What's up with Bermuda?

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#1
Chattanooga, TN
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Bermuda has been hammered with hurricanes and weather this year and it looks like another is on its way this weekend.

I would like to get your opinion on Bermuda. Are there months that are too cold to be in the water comfortably? What are the best months to go?

What do you like and what did you miss?

How is it docked for 3 days vs moving port to port? This is the reason we have not done Bermuda. I thought I would miss the sailing overnight and waking up to a new port feeling.
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#2
50 Posts
Joined Mar 2011
Love Bermuda, To dock three days is a pleasure, there is no rushing to get back at a certain time and you really get to explore the island which is beautiful. I am leaving on the gem this Sunday cant wait.
#3
NJ/NYC
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Bermuda is beautiful. We're been there many times over the years on different cruise ships. Ship docks for 3-5 days, and it's the most wonderful experience.

I think this year's hurricane season is just very unusual. We were on NCL Gem on 9/4 and thought we'd get to Bermuda but got diverted to Bahamas/Florida. Not out choice, but OK.

I would say the best time is May/June. It was out first time going in Sept, and the hurricane diverted us. All previous times we went in May and it was perfect. Next year we're going again to Bermuda, but this time in May
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#4
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Joined Sep 2009
to avoid any hurricanes and for perfect weather, i think it might be better to cruise in may-june, before the hurricane season begins.
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#5
NYC
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Joined Feb 2008
I've done Bermuda twice so far (May of 2010, and last July). I'll keep coming back because not only is the island beautiful, but since NCL docks there for two and a half days there's no anxiety of the ship leaving without you.

The month of May is almost perfect. The air temperature is very warm and the land looks really lush. The only downside for me is that I prefer warm water temperature and it's still a little chilly for me (77-78f when I went)

When I went last July, it was really, really humid. The island was still beautiful but the humidity was pretty intense. But, the water temperature was more closer to 86f which did feel good.

I'm sure the Bermuda port section can give you more advice on what to do, but the usual hot spots is Horseshoe Bay Beach. I also recommend taking a ferry over to St. George if you want to get more of a neighborhood vibe. It's quiet there, which is a huge plus.
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#6
787 Posts
Joined Oct 2006
bermuda is a fantastic Island. so much to see and do. We have been twice for those 3 day stays and still only scratching the surface. Bermuda is one of the few Islands I would like to spend more and more time on. it is very hot in the summer months but then the water is also that much warmer, so that aspect is very enjoyable. hurricanes are hit and miss each year. I would like to go in Sept. Weather is good, water is still very warm, I 'll take my shot with hurricanes.
#7
PA
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We have been to Bermuda in August, three times, which is basically the height of hurricane season. We actually had pretty calm seas each time. Bermuda is amazing, and IMO the most beautiful place on earth. The time spent docked at the Dockyard is great. You can get off and on the ship with no hastle at any time. This is the first year we were not able to go due to my unemployment. However, we have another sailing scheduled for next October and we can't wait.
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#8
NJ, USA
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We went in June, the weather & water were beautiful.
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#9
N. Arizona!/Fmrly NYC
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Joined Feb 2010
Originally posted by wahine56
We went in June, the weather & water were beautiful.
DW & I are headed there for the first time 4 weeks from Sunday on the Gem.

I have some history(family) though, as my Cousin, who is about to retire from the AF(45 years!) was stationed there in the mid-1970's after his return from Vietnam.


I'm doing a private tour on Day 2, and a sponsored tour on Day 1(St. George). I do a lot of research on Vacations, and being a Ret. Teacher & Ret. Army Officer i'm somewhat the history buff...Even though I'm "retired" from full time teaching/sports coaching, I work from home in the sports media industry, and since we didn't do a "regular" vacation this summer we really need this trip! This will also be our first "Vacation" since 2002 that doesn't have at least one day of "work" built in....

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#10
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Joined Jul 2007
Bermuda hasn't been "hammered" by any hurricanes this year, it's just that hurricanes and tropical storms have been passing close enough to Bermuda, or more accurately to the route the cruise ships take between New York and Bermuda to require rerouting of several cruises. In fact Bermuda rarely takes a direct hit from a hurricane.

We've been cruising regularly to Bermuda for more than 20 years, and are going for a second time this year in late October, having already cruised there in late April. We have never been rerouted away from Bermuda or had our visit cut short during that time, although a couple of times we did get close enough to storms to have a very bumpy trip for a day.

We find Bermuda to be one of the most beautiful and peaceful places to visit, particularly among destinations easily reachable from the eastern US. After so many trips there we go for the mental tranquility it seems to bring us.
#11
New Jersey
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Joined Nov 2005
Ditto ~ Ditto ~ Ditto !

October has our votes . Going again in 4 weeks

Originally posted by njhorseman
Bermuda hasn't been "hammered" by any hurricanes this year, it's just that hurricanes and tropical storms have been passing close enough to Bermuda, or more accurately to the route the cruise ships take between New York and Bermuda to require rerouting of several cruises. In fact Bermuda rarely takes a direct hit from a hurricane.

We've been cruising regularly to Bermuda for more than 20 years, and are going for a second time this year in late October, having already cruised there in late April. We have never been rerouted away from Bermuda or had our visit cut short during that time, although a couple of times we did get close enough to storms to have a very bumpy trip for a day.

We find Bermuda to be one of the most beautiful and peaceful places to visit, particularly among destinations easily reachable from the eastern US. After so many trips there we go for the mental tranquility it seems to bring us.
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#16
N. Arizona!/Fmrly NYC
784 Posts
Joined Feb 2010
Originally posted by family cruisers
Ditto ~ Ditto ~ Ditto !

October has our votes . Going again in 4 weeks
We hope it's nice and calm...BTT we get there it will be early Nov.....

BTW, sry you won't be at the Sail Away after all, but we'll see you the next day @ the Meet & Greet..And I will try to look for you on 10/9 at MET Life...

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