Passport Myths

5 Sep

Myth – My cruise to Bermuda is closed-circuit so all the cruise line requires me to have is a birth certificate and a photo ID so I’m cool. FALSE!

  • You’re cool as long as nothing goes wrong. I hate to burst your bubble, but you are not in control of the world. Stuff goes wrong at the most inopportune time. If you want to test Murphy’s Law, go ahead, but don’t say I didn’t tell you so. What will you do if you get stung by a Portuguese Man-Of-War? Stagger out of the Swizzle Inn and get a concussion?  Or make a noob move on your scooter and crash? How will you get home when they release you from the hospital?

Myth – It’s not worth the money. FALSE!

  • If you miss the ship for one of the dozens of unforeseen reasons – you’re stuck there until you get one. Even if you could get one that same day, chances are you’re going to have to spend at least one night until you can arrange for a flight to the next port. How much do you think your hotel and food expenses will be during this time?

Myth – But I don’t need one because I’ll always be within 20 minutes from the ship. FALSE!

  • What if your mother suddenly gets sick and might die? It happened to me while I was in Bermuda and she died 12 hours after I got back. What if time is of the essence and you don’t have a passport? Sure it seems unlikely that this would ever happen, but I thought so, too. I am an expert traveler. I’ve been traveling internationally since I was 7 years old. I’ve been on hundreds of trips and never once has an emergency happened, but when it does you’ll be sorry you weren’t prepared.

Myth – I’ll get one, but I will leave it on the ship so it will be safe. FALSE!

  • A passport is of no use unless you have it with you. A photocopy will not suffice as a sufficient substitute. Keep your passport on your person at all times and keep it hidden under your clothes. A purse or pocket is not a safe place. U.S. passports are worth a fortune on the black market. Trust me the thieves got the memo and they are everywhere!

Myth – It’s fine if carry my passport in my purse (pocket, backpack, etc.) because I’m quick like a ninja and no one will pickpocket me. FALSE!

  • I actually am a ninja and I don’t do careless things with my passport and neither should you. I conceal my passport under my clothing. As mentioned above, passports are valuable and pickpockets know this. Don’t fool yourself into thinking no one can outsmart you.
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Travel Insurance: Lessons Learned from Hurricane Irene

28 Aug

If you’re planning a vacation be smart and get travel insurance. In 2011, hundreds of travelers were left stranded because of Hurricane Irene and we can learn from their experience.

When is Hurricane Season?
In the Caribbean hurricane season runs from May through November, and in the Atlantic it is from June through November. So if you’re planning a cruise to the Caribbean, Bermuda, or the Bahamas during that time you need to prepare for the possibility your cruise might be impacted by severe weather.

What Happened to Cruise Passengers During Hurricane Irene?

  • Left Behind in Puerto Rico – About 450 passengers got stranded in San Juan, Puerto Rico when their ships were forced to depart earlier than expected at the last minute. Royal Caribbean claimed that they didn’t have enough time to contact the passengers that were left behind. Out of these 145 Royal Caribbean passengers, 15 of them were lucky to have booked their air travel through the cruise line and were given a hotel room and a flight to meet the ship at the next port. The other 130 had to fend for themselves. This means they had to find and pay out of pocket: hotel, meals, and a flight to the next port. This could easily amount to thousands of dollars. If these passengers had travel insurance they still would have to pay up front, but those expenses would be reimbursed by their travel insurance company. Carnival Cruise lines had 300 passengers left behind and kindly gave them all hotels and flights to meet the ship regardless of whether or not the passengers had booked air transfers through them, but this is the exception to the rule. In fact, they are under no obligation to do so. It says it in the fine print of your contract when you purchase your ticket. Unless you are a gambler, then be prudent and get travel insurance.
  • Early Departure From New York – Several cruise lines had to depart early from New York, too. This time passengers were given 24 hours notice so they could try their hardest to get there in time, but certainly some did not make it. Again, if they had booked their flights through the cruise line they would be all set, but if not they would need to incur all the expenses themselves. Travel insurance would have made that burden a lot lighter.
  • Lost a Day – There was also another totally different problem that arose because of Hurricane Irene. Some cruise passengers had their trip shortened by a day. While some cruise lines offered to reimburse the passengers for part of the missed day, others may not. The cruise line does not have any responsibility or obligation to reimburse passengers for the missed day. One should assume that they will not. If in the end they do then be pleasantly surprised. Travel insurance will pay for that missed day. Why leave it up to chance? Protect your investment.
Other Reasons for Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is a wise thing to have even when you are not heading into hurricane season. There are dozens of other reasons your trip might be interrupted, canceled, or cut short. Here are three biggies:
  • Medical – You, an immediate family member, or your travel partner could get sick, injured, or die either before or during your vacation. Traditional customer service rules do not apply to the travel industry. They will not feel sorry and give you a refund no matter how heartbreaking your situation is. Life is unpredictable. I was an emergency department nurse and have seen every conceivable unexpected thing happen to people right before they are about to leave on their trip of a lifetime. Some things have even happened to me. My mother suddenly got very ill while I was away in Bermuda. In fact she died 12 hours after I got home. It was good to know I could fly home at a moments notice and not have to worry about how much it was going to cost. My parents had booked a trip to Turkey and Greece that month as well. Needless to say it didn’t happen and thankfully they always take out travel insurance so my father didn’t have to deal with that burden in addition to the loss of his beloved wife.
  • Lost Luggage – Airlines and cruise line occasionally lose luggage. If this happens you’re sailing off to paradise with only the clothes on your back. Travel insurance will help you recoup the losses of buying new clothing. It’s tricker when you’re on a cruise because you can’t just go to the mall and go shopping. You’re stuck shopping on the ship or at port which can be pricey.
  • Company Going Under – This happened to a dear friend of mine. All her life she wanted to go to Ireland and when she finally got to go, the travel company went bankrupt and left her stranded in Ireland half way through the trip. She had to pay for the hotel (which the company had defaulted on) and her flight back to the United States. Sadly she did not have travel insurance and lost it all including the cost of the trip!
Additional Resources
There are plenty of people that know a lot more about insurance than I do, so here’s a link to some experts that will help guide you in the right direction:

My NCL Dawn Review for Cruise Critic

20 Jul

Dawn Review – Bermuda July 1-8, 2011 (written for CruiseCritic.com)

OVERVIEW – Absolutely perfect vacation. As soon as we got home, we re-booked the same room for next year.

ABOUT US – My husband (mid-40’s) and I (mid-30’s) have been on 3 NCL cruises from Boston to Bermuda (2009, 2010, 2011). I have also cruised on the Epic in April 2011 and with Renaissance Cruises (now Oceania) in 1994.

EMBARKATION –  Extremely efficient (the quickest of all our trips). We arrived at the Black Falcon Terminal in Boston at 11am. Porters were waiting at the curbside to collect our baggage as we drove up. My husband dropped me off and parked across the street in the garage. There were about 5 people waiting for the officer to check passports and to be ushered up the escalator to the check-in desk. At the top, we were given a number (15) and went right up to the counter. After checking in, we went to the waiting area for our number to be called, but before we could sit down, they were ready for number 15 and we were on our way up to the ship. By 11:30 we were sitting at the Java Cafe ordering drinks. I’ve heard others talk about very long lines to check in, so getting there early really paid off.

LATE SAILING – It should be noted that the Dawn was 2 hours late leaving Boston because of the remodeling being done on the ship, but it did not affect our arrival to Bermuda. Many people were complaining, but we could care less. We’re on the ship, the band was playing, drinks were being served and we were having a great time at the pool. It could’ve stayed in Boston for 7 days and we still would have had a blast.

CABIN  – We stayed in balcony room 10696 and re-booked this room for next year because we like it so much. It’s small, like most rooms on a cruise are, but it was clean and comfortable. The room was right near the aft elevators so it was very conveniently located and the views from the balcony were breathtaking. I thought the bed was great, but my husband complained it was too firm. The mini-bar was missing some items (peanuts, a water, a beer, and a wine), but we weren’t planning on using them anyway. However, I was worried we would be charged for the missing items, so I wrote on the order form what was missing and we were never charged. There were some minor things that were wrong, but not worth getting upset about – initially there was a slight odor of urine in the toilet area (it appeared spotless and went away later that night), the curtains had several small pinholes that let streams of light in, and a couple times our stewardess only left one set of clean towels. She was quick to bring more and was always smiling and helpful.

POOL AREA – The pool itself is small like the pools on the Epic and Spirit. It was crowded on sea days, but that’s what makes it fun in our opinion. The music was good and there were plenty of people to talk to. The pool-side BBQs were great the smell of charcoal while out on the open water is so wonderful. The stairs around the pool are very slippery. A boy fell and hit his head early on in the cruise. He was attended to immediately and taken away in a wheelchair. I was impressed because shortly after he was taken care of, staff came out to investigate and take pictures of the area. It’s nice to know that they take such mishaps seriously. Most of the time we hung out at the Bimini Bar because it’s shaded and we enjoyed the staff there – friendly and quick. I also think they had the best drinks on the ship. One thing to note – the ships has a deal on beer – buy five get one free – that comes in a bucket of ice, but the bucket is not free. There is a deposit added for the bucket that is refundable when you return it along with your receipt. We ran into several people that did not realize this. It’s clearly marked on the receipt, but somehow people still miss it.

CASINO –  My husband truly enjoyed the casino. I don’t care to gamble, but he likes the $5 black jack table and the 2 cent slots. He walked away with more than he spent, so all is good.

ENTERTAINMENT – We enjoyed the Caribbean-style band that played as well as DJ Patrick and DJ Impakt. We also saw the Bollywood show on the last night which was outstanding. Having just been on the Epic and seeing Cirque, the Bollywood show was just as exciting and professionally done. I also went to the Italian wine tasting and the martini tasting. They were worth the $15. The drinks were good and the lectures were very informative. Our cruise director Johnny Cash Sanchez was funny and very entertaining. There seemed to be less announcements through the intercom this year – which was nice for a change. On past cruises they’ve been excessive.

SHOPPING – The Dawn has the usual shops. The duty-free shops were open once we were in international waters. It’s always a bargain to buy liquor and cigarettes (if that is your thing – however be sure you know what the max allowed by US customs is so that you don’t violate the laws). There was a good selection of NCL-themed t-shirts and sweatshirts. The jewelery shop had a nice selection with daily specials.

FOOD – The food was the best we’ve had on any cruise – delicious, beautifully presented, nice variety. We at the both main dining rooms (Venetian and Aqua) as well as the buffet. We did intend to go to Teppanyaki, but we never got around to making reservations and it was always full when we looked. Next time we will book it on the first day. It was no big deal, the food was so good in the restaurants we did eat in that we did not feel as if we missed out on anything.

BERMUDA – Words cannot describe how amazing Bermuda is. It is truly paradise. We have friends on the island so we spent our time with them hanging out and going to the beach.

DISEMBARKATION – This is the one thing that could use some improvement. It took a long time to get off the ship (close to an hour). We did the ‘easy walk-off’ and left our room at 8:45. The line was long and wrapped around the entire deck on the 7th floor. Getting though customs was quick, so the only hold up was waiting in line for NCL to scan our cards.

Rum Swizzle Recipe

15 Jul

Here’s how to make one of Bermuda’s most famous drinks – the Rum Swizzle.

Put the following ingredients into a drink shaker (makes one serving):

  • 1 ounce (30 ml) Gosling’s Dark Rum
  • 1 ounce (30 ml) Gosling’s Gold Rum
  • Dash of Angostura Bitters
  • Dash of Grenadine
  • Several ice cubes
  • Fill the rest of the shaker with equal portions of pineapple and orange juice.

Shake well and pour into a glass. Add a float of Dark Rum on the top if you want to make it stronger. Enjoy!

Why Cruise to Bermuda?

15 Jul

Why cruise to Bermuda? Because it is the most affordable way to visit the island. You can have a week long vacation in which you will have 3 days on the island for about a thousand dollars per person (give or take a few hundred depending on the time of year and type of cabin). Bermuda is an expensive place to visit, but cruising makes possible for many people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to go.

Myths about cruising that are completely untrue:

  • Cruising is only for old people – Nope there people in of all ages that cruise: are young couples, families with kids, groups of women going to escape from the families, and of course retired people, too. There is a great deal of variety.
  • Seasickness is a big problem – Not if you take the right precautions. We get a prescription for TransDerm Scop patches. It completely prevents motion sickness – even when we sailed through a hurricane. There’s also other medications and some homeopathic remedies. I suggest talking to your primary care provider about which is the best option for you.
  • Cruise ships are full of germs – Let me preface this by saying I’m a public health nurse. This is my area of expertise — Cruise lines are extremely cautious about germs spreading. Of course, whenever you put thousands of people together there is the possibility of getting sick, but hand sanitizers are everywhere and every precaution is taken to prevent outbreaks of illnesses. The Centers for Disease  Control and Prevention keep track of each and every outbreak. As  you can see from the report from the Vessel Sanitation Program, out the millions of people who cruise every year only a small portion have had a problem. There’s also been sensationalized stories of bedbugs on cruise ships, but let me assure you, there’s always the chance the Ritz has them, too. Bed bugs are equal opportunity pest and not as common as the media makes it out to be. It’s silly to avoid vacations because of some exaggerated hype. If  you want some factual information about bed bugs visit IdentifyUS.
  • You are forced to dine at specific times and  have to share a table with people you don’t know – Many cruise lines have flexible dining options. NCL is famous for their freestyle cruises – eat when you want, where you want, with whomever you want, wearing what ever you want. Of course, if you want to have the traditional cruise ship dining and mandatory formal nights, there are still cruise lines that cater to those customers.

Want to find a cruise to Bermuda? For 2011, the following cruise lines are contracted to go to Bermuda:

A few others make occasional stops in Bermuda – Carnival, Crystal Cruises, Island Cruises, but they are not regulars to the island.
The summer months are the most popular time to cruise to Bermuda, but many cruise lines sail there May-September. A few also go in March, April, October, and November.

The Bone Fish Bar and Grill

15 Jul

If you’re cruising to Bermuda and your ship is in the Dockyard, the first restaurant you’ll see is The Bone Fish Bar and Grill (please note it is not related to the chain restaurant with a similar name found in the USA. The Bermudian Bone Fish is MUCH better.). I am such a huge fan of this place. We’ve been so there so many times we’ve become good friends with everyone there: Livio – the owner and chef, Phillip, Matteo and Gary – behind the bar, and the other staff including Luca and Bernard. When you go tell them Lorinda and Carlos sent you!

Livio and Carlos (my husband)

Livio and Carlos (my husband)

I highly recommend the fish chowder. Now Bermuda fish chowder is unlike chowder you might be familiar with from the United States. Fish chowder is more like a stew. Here’s a picture, but you have to taste it in order to truly appreciate it.

Fish Chowder at The Bone Fish Bar and Grill

Fish Chowder at The Bone Fish Bar and Grill

The Bone Fish also has delicious seafood, classic Italian dishes, and really good nachos.

Nachos at The Bone Fish

Nachos at The Bone Fish

And of course, there is a fine selection of drinks including Bermuda’s famous ones – rum swizzle, dark and stormy. You can even get a souvenir glass to take home. I have quite a collection!

Rum Swizzle in a Bone Fish glass

Here’s a Rum Swizzle I made at home in one of my Bone Fish glasses.

One thing not to be missed is the entertainment! On Sundays, one of Bermuda’s greatest guitarists, Randy Lambert, performs, and on Mondays they have Salsa Night where instructors teach you how to dance salsa, merengue, and bachata.

Phillip, Carlos and Randy

Phillip, Carlos (my husband), and guitarist Randy Lambert

Bone Fish Bar & Grill
6 Dockyard Terrace
Dockyard, Bermuda
Call: 234 – 5151

Art in Bermuda: Lisa Rego

15 Jul

Bermuda and art go hand in hand. In fact, City Hall and the Arts Center are in the same building! There are many fabulous artist in Bermuda, and my favorite is Lisa Rego. We have two of her pieces hanging in our living room:

Afternoon Shadows by Lisa Rego

Afternoon Shadows by Lisa Rego

Apricot Harmony by Lisa Rego

Apricot Harmony by Lisa Rego

With Lisa Rego in her Studio

With Lisa Rego (in center) at her Gallery at the Clocktower Mall

We’ve also purchase three more and they are due to arrive in a month or so. Lisa’s artwork speaks to us in a way no other Bermudian artists work does. She has a way of capturing, not only the beauty of the island, but the beauty of the people. Yes there are spectacular beaches, gorgeous architecture, gourmet food, world-class golf courses, but what makes Bermuda truly unique are it’s citizens. I’ve traveled extensively in Europe and Central America, but I’ve never encountered people as gracious as the Bermudians. Their sincerity is genuine and their love for their island is palpable. Lisa Rego captures this in her paintings.

You can find Lisa Rego at her gallery in the Clocktower Mall at the Royal Naval Dockyard on the west side of the island.

Cruising to Bermuda on the NCL Dawn from Boston

15 Jul

My husband and I have been on NCL’s Boston to Bermuda cruise several times on both the Spirit and the Dawn. We’d like to share some advice from our past experience. Remember the golden rule of cruising – you have to try very hard to have a bad cruise. It’s a given, no matter what cruiseline you’re on, occasionally there will certain be things that annoy you  – such as rude passengers, bad weather, a meal that doesn’t suit your liking, or not being able to find a chair by the pool – but you, and only you, are in control of whether or not it ruins your vacation. There is truth in the old adage that ‘a bad day at sea is better than a good day at work!’ So without further ado, here are my suggestions for a fun, trouble-free cruise to Bermuda:

  • Arrive Early – to the Black Falcon Terminal in Boston. Any later than 11:30 mean long lines to board. We usually arrive between 10:30-11.
  • Staterooms and Luggage – Rooms are usually never ready until 2pm and luggage is rarely delivered until late afternoon, so keep anything you cannot live without for a few hours with you. I’m terribly neurotic about this and bring a backpack filled with all medications, jewelery, valuable electronics, and at least one change of clothes. Of course I’m stuck lugging it around with me all afternoon, but it gives me piece of mind, lol.
  • Staying in Touch – It can be very costly to keep in touch with family back home. Cell phones work but there are hefty roaming charges while on the ship and on the island (for example, with ATT it’s $2.50/min depending on the plan you have). The ship has Internet access. You pay by the minute to use the ship’s computers or to access their wifi with your own device. The web is very slow (it’s almost like the old dial-up days, lol) because it’s using a satellite connection. If you’re going to be using it frequently, you might want to buy one of the packages they sell on board. Be careful if you have a smartphone because they are always fetching data from apps even when no messages are coming through. I keep my phone in flight-mode which means the radio signal is off so that calls, emails, and messages from Facebook, Google+ and Twitter don’t make their way through, but I can still access my music, ebooks, and camera. While on the island, if you plan to make local calls, it’s cheapest to use a pay phone (bring some quarters), and if you plan to call home frequently check with your cell phone provider about an international roaming package. Bermuda installed island-wide wifi hotspots in 2013. You can get more info on their packages on the TBI website. You can buy the internet cards once you get off the ship at Island Outfitters which is next to The Bone Fish Bar and Grill. It’s hard to miss.
  • Breakfast – We start the day off by ordering a carafe of coffee for room service (use order form and leave it on your doorknob before you go to bed the night before) and then leisurely get ready to go to The Venetian main dining room for breakfast. There can be some ridiculously long lines at the buffet for breakfast – especially later in the morning.
  • Lunch – My favorite place is to go to the Bimini Bar above the pool for a quick burger and a ‘drink of the day’ then lounge around and listen to the band play.
  • Dinner – If you want a reservation at Teppanyaki or Churrascaria Brazilian Steakhouse, make a reservation as soon as you embark in Boston – these restaurants fill up quickly. We usually stick to the main dining rooms and go around 5:45 so we can beat the crowd and get a table by the window. We’ll skip dessert and get something up at buffet later in the night.
  • On Board Activities – I love to go to the wine tastings and the martini tastings. They’re well worth the $15 charge. They give you decent sized samples and they are very informative. While I’m off doing that, my husband likes to go to the casino. There’s also bingo, scrapbooking workshops, quiet time in the library, Broadway-quality shows, night clubs, gem stone seminars, live music playing at various places around the ship, and many other activities to keep you busy. The ship has a decent gym. It’s got ellipticals, treadmills, one rowing machine, free weights (up to at least 60lbs if I remember correctly), benches include – incline, decline, and flat,  machines include – lat pulldown, leg curl, leg press, chest press, abs, triceps, biceps, shoulder press. There is a room for TRX, mats, and a few bands and balls. There are no barbells so forget about squats, bench press, and deadlifts for the week. I also did not see any kettlebells.
  • Portraits – Some say the portraits taken on the ship are expensive, but I think they’re worth it. Usually there is a sale where you buy x-amount of prints and get one free. For us it’s the only time we get to have our photo taken together. Keep your eye on the daily newsletter for photo sessions offered throughout the ship.
  • First Day in Bermuda (Sunday) – The ship arrives on Sunday and many things in Bermuda are closed, but the beaches are open. We usually hop on the bus to Horseshoe Bay and spend the day there then catch the bus back in the late afternoon. The buses have a different schedule on Sundays so be sure you know when the last bus leaves so you’re not suck with a $40 cab ride back to the boat. In the evening we like to go to The Bone Fish Bar and Grill to listen to Randy Lambert play Spanish guitar. He’s known as the Bermudian Jimi Hendrix and he’s an amazing musician. Our friend Livio owns The Bone Fish – so be sure to tell him Lorinda and Carlos sent you. Also say hi to our friends behind the bar – Phillip, Matteo, and Gary, and the wonderful staff including Luca and Bernard.
  • Buses and Ferries – We’ve always taken public transportation while in Bermuda. It’s safe, reliable, and inexpensive. You can buy a 1, 2, 0r 3-day pass that includes the bus and ferry. Note: There is often a long line for the bus/ferry at the Dockyard on Sunday when passengers first disembark and on Monday when the Royal Caribbean ship arrives in the morning. So plan accordingly – either be one of the first off the ship or wait until the lines thin out. The ferry schedules (including info on 1, 2, and 3-day passes) can be found on the Bermuda Department of Marine and Port Services website.
  • Taxis – They are expensive, but a good driver will also serve as a tour guide and give you information about the island that you will not hear anywhere else. My good friend, Donovan, is a taxi driver. I can give you his number if you’re interested in a private tour.
  • Scooters – I would not recommend renting one unless you’re a seasoned rider. It looks easy in the Dockyard area because the roads are wide and straight, but it is misleading. Not only do they drive on the left in Bermuda, but the roads get very narrow and windy. Buses and cars will pass dangerously close the scooters forcing nervous riders suddenly off the road. There are also rotaries and they go clockwise rather than counterclockwise in the USA.
  • Second Day in Bermuda (Monday) – We like to hop on the Ferry to St. Georges first thing in the  morning. It’s the farthest away so we head there first. In St. Georges there are cute little shops, Fort St. Catherine to explore, and Tobacco Bay to relax at. On the way back, take the bus and stop at The Swizzle Inn or Crystal Caves. You may also want to take the Ferry to Hamilton instead to shop some more (be aware that the stores close early around 5pm). Be sure to get back to the Dockyard in the evening to enjoy Salsa Night at the The Bone Fish Bar and Grill.
  • Third Day in Bermuda (Tuesday) – We like to stick close to the ship because it leaves in the afternoon. So we explore the Dockyard. Top picks are the Clocktower Mall (we love the Lisa Rego Art Gallery – we have 5 of her paintings and look forward to collecting more), The Bermuda Rum Cake Company to sample their delicious cakes (they make great souvenirs), Dockyard Glassworks to watch them make beautiful pieces of art, and the Bermuda Craft Market for some unique handmade items, cases of Barritt’s Ginger Beer (our favorite), and jars of Gombey Pepper Jam by the Bermuda Jam Factory. Some people venture off to Hamilton, but be careful to leave plenty of time to return to the ship. The ferries fill up fast soon after noontime. Worse case scenario you’ll need to take a taxi back and it could cost you $50 or more. People always gather out on their balconies to cheer ‘Go! Go! Go!’ to people that come running down the pier just in the nick of time to board the ship so don’t let yourself be one of them.
  • Back On Board – It’s time to enjoy the ship again. Take advantage of the events they have to offer – wine tastings, poolside activities, bingo, casino, workshops, duty free shopping (but don’t forget about those U.S. Customs regulations).
  • Duty-Free Limits – U.S. Customs has very strict regulations for what you are and aren’t allowed to bring back. If you’ve bought expensive art or jewelery be sure you’re aware of the limits imposed (for example $800 worth of items per person). If you’re planning on buying alcohol or cigarettes on board, be aware to the current U.S. Customs regulations regarding the maximum amount allowed. At the time I’m writing this the max is 200 cigarettes per person and one liter of alcohol per person. Check here for updates: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/vacation/kbyg/.
  • White Hot Party – It’s usually one of the last nights on the ship. Everyone dresses up in white and heads down to the Spinnaker Lounge for music and drinks.
  • Disembarkation – Be sure to review the information and plan accordingly – especially if you have an early flight to catch. The lines can be really long – for both the elevators and to be scanned out. This past year it took us an hour to get off the ship.

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Hello world!

15 Jul

I’ve been asked by many people what I recommend for them to do while in Bermuda, so what better way than to put in all in one place. There are certainly other things to do and see aside from what I mention, but this is Bermuda through my eyes. It’s not meant to be a comprehensive travel guide, but rather a reflection of my own experiences, and if it inspires you to go there or participate in the conversation then that’s icing on the cake. I hope you enjoy My Bermuda Blog.

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