history of the notorious Bermuda triangle. You’ll have a nice amount of time to snorkel both reefs and head home with a refreshment in hand.
Head back to the ship to relax for a bit, then return to the action with a new perspective on the Bermuda Triangle Night-time Glass-Bottom Boat Cruise! This unique experience allows you to see the reefs in a new light — literally! Beams of light extend from the bottom of the boat illuminating the marine life below for an incredible view of the underwater party. The cheeky tour operator says, “This trip has so far enjoyed a 100% return rate, however, a money-back guarantee is offered in the event you disappear into the Bermuda Triangle.”
By day three you might consider moving to Bermuda, so you should probably get to know the ins and outs of the island. See the island like a local with Bermuda: Off the Beaten Track. The tour takes you across the island into Bermuda’s one and only Tom Moore’s Jungle, filled with cave exploration, swimming adventures and lush land brimming with tropical trees and exotic birds. After a stop at David’s Lighthouse the tour heads to Cooper’s Island Nature Reserve, one of the island’s premier snorkeling locations, where you will have an opportunity to soak up the sun and sea.
After that, head back to town and the Hamilton Trolley & Ocean Discovery Center, where you’ll get to know the city of Hamilton and visit the Ocean Discovery Center. Relax and check out the colorful capital of your — surely soon-to-be — island home. Watch for the Botanic Gardens and Camden House — the official residence of the Premier. Step inside the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute’s Ocean Discovery Center to see one of the finest shell collections in the world, unravel the intrigues of the Bermuda Triangle and marvel at artifacts on display collected by world-famous Bermudian shipwreck-hunter Teddy Tucker.
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On the fourth day of Bermuda you’ll still have a few hours ashore to stroll the beach, shop for souvenirs or take a morning tour. At 1 p.m. Veendam departs and begins the trek back to Boston, and you’ll have another day at sea to enjoy the ship and reflect on your three perfect days in Bermuda.
Want to make three perfect days even better? Join Holland America Line’s next Dancing With the Stars at Sea 7-day cruise to Bermuda, June 6, 2015! And remember, you can pre-book your shore excursions online to save time onboard and ensure that you don’t miss your tour of choice!
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