BERMUDA (KING'S WHARF) PORT REVIEW
Given that one of us uses a walker, we weren't even sure we'd leave the ship when in port, but we did, all three days. We didn't use any of the ship's excursions, because none really fit our needs (and we couldn't predict our stamina anyway, this being our first cruise post-surgery).
DOCKYARD (KING'S WHARF) was a good introduction. A little train pulls up to the ship, loads passengers and circumnavigates the port, making several stops. The last car has a disability symbol on it, which doesn't mean it's reserved for people with disabilities, but rather that it's the only car that can accommodate walkers & wheelchairs. If you've got a walker or wheelchair and the car is full, folks won't necessarily leave to make room for you. We just stayed on the train for the roundtrip. Later, the non-disabled one of us took a walk to Snorkle Beach (essentially a wading pool) and the Fort (don't miss it, the ramparts walk is superb!).
ST. GEORGE'S is a 40-minute ferry ride away, only 4 ferries a day and the ferry line is long. Everyone gets aboard, though, and the crew is fine about helping people with walkers. On board, there's a pretty good lecture about the town. St. George's, despite being hyped as relaxed, quiet, quaint and low-key, is actually . . . relaxed, quaint, quiet and low-key. And pastel. And accessible! Built to accommodate motor-scooters, every outdoor flight of stairs has a ramp alternative. Even St. Peter's Church (oldest Protestant church building in this hemisphere), which has a daunting staircase in front, is reachable through the rear churchyard by rolling up the side streets. To see the rest of the town, we simply rolled up one street, then down another, most of the sights being right there. Tavern by the Sea is a great lunch spot, overlooking the bay. The return ferry "line" is more like a mob, but everyone gets on board. People with walkers and wheelchairs should arrive early.
HAMILTON, a 20-minute ferry ride away, is a cinch. Good shopping, ramped sidewalks, original Bermuda shorts available at The English Sports Shop on Front Street (they also have a shop in St. George's). The streets are arcaded in case of rain. The ferry ride there and back passes some wonderful homes and properties, though town-house style developments seem to encroach more and more.