Five-Star Mariners Jan and Dick Yetke set sail on Prinsendam’s 64-day Grand Mediterranean Voyage in March, and we’ll catch up as quickly as possible. Enjoy the journey with Jan and Dick!
Because we had to skip Horta in the Azores, the captain got permission for us to go to Bermuda the afternoon ahead of our schedule and dock overnight there. We were all excited about that! We arrived and were docked by about 4 p.m. It was a beautiful sail in as usual — with the turquoise water all around us. Note the photo of the wake.
When you sail into Bermuda, you enter at the east end of the island near St. George, then take a right, and cruise through one the island’s channels across the top of Bermuda to the other end (west end). Then you sail left and head into the channel that takes you to Hamilton, Bermuda’s capital.
All the really large cruise ships dock out at the dockyards, which have been fixed up really nicely over the last 5-10 years with great shopping, restaurants, etc. The small ships like Prinsendam can dock right downtown along Front Street. It is really wonderful to be there!
Dick went off and did a short one-hour bike ride while I was catching up on trip logs, etc. We had planned a long bike ride the next day, mostly out along the old train tracks right of way.
After Dick returned from his short bike ride, the skies opened up with liquid sunshine. It became a cool, windy, rainy evening and night. We did, however, go across the street to an Irish Pub named Flanagan’s for dinner. Was great! We had shepherd’s pie (we shared) and a delicious chocolate ice cream with hot fudge sauce (we shared as well). Yum, yum! On our way back, we were doing some window-shopping and a beautiful piece of jewelry (a pendant) caught our eyes.
Next morning we woke up to wind and rain. Well, not a good day for biking for sure. Hung out on the ship until about 1:30 p.m. or so and then ventured out for a walk, but specifically to check out the piece of jewelry we had seen the night before. Well, to shorten your suspense time, ended up buying the gorgeous piece of jewelry. I am so excited and Dick really loved it, too. I cannot wait to show it off to anyone who asks.
Some history: Bermuda is a British overseas territory in the North Atlantic Ocean. Located off the east coast of the United States, it is situated about 1,100 miles northeast of Miami. It is the oldest remaining British overseas territory, settled by England a century before the Acts of Union and two centuries before the creation of the United Kingdom.
Though commonly referred to in the singular, the territory consists of approximately 138 islands, with a total area of 27.7 square miles. Bermuda was discovered in the early 1500s and both Spanish and Portuguese ships used the islands as replenishment locations for fresh meat and water. Legends of spirits and devils, and of perpetual, storm-wracked conditions, however, kept them from attempting any permanent settlement on what they called the Isle of Devils.
The British claimed the island when a British ship, the Sea Venture, was shipwrecked off the coast of Bermuda and the survivors were left in possession of the new territory. Executive authority in Bermuda is invested in the British queen and is exercised on her behalf by the island governor. The governor is appointed by the queen on the advice of the British government. Defense and foreign affairs remain the responsibility of the United Kingdom, which also retains responsibility to ensure good government.