Port of Call: Off the Ship in Bermuda
Most cruise ships devote seven days to a round-trip Bermuda voyage, leaving passengers anywhere from two to four full days in port. So you’ll have plenty of time to look beyond the manicured golf greens, kneesocks, and honeymooners on motor scooters for the island that inspired Mark Twain’s remark, “You can go to heaven if you want. I’d rather stay in Bermuda.”
Paddle and Snorkel: Explore the Reef
Rent a kayak at Blue Hole Water Sports ($20 for the first hour; snorkel gear is $8 an hour; www.blueholewater.bm). Put in at the hotel beach and head off for the reefs of Whalebone Bay or the mangroves of Walsingham Cove.
Museum Hopping: Art and Artifacts
The island’s newest museum, the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art ($5, www.bermudamasterworks.com) opened in 2008 in a renovated 1900s building in Paget. Every artwork is either created by Bermudians or inspired by Bermuda, hence a collection with extraordinary paintings by Winslow Homer, Marsden Hartley, and Georgia O’Keeffe. In the Royal Naval Dockyard, you’ll find Bermuda’s Maritime Museum (www.bmm.bm); treasures include artifacts from centuries of shipwrecks and a Bermuda fitted dinghy, the island’s signature sailing craft.