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Cruise to Bermuda - How much money for spending?

I am taking my family of 4 on a 5 night cruise to Bermuda from Cape LIberty. We are going on the Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas. I have NO IDEA how much to budget for spending money! This is our first cruise ever and want to have enough so we don't worry about doing some fun things but at the same time I don't want to over-save and stress out our budget leading up to the cruise which is in September. It will be me, my husband and 2 teenage boys. We are fine eating in the restaurants that are included with the cost of the cruise ship.

Any thoughts? Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Cruise to Bermuda - How much money for spending?

As we have no idea what your plans are I'm afraid that we can't help you. Are you talking about money to spend in Bermuda itself or while you are on board?

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2. Re: Cruise to Bermuda - How much money for spending?

It depends what you plan on doing. You will most likely have lunch outside the ship as you will be out about on the island. I would budget $10 -20 per person for lunch. I know many passengers couldn't fathom paying for lunch and head back to the ship. There are lots of boat excursions from dockyard and I would do at least one of those, ask for Donna at the Island Tour Center desk, she knows her stuff.. Lots of passengers seem to just buy a three day pass and buy a couple of T shirts and a couple of lunches which will run you about $80 per person all in. I would budget $250 - 350 per person if you plan on doing boat excursions. If this is your first time to Bermuda you will be amazed by its beauty.

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3. Re: Cruise to Bermuda - How much money for spending?

Forgot to mention you will need about $12 per day per person for a lounge and umbrella at beaches like Horseshoe. Also entry fees to the Maritime Museum, Gibbs Hill Lighthouse and Crystal Caves (I recommend seeing all of them) So I would say a minimum of $150 per person. Also don't forget to bring your snorkeling equipment and go Church Bay and swim out to the rocks sticking out of the water out to the right. You need to be a fairly good swimmer and only go if the water is fairly calm. It will be the best snorkeling you have ever done. The snorkeling at snorkel park is OK. There are lots of fish to see but the coral is damaged from people standing on it. Have fun.

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4. Re: Cruise to Bermuda - How much money for spending?

Thanks! Not sure what we are going to do as it is our first time. We will only be docked for 2 days so that will limit how much we can do. Thanks for the feedback!

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5. Re: Cruise to Bermuda - How much money for spending?

For a Royal Caribbean 5-night Bermuda cruise you'll have a bit less than two(2) days/one(1) night in Bermuda (arriving Monday at approx. 9:00 AM...departing Tuesday at 4:00 PM). If you're aboard RCL's 'Explorer of the Seas' Sept.06th sailing, NCL's 'Dawn' will also be in port. If you're aboard the Sept. 20th sailing, yours will be the only cruise ship in port (3,000 fewer cruisers and crew competing for the same buses, ferries, spots on the beach, etc).

As noted above, how much you'll spend on-shore in Bermuda depends entirely on your own personal/family preferences, priorities, interests, etc. The '..$15 burger..' is alive and well in Bermuda but you can find places to stop for lunches while out 'n about that are less. Ya' just gotta' pick your spots.

A 1-day public TRANSPORTATION PASS (good for 'hop-on/hop-off' access to all public bus & ferry routes) will run $15...2-day TRANSPORTATION PASS--$25. Booklet of 15 individual TICKETS--$30...available for sale at the '..TOURS..' kiosk at the landward-end of your King's/Heritage Wharf cruise ship pier once you arrive. With gas in the $8/gal. range, taxis tend to be expensive in Bermuda.

BERMUDA FERRY INFO--(Routes, schedules, etc)--

http://www.seaexpress.bm/

(***NOTE*** The ORANGE--Dockyard-Saint George's public ferry schedule will be DIFFER on Mondays & Tuesdays)

BERMUDA BUS INFO--(Routes, schedules, etc)--

www.gov.bm/portal/server.pt…

BERMUDA--Handy Reference Map--(Orientation, lay-out, relative locations)--

gotobermuda.com/uploadedFiles/GetHere/MapsAn…

If you telephone 1-800-BERMUDA (237-6832) they will send you a 'paper' copy (19"x 14") of this handy, cleverly-designed, free folding, tourist map to refer to prior to your arrival.

Take some time to familiarize yourselves with the bus and ferry routes to help to plan your brief port call. Bermuda's public transportation system--buses and ferries--is excellent and will take to you to (or near to) just about anywhere you may want to go while in Bermuda. Just about every minute, of every mile, of every public bus and ferry route is a '..great ride..'.

ROYAL NAVAL DOCKYARD INFO--(King's/Heritage Wharf)--

http://www.thewestend.bm/

DOCKYARD Weekly Schedule of Events--

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DOCKYARD Web Cam--

http://portbermudawebcam.com/

DOCKYARD DIAGRAM / MAP--

explore-bermuda.com/images/kings-wharf-bermu…

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6. Re: Cruise to Bermuda - How much money for spending?

Thanks! We are on the September 6th boat.

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7. Re: Cruise to Bermuda - How much money for spending?

Thank you so much for such an informative post, i really appreciate it!

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8. Re: Cruise to Bermuda - How much money for spending?

Hello, can you please recommend a good beach to visit with family, not very far from the port(Royal naval dockyard), we are sailing on celebrity summit on the 29th of june. Also, if we want to do mostly beaches and sightseeing, and we have 3 days, how would you plan out the days in order to see the island. We will be relying on buses and ferries to get around.

Thank you very much

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When you arrive, look for a BLUE FLAG certified taxi tour guide (identified by a Blue Flag decal, medallion or 'fender flag on their taxi). Take one of these private taxi tours. BLUE FLAG AMBASSADOR taxi tour guides are usually independent taxi owner/operators (rather than tour companies) are VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE about all things '..Bermuda..' and can usually 'customize' your tour to highlight those things that you may have particular interest in--art & architecture, parks & gardens, general/military history, flora & fauna, etc. The charge runs approx. $50 per hour with a three(3) hour minimum. Other taxi drivers offer tours (some are pretty good) but these drivers have taken the time and undergone the certification process. Given the choice, go with a BLUE FLAG certified driver. Compared to the prices of other 'group' tours, these private tours are relative bargains.

OR....take some time to do some basic destination research and do your own DIY tour of Bermuda, employing Bermuda's excellent public transportation system--buses and ferries. The system is economic and convenient (with the purchase of a 'hop-on/hop-off' public TRANSPORTATION PASS...and easy to figure out and use on your own (assuming you can make your way through a revolving door without audio-visual aids) and will take you to (or near to) just about everywhere in tiny Bermuda that you may want to go.

One possible DIY '..itinerary..' would be to board an early morning ORANGE--Dockyard-Saint George's ferry at the public ferry dock, locted at the landward-end of your King's/Heritage Wharf cruise ship pier within the Royal Naval Dockyard complex. Take the ORANGE route ferry to the '..olde towne..' of Saint George's (approx. 40-45 mins). Poke around Saint George's...check out TOBACCO BAY beach on the back-side of town...have lunch...then '..hop-on..' a #1 (most scenic) or #3--Saint George's-Hamilton bus to the original SWIZZLE INN for lunch (approx. 20 mins)...or go on to TOM MOORE'S JUNGLE to hike through, swim in a limestone cave...or... to CRYSTAL & FANTASY CAVES attraction....from here take a #3 bus to the BERMUDA AQUARIUM & ZOO...or a #1 bus to downtown Hamilton...poke 'round downtown Hamilton...stop for a drink...then take EITHER the BLUE--Hamilton-Dockyard ferry from the main Ferry Terminal, along the waterfront in downtown Hamilton back to where you began your day that morning...OR...take a #7--Hamilton-Via South Shore Beaches-Dockyard bus from the main Bus terminal, up next to City Hall, out along Bermuda's magnificent south shore...'hop-off' at one of the great beaches out along this stretch (Warwick Long Bay, Jobson's Cove, Stonehole Bay, Chaplin Bay, Horseshoe Bay...or just keep going until you're back where you began your day that morning at Dockyard. You will have done your own '..circumnavigation..' of tiny Bermuda '..by land 'n sea..'. As you might imagine, you can add to or subtract from this rough '..itinerary..' anywhere along the way...any time you like. With the public TRANSPORTATION PASS you can '..hop-on/hop-off..' at any likely looking spot or just sit back and enjoy the view from the '...picture windows..' (not just an idle expression in beautiful Bermuda) as you please.

SAINT GEORGE'S INFO--

http://www.stgeorgestown.bm/

http://www.bermudaworldheritage.org/

http://www.somerswharf.com/

bermuda-attractions.com/bermuda_000010.htm

http://www.whitehorsebermuda.com/

bermuda-attractions.com/bermuda_00025d.htm

www.stgeorgesclub.bm/Pages/TheBeachHouse.aspx

http://www.buzzcafe.bm/

http://www.wahoos.bm/

http://www.swizzleinn.com/

wanderingeducators.com/best/traveling/inside…

http://www.caves.bm/

http://www.bamz.org/

http://www.buei.org/

http://www.cityhall.bm/

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10. Re: Cruise to Bermuda - How much money for spending?

Bermuda tends to be very expensive, so you might need a large budget.