Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda Cruise Port
Steeped in history, the cruise port known as the Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda (also known as HMD Bermuda, which means "Her/His Majesty's Dockyard") was used as the principal base of the United Kingdom's Royal Navy from the time of American independence all the way through the Cold War period (roughly 1947–1991). With the British establishing many settlements in Bermuda as far back as 1609, this became an important place to defend its maritime supremacy against both Napoleon and the French, and expansion from the American colonies. After hundreds of years of war, the base fell into disrepair; eventually, a renewed interest in Bermuda tourism led to thoughts of revitalizing the dockyard for travelers. The area called King's Wharf is a popular place for cruise lines to land, with new attractions constantly being built. Here are some of our favorite experiences when cruising to the Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda:
A bucket list favorite is swimming with dolphins, and Dolphin Quest can help you fulfill that dream. With options from a 20-minute encounter to a full day working as an apprentice trainer, you won't soon forget adventures with these amazing creatures.
The National Museum of Bermuda can be found within the grounds of the fortress Keep. It is Bermuda's largest museum, and a must-see for history buffs. With exhibits featuring sunken treasures unearthed from the 16th and 17th centuries, the story of Bermuda told in art, and a playground for the kids, there's something for everyone.
Often visited together, the Dockyard Glassworks and the Bermuda Rum Cake Company allow you to experience local culture in two different art forms. Watch the demonstrations at the glassworks and take home beautiful pieces, then enjoy a "taste of the islands" with any of a dozen flavors of rum cakes and biscuits.
Located in the western end of Sandys Parish, the Clock Tower Shopping Mall is not only striking from a distance, but it's a great place to scratch a shopping itch. Loaded with local artists selling their goods and unique souvenirs, it's a charming area to just wander or have a bite.