Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Star New York to Bermuda September 2012
Day 1– Sunday
Embarkation from New York City
I arrived at the pier around 10:20am and met up with a friend of mine “D” who invited me on this wonderful last hurrah of summer vacation, after taking some photos of the outside of the Star from pier 88 we made our way inside, within about 40 minutes we were on the ship. Being there earlier than later is definitely an advantage if you’d like to start your voyage without waiting at check-in.
Once we boarded we had the opportunity to go to Cagney’s for lunch but as we were both vegetarian opted for Versailles as we had a hankering for Vietnamese Summer Rolls. After taking our photo with “The Statue of Liberty” we made our way there for lunch.
We spent our time walking around the ship and thinking about the activities that we wanted to participate in later. Within a short period of time they told us that our staterooms were ready and that we could head there if we liked. So we went off to see what it would look like. We chose an inside stateroom for this trip and though I’d stayed in a studio stateroom on the Norwegian Epic I was a bit nervous about what this one would be like. Not to worry, the room was right about the same size as an ocean view or partially obstructed ocean view, and had a refrigerator (which I didn’t think it would).
Walking upstairs for sailaway I met up with a fellow cruise critic member and we three found a spot to watch the NYC (and Jersey) skyline go by waiting to take photos of the Statue of Liberty as well as the Verrazano bridge.
I thought I’d head up stairs and do some dancing that evening, but as it would happen on most of this trip, either one or both of us were in the room and sleeping by about 10:30. So much for wearing out my dancing shoes!
Day 2 – Monday
The day was spent going to a variety of officer attended functions starting with the Cruise Critic Meet & Greet from there the Latitudes Party & Captain’s Cocktail Party. It was topped off with Eating at Ginza with 2 friends, meeting the lovely Rashieda Ramos again that I hadn’t seen since the Jade in February.
One of the most enjoyable things to happen this cruise was the chance to be apart of “Dancing with the Stars” and…drum roll please. Winning! I’m took my trophy, t-shirt, mug, pen and bag home proudly and decided to save the bottle of bubbly to share with the hubby when I got home.
So while I didn’t stay out late dancing on most evenings I made it out for this one and I’m so glad that I did!
Day 3 – Tuesday
Since I’d hit the gym and danced the evening away the night before despite having breakfast delivered at 8:15 we didn’t really get going until the time of the officer profile interviews “How to Run a Floating Hotel” As always there was much interesting information to be gleaned from the answers and laughter thanks to passengers with great sense of humors in deciding on which questions to ask. I’ll post some video and photos from this event.
We took the opportunity to have Lunch at Cagney’s and the meal was quite good and as it’s a smaller venue it was a quiet and relaxing place to eat. The carrot cake was especially good.
Day 4 – Wednesday
Finally! We arrive in Bermuda!
Horseshoe Bay Beach with it’s gorgeous pink sand. You can get to Horseshoe Bay Beach easily just by taking a bus from the depot that’s right outside of Heritage/King’s Wharf. You can buy your bus/ferry ticket at one of the booths marked “Tickets” or past the little pavilion inside the octagonal gift shop. It’s $9 a day and you can buy a 1, 2 or 3 day pass. I bought the 3 day though I only would up using it for 2. It might be a better option to buy a 2 day pass and then if you decide to venture much further than the Dockyards area on day 3, just buying another one the day of. It’s a very inexpensive way to see the island. Someone mentioned to me that they spent $30 on a cab just to get to Horseshoe Bay Beach from Dockyards.
Ask one of the bus/ferry workers which bus to catch to Horseshoe. There are many helpful and friendly people around to direct you so don’t worry about getting lost. It will be about a 20 minute ride. When you get off at the bus stop, cross the street and make your way down the hill (either by foot or cab). Unless you have mobility issues I’d recommend walking. It’s only takes about 5 minutes…downhill. Once you arrive below you see the $2 cabs that will take you back to the top of the hill to catch the bus and the restrooms, showers and changing areas on your right a little further on a snack bar and place where you can rent a beach chair and umbrella.
I stopped to change into my swimsuit and we made our way over to the beach, it was slightly overcast but warm and the combination was refreshing. There were little peaks of sun rays offering the opportunity for nicely lit photos.
For the most part I spent the time wandering into the water with cameras on hand, looking into caves and catching glimpses of the fish that would swim right up and around your body. Off to the right side of the main beach is a large rock that can be climbed to overlook the sea, as well as a cove like area where some people were snorkeling.
The fine sand while pink isn’t a bright pink, but a muted pink. It’s easy to see the color that comes from finely ground coral pieces once you pick it up in your hand. If your skin is only slightly damp the sand will very easily stick to it. The great thing is that if you rub it on your skin and rinse it off, between the exfoliating and the minerals it leaves your skin buttery soft.
We met up with a Triathlete in her 70s that we’d heard about earlier while on the ship. Her energy way surpassed ours as she took a nice swim for a good half hour. I really do need to work out more!
After about 2 hours we decided to go, just as the rain came down in buckets. We made it back to the changing rooms and by the time we were ready to come out there had to be about 100 people standing under the partition making it particularly difficult to get out of the area, after a bunch of ‘excuse me-s’, shimmy past and gentle nudging we made our way out of the 6 deep crowd so that we could sprint up the hill (while trying not to slide back down in the rain) to get to the top in order to catch the bus. Thankfully it was right there as we walked up and thanks to a nice young man I was able to have a seat for the ride back.
Day 5 – Thursday
We woke up the next morning and as I was moving at a snails pace I told my friend that I’d meet her at the Swizzle Inn in Hamilton. And yes I did realize later that there were indeed 2 Swizzle Inns and neither of them are in Hamilton! (South Shore and near the Airport respectively).
I left around 11:30 and took the ferry over to Hamilton (30 mins) I walked around a bit and after asking a few Bermudans realized I’d need to take the bus to made destination. I made my way over to the Bus Depot and took bus number 7 as I was told to by the lady in the information booth. I asked the driver to announce the Swizzle Inn stop which she did after about 20 minutes. I got off crossed the street, hoped that my friend chose this one to go to only to realize that either she entirely forgot about our meeting up or she was at the original Swizzle Inn.
I sat down at a shaded outdoor table and ordered the Veggie Burger and a Rum Swizzle. After enjoying the first one, I figured I’d order a half a pitcher, so in total I had 3 or 4. Good thing there were French Fries with that order because something needed to soak up that alcohol! After about an hour I got up and made my way (very hazy and happily) onto the bus heading back to Hamilton.Woo Hoo I still had my transportation pass and didn’t lose it in the Swizzle’s Swazzle.
Once I got back I found out that the next ferry left at 3:30 and as it was only 2:30 I did some more walking around and found a pleasant young Bermudan man that allowed me to take a photo of him in his socks, Bermuda shorts and color coordinated sneakers. I’d like to see more men wear this type of outfit back home in NY, it’s a really good summer look. I’ll have to see if hubby will wear the shorts with socks if I buy it for him.
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