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I visited Bermuda, during deal season out of Boston Harbor. It was an adventure, the kind that combined elements of Titanic (cue: there are only a certain amount of lifeboats drama) and food parties late into the night. Norwegian Cruise line feeds their guests well, and the ship was beautiful. But, then there were the hurricane leftovers.
When the deal was first posted to go on a five day cruise to Bermuda in October out of Boston Harbor I was excited! Who wouldn't be! The price was discounted more than half off the price look on Travel Zoo to find your deals. I learned a few things like preparing for a hurricane at sea, seasickness remedies, travel like a local, do not swear in Bermuda, Don't swim near the maelstroms,and when scuba diving do not think all coral is safe. Yep, adventure is around the corner for everyone-my adventures are always a nice compromise between danger/death/excitement/love/fun. Hmmm....
Travelling at sea in October
According to Cruise companies Sept-Nov is the best time for travel advisers to take a cruise. It is the cheapest time of year because it is hurricane season, but they assure travelers that they can navigate around hurricanes. Okay, they can do that-but be aware that the wake from the hurricanes cannot be totally avoided. So it was a very tipsy time-the glasses for water were always breaking at sea-and when waiters went to fill my cup they and I were swaying back and forth. But since I am in search of the bargains, then it was the best time for me.
The post-hurricane waves were my first experience at sea. Whale watches and catamaran experiences do not compare! I was sick, nothing looked good, all the food was terrible looking-so I popped Rolaids like crazy. There was a time that I was daring to go to the infirmary, but the scene that I saw when I reached that floor was gross. A man was covered in throw up,laying on the floor in front of the closed infirmary office. Now, this is not the normal for a cruise, my cruise just happened to be the one that the Captain stayed up all shift until we reached Bermuda from Boston-only because of the storms and waves. Also try green apples, peppermint and water lots of it. Green apples are said to help naturally curb seasickness.
Travel like a local in Bermuda
In Bermuda, a lot of people walk and take public transportation. Yes, there are cars but most people I found were on the bus. Locals use ferries to get between the Islands too, and of course a good many Bermudians have boats of their own to travel. While there are cars there, the law only allows one per family-which makes sense when you live on an island. I met a little boy there going home from school, his accent was a mixture between British (modern) and British Elizabethan England.
Don't use the F***bomb in Bermuda or other swears.
Swearing at the police, officials of any kind, using threatening gestures-all the things that Americans basically do all the time are against the law in Bermuda. I learned this from a shopkeeper who sold me a watch,a middle aged woman who told me to use the word flick it instead of the f*** bomb. I stared at her in disbelief at first, then took her advice.
Don't swim near maelstroms
Okay, maelstroms are whirlpools. In Bermuda, there was a small one, that I saw from shore. It was still strange, and I brought it up to a local. I was told not to swim (duh!) because there were also large sharks around the island! Yikes-cue the jaws music.
Coral can cut, deeply-I didn't get cut a person scuba diving near me did. Blood gushed from the razor slice. No worries just head to The Swizzle and imbibe.
Ah Bermuda! It's beautiful and adventurous. From old admiralty courts, to colonial rum making facilities-to sea turtles lounging outside it is quite the experience.
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