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CalGal2's Port Reviews of St. George's, Hamilton
Veendam cruise in July 2011
Member Name: CalGal2
Cruise Date: July 2011
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
Destination: Bermuda
Member Review: CalGal2's Veendam Review
St. George's
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
Destination - Bermuda is beautiful. Everyone speaks English and American money taken everywhere. Even our credit card charges in port were charged in US dollars and no conversion fees. Very friendly, helpful people; terrific bus and ferry system. Don't rent scooters. Roads are very narrow, t hey drive on the left side and there are no shoulders (i.e., no room for error).

Missed port of St. George on Veendam went directly to Hamilton, but they gave us voucher for one day transportation ($12) that we used to take bus from Hamilton. HAL said it was due to weather; it did rain in the am, but also heard that they regularly miss that port and it is such a hassle with the 1 1/2 hour each way trip tender ride/process, that most people welcome extra day in Hamilton with free day's transportation. First stop Crystal caves $20 pp - seen one cave, seen them all- nothing special; short walk from caves to Swizzle Inn for a Rum swizzle, basically your average rum punch in a landmark bar. Went for ice cream at Baileys across from Swizzle Inn. Then continued on bus to St. George itself - cute town square, dunking stool, stockcades; Deliverance ship and statue; shops, good photos of water and unfinished church up the hill. Tried to find Tobacco Bay, but walked the wrong way (left of church) up a steep hill and too exhausted to backtrack (to the right of the church)in the muggy heat that afternoon. Pretty scenery. 45 minute bus ride back to Hamilton, overall good day.

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Port Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
HAL Veendam (first day St. George) Day 2 Husband golfed at Belmont Hills (par 70 - $149 w/cart, I think) He took taxi from Hamilton cruise terminal $20 one way. Hard course despite par 70 and not very well kept up he said. I went to Horseshoe bay with relatives - A/C bus ride from Hamilton bus terminal (two blocks to left of cruise terminal and two blocks up) $5 round trip; Clean, gorgeous soft sand beach, warm water, gentle waves; no shells. $11 for each beach chair or umbrella with additional $5 ea deposit. Worth it for the day. Snack bar selling soft drinks ($3),beer ($5?), rum punch ($8?) and usual fried fare ($5- $10). Huge rock formation to climb on; tide pool and sheltered cove to the right. Gets crowded. Be there by 10 am for some solitude. Changing rooms with showers and bathrooms (no fee). Long hill down from bus stop. Hard, hot walk back up - take $2 van ride up if you have old people, kids, just too much stuff or too tired to walk about 1/4 mile. Took bus back to Hamilton. Be careful about which side of street you stand on. The side closest to the beach is to Dockyards; you have to cross the street to go back to Hamilton. Exact change or transportation pass. Day 3 Husband golfed at Belmont again. I bought $12 all-day transportation pass and took 11-ish am ferry to Dockyards (Ferry terminal two blocks to the left of Hamilton cruise terminal) - nice 30 minute ferry ride over; great pictures and scenery, past pretty houses and yachts. Typical "cruise town"; X - Summit and NCL Gem there - and 5000 people. Walked around fort, clock tower shops (glassblower, rum factory, pottery works.) checked out Fort and Frog and Onion Pub - too early for a drink. Took 1:15-ish Ferry back to meet husband at Ferry Terminal, then we both took bus back to Horseshoe Bay for afternoon swim. This time took bus from Horseshoe to Dockyards (for a change of scenery), walked around a little with Hubby and then took 5:15 pm ferry back to Hamilton, so he could see those areas too. On the bus, I had a delightful conversation with retired English resident of Bermuda (former headmaster of a private school on the island), whose wife had died three years ago and had left him a list of eligible women he could marry after she was gone. He was well known in the community and women tried to bribe him to find out where they were on the list and move up! My husband thinks he was trying to get me on the list. LOL! He was eventually sponsored by someone on this list to allow him to stay in Bermuda - but not married. Was in traditional dress - Bermuda shorts with jacket and tie, knee socks.

Day 4 - walked off ship and around Hamilton; Had a Dark and Stormy at the Hog Breath Inn (can you say 1950's Highball?) Nothing dark or stormy about it, expect maybe the bartender; shopped for some souvenirs - nothing's cheap there. Back on ship at noon for 1 pm departure back to NY.

Nice place, very clean, upscale - would go again. Next time would try to do a portion of the Railroad Trail that runs through a large section of the island (No motorized vehicles allowed) and maybe a few other beaches, like Elbow.

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