Blogs from Bermuda, North America


North America » Bermuda » Southampton August 18th 2015

"You only have one life, so dream big" 260 days ago I left Bermuda and set off to backpack around the world with my sisters without the slightest idea of the journey that lay ahead for us and how it would all unfold. Now I end where I began, standing with my backpack outside the Bermuda airport, having learned lessons that cannot be taught, with life experiences that have changed me forever and memories that will never fade. I have left my footprints on 5 continents and in that time I have: earned my PADI Advanced Open Water certificate on the Great Barrier Reef; scuba dived in 3 different oceans jumped out of a plane at 14,000 ft, free falling over the picturesque view that is the Whitsundays; cage dived with great white sharks in South ... read more
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Rice Fields

North America » Bermuda June 27th 2015

The day was warm and sunny. Juice and coffee in the room followed by a buffet breakfast. I enjoyed my smoked salmon with capers and cream cheese and fresh fruit. Everyone else had eggs. We started to explore the ship. The pool area was cheek to jowl with few lounges available. We checked out Rendezvous, Celebrity's answer to the Crows Nest, the other bars and bistros and ended up in the casino where I signed up for the Hold 'em tournament. We found the fitness center where Donny will work out in the morning. At ten it was very, very crowded. Around noon we headed to the grill for hot dogs and hamburgers. Both were very good. Now it was time for poker. I was down to my last few chips and went all in on ... read more

North America » Bermuda June 27th 2015

Tuesday was a day of R&R. We lazed about, read, gambled, napped...did all those things that make a cruise special. Wednesday we docked about 7:00am and by nine the ship was virtually empty. We ate breakfast in the dinning room and the food was uniformly good. After lunch we boarded a catamaran for a snorkel cruise and although the fish sightings were meager, just being in the warm Bermuda water was a treat. I did spot my first scorpion fish. Wednesday we had the pool to ourselves, literally and it was wonderful. Anita and I went for massages and then read. Thursday we took the Rhode Island Fast Ferry to St. George. The sun was warm but the breeze refreshing and the island is so pretty from the water. We got back in time for lunch ... read more

North America » Bermuda April 27th 2015

I don't actually know where we are today - somewhere in the Atlantic headed for Bermuda - but the location doesn't really matter to me. That's the first indication of how quickly I've become adapted to relaxing. I did wake up this morning in planning mode - worried about setting up our online internet service. But we started this sabbath with breakfast delivered to our room, so it was a very quiet, easy start to the day. And what a blessing to do my daily devotionals with the beautiful Atlantic just outside our door! AWESOME! Then Bowen and I walked 2 miles on the ship's track - on a VERY humid day. We were both sweaty messes when we finished, but a few minutes on the breezy upper deck cooled us down pretty quickly. We even ... read more

North America » Bermuda » Saint George February 17th 2015

December in Bermuda While serving in the Navy I had the opportunity to visit Bermuda. Since then, I have been longing to go back and experience the island a different way, as a civilian. My first schedule trip was postponed due to a hurricane that also wanted to visit Bermuda as much as I did. I finally got there and was relieved that the hurricane left no lasting effects. The island could not have been any more beautiful than it is in its present state. The wild flowers that covered hillsides were in full bloom as if it was spring time in my native Georgia. You could almost say what hurricane? The weather in December is mild, about 70 degrees at its height. It was far too chilly, though, to take a dip in the beautiful ... read more
Church in Bermuda
Clear water in Crystal Cave
Crystal Cave

North America » Bermuda » Saint George October 4th 2014

A few Bermudians I met on the road as I roamed around the Royal Naval Dockyard told me that the best way to explore the island is to have a joy ride on the bus and just enjoy the scenery from one point to the next. Knowing that the Norwegian Cruise Line - Breakaway has only three days to stay at the Heritage Wharf, I decided to maximize the remaining days to explore Bermuda as much as I can. From the Royal Naval Dockyard, I took a boat to Hamilton, the capital of Bermuda. The boat ride took about 20 minutes. On the way, I enjoyed the beautiful sights of houses mostly painted in white, buildings painted in light pink as if connecting that color to the pink sand beaches Bermuda is famous for. I saw ... read more

North America » Bermuda September 26th 2014

On Board the Norwegian Breakaway from New York, we were cruising the Northern Atlantic Ocean on our way to Bermuda when I went out of the cabin to catch the sun rises from the east. It was one of the best sunrises I have experienced because when I took the picture of the sunrise it happened on board a ship and in the vast Atlantic Ocean. Such an awesome experience for me to remind me how gentle life is when we focus our existence on what is true, what is good and what is beautiful. On the first day, I also took picture of my first sunset while still on board this Norwegian Cruise Line. This gave me the opportunity to compare the photography and the clarity of the images. Most of my photography of the ... read more

North America » Bermuda September 17th 2014

Bermuda Islands was never a part of my bucket list or wish list of places to be visited. The main reason is - it is far and it will be very expensive to go there on my own. But few two months ago, I got the surprise of my life when my daughter told me that I will go with her family to have a vacation in Bermuda. I was, of course, thrilled by the idea of going to Bermuda. We will board the luxury ship of the Norwegian Cruise Line - the Norwegian Breakaway. This luxury cruise ship was launched or had its inaugural voyage last year from New York to Bermuda. We left New York City on Sunday afternoon at four o'clock. We arrived at the Heritage Wharf, Bermuda, on the morning of Wednesday. ... read more

North America » Bermuda May 20th 2013

FORT LAUDERDALE TO BERMUDA ON THE PRINSEDAM I left Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Bermuda on the Prinsedam on May 17, 2013. The Prinsedam is a relatively small ship, 793 passengers and 439 crew, with follow stops in France and Belgium before ending in Tillbury, England. There are advantages and disadvantages to sailing on a small vessel. So far, I’ve only seen the advantages. I’ve met several really nice people from many locales, especially a couple from San Fransisco and another from San Jose. There are fewer bars on a small ship, so I get to know the bar tenders quicker and the entertainers as well. The entertainment on this ship is superior to many of the larger ships I’ve been on recently. Today I landed in Hamilton, Bermuda. I got up early to view the fantastic ... read more

North America » Bermuda » Hamilton November 18th 2012

We should be ashamed to say I guess - we honestly thought BERMUDA was much closer to the other Caribbean islands. Surprised were we when we booked our flight a week before departure and saw the flight was only 2 hours (no fear of the Bermuda triangle here). Almost directly east from New York. Our timing could not have been better. We just got hit by hurricane Sandy and have been without electricity for quite some time so it was time to get out of dodge. Flying out over the New York area was a shock. The area was devastated as far as we could see. We landed in HAMILTON very late. The taxi cab ride to the other side of the island to CAMBRIDGE BEACHES HOTEL RESORT took just under an hour. We winded our ... read more
The Swizzle Restaurant
The Swizzle

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