Why is Bermuda sand pink?

The pink sand beaches of Bermuda are a real thing. They're not bright neon pink, but the sand does have a true pinkish hue.

Why is the sand pink? There is a scientific explanation. An article in Bermuda's Royal Gazette explains ...

In Bermuda, one particular species of red foraminifera, Homotrema rubrum, grows abundantly on the undersides of coral ledges. When the forams die, either naturally or from the crushing forces of wave action, their tests sink to the bottom. Over time, tidal forces and waves wash these tests ashore, where they mix with the white crushed skeletons of other marine organisms, giving the sand a pink hue.
And there you have it. The foraminifera did it.


Cruise from Savannah to Bermuda

The cruise from Savannah to the islands of Bermuda. A dream of generations of residents of Georgia who wonder why they can't have vacation voyages from their fine port city.

Savannah is a favorite destination of many Americans. It has historic architecture, beautiful squares, tasty southern food, and nearby beach resorts. So why haven't any of the cruise lines connected this port to Bermuda?

The nearest options are cruises to Bermuda from Norfolk Virginia or Bermuda cruises from Florida. Those choices are obviously small comfort to people in Georgia.

Savannah Georgia wants to cruise to Bermuda


Cruise to Bermuda from New Jersey

There is a cruise port in New Jersey. It's called Cape Liberty (because it overlooks the Statue of Liberty) and is in the  town of Bayonne. It's considerably easier to get to than the port in Manhattan.

Cruises to Bermuda leaving from NJ are on two cruise lines. Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises both offer a lot of sailings from here.

Royal Caribbean has 5-night cruises from Cape Liberty to the islands of Bermuda from May to October. In 2016 these voyages will be on the amazing new Anthem of the Seas cruise ship. You'll arrive in Bermuda at 9AM on day 3 of the cruise, and depart at 5PM on day 4.

Celebrity Cruises are 7-nights long and depart almost every week from May to August. They are on the luxurious Celebrity Summit ship.


Bermuda Cruises in June 2015

There are 18 cruises to Bermuda in June of 2015. Six are from Boston, 6 from Cape Liberty in New Jersey, 4 from New York, and 2 from Baltimore. The cruise lines are Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, and Celebrity.

Bermuda's average high temperature in June is 81 degrees. The water temperature is a very pleasant 77 degrees.

Most of the cruises to Bermuda in June are 7 days long. Only 2 of them are 5 days.

Learn more about cruises from Boston to Bermuda.


Bermuda Cruises May 2015

There are 22 cruises to Bermuda in May 2015. They include departures from ports in Boston, New York, New Jersey, and Baltimore. The cruise lines are Celebrity, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, and Holland America Line.

Summer weather begins in Bermuda in May. The average high temperature is 75 degrees and the average low is 68. Rising humidity makes it feel warmer. The water temperature climbs to 74 degrees.

Bermuda Day is May 25, 2015. The celebration includes a parade and a half-marathon.

Source: Calendar of Bermuda Cruises


Cruise to Bermuda from Norfolk VA 2015

There is a cruise to Bermuda from Norfolk Virginia in 2015. It is a one-week cruise on Carnival Cruise Line. It leaves October 23, 2015, which is a Friday.

This Carnival cruise from Norfolk to Bermuda is on the Carnival Splendor ship. It leaves 5:00 PM on Friday, and spends Saturday and Sunday at sea. The ship arrives at Bermuda at 8:00 AM on Monday. It is scheduled to depart from Bermuda at 4:00 on Wednesday. Thursday is a day at sea. Arrival back in Norfolk is 8:00 AM on Friday.

Norfolk is an interesting departure port because there are attractions to visit nearby. In Norfolk itself you can tour the Norfolk Naval Base, which is the largest in the world. Another highlight is the Chrysler Museum of Art. On the other side of the James River from Norfolk are the historic towns of Williamsburg and Yorktown, Virginia. They are well worth a visit.


California to Bermuda Cruise

Are there cruises from California to Bermuda? Not really, but technically yes.

Okay, that's a cryptic answer. There is a cruise that goes from Los Angeles to Bermuda. The catch is that it's a world cruise. The 111-day world cruise on Princess Cruises departs from LA on January 2016, and among the many places it stops is Bermuda.

So technically the cruise does go to Bermuda from California, and it's even a round-trip voyage. But it takes the long way around the world to get there.

Learn all about cruises from California. There are 3 departure ports in the golden state, and voyages to a multitude of destinations.


Cruise from Charleston SC to Bermuda

We boarded the cruise ship downtown, close to all of the historic attractions. We were off on a Bermuda cruise from Charleston SC. The occasion was my wife's birthday. She's the cruise nut in the family, but I enjoy them too.

Our documents were all in order and boarding was surprisingly swift. We've been on other trips that were quite slow. The luggage quickly made its way to our stateroom and we were off.

The Atlantic was fortunately calm. Most of the time there was hardly a ripple of waves. Unusual, but we'll accept our luck happily.

On the way to Bermuda my wife took advantage of the ship's spa and I hit the fitness center every morning. At night we went to the live show, which was only fair, and caught a movie in the theater.

The food on the ship is the usual cruise fare. It's mass-produced and showy, but not exactly healthy. We went with the flow and enjoyed it as much as we could, but we didn't pig out like many passengers do.

Bermuda we docked at King's Wharf. That's at the far end of the islands, away from the two main towns. There are shuttles into the towns so that's no big deal.

We walked around to the many historic sites. They're well worth exploring. Bermuda and Charleston have a similar history that is very interesting. We also spent a day on the beach. The sand is sort of a pink color, but not in a dramatic way. I played nine holes of golf one afternoon.

All in all, our vacation cruise to Bermuda was a smashing success. We'll definitely return some day.


Dancing with the Stars on a Bermuda Cruise

Holland America Line's fun Dancing With the Stars at Sea theme cruises include a Bermuda cruise in 2015. Professional dancers and celebrities will be on board to entertain the audience with dances from the show and new routines too. The theme cruise also includes dancing lessons, a fashion show, and chances to meet the dancers and celebs.

The Bermuda cruise departs from Boston on June 6, 2015. The 7-day cruise will be docked in Bermuda for 3 nights.

That's a special theme cruise, but every Holland America cruise offers dance lessons and a Dancing with the Stars: At Sea contest for you to compete in.


Disney Cruise to Bermuda

It would be wonderful if there were cruises to Bermuda on Disney Cruise Line. Unfortunately, there aren't any at this time. As this family-oriented cruise line grows it might expand operations to more destinations.

Disney cruises attract families with young children. Their big programs and facilities for entertaining kids are the best. The Disney experience is woven into the staterooms and dining rooms too.

While the kids are off enjoying themselves, their parents can have fun in the special adults-only places onboard.

We will post more information if Disney Cruise Line announces Bermuda cruises.


Cheap Last-Minute Bermuda Cruise

Norwegian Cruise Line offers an amazing last-minute deal on a cruise to Bermuda. The 7-day cruise from Boston is priced from just $349 (per person). It departs October 24, 2014.

This cheap voyage embarks Friday afternoon and arrives in Bermuda on Sunday morning. The ship docks at Kings Wharf. It leaves Bermuda Tuesday afternoon, and arrives back in Boston Friday morning.

You'll sail on the Norwegian Dawn ship. It features a spa, fitness center, casino, pools, live entertainment every night, youth programs for kids, and 6 free dining options (plus several specialty restaurants).


2015 Cruises to Bermuda

There are 101 Bermuda cruises in 2015. The busiest month is May, with 22 cruises scheduled. That's the real beginning of the season. Only 3 cruises are available in April.

The high season continues right through the summer. There are 18 cruises in June, 19 in July, and 18 in August. Autumn brings 9 more cruises in September and 12 in October.

Voyages on Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity dominate the Bermuda cruise calendar.

Cruises to Bermuda in October

October is the final month of the Bermuda cruise season. There are just 7 cruises this month on 2 cruise lines (Royal Caribbean and Norwegian).

Weather is good in Bermuda this time of year. The average high temperature in October is 81 degrees. That's still beach weather.

The trips depart from Boston, Baltimore and New Jersey. 4 of the 7 available are out of Boston on the Norwegian Dawn cruise ship.

Cruise to Bermuda

Popular Bermuda cruises depart from several ports on the United States east coast. The beautiful islands of Bermuda are relatively nearby, and the weather is wonderful in the summer. Attractions include pink sand beaches, historic towns, fine snorkeling, and some of the world's most famous golf courses. Bermuda cruise passengers avoid the high cost of hotels.

The Bermuda cruise season is from April to November. Cruise from Boston, New York, Cape Liberty, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Charleston or Fort Lauderdale to Bermuda.

The best website for information is the Bermuda Cruises Guide. It has a complete up-to-date calendar of cruises to Bermuda, and all you need to know about the cruises by departure port and by cruise line. BermudaCruiseGuide.com is the only complete resource out there.


Bermuda Cruises 2006 Announcement

There will be 170 Bermuda cruises in 2006. The cruises will depart from Boston, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Charleston, and Fort Lauderdale.

The Norwegian Majesty cruises from Boston to Bermuda will continue, and it will cruise from Charleston to Bermuda in October and November. The Celebrity Cruises Zenith and the Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas will cruise from Cape Liberty in New Jersey to Bermuda.

The Royal Caribbean Empress of the Seas, sailing from Philadelphia will arrive in St. George's on Mondays. The Norwegian Cruise Line Crown, sailing from Philadelphia and New York will return to Bermuda on Tuesdays. The Grandeur of the Seas cruises from Baltimore and will berth at the Royal Naval Dockyard.

The Costa Magica will make two cruises to Bermuda from Fort Lauderdale in April of 2006. The deluxe Seven Seas Navigator will also sail from Port Everglades to Bermuda in April.

Stops in Bermuda during longer cruises will be made by the Crown Princess, Jewel of the Seas, Golden Princess, Carnival Legend, Holland America Noordam, and other ships. 2006 looks like an excellent year for Bermuda cruises.


Passport Required for Bermuda Cruises

Beginning January 1, 2007 travelers from the United States must have a passport to cruise to Bermuda. This is a new requirement and some cruise passengers are going to be caught unaware. Don't be one of them. Get your passport early, there is probably going to be a rush to get them at the end of this year.

It's not difficult to get a passport. Just go to the State Department's passport website and follow the instructions.


Bermuda cruises from Brooklyn

Princess Cruises' new Crown Princess will cruise from Brooklyn to Bermuda in 2006. The first cruise of the Crown Princess will be in June of 2006, and will be Princess' first ever roundtrip Caribbean sailing from New York. The ship's first season will feature nine-day roundtrip voyages to the Eastern and Western Caribbean. Through October 18, 2006, Crown Princess will offer 10 eastern Caribbean cruises with visits to Bermuda, San Juan, St. Thomas and Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

crown princess

Bermuda cruises from Fort Lauderdale

Costa Cruises has announced that it will offer two cruises to Bermuda from Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) in April of 2006. These 7-night cruises on the Costa Magica depart April 21 and 28. Priced from $799.

Enjoy this unique adventure as you set sail for the islands of Bermuda and the Bahamas. Spend two days in Hamilton, the capital of Bermuda and experience the pink sand beaches, historic forts and incredible shopping on this tropical hideaway. Then it's on to Nassau where you can shop in the famous Straw Market.

Costa is the Italian cruise line owned by Carnival Corporation. Two of their ships cruise from Port Everglades in the winter and spring months.


Bermuda Cruises Norfolk

norfolk to bermuda cruiseBermuda cruises are returning to Norfolk, Virginia. Royal Caribbean has announced that the Empress of the Seas will voyage out of the port beginning in April of 2007. The 7-day cruises to Bermuda will depart every Saturday through July.

Norfolk's impressive new cruise terminal is expected to be complete in time to welcome Bermuda cruise passengers.


Another Port Everglades to Bermuda Cruise

I've discovered another cruise to Bermuda from Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale). On April 7, 2006, the Radisson Seven Seas Navigator will sail from Fort Lauderdale to Port Canaveral, FL; Savannah, GA; Charleston, SC; Hamilton, Bermuda; and Nassau, Bahamas. Enjoy historic southern seaports and the beautiful islands of Bermuda and the Bahamas all on one vacation.

This 11-night cruise is a true luxury voyage. The Seven Seas Navigator is an all-suite, all-oceanview ship.

seven seas navigator