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The Best Time to Cruise to Bermuda

The Best Time to Cruise to Bermuda

Got Bermuda on your mind? Thinking of visiting The Rock on your next cruise? This article explores what cruises to Bermuda are like year round and when the best time to go is for what you want to do.

If you're looking for a fun, carefree cruise vacation with plenty of opportunities to relax and recharge, the British colony of Bermuda is a perfect choice. This tiny country offers vacationers plentiful golf courses, classy shops, and worldly museums. Plus, the scenery is gorgeous with frequent blue skies and pink sand beaches .

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Best Time for a Bermuda Cruise

There is no wrong time to visit Bermuda. Thanks to its position in the Gulf Stream, the tiny nation has relatively temperate weather. It doesn't get too hot like some other tropical destinations. There is no real winter or rainy season.

Still, depending on your budget and style of travel, certain times of the year might be better for you than others. Here is a guide to Bermuda during different times of the year.

Bermuda’s cruise season starts in April and ends in November. The high season is from June through August.

Bermuda in April and May

In April, temperatures start creeping up into the low to mid-70s, which makes this time very pleasant for beach lounging. It is also a very affordable time to cruise to Bermuda as the high season hasn't quite started yet. Although it is not quite warm enough for swimming in the ocean, there are still plenty of things to do.

This is the time that Bermuda gets the least amount of rain. So, this is a great time for outdoor activities like hiking and golfing. You could enjoy a walking tour around Hamilton and visit sites like Victoria Park or the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity. Or, try a Segway Tour and check out some of the best places around Bermuda like the Clocktower Mall. Take a shopping tour around Hamilton. Bermuda has lots of vivid artwork, unique jewelry, and Bermuda shorts. April and May are also a great time to visit the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute. This museum showcases Bermuda's marine life and more.

Bermuda in June, July, and August

By June, the Bermuda islands are heating up. However, the weather is lovely with highs just under 90 degrees. The water temperature is perfect for swimming and other water activities. This is the ideal time to frolic with dolphins. Summer is also the prime time for fishing, Spend a day on the Jolly Roger for a bit of Atlantic Reef Fishing . The reefs also offer incredible snorkeling opportunities. There are many underwater shipwrecks to explore. Several shipwrecks are just 15 feet or so below the surface of the water, which is perfect for snorkeling.

Summer is also festival season in Bermuda. On Wednesday Harbor Nights, the streets in Hamilton come alive with steel drums, dancers, and street vendors. On Sundays, the Royal Naval Dockyard has crafts, music, face painting and more.

Bermuda in September and October  

Autumn is the start of the shoulder season in Bermuda so you can likely find lots of good cruise deals for travel to Bermuda during September and October. By October the weather has cooled down quite a bit, and the humidity is low. It is still warm enough for swimming during this time.

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No matter when you go, you’ll find that Bermuda offers lots of opportunities to enjoy a range of activities and interests — from diving to golfing. Find your perfect Bermuda cruise with Norwegian with departure ports in New York and Boston.

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Discover a history-filled paradise full of pink sand beaches with a cruise to Bermuda.

Set sail from the East Coast of the United States and travel through the Atlantic seas to an island oasis with a cruise to Bermuda. Explore British colonial landmarks like the Royal Navy Dockyard. Take a dip in the blue waves at Horseshoe Bay Beach and wander through the vibrantly painted streets of St. George's and Hamilton to see the Gothic-style towers of the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity. Need to scratch your itch for outdoor adventure? Hike the Railway Trail and take in views of the clear-water coast, or snorkel among shipwrecks and coral reefs at Tobacco Bay. Discover the magic with a Bermuda cruise.

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Set sail on the best Bermuda cruises to experience from historical wonders to natural beauty. Snorkel deep down and discover mysterious underwater shipwrecks from hundreds of years ago, or kick off your sandals and relax on the unique pink sand of some of the world's most beautiful beaches. 

Shipwreck and Diving in Bermuda

Wreck-It Reef

Dive into the pristine blue waters of Bermuda. Explore underwater wreck sites and vibrant reefs at Tobacco Bay or in the waters near the Royal Naval Dockyard. This part of the Atlantic is home to the most shipwrecks in the region. While you're down there, you can see barracudas, parrot fish and angelfish, as well as many species of colorful coral.

Turquoise Water Beach in Bermuda

Paradise Found

Spend the afternoon splashing around in the turquoise water and relaxing on pink sand beaches like West Whale Bay Beach or Horseshoe Bay Beach. Chill out with towels or rent some chairs and enjoy the day with a cocktail in hand. It's relaxation at its finest.

Bermuda Crystal Caves Tour

Dive Down For Crystals

Had your fill of beach time? Go underground at the Crystal and Fantasy Caves. Inside this underground natural wonder, you'll find a network of caves lined with crystal, quartz and calcite formations, illuminated by the glow of underground lakes.

Bermuda Unfinished Church

Time Travelin'

Bermuda is buzzing with history. From Hamilton to St. George's, there are hundreds of years of historical buildings and places to explore. Cruise to Bermuda to discover the colonial roots of these vibrant cities, where cultures collide into a distinctive mix of European and indigenous influences you won't find replicated anywhere in the world.

Bermuda Historical Hamilton Street

History In Hamilton

Wander down the streets of the colonial capital city, Hamilton, where you'll find some of Bermuda's best bites, boutiques and galleries. Stroll down the shops and brightly painted colonial buildings of Front Street, and check out the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, with its towers and turrets designed in the Gothic style of medieval England.

St. George Historical Attraction, St. Peters Church

When The Saints Come Marching

Head to St. George's, where you can spend the afternoon exploring St. Peter's Church, the oldest Anglican church in the Western hemisphere. Or set your course just outside the city center and see the Unfinished Church, where the walls and columns of a partly completed chapel stand eerily atop a lush green hill.

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Want to learn about Bermudan history in more detail? Check out the National Museum of Bermuda during your vacation. Here, you can see the region's history throughout the ages through artifacts including early English and Spanish coins and the remnants of long-ago shipwrecks. 

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Vacation in style and luxury on a Bermuda-only cruise. Bask in the sun on pink-sand beaches, visit candy-colored estates in Hamilton and St. George's , and dine on local delicacies like fish croquettes and semi-spicy, tomato-broth fish chowder. Cruise from New York , Baltimore, and Boston to experience Bermuda’s luxury style

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From North To South

Join your Bermudan adventure with an exploration of North America, too. Walk the path of the American Revolution on Boston's Freedom Trail, and see Civil War-era Fort Sumner in Charleston, South Carolina .

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The best of Bermuda can be experienced year-round. Cruise from the Eastern coast of the United States in the winter time and enjoy the change of seasons as you arrive to your destination.

Choose your port of departure depending on how many days you want to spend exploring Bermuda and all it has to offer. Explore fortresses and British colonial landmarks, or dive into the sea for some of the best scuba diving in the world.

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Make sure you pack strategically depending on the time of year you're headed on your Bermuda cruise. If you're going during the winter, pack a heavier coat so you're warm on sea days.

Get the most out of your time in Bermuda by booking excursions ahead of time.

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Bermuda's cuisine reflects its diverse cultural history. From traditional fish stews to island takes on the classic English fish and chips, the bounty of the ocean is what brings together this culinary tapestry.

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You can't visit Bermuda without tasting Gosling's Black Seal Rum. And luckily, it's a main ingredient in a ton of Bermuda favorites. Taste it in a cocktail form in the signature Dark 'n' Stormy or Rum Swizzle, or enjoy it as a key ingredient in the famous Bermuda fish chowder, a tomato broth-based stew of white fish and plenty of warming spices.

Traditional Fish Croquettes in Bermuda

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The tastes of that signature fish chowder take on new life in the form of a fish croquette, a fried, ball-shaped fritter that incorporates white fish and spices. Head to the restaurant Marcus' for a fish chowder bite made with snapper, scallops, chorizo and spices fried to crispy golden-brown fritter that has the perfect amount of bite to it.

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It's a Piece Of Cake

No trip to Bermuda is complete without a bite of an original Horton's Bermuda Black Rum Cake. The first one was made over 31 years ago, and you can now pick one up at the Bermuda Craft Market. The buttery, light, moist cake is a delicious and traditional Bermuda dessert.


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When Is The Best Time To Cruise To Bermuda

Published: December 10, 2023

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When it comes to planning a cruise vacation to Bermuda, timing is everything. The beautiful island of Bermuda offers a unique and captivating experience for cruisers, with its pink sandy beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and charming colonial architecture. However, to truly make the most of your cruise to Bermuda, it’s important to consider the best time to visit.

Bermuda enjoys a mild subtropical climate, making it a popular destination for cruises throughout the year. The island’s proximity to the Gulf Stream ensures pleasant temperatures and a gentle breeze, creating a perfect environment for outdoor activities and relaxation. But depending on your preferences, there are certain times of the year that offer distinct advantages for a cruise to Bermuda.

In this article, we’ll explore the different seasons and the benefits they offer for cruising to Bermuda. Whether you’re seeking sunny beach days, cultural experiences, or special events and festivals, we’ll guide you through the pros and cons of each season to help you decide when is the best time to embark on your Bermuda cruise adventure.

Climate in Bermuda

Bermuda enjoys a subtropical climate, characterized by mild winters and warm summers. The island’s location in the North Atlantic Ocean, around 650 miles east of North Carolina, allows for pleasant weather throughout much of the year. The average temperatures in Bermuda range from the mid-60s °F (around 18-20 °C) in the winter months to the mid-80s °F (around 28-30 °C) in the summer.

One of the defining features of Bermuda’s climate is its proximity to the Gulf Stream. This warm ocean current influences the weather patterns and keeps the island’s temperatures relatively stable throughout the year. The Gulf Stream also contributes to Bermuda’s clear, turquoise waters, which are a paradise for snorkeling, swimming, and other water activities.

While Bermuda is fortunate to have a mild climate, it is important to note that the island is susceptible to tropical storms and hurricanes, which primarily occur during hurricane season, running from June 1st to November 30th. However, Bermuda’s location and excellent infrastructure make it relatively resilient and well-prepared for such weather events.

When planning your cruise to Bermuda, it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on the weather forecast and consult reputable sources for any potential weather-related disruptions. By staying informed, you can ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience during your time on the island.

Peak Season for Cruising to Bermuda

The peak season for cruising to Bermuda is during the summer months, from May to September. This period is favored by many vacationers, as it offers the ideal combination of warm weather, clear skies, and vibrant island atmosphere.

One of the main reasons why summer is the peak season for Bermuda cruises is the pleasant climate. With temperatures ranging from the high 70s to mid-80s °F (around 25-30 °C), visitors can enjoy long sunny days on the stunning pink sandy beaches, go snorkeling or scuba diving in the crystal-clear waters, or explore the island’s natural wonders.

In addition to the climate, the summer months bring an influx of activities and events to Bermuda. The island comes alive with festivals, cultural performances, and sporting events that showcase the local traditions and vibrant spirit. From the Bermuda Day Parade and the Bermuda Pride Festival to the Newport to Bermuda Race, there is always something exciting happening during this time of year.

Another advantage of cruising to Bermuda during the peak season is that the majority of cruise lines offer regular itineraries and sailings to the island. This means you’ll have a wider range of options in terms of cruise duration, departure ports, and onboard amenities. Whether you’re looking for a week-long cruise or a shorter getaway, you’ll likely find a cruise that suits your preferences during the peak season.

However, it’s important to note that the popularity of the peak season also means larger crowds and higher prices. As Bermuda becomes a sought-after destination for tourists, the island can get busy, and popular attractions and beaches may be more crowded. Additionally, prices for accommodations, excursions, and other activities tend to be higher during this time.

Overall, if you’re seeking a lively and vibrant experience, with plenty of sunshine and a wide array of events and activities, then the peak season for cruising to Bermuda is an excellent choice for you.

Off-Peak Season for Cruising to Bermuda

The off-peak season for cruising to Bermuda falls outside the summer months, typically from October to April. While this may not be the most popular time for vacationers, it does offer some unique advantages for those looking for a more relaxed and budget-friendly cruise experience.

One of the main benefits of cruising to Bermuda during the off-peak season is the opportunity to escape the crowds. With less tourist traffic, you’ll find that popular attractions and beaches are less crowded, allowing for a more peaceful and intimate experience. This is particularly appealing if you prefer a quieter vacation or enjoy exploring at your own pace.

Another advantage of cruising during the off-peak season is the potential for cost savings. As demand for Bermuda cruises decreases outside of the peak summer months, cruise lines and hotels often lower their prices to attract travelers. This means you can potentially find great deals and discounts on cruise fares, accommodations, and other amenities.

While the weather in Bermuda during the off-peak season may not be as consistently warm as in the summer, it still offers comfortable temperatures for exploring the island. The winter months see average temperatures in the high 60s to low 70s °F (around 20-23 °C), while the spring and fall months range from the mid-60s to low 70s °F (around 18-22 °C). This allows for enjoyable outdoor activities such as hiking, golfing, and sightseeing.

It’s important to note that while the off-peak season offers advantages in terms of crowd levels and cost savings, there are some trade-offs. The island can be prone to occasional rainfall and cooler temperatures during these months. However, if you’re prepared with appropriate clothing and have some flexibility in your itinerary, you can still have a wonderful time exploring Bermuda even in the off-peak season.

In summary, if you prefer a more relaxed and budget-friendly cruise experience, with fewer crowds and potential cost savings, the off-peak season for cruising to Bermuda may be the ideal choice for you.

Benefits of Cruising to Bermuda in Peak Season

Choosing to cruise to Bermuda during the peak season, which typically falls between May and September, offers several benefits that make it a popular time for vacationers. Here are some of the key advantages of cruising during the peak season:

  • Perfect Weather: The peak season in Bermuda brings warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine, making it an ideal time for beach lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. With average temperatures ranging from the high 70s to mid-80s °F (around 25-30 °C), you can soak up the sun, go swimming in the crystal-clear waters, and enjoy various water activities to your heart’s content.
  • Festivals and Events: During the peak season, Bermuda comes alive with a multitude of festivals, events, and cultural celebrations. From the Bermuda Day Parade to the Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts, there is something for everyone to enjoy. These events showcase the island’s rich heritage, music, arts, and culinary traditions, offering a unique and immersive experience for visitors.
  • Abundance of Cruise Options: Peak season means that cruise lines offer a wide array of sailings, itineraries, and onboard amenities to cater to the demand. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly cruise, a luxury experience, or an adventure-filled itinerary, you’re likely to find a cruise that suits your preferences during this time.
  • Thriving Island Atmosphere: The peak season brings a lively and vibrant atmosphere to Bermuda. The island buzzes with activity, and you’ll find restaurants, bars, and shops in full swing. This creates a vibrant and energetic ambiance, allowing you to immerse yourself in the local culture, mingle with fellow travelers, and make the most of your Bermuda cruise experience.
  • Availability of Shore Excursions: During the peak season, the availability of shore excursions is at its peak. Whether you want to explore the historic sites of St. George’s, take a catamaran cruise around the island, or go snorkeling in the famous Bermuda Triangle, you’ll have a wide range of options to choose from. From adventurous activities to cultural tours, the peak season offers an extensive selection of shore excursions to enhance your time in Bermuda.

Overall, cruising to Bermuda during the peak season provides the perfect combination of ideal weather, exciting events, and a thriving island atmosphere. It’s an excellent choice for those seeking a vibrant and lively vacation with plenty of sunshine and a wide range of activities and experiences to enjoy.

Benefits of Cruising to Bermuda in Off-Peak Season

While the peak season may be the most popular time to cruise to Bermuda, there are many advantages to planning your trip during the off-peak season, which typically runs from October to April. Here are some of the benefits of cruising to Bermuda in the off-peak season:

  • Less Crowded: One of the significant advantages of cruising during the off-peak season is the reduced number of tourists. With fewer crowds, you’ll enjoy a more relaxed and peaceful experience, whether you’re lounging on the beaches or exploring the island’s attractions.
  • Budget-Friendly: Cruising to Bermuda in the off-peak season can often result in cost savings. Many cruise lines and hotels offer special rates and discounts during this time to attract travelers. You can take advantage of these deals to enjoy a Bermuda vacation without breaking the bank.
  • Comfortable Temperatures: While the off-peak season may not offer the same consistently warm temperatures as the summer months, Bermuda still enjoys pleasant weather. Average temperatures range from the high 60s to low 70s °F (around 20-23 °C) during the winter months, and the mid-60s to low 70s °F (around 18-22 °C) in spring and fall. These temperatures are ideal for outdoor activities such as hiking, golfing, and exploring the island’s natural beauty.
  • More Authentic Experience: The off-peak season allows you to experience a more authentic side of Bermuda. With fewer tourists, you can interact with the locals and immerse yourself in the island’s culture and traditions. Additionally, you may have more opportunities to explore the attractions and landmarks at your own pace, without feeling rushed or overwhelmed.
  • Chance to Witness Local Life: Cruising during the off-peak season gives you a chance to see Bermuda in its everyday state. You can observe the day-to-day life of the island’s residents, discover local hotspots, and savor the authentic cuisine without the hustle and bustle of peak season tourism.

While there may be some trade-offs, such as the possibility of occasional rainfall and cooler temperatures, the benefits of cruising to Bermuda in the off-peak season make it a compelling option for many travelers. It allows you to enjoy a more tranquil and budget-friendly vacation while still experiencing the beauty and charm of this captivating island destination.

Best Months for Cruising to Bermuda

Choosing the best months for cruising to Bermuda largely depends on your preferences and priorities. Here are some of the top months that offer a fantastic experience:

  • May: May is a fantastic month to cruise to Bermuda. The weather starts to warm up, and the island is less crowded compared to the peak summer months. You can enjoy pleasant temperatures, blooming flowers, and the chance to witness the Bermuda Day Parade and other cultural events.
  • June: June is the beginning of the summer season, offering warm temperatures and long sunny days. This is an ideal time for beachgoers as the water is already warm and the pink sandy beaches are inviting. The island’s vibrant atmosphere comes alive with various festivals and events, making it a great month to visit.
  • September: September marks the end of the peak season, offering many advantages for cruisers. The weather remains warm and pleasant, while the crowds start to dwindle. This month is perfect for those who seek a quieter experience with still-warm waters for swimming and ample opportunities to explore the island’s beauty.
  • October: October is the beginning of the off-peak season, where you can enjoy mild temperatures, fewer tourists, and potential cost savings. It’s a great time for nature lovers as you can witness the vibrant fall foliage and enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking and golfing.
  • April: April is another excellent month for cruising to Bermuda. The weather starts to warm up, and you can enjoy pleasant temperatures for outdoor activities. This month offers the chance to witness the Bermuda Agricultural Exhibition and enjoy the blooming spring flowers throughout the island.

Ultimately, the best months for cruising to Bermuda depend on your personal preferences, whether you prefer a vibrant and bustling atmosphere or a more serene and peaceful experience. Consider your desired activities, weather preferences, and budget to choose the ideal time for your Bermuda cruise adventure.

Choosing the best time to cruise to Bermuda is essential in ensuring a memorable and enjoyable vacation. Whether you prefer the lively atmosphere of the peak season or the tranquility of the off-peak season, each time of year offers unique advantages for cruisers.

If you’re looking for warm temperatures, vibrant festivals, and a bustling island atmosphere, the peak season from May to September is the ideal choice. You can bask in the sunshine, swim in the crystal-clear waters, and immerse yourself in the island’s rich cultural events and activities.

On the other hand, if you prefer a more relaxed and budget-friendly experience, the off-peak season from October to April provides a quieter atmosphere, cost savings, and the opportunity to explore Bermuda with fewer crowds. While the weather may be slightly cooler, you can still enjoy mild temperatures and engage in various outdoor activities.

Ultimately, the best months for cruising to Bermuda depend on your preferences and priorities. Consider factors such as weather, crowd levels, events, and cost when deciding which time of year aligns with your desired experience. Whether you choose to cruise in the peak season or the off-peak season, Bermuda’s natural beauty, captivating culture, and warm hospitality will leave you with cherished memories that will last a lifetime.


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Best Time of Year to Cruise to Bermuda

Old fortress called Royal Naval Dockyard in Bermuda jetting into a beautiful blue ocean.

Few destinations invoke such an image of pure relaxation and ultimate holiday fun than Bermuda does.

This archipelago of small islands lies in a beautiful turquoise sea and allures visitors with its swaying palm trees, soft beaches and vibrant island culture.

Bermuda is a place where you can go on literally dozens of different outdoor adventures or simply laze your afternoon away on golden sands. You can connect with locals or attend one of the many annual festivals. No wonder that Condé Nast readers have voted Bermuda as the “best island in the Caribbean/Atlantic” no fewer than eighteen times since 1994. The archipelago is also considered to be one of the world’s top destinations for adventure travelers.

It boasts a fascinating history as well.

If you’re a history buff, you’ll find plenty to discover in Bermuda, from museums to historic sites and colonial buildings. The first European explorer to reach the archipelago was the Spanish captain Juan de Bermudez, after whom the islands are named. He did so in 1503. Since its discovery, Bermuda has been under the rule of the English Virginia Company and, later, became a British colony.

Nowadays, it’s still part of the British Commonwealth—it’s the oldest remaining, and the most populous, Overseas Territory of Great Britain. Bermuda’s capital, St. George, is the oldest continuously inhabited English town in the New World.

So, from beaches and adventure to history and culture, Bermuda has plenty to offer. I’m sure you’re pretty intrigued by now, so let’s continue with some useful information. More specifically, let’s take a look at the climate in Bermuda and the best time of the year to cruise to Bermuda.

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An Overview of the Bermuda Climate

Even though Bermuda has a more northerly location than most people expect—it lies at the same latitude as the Carolinas in the United States—, it enjoys a most wonderful climate. This is not a Caribbean island, but it gets pretty close. Some would even say that it’s better than the Caribbean.

Warmed by the Gulf Stream, Bermuda is home to more than its fair share of palm trees and subtropical vegetation. Its official climate is “humid subtropical”, bordering a “tropical” climate. While the islands do experience a drop in temperature in the winter months of January, February and early March, there is no record of it ever freezing in Bermuda. The lowest-ever temperature was 43°F, or 6°C.

Pink sand beach during sunset in Bermuda.

Summers can get quite hot in Bermuda, but they’re never unbearable. The highest recorded temperature ever was 93°F, or 34°C. Peak summer temperatures typically don’t exceed 86°F, or 30°C. Even if it does happen to get hot in the afternoon, you can simply seek refuge in the sea and wait until the evening sea breeze brings in some welcome cooling.

In other words, the weather is Bermuda is always pleasant, never uncomfortable.

One thing to know, though, is that Bermuda lies in the so-called “hurricane belt”. Its location in the warm Gulf Stream puts it directly in the path of hurricanes in the westerlies. The official hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. However, because of the archipelago’s tiny size, landfalls are exceptionally rare. Moreover, hurricanes usually have weakened by the time they reach Bermuda. This is simply something to be aware of, nothing to worry about.

In case a hurricane does hit, it’s also pleasant to know that most hotels have “hurricane guarantees”, which includes refunds or complimentary stays in the future.

Besides the occasional hurricane—once every decade or so—Bermuda boasts incredible weather. A constant sea breeze cools things down in summer while a plethora of sunshine keeps everything pleasantly warm during winter. Rainfall is nothing to worry about.

Unlike the Caribbean islands, Bermuda does not have a wet season , which is why many prefer it over the Caribbean. Heavy downpours typically happen in summer, and then often only overnight, lasting only a couple of hours. Sunshine is available in abundance, basically all the time.

It’s this year-round fantastic weather that makes Bermuda such a superb outdoor adventure destination. The winds make for great (wind)surfing while dry and sunny weather allow you to explore as much and as far as your heart desires.

So, What’s the Best Time of the Year to Cruise to Bermuda?

Depending on what you’re after and your budget, there are two periods in the year that are ideal for visiting Bermuda.

The first one, often regarded as the absolute best time of the year to cruise to Bermuda, runs from the beginning of March to late-April. These two spring months are great for budget travelers . As the temperatures climb out of their annual low, you’ll be able to enjoy more than comfortable spring weather. This is a quiet time of the year, though, so prices are low. Additionally, this time of year is when some of the most festive events take place in Bermuda. Particularly Easter is a holiday you don’t want to miss—you’ll see islanders head to Horseshoe Bay to fly their colorful handmade kites.

The second best time of the year to cruise to Bermuda is from May through September. This is by far the warmest period, roughly correlating with the summer season. If you’re looking for a beach vacation, this is when you’ll want to visit Bermuda. However, as this is the absolute high season, prices skyrocket. Some luxury hotel rooms on the islands go for more than $1,000 per night! With demand as high as it is in summer, you need to book your cruise and, if applicable, onshore accommodation far in advance. You should also keep in mind that you won’t be alone. Beaches will be crowded, restaurants filled.

The very best time to cruise to Bermuda is late spring—April and May . This period offers the best of everything. Temperatures, both air and water, are unquestionably comfortable enough for outdoor activities as well as swimming while the prices for rooms and excursions haven’t yet reached their peaks.

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The Best Time to Cruise to Bermuda for Beaches, Festivals and More

By: Author David Chapman

Posted on Last updated: November 12, 2023


Bermuda has been a popular cruise destination for years due to its ideal summer climate, stunning Bermuda beaches , and wealth of activities. The island is conveniently located in the North Atlantic Ocean, just 7 hours away from New York City by ship. As a result, you’ll find a wide range of cruise options available that vary in length and price.

So, what is the best time to cruise to Bermuda? Not surprisingly, it depends on what you’re really looking for in your cruise vacation. Keep reading for tips on key scheduling factors.

Bermuda: Quick Climate Overview

Bermuda has a long history as a worldwide beach destination, and it remains one of the best beach destinations outside of the Caribbean. Many argue that its temperate climate makes it even more desirable than similar Caribbean islands.

Compared to the Caribbean, Bermuda is very far north, at the same latitude as the Carolinas in the United States, but it enjoys a subtropical climate due to the warm Gulf Stream that flows toward the islands. Its temperatures dip between December and March, but it never gets below freezing.

The climate makes it comfortable to visit Bermuda year-round, but there are some things you should consider if you’re planning to cruise there.

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Cruise Schedules: Bermuda As a Seasonal Destination

Most cruises only sail to Bermuda between April and November as the winter temperatures dip into the mid-fifties, which, for most people, is not suitable for a beach destination, not to mention all the other outdoor activities that get chillier in the winter.

However, this is beginning to change, and more cruises may also offer cruises to Bermuda in the colder months, which also means rates can be found at a steep discount. If you see a cruise to Bermuda in the winter months, check the prices, but remember that you probably won’t be doing a lot of swimming.

April-May: Best Time to Cruise to Bermuda for Exploration and Festivals

April through May is widely considered the best time to visit Bermuda. The weather is low to mid-seventies, making it perfect for exploring the island, golfing, touring, or whatever else you want to do. However, the water temperatures are still in the low fifties, so if you want a beach vacation where you’re swimming and playing, opt for the summer or fall months.

Instead, April and May are best for the opening of the festival season, the holiday of Easter, and several world-famous yacht races that attract the best sailors from the world over. If you time your visit with Easter weekend, you can enjoy Bermuda’s Kite Festival in Horseshoe Bay, where locals and tourists alike fly kites high in the sky. Indeed a sight to behold.

Easter is a huge holiday for the island, and you’ll find plenty to see and do while visiting. Happen to visit during the end of April instead. You’ll be able to see the Bermuda International Invitational Race Week , a highly anticipated yacht race with competitors from all over the world.

May is Bermuda Day , when Bermuda celebrates its history as a colony, and if you visit at the beginning of the month, you can catch the end of Race Week. You may also see warmer temperatures and more rainfall, so pack accordingly and prepare for beach time this month.

Unless you’re visiting during a festival or holiday, you won’t have as many crowds to deal with as during peak season, and the opening of the tourist season can see up to 30% discounts on cabins and onshore accommodations.

Given the fewer crowds, better deals, and all the festivities, April and May are hands down the best months to cruise to Bermuda during the year.

June-August: Peak Season, but the Best Time to Cruise to Bermuda for Beaches

June is the opening of hurricane season, though that’s less of a concern than you might think for Bermuda. The summer season on this island is mainly known for lots of festivals, crowds, high prices, and packed beaches.

June through August is the best time to hit the beach in Bermuda. The weather is in the nineties, the ocean is in the eighties, and it’s a fantastic time to hit the beach and enjoy the balmy weather.

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These months are a must if you want your plans to revolve around the beach. However, it’s also peak season for Bermuda, and plenty of other people enjoy the coast and the islands.

Cabins and onshore accommodations are expensive, so book anything ahead of time if you’re planning to visit during this season. Luckily, the festival season is still going strong through these months, with plenty of small street festivals, longer holidays, and boat races to enjoy. 

The Annapolis Bermuda Race, the Newport Bermuda Race, and the Carnival-style Bermuda Heroes Weekend take place in June and make great visits.

If you visit during July, participate in the Bermuda Triple Crown Billfish Championship where the best anglers compete to catch the most impressive of the predatory fish species.

August has a cricket tournament called the Cup Match that takes place during the Non-Mariners Water Raft-Up, where boats of varying sizes and seaworthiness take to the sea to party. Celebrations are always happening this time of year, so you’ll be spoiled with things to do and see.

Ensure you pack a poncho for the occasional shower and that you’re aware of any tropical storms or hurricanes in the region. While nothing will likely happen, it’s good to be prepared in an emergency. The last hurricane that hit the islands was in 2003. They occasionally make landfall every six or seven years.

Thunderstorms are more common, though they fly by fairly quickly, and most rainfall is at night. But you should be packed in case a sudden bout of rain interrupts your tour or activity. Otherwise, pack lightly for hot weather, and break out the swimsuits, Bermuda shorts, and sundresses to get your feel of sunshine while on the islands.

September-November: Shoulder Season, Best Deals

Once summer is gone, so are most of the tourists. The islands begin quieting down mid-September, and most cruise lines run until the end of November, making this the best time to score great deals on cabins and accommodations. While festivals are fewer, there’s still plenty to see and do in Bermuda, like golfing, touring historic sites, and even going to the beach.

The temperature varies between the lower and the upper seventies during the fall, with more rainfall. Still, the ocean is around the same temperature, making swimming pleasant. While Bermuda doesn’t have a traditional rainy season the way Caribbean islands do, it’s good to remember there is more rain in these months and prepare accordingly.

If a few raindrops don’t stand in your way, then you’ll have islands all to yourself. Bermuda is still beautiful this time of year, and it’s the perfect time to get some beach in before winter hits. Beaches, historic sites, tours, accommodations, and cruises are offered at a steep discount.

September has a Sand Sculpture Competition , where you can show off your skills on the beach, and it rounds out the festival season for Bermuda. However, you can still attend noteworthy events, like the City Food Festival in Hamilton in October, where you can enjoy the best Bermudan food on the islands, or the World Rugby Classic in November, a must-see for rugby fans.

Keep in mind it gets colder the further you get in the year, and the last swimming temperatures would be in early October. However, Bermuda is a lot more than just stunning beaches, so there’s sure to be an activity you want to do.

Hurricane Season: Not a Concern

Hurricane season is from June through October, and Bermuda is at an elevated risk of westerlies coming in from the Gulf Stream. However, hurricanes rarely make landfall–only once every six or seven years. Many hotels and cruises offer “Hurricane guarantees,” where if a storm does throw off your plans, they’ll give you complimentary stays and free nights.

Overall, it’s good to be aware of possible hurricanes and tropical thunderstorms, but they shouldn’t be a determining factor when planning to cruise to Bermuda.

Closing Thoughts

The best time to cruise to Bermuda for hot weather and beaches is definitely during the peak season from June to August, but if you’re not concerned about swimming temperatures, you may enjoy visiting in spring for festivals or from September to November for the best deals with still decent weather.

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The cruising season in Bermuda starts in late April and continues through November. Most cruises span seven nights, with ships typically docking for several nights in Bermuda. Some ships will stay in one port, while others will visit two.

Bermuda is zealous about preserving its idyllic personality and restricts the number of cruise passengers that may disembark on any given day. Therefore, it’s not uncommon for cruise lines to limit the number of cabins with triple or quadruple occupancy on a Bermuda sailing. So for families planning to cruise the archipelago, it’s a good idea to plan ahead.

Bermuda rarely experiences extremes of hot or cold weather, with temperatures hovering in the 70s and 80s during the peak cruise season of April through November. During summer, the air is somewhat drier. Rainfall, generally, is spread evenly throughout the year. Rainfall generates Bermuda’s only supply of fresh water, so the few storms are welcome. As for hurricanes, the region is less susceptible than the Caribbean. However, Bermuda does occasionally get hit, usually every seven years or so, according to the tourism board.

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Bermuda offers rich history and pink sandy beaches. If you are considering a trip, we discuss the Best Time of Year to Take a Bermuda Cruise.

Best Time of Year to Take a Bermuda Cruise

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Bermuda is one of the  top cruise destinations . It is a British overseas territory located in the north Atlantic Ocean. Bermuda actually consists of 181 islands. Most cruise ships dock in the Royal Naval Dockyard, but Bermuda’s capital city of Hamilton is easily reached by ferry for shopping, restaurants, and the famous Swizzle Inn. The historic St. George can also be reached via ferry for a day of exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Bermuda truly offers cruisers a slice of paradise with beautiful weather, rich history, and pink sandy beaches.

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Unlike the Caribbean or Bahamas though, Bermuda is a seasonal cruise port. The cruise season generally extends from late April to early November. Much like Alaska , WHEN you visit the area is important. There are actually several factors to consider when determining the Best Time of Year to Take a Bermuda Cruise.

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Best time of year to take a bermuda cruise: weather.

Bermuda is located 650 miles off the coast of North Carolina. Being much farther north than the Bahamas or Caribbean, the weather gets much cooler in the winter. During the off-season of December to March, the temperatures can drop into the 50’s (F). While this weather might be acceptable for golfing, this time of year is certainly not for beach lounging. Thus, no cruise ships sail to Bermuda during the winter months.

However, the weather in Bermuda is temperate and semi-tropical which means it never really gets too warm in the summer, and there is always a light breeze. This makes it the perfect summer escape.

Best Time of Year to Take a Bermuda Cruise

Further, there is no real rainy season in Bermuda. Though, October tends to be the wettest month. Late August to October is prime hurricane season in the area, but Bermuda is less frequently hit by storms than the Caribbean.

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In general, the months of June, July, and August tend to have more Caribbean-like weather. However, with this optimal weather comes increased crowds and increased price. So, you will have to weigh these factors carefully when deciding what’s the best time for you to take a Bermuda cruise. For the best prices, we tend to book our Bermuda cruises a year in advance .

Best Time of Year to Take a Bermuda Cruise: Price

It is important to first note that overall Bermuda cruises tend to be more expensive than similar trips to the Bahamas or Caribbean. Still, Bermuda cruise fares fluctuate considerably depending on a few factors. Pricing can range widely depending on the cruise line/ship, itinerary, and time of year.

As mentioned earlier, Bermuda cruise season generally runs from late April/early May through the end of October/early November. As with most seasonal cruise regions, the shoulder season is when prices tend to be the lowest . 

For those looking to save money, the best time of year to take a Bermuda cruise would be either early in the season or late in the season. Besides having lower fares, you will have greater choices for cabins and can score the perfect mid-ship balcony at a reduced cost.

Best Time of Year to Take a Bermuda Cruise

While July might offer some of the warmest weather, it tends to be the most expensive month to take a Bermuda cruise.

Bermuda cruises also vary in terms of length. Depending on the departure point, itineraries can be as short as 4 or 5 days. They can also be longer than a typical 7-day cruise if they include stops in Canada/New England or the Bahamas/Caribbean.

Of course, the length of the cruise and itinerary will impact pricing. So, be sure to compare all your options.

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Best Time of Year to Take a Bermuda Cruise: Crowds

There are also certain times of the Bermuda cruise season that are preferred if you would like to avoid crowds. The busiest time of year for cruises to Bermuda usually coincides with warmer weather and summer break.

To avoid the crowds, you should skip cruising in the middle of the season. June, July, and August will have peak crowds, especially July. If you cruise during this time, be prepared to share Horseshoe Bay Beach with thousands of other cruisers.

Best Time of Year to Take a Bermuda Cruise

Inevitably, other popular tourist attractions and activities will also be more crowded this time of year.

If you take a Bermuda cruise during the shoulder seasons, you will not only save money but you will avoid the crowds, especially families. In late April/early May kids are usually still in school, and they are usually back to school by September. The number of families and kids will of course vary based on the cruise line and cruise ship you choose.

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Popular mega-ships from brands like Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Carnival, or Disney Cruise Line will inevitably have more families onboard.

Best Time of Year to Take a Bermuda Cruise: Ship Selection

While not as populous with cruise ships as the Caribbean or Bahamas, you will still have a decent ship selection for a Bermuda cruise. Many major cruise lines have at least one ship sailing to Bermuda for at least part of the season. Many cruise ships even spend one or two overnight stays giving cruisers more time to explore.

While Florida is often referred to as the cruise capital of the world, you will probably have to head elsewhere for a cruise to Bermuda. Cruises to Bermuda are usually pretty popular with cruisers from the Northeast United States as many are within driving distance to a cruise port.

Best Time of Year to Take a Bermuda Cruise

For instance, Norwegian Cruise Line offers round-trip Bermuda sailings from Boston, MA and New York, NY.

In 2021 and 2022, Carnival Cruise Line will sail to Bermuda from Baltimore, MD; New York, NY; and Norfolk, VA. Additionally, Celebrity Cruises sails from Cape Liberty, NJ, while Disney Cruise Line sails from New York, NY. Royal Caribbean also offers sailings from Cape Liberty, NJ and Baltimore, MD. For the first time in 2022, Royal Caribbean will be offering Bermuda cruises from Port Canaveral, FL.

While Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, and Celebrity Cruises have the largest presence in Bermuda, other more luxury brands like Oceania, Regent Seven Seas, and Silversea, as well as select sailings from Princess Cruises and Windstar Cruises also call in Bermuda.

Further, select smaller ships might have occasional visits to the smaller ports of Hamilton or St. George.

Yes, you will be able to enjoy the beaches, shopping, historical sites, and Rum Swizzles anytime during the Bermuda cruise season. Although, when taking into account the weather, prices, and crowds, we suggest that the best time of year to take a Bermuda cruise is early in the season (late April/early May).

We cruised to Bermuda for the first time back in 2016 on Anthem of the Seas in late April. We were able to experience all this British territory has to offer with fewer crowds, and the weather was still fabulous!

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Lots of sunshine and a slew of local festivals means Bermuda is a fantastic year-round destination © Mystic Stock Photography / Shutterstock

Flaunting idyllic stretches of beach lapped by cerulean waters, Bermuda  is somewhere people come for sun, sea and serenity.

However, this tiny island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean is more seasonal than many of its Caribbean counterparts. While the summer is warm and dry, hurricane season and cooler weather keep away many visitors in fall and winter. For budget visitors, however, this is when prices plunge.

Whether you come for the sun, the sport, local festivals or the culture, here's a guide to the best times to visit Bermuda.

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May to October is high season and the best time for a beach vacation

Bermuda’s spring months quickly heat up both the air and ocean temperatures, heralding the arrival of the warm summer. Highs hover around 76ºF in May before spiking to hit the high 80ºFs from June to October.

Though this may not seem outrageously high, don’t forget to check the UV index and humidity levels during your trip. The sun is intense during peak summer, and you will want sunscreen on whenever you go outside. High humidity – usually 80 to almost 100% from June to September – can make even a short walk along the beach into an effort.

This period of exceptionally warm and dry weather draws crowds of tourists, so expect high hotel prices and busy beaches. In peak summer, sea temperatures are akin to bath water – you won't get a cool, refreshing dip in July and August, but more of a thermal spa-like experience.

There are fewer people in March and April

Though short and unpredictable, the shoulder season runs from March through April. There's plenty on the cultural calendar but anything goes weatherwise. Average daytime highs hang in the low 70ºFs, which is ideal for a quiet beach day when the sun shines, but can be less delightful on an overcast day.

If you’ve previously traveled to Bermuda during high season, the end of March or the beginning of April is worth taking a gamble on for a quieter island experience.

You’ll likely have the beaches to yourself and the opportunity to stay at Bermuda’s most popular resorts at a discounted rate. For a first-time trip, though, it’s better to stick to the high season for those perfect sunny days that Bermuda is famous for.

Aerial view of a rocky cove in Bermuda with two people standing on the shore

Low season rates are on offer in November to February

Bermuda has a low season! This often shocks people who’ve never visited before and base their image of the island on photos of rose-flecked beaches perfectly juxtaposed between pastel-colored homes and turquoise waters.

These photos were likely snapped in the summer because, yes, Bermuda has a low season, marked by cool temperatures and regular windy and rainy days.

Visitors from northern climates may not consider the temperatures at this time of year to be anywhere near “cold” – on average, daytime highs are between 60ºF and 70ºF, occasionally dipping into the high 50ºFs – but locals bring out parkas and sweaters. You may even catch wafts of wood smoke from the chimneys of island homes at this time of year.

The sun is still strong, however, so if you catch a warm front, you can enjoy rum swizzles (rum, juice, grenadine and bitters) on the waterfront, putter out on a boat or take a walk on the beach. The biggest perk of the low season is the prices. Hotel rates plunge from high-season levels, so you may be able to snag a deal.

Crowds thin out, but most businesses inland operate regular hours, including restaurants and bars. You may have difficulty finding something on the beach that’s open, but the weather isn’t ideal for beach time anyway.

Stick to activities inland , explore downtown Hamilton (or “town” as the locals like to call it) and enjoy the offseason, local vibe.

Hurricane season is officially June through November

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. Though Bermuda is officially within the hurricane corridor, the island is usually only affected by late-season storms in September and October, if affected at all.

Thanks to Bermuda’s northerly location and small size, direct hits are rare, so if you happen to be on the island during a storm, you'll usually only need to prepare for heavy rains and winds. Of course, this differs each hurricane season, so keep an eye on the national weather service for the latest updates.

If the thought of a hurricane makes you nervous, aim for a trip at the start of the high season instead. Storms are very unlikely in May, June and July.

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January is for undisturbed beach strolls

January can be so quiet that sometimes even locals don’t know what to do. This is the month for wrapping up and walking on undisturbed beaches, cozying up in one of the island's English-style pubs or touring some of the island’s historic fortresses and museums. Athletic types come for the Bermuda Triangle Challenge  – a series of marathons that attract athletes from all over the world.  Key events : The Bermuda Triangle Challenge, Bermuda Restaurant Week begins.

February is for foodies

This is usually a rainy month with weather patterns similar to January. Luckily, Bermuda Restaurant Week is in full swing, so you can pass time enjoying culinary delights at Bermuda’s most popular restaurants. Don’t miss fish chowder with an extra splash of rum and sherry pepper at Harry’s , a fish sandwich at Art Mel’s  or fish and chips at Astwood Arms . Key event: Bermuda Restaurant Week.

March is for whale watching

The winter chill usually dissipates during the first two weeks in March, just in time for the start of the annual humpback whale migration. Take a boat trip offshore to witness these mammoth creatures breach so close that you might be sprayed by the splash. Alternatively, set up a picnic at the beach and scan the horizon – you can usually see whales breaching just offshore with the naked eye.

April brings Easter festivities

Whenever Easter happens to fall, the island is abuzz with hot cross buns and pastel-colored piles of tissue paper lining storefronts. Follow the locals' lead and make a colorful kite to fly on Good Friday. The festive atmosphere is usually amplified by the sunny, warm weather. Key events : Easter, The Annual Peppercorn Ceremony .

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May is the official start of summer

May 24 (Bermuda Day) is the official start of summer, and many locals won’t take a dip in the ocean before this date. For tourists, though, May 1 marks the start of the high season. Outdoor activities abound, and Hamilton's Harbor Nights kick off and continue through to October with stalls and live entertainment every Wednesday evening on Front St. Key events : International Race Week, Bermuda Day, Harbor Nights in Hamilton begin.

June sees peak sunshine and prices

Expect warm, dry days from here on out with the humidity slowly climbing to reach 80% or more for the remainder of summer.

Hotel rates increase, beaches start to get crowded, and the docks empty on weekends as locals and tourists hit the water for boating activities, from tubing to diving and drinking on "raft-ups" (groups of boats tied together or anchored in a line at a sandbar).

Sailors gather for the annual Newport Bermuda Race , while landlubbers hit the Bermuda Carnival.  Key events: Bermuda Heroes Weekend, Newport Bermuda Race, Bermuda Carnival.

July is all about the beaches and the fishing

Summer festivities continue with locals and visitors spending as much time outside as they can. The sun is warm during these months, but nothing a frosty rum swizzle can’t cool off. Sport fishers come for the three-leg Bermuda Triple Crown Billfish Championship , starting with the Bermuda Billfish Blast. Key events: Cupmatch (if not in August), Bermuda Billfish Blast.

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August is Bermuda's Emancipation  

Bermuda’s Emancipation is marked by a four-day holiday weekend that’s the peak of summer celebrations. The annual Cup Match cricket match attracts spectators of all ages, while beach trips and boat parties such as the Non-Mariners Water Raft-Up in Mangrove Bay lure those who are more enthused by the time off work. If you’re visiting during the holiday, do your grocery shopping early as most stores and businesses shutter up for the celebrations. Key events: Bermuda Cup Match & Emancipation Day (can sometimes fall in late July), Non-Mariners Water Raft-Up, Sand Sculpture Competition .

September is the time to celebrate Gombey culture

While Labor Day marks the end of the summertime stateside, Bermuda still sizzles during September. This month is a good option for visitors seeking smaller crowds. Tourism tends to quiet down, though locals are still buzzing, enjoying every last bit of sunny weather. The island celebrates Gombey culture this month with dances, stilt walkers, festival food and music from Gombey bands. Key events: Bermuda Gombey Festival.

October is great for quiet beaches

Beach lifeguards are still on duty through October, which means that beach days are still perfectly viable, though beachgoers start to thin out by the end of the month. While there’s a threat of storms, you'll still find a few sunny days if you come on an offseason getaway. Key events: City Food Festival, end of Harbour Nights.

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November is a good month for cheap deals and golfers

You might hit a pleasantly sunny November, or you might have a wet, rainy vacation. The weather is always a gamble during November, but low flight and hotel prices make this a perfect month for a budget trip. Keep an eye on the weather a week in advance, and if things look favorable, see if you can find a last-minute deal. For golfers, the Butterfield Championship  rolls into town. Key events:  Butterfield Championship,  World Rugby Classic .

December sees low temperatures and prices

If you’re visiting in December, be ready for cooler weather but a fun, festive atmosphere. Christmas lights adorn palm trees and inflatable Santas decorate the bows of boats. The weather is typically sunny and pleasant, though sometimes with a chilly breeze in the evening. Key events: National Trust Christmas Walkabout, Christmas Boat Parade, Goodwill Golf Tournament  (sometimes held in November).

This article was first published July 2021 and updated December 2023

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What to Pack for a Bermuda Cruise: The Ultimate Guide

Bermuda Cruise Packing List & What to Wear

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Are you planning a Bermuda cruise and wondering what to pack?

You’re in luck! Bermuda is one of my all-time favorite destinations! Over the last decade, we’ve cruised to Bermuda several times and have gotten to know the island well.

Bermuda Cruise Packing List

Bermuda Cruise Ship in King's Wharf

Packing for a Bermuda cruise will be similar to packing for a Caribbean cruise . However, there are some differences in both the weather and culture, which will affect what clothing and other items you may want to bring for your Bermuda cruise .

In this post we go over:

  • Bermuda weather by month (so you can plan your clothing)
  • What clothes to pack for a Bermuda cruise (his & hers)
  • What to pack for a Bermuda cruise (essentials & extras)

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Bermuda Climate

Bermuda Dockyard

Bermuda is a subtropical climate , and cruises to Bermuda sail from April-November.

April is typically the coolest month of the Bermuda cruise season, with an average high of about 72°F (22°C). This is a great time to sightsee and spend time outdoors in moderate temperatures.

Bermuda’s warmer “summer weather” typically starts in May, when the average high air temperature is about 76.7°F (25°C). The ocean is starting to warm up, with sea temperatures around 75°F (24°C). If you plan on beach days and water-sports, plan to cruise to Bermuda beginning in May.

The temperature in Bermuda continues to get hotter throughout the summer months, with July, August and September hitting average highs of about 85°F (29°C).

October is still quite warm with highs of 79°F (26°C). However the sea temperature decreases, making it cooler to swim. Bermuda gradually cools through November, with an average high of 74.9 °F (23.8°C). In November, there is also more chance of rain than the previous months of the Bermuda cruise season.

What to Wear on a Bermuda Cruise

What to Wear on a Bermuda Cruise resort wear

If you’re taking a 7 day Bermuda Cruise, you’ll need outfits for your sea days as well as evening wear for your cruise .

It’s a good idea to check your cruise line’s dress codes . Most 7 day cruises will have 2 Formal, Dress Your Best or Chic Evenings . The other evenings will be casual or smart casual dress.

Something to note is that dress codes apply in the main dining room, and not the buffet and casual restaurants.

Since Bermuda cruises usually sail from Northern US ports such as New York, New Jersey and Boston, it’s important to check the weather and plan your clothing accordingly.

How to Dress for a Day in Bermuda

You’ll need to pack clothing to wear when visiting Bermuda for 2-3 days . When planning what to wear in Bermuda, think resort wear.

Clothing Suggestions for Ladies

You’ll likely need swimsuits and cover ups for the beach, and shorts and t-shirts or sundresses for sightseeing during the day. Short shorts and bathing suits are frowned upon when off the beach.

Don’t forget to pack comfortable shoes for walking and a light sweater for the evening.

Clothing Suggestions for Men

Men may want to pack polo shirts and Bermuda shorts for sightseeing in Hamilton and walking around in Royal Naval Dockyard. Pants or jeans are appropriate if you decide to have dinner in a local restaurant in the evening.

Related:   What To Wear on a Cruise Vacation (daywear, evening, formal nights)

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What Clothes to Pack for a Bermuda Cruise

Bermuda Horseshoe Bay Beach

Bermuda Cruise Clothing Packing List for Women

Here’s a list of clothing to bring on a 7 day Bermuda cruise . You may decide to bring more of some items and less of others. Please adjust the to your personal preferences and style.

  • 2-3 bathing suits
  • 2 swimsuit cover ups
  • 2-3 pairs of shorts
  • 5-7 t-shirts or tank tops
  • 2-3 sundresses
  • 2-3 casual evening dresses
  • 2 cocktail dresses/fancy dresses
  • 2-3 Light tops/blouses for evening
  • 1-2 pairs nice jeans or pants for evening
  • Work out clothes (optional)
  • undergarments & socks
  • Comfortable shoes for walking
  • Dressy shoes (evening)
  • Flip flops or sandals for beach or pool
  • Casual shoes for day
  • Casual shoes/wedge for evening
  • Shawl or Pashmina (cruise ship air conditioning on the shoulders)
  • Light sweatshirt or cardigan
  • Evening bag, clutch, or crossbody bag
  • Jewelry (optional)

If you prefer to pack lighter for your cruise, this minimalist cruise packing list can help.

Bermuda Cruise Outfit Packing List for Men

  • 4-6 t-shirts
  • 1-2 pairs jeans
  • 3-4 polo style shirts
  • 1-2 button up shirts
  • 1-2 dress shirts
  • Undergarments and sleepwear
  • Work-out clothes (optional)
  • 1 sweater or sweatshirt
  • Sandals/flip flops
  • Running or walking shoes
  • 1 pair dress shoes
  • 1-2 pairs casual shoes
  • Dress & sports socks
  • Baseball cap or hat

Related:   Cruise Wear for Men: Men’s Packing List for a Cruise

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30 Things to Pack for a Bermuda Cruise

Bermuda Royal Naval Dockyard

Here’s a list of the most essential items to pack for your cruise . I’ve included both cruise accessories that will be useful for any cruise, as well as things to bring that are specific for your Bermuda Cruise.

1. Government ID &/or Passports

The most important things to pack for your cruise to Bermuda government ID and passport if applicable. Make sure to have this on you, and never pack it in your checked luggage . Unfortunately, if you don’t have it with you, you’ll be denied boarding.

It’s a good idea to use a passport wallet holder . This one is so practical and will ensure that you don’t make the mistake of packing your passport in your luggage.

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Recommended: Passport travel wallet (check price & reviews on Amazon)

2. Proof of Vaccine & Test Results

These days, most cruise lines are sailing with a requirement for all guests to be vaccinated, with few exceptions. You’ll also need to provide a negative Covid 19 test result when boarding.

Since the health situation remains fluid, make sure to check your cruise line’s policy and keep up to date up with protocols up until your sailing.

3. Embarkation Day Bag

While you’ll check your luggage at the cruise terminal, you’ll want to have a cruise carry on bag with all you need for embarkation day . In here, you can keep your essentials like a change of clothes, a bathing suit and cover up, medications and any valuables.

A small suitcase , small duffel bag or backpack all make great cruise embarkation day bags.

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4. Toiletries

In addition to your cruise outfits, pack travel sized toiletries .  This includes basic items such toothbrushes, toothpaste, shaving cream etc. You may also want to pack perfume, moisturizers and other personal items.

Related:   What Toiletries to Pack for a Cruise (packing list)

5. Medication

Your cruise packing list should include both over the counter and prescription medication. It’s also a good idea to pack 2 extra weeks of medication as a precaution.

6. Non-surge Protected Power Bar

Cruise cabins are well known for not having enough electric outlets. If you’re bringing electronic items like cell phones, an iPpad, hair straighteners or any other electronic item, you’ll likely want more plugs and USB outlets.

Many cruisers pack a non-surge protected power strip , which is cruise compliant. Please note that you can’t bring a regular surge protected power strip, as it’s considered a safety hazard on a cruise.

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7. US Dollars

The Bermudan dollar is the official currency of Bermuda. However, it is pegged 1:1 to the value of the US dollar, and taken interchangeably on the island. So, you can feel free to use your US dollars in Bermuda to buy food, drinks, souvenirs, ferry tickets etc.

8. Reef Friendly Sunscreen

Bermuda is amazing seen and experienced at sea, on a catamaran excursion, ferry boat, or at one of the gorgeous pink sand beaches. Make sure to pack reef friendly sunscreen and reapply often.

Recommended: Reef safe sunscreen SPF 50 (see 1500+ excellent reviews on Amazon here)

9. Lip Balm with SPF

Remember to pack lip balm with SPF , as lips can burn in the sun and get swollen if this happens.

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Recommended: Lip balm with SPF 

10. Aloe Vera Gel

Bringing aloe vera gel or an after-sun care lotion is a must for your cruise. Unfortunately, even with taking precautions, getting too much sun can happen.

This organic aloe vera gel is non sticky and works really well!

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Recommended: Aloe vera gel 100% pure (check price & see over 50,000 amazon reviews)

11. Swimsuit Cover Up

A pretty bathing suit cover up is a must-have cruise wear for a Bermuda cruise. You may want to bring more than one swimsuit cover up to use on the lido deck of your cruise ship as well as to go to the beach.

Bermuda cruise tip: Horseshoe Bay Beach is one of the most gorgeous beaches in the world! You can easily go there on your own from the Royal Naval Dockyard , where your cruise ship will dock in Bermuda.

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Recommended: Swimsuit cover up (see different colors on Amazon)

12. Water Shoes

These lightweight water shoes are very comfortable and easy to pack for your cruise. The sand is soft in Bermuda, however there are large rocks on many Bermuda beaches. These can be rough and water shoes will come in handy.

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Recommended: Water shoes/Water socks (see different color choices on Amazon)

Bermuda Moongate at Royal Navy Dockyard

13. Golf Clubs

Have you ever seen golf clubs on a cruise packing list ? Me neither.

However, Bermuda has some of the most incredible golf courses in the world. Since you’ll be in Bermuda for 2-3 days during your cruise, you can plan a day of golf on your own or with a shore excursion . If you’re driving to the cruise port, consider bringing your set of golf clubs.

14. Snorkel Gear

If you love the beach, ocean and sea life, it’s a good idea to pack your own snorkel gear . You won’t regret it in Bermuda!

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Recommended: Snorkel set with panoramic & anti-fog view (check price & reviews on Amazon)

14. Beach Bag

It’s a good idea to bring a large beach bag that can be used for to pack for a beach day in Bermuda, or to use on the ship as well (for sunscreen, towels, books, water bottles and more).

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Recommended: Large beach bag (fits 4 towels & lined)

15. Refillable Water Bottles

If you’re sightseeing in Hamilton or St. George for the day, or heading to over to Bermuda’s Crystal Caves, make sure to pack some refillable water bottles to bring with you. These are collapsible, so they save space in your backpack or beach bag.

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Recommended: Refillable & collapsible water bottles (check price & 2500+ Amazon reviews here)

16. Sunglasses

Remember to pack a pair or two of sunglasses. I like to bring a pair of sunglasses from Amazon that is less expensive, and leave my good ones on the cruise ship.

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Recommended: Fashionable sunglasses (for men or women)

17. Microfibre Sand-free Beach Towels

While you can take the cruise ship’s towels to the beaches in Bermuda, many cruisers say they prefer to use lightweight micro-fibre sand-free towels . These towels are quick dry and absorbent, and easy to carry as you explore Bermuda’s beaches.

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Recommended: Microfibre Sand-free beach towels (see 1400+ great reviews on Amazon)

18. Bermuda Shorts

Bermuda shorts are the fashion when walking around in Bermuda. Short shorts are best left on the cruise ship or worn at the beach.

Women’s Bermuda Shorts 

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Men’s Bermuda Shorts  

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19. Tote Bag

Bring a tote bag for shopping and shore excursions on your Bermuda cruise. This cute mesh tote bag is perfect for beach days too!

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Recommended: Mesh tote bag (available in different colors)

Useful Cruise Accessories

These are some practical cruise accessories and travel items. You can use these things to organize your cruise cabin to make packing for your cruise easier.

20. Hanging “over the door” Organizer

Cruisers swear by the hanging organizer for toiletries and other essentials on a cruise. This can be a great way to keep your cruise cabin organized .

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Recommended: Hanging cabin organizer (see Amazon link for price & details)

21. Hanging Toiletry Bag

This hanging toiletry bag is a must to keep small cruise cabin bathrooms organized !

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Recommended: Hanging toiletry bag (over 14000 5* ratings on Amazon)

22. Magnet Hooks

Magnet hooks are a cruiser’s “secret” organization hack! Since most cruise ship cabin walls and doors are metal, you can use magnet hooks to add storage space to the walls in your stateroom. Hang bathing suits to dry, baseball caps, and even backpacks for excursions. Be sure they are heavy-duty and strong!

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Recommended: Magnetic hooks – set of 10 (check price & see over 20,000 reviews on Amazon)

23. Magnet Clips

Magnet clips are great to keep shore excursion tickets and other paperwork from cluttering your desk or vanity.

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Recommended: Magnet clips (set of 6 on Amazon)

24. Packing Cubes

If you haven’t tried packing cubes yet, consider giving them a go. They can be a great help with packing for your cruise, as well as pre and post cruise hotel stays.

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Recommended: Packing cubes (verify price & read over 24,000 5* Amazon reviews)

25. Poo-Pourri Bathroom Spray

No matter your cruise itinerary, cruisers swear by Poo-Pourri !

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26. Cabin Alarm Clock

If you like to know the time during the night or don’t want to rely on your cell phone, consider a simple travel battery operated clock .

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27. Motion Sensor Nightlight

This portable motion sensor nightlight is so practical and makes a great gift for cruisers . This is especially handy for inside cabins , which will be pitch black when the lights are off.

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Recommended:  Battery operated nighlight

28. Portable Fan

Cruise cabins can get stuffy. This small fan is battery operated, but rechargeable, and gets great reviews on Amazon.

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29. Wrinkle Release Spray

Cruise cabins will not have irons , as they’re a fire hazard. Clothes steamers are prohibited on most cruise ships as well. So Downy Wrinkle Release spray is a good way to get wrinkles out of your cruise outfits .

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Recommended:   Downy Wrinkle Release (travel size)

30. Cruise First Aid Kit

You can make your own travel first aid kit , or purchase a cruise first aid kit that’s ready made and pre-filled with bandages and other items you may need for your cruise.

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Recommended: Cruise first aid kit (check price & see over 50,000 excellent Amazon reviews)

Related: Cruise First Aid Kit Essentials You Need to Have

Towel Clips

Towel clips are wonderful to use on cruise ship deck chairs, to keep your towel in place when there’s an ocean breeze. It also makes it easier to recognize your chair!

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Recommended: Cute towel clips (set of 2 pairs)

31. Towel Bands

Towel bands are a good, space-saving alternative to towel clips that can go from lido deck to the beach.

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Recommended: Towel bands (set of 6 – see price & amazon reviews here)

What to Pack for Your Bermuda Cruise

32. Electronics Organizer Bag

Keep all your chargers, wires and cables together in a small electronics organizer bag .

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Recommended: Electronics accessory organizer bag (see details & Amazon reviews)

33. Portable Charger (power bank)

All travelers should pack a portable charger or power bank. In Bermuda, the days spent in port can be long and it’s easy for your phone’s battery to run low. This portable charger works very fast!

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Recommended: Portable cell phone charger (see price & details on Amazon here)

34. Lanyard

A lanyard holds your cruise card both on the ship and in port, keeping your hands free. It’s one of the most useful items to bring on a cruise.

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Recommended:   Cruise lanyards

25. Cruise Luggage Tag Holders

Your cruise luggage tags will need to be printed, then folded and stapled and put on your luggage. While this is perfectly fine, the paper can be flimsy and it takes time to do this the morning of your cruise.

Luggage tag holders are reusable, and truly one of the best cruise accessories you’ll ever have. They’re available for every cruise line (in wide or long sizes).

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Recommended: Plastic Sleeve luggage tags (check link for specific cruiseline options)

26. Waterproof Phone Case

It’s a good idea to bring a waterproof phone case on your cruise, for sea days by the pool as well as port days by the beach. This one includes the ability to use the touch screen as well.

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Recommended: Waterproof Phone Case with cruise lanyard

27. Seabands

Make sure to have some motion sickness remedies, as it’s always possible to be affected by some seasickness during your cruise .

Seabands are a practical, natural remedy for many experienced cruisers.

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Recommended: Seabands (see both adult and children’s sizes on Amazon)

28. Seasickness Medication

Bring along some Bonine or other seasickness medication, in case you feel some motion due to rough seas. It’s handy to have just in case.

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Recommended: Bonine seasickness tablets

29. Ginger Candies

Ginger candies are a natural way to ease an upset stomach or mild motion sickness on a cruise . They’re great on tenders and small boat excursions as well.

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Recommended: Tummydrops ginger candies

30. Foldable Lightweight Backpack

Bringing a lightweight backpack to Bermuda is a great idea. Whether you take an excursion to Crystal Caves or are simply walking over to Snorkel Park Beach from your cruise ship, having a water resistant foldable backpack will be so useful!

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Recommended: Foldable backpack (water resistant)

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Final Thoughts on What to Pack for a Bermuda Cruise

Bermuda is one of the best destinations to visit by cruise! In this post we went over what to pack for a Bermuda cruise, including what outfits to wear in Bermuda. I’ve also shared what things are helpful to bring onto your cruise, for the days and evenings at sea.

Have you cruised to Bermuda or is this your first time? Please let me know your tips and must-pack items in the comments below.

Happy cruising!

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Hello Ilana,

I was pleased to pass on your favorite Bermuda tips and tricks to my mother cruising there in June. For someone with slow mobility, what are some if your suggestions for must see excursions?

This will be my parents first trip to Bermuda, but are avid cruisers.

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Hi Christina,

Bermuda is a great destination. Your mom may enjoy visiting and sightseeing Hamilton. The ferry to get there should be very accessible. Crystal Caves may be difficult, as there are a lot of stairs and it is humid. The beaches are beautiful. A shuttle should take her right down to the beach area at Horseshoe Bay is she enjoys this. There is also a little train that goes around the Dockyard area and stops at some main points of interest.

Wish her a lovely cruise!

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Thank you for this list! I have many of the items already as recommended from previous list for Bahamas! I am adding the mesh bag this cruise as we did end up with a little sand in the water resistant beah bag (we bought the blue and white striped one you recommended!!!) Thank you so much for all your posts and videos. They have been so helpful! Take care and happy cruising!!!

Hi Jennifer,

It’s quite cute on as well, lol. Definitely the mesh has some practicalities too!

Thanks for much for your kids words!

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Best and Worst Times to Visit Bermuda

The best time to visit Bermuda is July through September for beach lovers and March through May for land lovers.

If there is one best month to visit, it is July for a combination of warm temperatures and lower risk of rain. The worst time to visit Bermuda is October when the average rainfall is more than six inches.

Bermuda does not have the same weather as do most Caribbean islands. It is 450 miles east of North Carolina and is technically not in the Caribbean Sea.

But it often is included in Caribbean cruises embarking from the east coast of the U.S. It has other features in common with islands to the south. The island’s government is a member of the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

It’s also a popular destination for cruises from the east coast of the U.S. that go only to Bermuda.

Best Times for Temperatures

The best time to visit Bermuda for beach lovers is during the later summer when average high temperatures reach the mid 80s Fahrenheit and high 20s Celsius.

Seawater temperatures are comfortable enough for swimming most of the day.

Although June is part of the summer, the average high temperature historically is 81 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the Bermuda Weather Service. Seawater is sometimes not comfortable enough for swimming, especially in the mornings, because of cooling nighttime temperatures.

Rainfall during the summer averages about five inches a month, which is slightly higher than average for the year and slightly higher than most Caribbean destinations.

April and May average a little more than three inches and have the lowest rainfall of the year. Those months are best for people who like land activities, but they aren’t good months for swimming because of cooler water temperatures. Daytime temperatures average in the 70s Fahrenheit.

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Hurricane Season

The Bermuda hurricane season goes from June through October when the average rainfall exceeds five inches a month. It reaches a high point of more than six inches in October.

October is the second most active month of the Caribbean hurricane season. Hurricanes and tropical storms that reach the Caribbean from the eastern Atlantic often travel up the coast. They bring more rain to Bermuda, Florida and other east coast destinations.

Bermuda has the damaging effects of a hurricane about once every six or seven years, according to the Bermuda Weather Service. “Covering an area of approximately 20 square miles, Bermuda is a small target and as a result rarely suffers a direct hit,” the service says.

Other months with a high risk of rain are January, June, August and September. The high risk of rain in January is unusual compared to Caribbean destinations. January is part of the dry season for them.

Golfers and other visitors who enjoy land recreations and want to get away for a quick island trip should consider waiting until February or March.

Average Monthly Weather

The average monthly weather in Bermuda ranges from the high 60s Fahrenheit in the winter to the mid 80s Fahrenheit in the summer.

Rainfall ranges from a low point of three inches in May to a high point of more than six inches in October.

High Season

High season in Bermuda typically lasts from April to September when the weather is at its best.

Overnight tourism grows from a low point in January to the highest point of the year in July, according to the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

For those looking for warm, sunny days to go to the beach or those looking to experience calm, cool evenings for romantic outings, this is surely the best period in which to go.  July has the best combination of warm summer temperatures and moderate risk of rain.

Major public attractions such as Bermuda’s famous pink sand beaches will have larger crowds during the high season.

Again, it is worth noting that the hurricane season begins during the high season (in June) and ends just after the season in November. However, unlike most Caribbean islands, Bermuda has more rain but rarely gets hit by severe hurricanes.

But the possibility exists. So anyone planning to visit Bermuda should keep up with the local weather forecast as a safety measure.

Low Season in Bermuda

The official low season is November through to February, even though October has the worst weather of the year. Chilly weather keeps tourists away.

The low season has several advantages for anyone who is willing to take a chance with the weather. Prices are lower (up to 50 percent off the peak rates) and attractions are less crowded. But some of the popular tourist attractions and water activities are closed or operate at reduced hours.

During this period, average daytime temperatures often stay in the high 60s Fahrenheit. Temperatures will usually feel chilly during early mornings and late evenings. Although beach visits are possible, seawater is too cold for swimming.

Bermuda’s low season is the exact opposite of the Caribbean. Anyone looking to travel within this period but wanting to avoid high rates in the Caribbean may find that Bermuda is a better choice. That said, tourism is lowest in January, followed by February and then December.

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Bermuda's Monthly Weather

With its pleasant year-round climate and inviting natural and cultural attractions, Bermuda is a heavenly destination regardless of the month you’re here. Here’s what the weather looks like each month – and how to best enjoy it.

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Bermuda’s Weather in January

Despite a similar latitude to that of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, Bermuda has a milder climate, thanks to the Gulf Stream. That’s why you’ll find the average air temperature in January is 70℉ (21℃) and the average water temperature is 65℉ (19℃). Underwater visibility is a crystalline 175 feet, with sunshine and cool island breezes above the surface. Best for:  Horseback riding on the beach, sunset cruises, boat rentals, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, sailing, kiteboarding,  spiny lobster diving , reef fishing, shore fishing, birdwatching,  SCUBA diving  (in a wetsuit), golf and tennis. Top events:  Bermuda Restaurant Weeks, Bermuda Triangle Challenge, Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts Bonus:  Dogs are allowed on beaches.

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Bermuda’s Weather in February

In February, Bermuda is a true playground for wind sports enthusiasts and those in need of a winter warm-up. The average air temperature is 70℉ (21℃), and the average water temp is 64℉ (18℃). Best for:  Spa ,  bird watching , cycling, hiking,  golf , jet skiing, parasailing, flyboarding,  sailing , and  kiteboarding , SCUBA diving (in a wetsuit). Top events:  Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts, Bermuda Restaurant Weeks Bonus:  February is Spa Month, when you’ll find great deals from top island resort and day spas.

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Bermuda’s Weather in March

Warming air and water make March an ideal late winter and early spring getaway spot. The average air temperature in March is 70℉ (21℃) and the water temperature is around 68℉ (20℃) with plenty of sunshine and refreshing breeze as the island welcomes spring. Best for:  Golf, whale watching,  tennis , boat rentals, cycling, hiking,  kayaking , stand-up paddleboarding,  jet skiing , parasailing, flyboarding, sailing, kite surfing, and foraging. Top events:  Rugby 7s Tournament, Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts Bonus:  March is the last month of  spiny lobster season  – get your fill before it goes on hiatus until September.

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Bermuda’s Weather in April

Warm island breezes start to wash over the island in April, when the average air temperature is 72℉ (22℃) and the water temperature is, on average, a brisk 68℉ (20℃). April is also a time for events and festivals celebrating the island’s bountiful nature and diverse culture. Best for:   Luxury Beach Picnics ,  cricket , running, cycling, cliff jumping, rock climbing, horseback riding on the beach, sunset cruises,  electric boat rentals , kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding,  windsurfing , deep sea fishing, SCUBA diving (in a wetsuit). Top events:  MS Amlin World Triathlon,  Bermuda Agriculture Exhibition ,  Peppercorn Ceremony ,  Easter Weekend . Bonus:  You can experience Bermuda’s Easter food traditions ( hot cross buns !).

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Bermuda’s Weather in May

Radiant sunshine and warming turquoise waters create an inviting setting for outdoor fun in May, the start of Bermuda’s summer season. Air temps climb to an average of 76℉ (24℃), while water temps reach 72℉ (22℃) – perfect for rock-climbing and cliff jumping. It’s also a great time of year to sport some  Bermuda shorts . Best for:  Cycling, running, golf, tennis, helmet diving, cliff jumping,  rock climbing , horseback riding on trails, sunset cruises, boat rentals, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, jet skiing, parasailing, flyboarding, sailing, kite surfing, reef fishing, shore fishing,  shipwreck diving  and  snorkelling . Top events:  Argo Gold Cup, Antigua Bermuda Race, Harbour Nights, and  Bermuda Day Bonus:  Feast on fresh passionfruit, peaches and Suriname cherries for a taste of Bermuda’s food culture.

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Bermuda’s Weather in June

As air temps reach an average of 81℉ (27℃), and water temps reach 78℉ (26℃), beach season is truly upon us. It’s a time when Bermudians flock to the water for their obligatory raft-ups, frosty beverages in hand. Best for:  Exploring Beaches, Summer Fridays, Scuba Diving, Snorkelling, Cliff Jumping, Golf, Tennis, Spa, Sunset Cruises, Sailing, Boat Rentals, Hiking, and Harbour Nights Top events:  Marion to Bermuda Race (every other year), Bermuda Carnival, Newport Bermuda Race Bonus:  It’s a good time to take a  glow worm cruise  in search of Bermuda’s bioluminescent life.

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Bermuda’s Weather in July

The island is abuzz with activity as abundant sunshine warms the island to 85℉ (29℃). Water temps reach 82℉ (28℃), making water activities like  snorkelling  hard to resist. Best for:  Beaches, Running, Golf, tennis, spa, cricket, cliff jumping, rock climbing, horseback riding on trails, glow worm cruises, sunset cruises, boat rentals, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, jet skiing, parasailing, flyboarding, sailing, deep sea fishing, SCUBA diving, snorkelling and helmet diving. Top events:   Cup Match , Bacchanal Run, Made in Bermuda Nights, Clipper Round the World Yacht Race,  Bermuda Triple Crown Billfish Championship , Bermuda Fashion Festival Bonus:  Indulge in some locally made icy treats.

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Bermuda’s Weather in August

It may be the height of summer, but the average temperature hovers around 85℉ (29℃) throughout the month, and periodic rains help cool down the island (though there’s no real rainy season). Water temperatures peak at 84℉ (29℃). It is an ideal time for all watersports. Best For:  Beaches, Running, Golf, tennis, spa, cricket, cliff jumping, rock climbing, horseback riding on trails, glow worm cruises, sunset cruises, boat rentals, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, jet skiing, parasailing, flyboarding, sailing, deep sea fishing, SCUBA diving, snorkelling and helmet diving. Bonus:  Savour island-grown avocados. Learn more about Bermuda’s food culture. Enjoy happy hours around the island.

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Bermuda’s Weather in September

Warm temperatures continue through September, averaging 85℉ (29℃) as the water starts to cool down for the season – its average is around 83℉ (28℃).   Best for:  Beaches, deep sea fishing, sunset cruises, boat rentals, cycling, hiking, running, SCUBA diving, snorkelling and helmet diving, Cricket season, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and jet skiing. Top events:  Sandcastle Competition Bonus:   Spiny lobster season  begins! Experiencing this delicacy is a must for seafood lovers.

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Bermuda’s Weather in October

As busy season cools down, so does the air – but not by much. The island averages 80℉ (27℃), while the average water temperature gets to about 78℉ (26℃) – pleasant temps to help usher in the fall season. Toward the end of the month, golf fever envelops the island for the  Butterfield Bermuda Championship . Best for:  Golf, tennis, spa, cliff jumping, rock climbing, horseback riding on trails, glow worm cruises, sunset cruises, boat rentals, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, jet skiing, parasailing, flyboarding, sailing, reef and shore fishing, spiny lobster diving, SCUBA diving, snorkelling and helmet diving Top events:  Bermuda International Gombey Festival, Taste of Bermuda, Round the Sound, Butterfield Bermuda Championship Bonus:  Take a spooky  haunted history tour  in the Town of St. George.

Bermuda’s Weather in November

The air remains mild at 75℉ (24℃) as the holiday spirit ascends. It’s a great time for rigorous outdoor activities like  running and cycling , as well as  boating . Water temperatures dip to a crisp 72℉ (22℃). Best for:  Golf, tennis, spa, cliff jumping, rock climbing, snorekelling and helmet diving, horseback riding on the beach, sunset cruises, boat rentals, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, jet skiing, parasailing, flyboarding, sailing, reef and shore fishing. Top events:  PGA TOUR Bermuda Championship, Bacardi Keelboat Races, Christmas Parade, World Rugby Classic Bonus:  See the City of Hamilton and the Town of St. George all decked out for the holidays.

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Bermuda’s Weather in December

Island breezes blend with holiday cheer for a uniquely Bermuda  holiday season . Sunshine abounds and air is warm with an average of 73℉ (23℃), as water temps cool to 68℉ (20℃). Best for:  Golf, tennis, spa, horseback riding on the beach, sunset cruises, boat rentals, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, jet skiing, parasailing, flyboarding, sailing, kite surfing, spiny lobster diving, reef fishing, shore fishing, birdwatching, SCUBA diving (in a wetsuit). Top Events:  Goodwill Golf Tournament, Bermuda National Trust Christmas Walkabout, Gosling’s International Golf Tournament Bonus:  Experience the local tradition of  Christmas morning mimosas on Elbow Beach .

For more insider tips on Bermuda's seasons, the  Adventure Almanac  offers insight into prime months for all of the island's cherished activities.

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An Island for Every Season

With blue skies, sun-splashed days, and mild weather nights, Bermuda offers a variety of enticing island experiences any time of year. On land or sea, in the realm of nature or culture, Bermuda promises unforgettable ways to relax, discover, and go adventuring in a distinct island style.

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Cruises to Bermuda from NY

Cruises to Bermuda from NY: Your Ultimate Guide to Island Adventure

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Unwind on a Bermuda cruise from New York for a tropical getaway filled with pink-sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant culture. Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, and Norwegian Cruise Line offer trips lasting 3-7 days, with access to swimming pools, restaurants, and bars.

Enjoy on-board activities like rock climbing, mini-golf, and zip-lining, with plenty of time to explore the island’s attractions. Recharge on this perfect escape.

Overview of Cruises to Bermuda From NY

If you’re looking for a relaxing and luxurious vacation, cruises to Bermuda from NY might be just what you need. These cruises typically last between 5 and 7 days and depart from the Cape Liberty Cruise Port in New Jersey, which is less than an hour’s drive away from New York City.

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During your cruise, you’ll enjoy stunning ocean views, delicious food, and a variety of onboard activities and entertainment. Once you arrive in Bermuda, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the island’s beautiful beaches, historic landmarks, and vibrant culture.

Best Time to Take a Cruise to Bermuda From NY

The best time to take cruises to Bermuda from NY is between May and October when the weather is warm and sunny. During these months, you’ll have the best chance of experiencing Bermuda’s famous pink sand beaches and crystal-clear waters. It’s worth noting that hurricane season runs from June to November, so if you’re planning a cruise during this time, be aware that your itinerary may be subject to change due to weather conditions.

Cruise Lines Offering Cruises to Bermuda From NY

Choose from Celebrity Cruises , Royal Caribbean , or Norwegian Cruise Line for a Bermuda cruise from NY. Each offers unique itineraries and experiences, so research to find your best match. Celebrity Cruises offers 7-night cruises to King’s Wharf and Hamilton, with dining options, entertainment, and a spa. Royal Caribbean offers 5- and 7-night cruises with activities like rock climbing and Broadway-style shows. Norwegian Cruise Line has 5- and 7-night options with a water park and casino. Enjoy an unforgettable Bermuda cruise experience from NY with any of these options.

Preparing for Your Cruise

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When booking your cruises to Bermuda from NY, it’s important to research and find the best cruise line and itinerary for your needs. Norwegian Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, and Royal Caribbean all offer cruises to Bermuda from NY. Consider factors such as price, length of the cruise, and amenities offered on board.

What to Pack

When packing for your cruises to Bermuda from NY, it’s important to pack for both the ship and the island. Bring comfortable clothing and shoes for walking around the ship and exploring Bermuda. Don’t forget to pack swimwear, sunscreen, and a hat for the beach. Other essential items include toiletries, medications, and travel documents.

Getting to the Cruise Port in NY

If you’re driving to the cruise port in NY, be sure to plan ahead for parking and traffic. Many cruise lines offer shuttle services from nearby airports and hotels. If you’re flying into NY, consider arriving a day early to avoid any travel delays. When arriving at the port, be prepared to go through security and check-in before boarding the ship.

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Overall, preparing for your cruises to Bermuda from NY requires careful planning and attention to detail. By booking the right cruise, packing the essentials, and planning for transportation to the port, you can ensure a smooth and enjoyable travel experience.

Onboard Your Cruise

Embarking on a cruise to Bermuda from New York is the perfect way to relax and unwind while enjoying all the amenities and activities offered onboard. Your cruise ship will be your home away from home during your journey, providing a comfortable and luxurious experience.

Activities and Entertainment on Your Cruises to Bermuda From NY

There is never a dull moment on a cruise to Bermuda from New York. Your ship will offer a wide variety of activities and entertainment options to keep you entertained throughout your journey. From swimming pools and water parks to casinos and theaters, there is something for everyone onboard.

Some popular activities and entertainment options on cruises to Bermuda from New York include:

  • Live music and performances
  • Trivia games and contests
  • Dance classes and parties
  • Sports and fitness facilities
  • Spas and relaxation areas
  • Movie theaters and outdoor screens

Dining Options on Your Cruises to Bermuda From NY

One of the best parts of cruises to Bermuda from New York is the delicious dining options available onboard. From casual buffets to gourmet restaurants, your ship will offer a variety of dining options to satisfy any craving.

Some popular dining options on cruises to Bermuda from New York include:

  • Main dining rooms with rotating menus and daily specials
  • Casual buffets with international cuisine
  • Specialty restaurants with gourmet cuisine and unique themes
  • Coffee shops and cafes for quick bites and snacks
  • Room service for in-room dining

Accommodations on Your Cruises to Bermuda From NY

Your cruise ship will offer a variety of accommodations to suit any budget and preference. From cozy interior cabins to spacious suites with balconies, there is room for everyone onboard.

Some popular accommodation options on cruises to Bermuda from New York include:

  • Interior cabins with comfortable beds and modern amenities
  • Oceanview cabins with stunning views of the ocean
  • Balcony cabins with private balconies for enjoying the sea breeze
  • Suites with separate living areas and luxurious amenities
  • Accessible cabins for guests with disabilities

Arriving in Bermuda

Cruising to Bermuda from New York is an excellent way to experience the beauty of this island paradise. With convenient departures from the Big Apple, you can be soaking up the sun on a pink sand beach in no time. Once you arrive in Bermuda, there are plenty of activities and attractions to keep you entertained.

Ports of Call in Bermuda

Most cruises to Bermuda from New York will dock at one of two ports: King’s Wharf or Heritage Wharf. King’s Wharf is located in the Royal Naval Dockyard and is the larger of the two ports. Heritage Wharf is located in Somerset Village and is closer to some of the island’s best beaches.

Royal Naval Dockyard

Shore Excursions in Bermuda

There are plenty of shore excursions available in Bermuda to suit every interest. Some popular options include:

  • Snorkeling or scuba diving at one of the island’s many coral reefs
  • Exploring the Crystal Caves, a network of underground caves and pools
  • Visiting the historic town of St. George’s, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Relaxing on one of Bermuda’s famous pink sand beaches

Bermuda sand beaches

Navigating Cruises to Bermuda from NY: Picking the Perfect Line

Setting sail on cruises to Bermuda from NY is an exciting adventure, and choosing the perfect cruise line is your ticket to ensuring an unforgettable experience. With numerous options available, understanding the key players in the industry can shape your journey.

“Cruising to Bermuda is an escape from the ordinary, a chance to explore an island paradise that defies description.” — John F. Kennedy

1. Norwegian Cruise Line

A Voyage of Discovery Embarking on cruises to Bermuda from NY with the Norwegian Cruise Line is a decision you won’t regret. This cruise line, renowned for its opulent ships and first-class amenities, doesn’t just offer a trip, but an all-encompassing voyage. The breathtaking view of night Bermuda from the deck is a highlight, painting a picture of the island’s landscapes bathed in starlight.

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2. Celebrity Cruises

The Epitome of Luxury If luxury and fine detailing are what you’re after on your cruises to Bermuda from NY, then Celebrity Cruises might be your go-to. Not only do they serve gourmet meals accompanied by world-class entertainment, but their routes also often incorporate a delightful detour to San Juan. This Caribbean pit-stop ensures that travelers get a taste of two paradise destinations in one journey before reaching Bermuda’s stunning shores.

3. Disney Cruise

An Enchanting Family Getaway For families planning cruises to Bermuda from NY, the Disney Cruise line offers an unparalleled experience. Their ship is not just a vessel, but a fantasy world, teeming with Disney-centric entertainment and activities for all ages. Furthermore, their extended stays in Bermuda provide ample opportunity for families to discover the island’s wonders leisurely.

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4. The Royal Naval Dockyard

A Portal to Bermuda’s Past No matter which cruise line you pick for your trip, it’s imperative that the Royal Naval Dockyard is on your itinerary. A significant landmark, the dockyard provides a glimpse into Bermuda’s colonial history. Its blend of ancient allure and contemporary conveniences ensures a diverse experience. Whether it’s museum-hopping, indulging in gourmet meals, or shopping for souvenirs, the dockyard is a treasure trove.

Things to Do and See in Bermuda

If you’re considering cruises to Bermuda from NY, you’ll find that once you arrive, there are plenty of things to see and do in Bermuda. Some highlights include:

  • The Bermuda Aquarium, Museum, and Zoo, features exhibits on the island’s flora, fauna, and history. This is a must-visit for those arriving via cruises to Bermuda from NY, offering a comprehensive introduction to the island’s natural beauty.
  • The Royal Naval Dockyard houses several museums and art galleries. It’s a perfect spot for history and art enthusiasts disembarking from their journey.
  • The Bermuda Botanical Gardens, which feature over 36 acres of gardens and walking paths, provide a serene escape into nature.
  • The Bermuda National Gallery, showcases the work of local and international artists, highlighting the rich cultural tapestry of the island.

No matter how you choose to spend your time in Bermuda, whether you’re on a leisurely exploration after arriving on one of the cruises to Bermuda from NY or simply soaking in the island’s charm, you’re sure to be enchanted by this beautiful island paradise.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The best time to cruise to Bermuda from New York is typically from late spring to early fall, with May to October being the peak season.

The duration of a cruise to Bermuda from New York varies but is typically around 7 days, although shorter and longer options are available.

Yes, Bermuda offers excellent opportunities for snorkeling and scuba diving with its clear waters and vibrant marine life.

Yes, scooter and bicycle rentals are available in Bermuda, providing a fun way to explore the island.

Bermuda enjoys a mild and pleasant climate during the cruise season, with warm temperatures and occasional rain showers.

Did you know?

Cruises from New York to Bermuda often sail through the scenic and historic waters known as the “Bermuda Triangle.” While the Bermuda Triangle has a mysterious reputation in popular culture, the cruise experience is entirely safe and enjoyable, with no unusual phenomena or disappearances to worry about. It’s a fascinating historical and geographical element to consider as you embark on your Bermuda adventure from New York!

Author’s Note

A cruise to Bermuda from NY is a perfect way to escape and recharge while experiencing the beauty and culture of this tropical island paradise. With several cruise lines to choose from, a range of itineraries, and plenty of on-board and on-land activities to enjoy, there’s something for everyone.

Don’t forget to pack for both the ship and the island, and plan your transportation to the port carefully. Once you arrive in Bermuda, explore the island’s stunning beaches, historic landmarks, and vibrant culture. Whether you prefer to relax on the beach or embark on a shore excursion, this island paradise is sure to enchant you. Book your cruise to Bermuda from NY today and get ready for the ultimate island adventure!

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2023 Bermuda Cruise Ship Schedule

The Bermuda Cruise Ship Schedule for 2023 has an expected 224 visits scheduled. This is almost 30 more visits than the busiest year of the last five which was in 2019 before the Covid pandemic interrupted travel. So far this year a few of the calls have been cancelled due to weather meaning the total number of visits will be less than predicted.

A total of 59 ships will be visiting the island with five of them regular callers. Out of the regular callers, the Norwegian Pearl, Vision of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas will be visiting the most with 21 calls scheduled for each. Some of the larger ships will include the Breakaway and Breakaway Plus class ships from Norwegian Cruise Line, Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Joy, as well as the large Carnival Venezia and Odyssey of the Seas.

From May to August the majority of visits will be coming from the regular callers while April, October and November will be busy months for occasional callers. You can view the 2023 Bermuda Cruise Ship Schedule and download it for yourself below. If you are looking to visit Bermuda on a cruise, check out our guides on getting transportation and places to visit while here.

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Weather | la niña could develop this year, possibly bringing a busy hurricane season.

This winter has been dominated by El Niño, which tends to aim moist Pacific air toward South Florida. NOAA says there's a 55% chance that a La Niña will form during hurricane season, which could enhance tropical storm formation in the Atlantic.. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Courtesy)

Forecasters are predicting that the El Niño, which has brought wet cloudy weather to South Florida this winter, will weaken in the coming months, bringing the likelihood of drier weather.

“But it’s not over yet,” said one meteorologist.

So far, it’s been a classic El Niño winter in our region. A hot Pacific Ocean has caused the subtropical jet stream to shift south, aiming moist Pacific air our way, resulting in a relatively wet, windy and stormy winter.

In December, the entirety of South Florida was wet, with some areas getting almost twice the normal amount of rainfall for the month, according to data from the South Florida Water Management District website . Four straight days of rain in mid-December boosted numbers. The Keys and Everglades had almost three times the normal amount of December rain.

Since Oct. 1, Broward County has exceeded the winter dry season rainfall average by 3 inches.

Though February has a smidge dryer than normal, with just over half an inch of rain in the region, Todd Kimberlain, lead meteorologist at the SFWMD, said that “models are telling us that there could be a bigger (rain) event out there around the 18th to the 20th of February.”

“Right now the subtropical jet stream is enhanced, and there have been heavy rains in California. Two weeks ago it was enhanced and Texas and Louisiana got considerable rain — we’re talking about 15, 16 inches,” Kimberlain said. “We haven’t seen any really impressive rains since November and December, but we’re not done yet. There very well could be another event out there.”

Two months of gloomy skies

If this winter has seemed particularly gloomy for the Sunshine State, your eyes do not deceive you.

“It’s been cloudier than our typical winter so far,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Robert Molleda.

Climatologist Brian Brettschneider posted some December to January cloud cover maps on social media site X. They show that South Florida and the eastern Great Lakes region were the cloudiest places in North America from December through January.

The incessant clouds have kept temperatures moderate — they often blocked bright sunshine during the day, and trapped atmospheric warmth in at night.

“That’s what we’ve seen in past El Niño events, too,” Molleda said. “You don’t get as much in the way of cold temps, but the cloudy days limit your high temperatures.”

The high-altitude subtropical jet stream winds may have kept the severe cold out as well. “We haven’t had any really strong cold continental or even arctic air reach Florida,” Molleda said. 

El Niño, La Niña what it could mean for hurricane season

Though El Niño has had its way this winter, forecasters are seeing a shift that may lead to a La Niña.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Miami’s National Weather Service said that the El Niño may have peaked, and NOAA just announced that El Niño will almost certainly peter out to neutral between April and June.

They also announced a “ La Niña Watch ,” meaning the water temperature trends in the Eastern Pacific, which dictate El Niños and La Niñas, indicate a 55% chance of a transition into La Niña some time in the June to August timeframe.

What does that mean for us in the Atlantic?

“It looks like the El Niño may have already peaked, or will be peaking very soon” based on most model projections, said Molleda.

“We do know that La Niña can lead to more conducive conditions for tropical storms or hurricanes to form over the Atlantic Ocean,” said Molleda, “so we could be looking at an increased potential for more storms forming.” In theory, a La Niña will lower wind shear in the tropical Atlantic, thus allowing tropical storms to form more easily.

“Some models are showing a developing La Niña by the middle or late summer, during the peak of the hurricane season,” said Kimberlain.

On top of that, tropical Atlantic sea surface temperatures, from off Africa across to the Caribbean, are currently above normal. Warm waters fuel hurricanes.

“The waters in the Atlantic have been very warm for some time, especially in the tropics and subtropics. At this very moment they’re the warmest they’ve ever been at this time of year. That, with the developing La Niña, could present some problems,” warned Kimberlain.

University of Miami climatologist Brian McNoldy wrote on social media platform X that “as of February 7, the tropical east Atlantic sea surface temperature is as warm as it would typically be on June 7,” and posted a map of current sea surface temperature anomalies.

As of February 7, the tropical east Atlantic sea surface temperature is as warm as it would typically be on JUNE 7. The anomaly, averaged over the area shown on this map, is +1.26°C… with areas off the west coast of Africa exceeding +4°C. pic.twitter.com/TdIjTgbKMs — Brian McNoldy (@BMcNoldy) February 8, 2024

And meteorologist Jeff Berardelli posted a map comparing 2023’s February Atlantic sea surface temperatures with 2024’s, showing this year as already having hotter water than last year.

With news that a La Nina Watch has been issued for the Pacific, let's check the Atlantic to see how this year's sea surface temps compare to last years at this time. Welp, that's not good. pic.twitter.com/MCuxNjWRYd — Jeff Berardelli (@WeatherProf) February 9, 2024

One factor that helped keep most tropical storms away from South Florida last year was the Bermuda High, a semi-permanent high pressure system that forms over the Atlantic.

When weak, it allows storms to arc north before reaching Florida’s east coast. When strong, it can steer storms straight west, into Florida or the Gulf of Mexico. 2023’s weak Bermuda High permitted nearly every Atlantic tropical storm and hurricane to spin north, away from Florida. Molleda said it’s too early to tell how the Bermuda High will play out this year.

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The Points Guy

Where can I cruise without a passport?

At TPG, we always recommend cruising with a passport, but there are many reasons why you might want to set sail without one.

What if an opportunity pops up on short notice, and you don't have a passport yet? Or what if you forgot to renew yours when it expired? What if it's only a three-night cruise to the Bahamas, and the passport application fee is almost as much as the cruise fare? Or, maybe you have children nearing age 16 and can't justify paying for passports that will only be good for five years.

First of all, do you even need a passport to cruise ? The answer is often but not always. You have options to cruise without a passport because not every sailing requires them. Thanks to an international agreement called the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative , U.S. citizens can cruise on certain itineraries within North American countries using government-issued identification (like a valid driver's license) and proof of citizenship (like a government-issued birth certificate).

The cruises that you don't need a passport for are closed-loop sailings, which depart from and return to the same port within the U.S. One-way sailings from one U.S. port to another or from a U.S. port to a foreign one would require a passport.

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Before we go further, let's clarify that when we talk about cruising without a passport, we're referring to pricey passport books that some travelers do not wish to purchase. Passport cards can also be used for identification when cruising in all the places we are about to discuss; these cards are a low-cost alternative to traveling with your driver's license and birth certificate.

Let's look at the options for where you can cruise without a passport.

Cruising to Alaska is one of the easiest ways to experience all the state offers. You'll have opportunities to see glaciers and wildlife; stroll the streets of charming coastal towns; eat your fill of local crab legs and salmon; and enjoy nature on a kayak, zip line or hike.

If you're interested in cruising to Alaska without a passport, look for itineraries that begin (and end) in Seattle , San Francisco or southern California ports, such as Los Angeles or Long Beach, California. The most common length for these closed-loop Alaska cruises operated by the major cruise lines is seven nights. Cruises early or late in the season might be only four or five nights, and trips departing from LA are usually 14 nights.

What if you really want to cruise one-way from Canada to Alaska (or vice versa)? Although Canada prefers U.S. citizens who arrive by sea or land to have a passport book, it is not required as long as they have proper identification and proof of citizenship. The U.S., however, requires one of the following WHTI-approved forms of identification for entries by land or sea: passport card, enhanced driver's license, I-872 American Indian card or trusted traveler program IDs like Nexus, Sentri and Fast.

Technically, if you have one of those forms of ID but not a passport book, you can take a one-way Alaska cruise — as long as you don't have to fly to or from Canada.

More complications arise for non-passport holders who book shore excursions that involve crossing from Alaska to Canada. White Pass and Yukon Route train rides are good examples. White Pass and Yukon Route allows cruise passengers to go on the three-hour train excursion without a passport but doesn't allow them to take any longer routes. That's their policy, not a legal requirement.

This means that Alaska cruises are one instance when the passport card would be a handy alternative to traveling with both an ID card and a birth certificate. It opens up one-way itineraries.

Related: The best Alaska cruise for every type of traveler

A cruise to the Caribbean transports you to tropical islands bathed in turquoise waters. Whether you seek warm beaches, cool drinks, water sports or cultural education, you can find a Caribbean cruise to fit the bill.

It's easy to cruise without a passport in the Caribbean: Just book one of the many closed-loop, round-trip sailings departing from a U.S. port. Most major cruise lines offer sailings that range between three and 15 nights from ports like Galveston, Texas; New Orleans; multiple ports in Florida (including Miami and Fort Lauderdale); Charleston, South Carolina; Baltimore; Bayonne, New Jersey; and New York City.

Most Caribbean islands participate in the WHTI, but it's always best to check the details specific to the ports of call included in your itinerary. Don't forget that islands such as Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix are U.S. territories, so visits never require passports for U.S. citizens.

Related: The best Caribbean cruises for every type of traveler

Bermuda is a British Overseas Territory, lying 643 miles off the coast of North Carolina. Hop on a cruise ship for a direct route to the island's famous beaches and golf courses. Spring and summer are the prime seasons to visit, but cruises are possible throughout the year.

Cruising without a passport to Bermuda is also easy. Apart from a few isolated cruises stopping in Bermuda as they come or go from other destinations, there are no one-way Bermuda cruises to confuse the situation. If you plan to sail without a passport, be wary of any Bermuda cruise longer than 10 nights. Those are likely to be point-to-point cruises that happen to include Bermuda.

Passport-free cruises to Bermuda include ample five- to 10-night sailings from the East Coast ports of Baltimore, Bayonne, Boston and Manhattan. Occasional itineraries also pop up throughout the Bermuda season departing from Norfolk, Virginia; Charleston; and the Florida ports of Miami, Port Canaveral (near Orlando) and Jacksonville.

Related: Does it make sense to take a short cruise to Bermuda?

Long known for delightful strands of beach and access to every imaginable form of water fun under the subtropical sun, the Bahamas are the ideal destination for easy and quick cruise vacations.

Skip the passport on three- to five-night Bahamas cruises sailing round-trip on most major cruise lines from the eastern Florida ports of Jacksonville, Port Canaveral, Fort Lauderdale's Port Everglades and Miami.

A few longer, seven- to 15-night itineraries stop in the Bahamas on their way into the Caribbean. Departures from Bayonne, Manhattan, Baltimore and Charleston will often get you weeklong Bahamas itineraries, as will sailings from Tampa, Galveston and New Orleans.

Related: Best Bahamas cruise tips for first-timers and repeat visitors alike

Our southern neighbor boasts two coastlines of cruise fun. Like most tropical cruise destinations, the top draws are the beaches and the ocean; however, cruise ports in Mexico also give you access to ancient Mayan ruins, delicious cuisine and an abundance of land activities.

Mexico's Caribbean and Pacific coasts are both accessible to cruisers who do not hold passports. If you want to visit Mexico's eastern shores, you can find three- to 15-night cruises to Costa Maya, Cozumel and Progreso. Sailings depart Florida from Miami, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale and Port Canaveral; you can also find itineraries from New Orleans, Galveston and Mobile, Alabama.

Western Mexico, often referred to as the Mexican Riviera, includes the ports of Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlan and Ensenada, among others. Cruises with several major lines depart San Diego, San Pedro port in LA and Long Beach for voyages lasting anywhere from three to 10 nights.

Related: The best Mexico cruises for every type of traveler

From water sports to American history and Hawaiian culture, there's a lot to experience on a Hawaii cruise . The best part might be the ability to hop from island to island, sampling the flavors of each as you go.

Closed-loop Hawaii cruises that don't require passports come in two varieties. The short option is to fly to Honolulu and take a seven- or 10-night cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line 's Pride of America. This is the only large cruise ship allowed to operate entirely within the Hawaiian Islands without visiting a foreign port.

Small-ship cruise operator UnCruise Adventures also offers seven-night, inter-island Hawaiian sailings. The American-flagged ships only cruise to and from U.S. ports, so no passport is needed, as would be the case on any domestic trip.

The long-cruise options consist of 14- to 18-night round-trip sailings from San Diego, LA (Long Beach and San Pedro) and San Francisco. You won't need a passport for these closed-loop sailings, but you do need to be prepared for multiple days at sea as you cross the Pacific from California to Hawaii.

Beware of 20-plus-night cruises that are round-trip sailings from the West Coast and would seem to fit the bill for closed-loop cruises that don't require passports. Most of these cruises don't work because they also include stops in French Polynesia, which is outside of the WHTI agreement. Passports are required for the islands in the South Pacific, which means they're required for the entire cruise.

Related: The best Hawaii cruises for every type of traveler

Canada and New England

Cruises up North America's East Coast allow you to take in historical sights of early Americana, stand atop rugged cliffs on the coast of Nova Scotia or revel in the French culture of Quebec.

Mainstream cruise lines operate numerous cruises along the U.S. and Canadian coasts that don't require passports. These depart from the ports of Bayonne, Baltimore, Boston, Manhattan, Brooklyn and occasionally Norfolk. The majority of these New England and Canada cruises are weeklong fall sailings; however, a handful depart at other times of the year or are a touch longer, ranging from eight to 10 nights.

Related: The best cruises to Canada and New England

Some cruise lines also offer one-way cruises in both directions between Canada and New England. These itineraries, like Alaska cruises, might be possible without a passport book. This is the case as long as your plans don't include flying into or out of Canada and your cruise line allows you to cruise with either a passport card or other acceptable form of identification and proof of citizenship.

We checked with a few lines for you. Princess, Holland America and Celebrity all strongly recommend passport books, but they allow one of the WHTI forms of identification. Again, the passport card opens up one-way possibilities, assuming you aren't flying and your cruise only includes Canada and the U.S.

Bottom line

While cruising with a passport is always recommended, it's not required by law in certain circumstances. Closed-loop cruises from U.S. ports that visit Bermuda, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico are part of an international agreement that allows U.S. citizens to cruise without a passport. In these cases, government-issued identification and proof of U.S. citizenship are acceptable alternatives to a passport book.

Passport cards are an affordable and unquestionable alternative to carrying an ID and birth certificate. If you want to go this route, know they are not valid for travel by air into or out of any foreign country, including Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or Caribbean countries — which is the primary reason most travel advisers urge cruisers to have a passport book.

As we've shown, you have plenty of options for where to cruise without a passport, and many travelers do so without incident. However, anything from engine trouble on your cruise ship to bad weather or an accident in port might necessitate a flight home from a foreign country. This would put you in an awkward position if you didn't have a passport.

Plus, as much fun as simple round-trip cruises are, passports open up additional vacation possibilities in the form of longer, point-to-point and overseas trips. Don't dismiss registering for a passport, even as you consider where you can cruise without one.

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The Disney Wonder cruise ship sails past glaciers in Tracy Arm Fjord as part of its Alaska itinerary. Nestled between 3,000-foot high granite walls, the narrow, twisting Tracy Arm Fjord weaves through the Tongass National Forest for roughly 35 miles. (Diana Zalucky, photographer)


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