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ExpertFlyer Hot Topics – Where the Rubber Meets the Runway
Back from the Royal Navy Yard and Horseshoe Bay, in Part 2 of our Cruising Bermuda series, Lisa Kaslyn, gives us a tour of Hamilton, Bermuda’s capital and St. George, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
With about 3,500 people, Bermuda’s capital is anything but overpopulated. Still, this charming city packs some hustle and bustle. About a 20 minute ferry ride from the Royal Navy Yard, Front Street is brimming with upscale shopping and nearby attractions.
I was lucky enough to bump into a Hamilton resident who enticed me to visit Lili Bermuda, the island’s exclusive designer perfume maker. There, I sniffed a 150-year old perfume that was discovered in a shipwreck off Bermuda. It reeked! But all is not lost; some of the world’s foremost fragrance industry experts have analyzed the perfume and have created a replica of the scent, making 19th century perfume available to the public for the first time. The “fresh” batch is exquisite!
According to Isabelle Ramsay-Brackstone, Director of The Bermuda Perfumery, and Dr. Philippe Rouja, Bermuda’s Custodian of Historic Wrecks, the intact “Piesse & Lubin” perfume was discovered – almost miraculously – among hidden cargo inside the shipwrecked Civil War Blockade Runner called Mary Celestia, which sank in the waters off Bermuda in 1864 on her way to America’s South.
Visit Lili Bermuda’s retail store on Front Street and check out the perfumery in St. George where they concoct unique scents for men and women.
The Tourist Center is right by the Ferry Terminal. Stop by and pick up maps and other brochures about Bermuda then head up to Queen Street where there is a lovely park: Queen Elizabeth Park. If you need a break from the heat, like we did, sneak into the Bermuda National Library – you can use their Wi-Fi, too! Next door to the library is the Bermuda Historical Society, which was closed when we visited, but we were told it was worth a look-see.
We visited St. George on the day we were leaving port. Founded in 1612, the town boasts World Heritage site status as the oldest surviving and outstanding example of English urban settlement in the New World. While you’re there, a visit to St. Peter’s Church, the oldest continuously used Protestant Church in the Western Hemisphere, is a must see. Services are still held there every Sunday, since c. 1620.
For a cooling sweet treat, we stepped into Temptations, where they offer delicious homemade ice cream and snacks. While you’re in the neighborhood, stop by All About Eve. If you like hats and unusual fashions, this is worth a visit.
The only complaint we had about our cruise to Bermuda was that it was too short.
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ExpertFlyer Hot Topics — Where the Rubber Meets the Runway
Last week, we sent ExpertFlyer staff blogger, Lisa Kaslyn, to Bermuda. She shares highlights of her adventure and ideas for you and your family to enjoy on your next trip to the Bermuda islands.
If you live in the northeast, like I do, it’s super convenient to take a cruise holiday from one of the three major cruise ports located in New York and New Jersey. I have two daughters ages 20 and 9, so a cruise works well for all of us. There are amenities, entertainment and activities that cater to a wide range of ages and interests. The best part is we can do things together… or not!
Despite some anxiety about surviving the Devil’s Triangle, we set sail for Bermuda from Bayonne, New Jersey’s port of Cape Liberty. Looking forward to fields of Bermuda onions, pink sand and endless supplies of long shorts, we were pleased to find many other attractions, charming natives and natural beauty that made it difficult to leave.
The Royal Navy Yard
We disembarked at the Royal Navy Yard, where we immediately took advantage of the low cost WiFi. Island Outfitters charges $15 for a three-day package on one device. While it was significantly cheaper than the ship’s WiFi, signals were in and out while onboard, but we made do.
Things to checkout:
We visited the National Museum of Bermuda where the island’s history is well documented and visually impressive. Adjoining the museum is Dolphin Quest where visitors can enjoy a dolphin encounter. Not for the budget-conscious, a five-minute “experience” is about $60(US). That said, my daughter had no complaints and it will likely remain a treasured memory.
The Bone Fish Grill is a tiny little bar with big personality and ice cold beer – just what you need after a long hot day of loafing on the beach and shopping.
Horseshoe Bay Beach
After seeing many photos of the famous beach, this destination was on our priority list. We took a 30-minute bus ride from the Royal Navy Yard to Horseshoe Bay. The ride was an adventure in itself with lovely views, and narrow winding roads. Roundtrip bus fare is $8/adult; children under 10 are free.
The beach is lovely, but quite crowded – at least when we arrived at 1pm. Renting an umbrella ($13) is a must, as the sun is blistering during the summer months.
Famous for its interesting seascape, including unusual rock formations that jut from the water, we couldn’t resist taking a swim out to see them up close. A word of caution: swim at your own risk at Horseshoe Bay. We only saw one lifeguard and there were close to 1,000 people on the beach. The riptide near the rocks can be dangerous for little kids and folks who are not strong swimmers.
That said, the water was warm, crystal clear and relaxing – not to mention beautiful. Come back next week for part two of our series on Bermuda and learn more about what to see and do in Hamilton and St. George.