We just got home from our 7-day Bermuda cruise aboard Holland America Line’s ms Veendam. In spite of Earl and Fiona, we had smooth seas and good weather. Bermuda was a new destination for us and we regret waiting so long to visit this colorful island. One of the smallest territories in the world at 22 square miles, Bermuda’s population of 67,000 makes it the 3rd most densely populated place on earth.
Sailing out of N.Y. is always a thrill as you observe the impressive Manhattan skyline, the great Statue of Liberty, and pass under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Many toasts were raised to this magnificent country we live in as we sailed through the harbor swaying to the rhythmic music of the HAL Cats.
At dock three nights – one in St. George’s and two in Hamilton – made the Veendam seem more of a hotel than a ship. It was a wonderful way to see Bermuda. Passengers came and went at their pleasure with no daily “all aboard”. Island transportation was excellent. Interchangeable tickets or passes allowed unlimited travel on frequent buses or ferries. You could take the bus to one end of the island and the ferry back. There was a street party one night in Hamilton and the Dockyard in St. George’s also had festive music.
The beautiful beaches were the highlight for us. The sand was golden, the water turquoise, and huge black rocks were scattered about like jacks tossed from your hand. The beaches were truly irresistible! Cruise Specialists offered an exclusive complimentary shore tour “Famous Homes & Hideaway Cruise” on our own private boat. Our informative Captain Ronnie showed us charming colonial homes painted in pastel colors, Millionaire’s Row, numerous forts, and Gibb’s Hill Lighthouse, the oldest cast iron lighthouse in the Western Hemisphere. It was an easy, relaxing, fun-filled tour and the cameras were busy.
Buddy and I highly recommend the Bermuda cruise for a delightful 7-day trip. The Veendam was in tip top shape operated by an excellent crew. Captain Rik Krombeen skillfully handled the ship and kept us expertly informed of the happenings at sea.
Capt. Krombeen and the Veendam will be repeating the Bermuda schedule next summer. Be sure to check it out!
Lynn & Buddy Lewis
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