2019 Bermuda Cruise Port Guide: Royal Naval Dockyard

2019 Bermuda Cruise Port Guide: Royal Naval Dockyard

Bermuda is a British island territory located
in the Atlantic Ocean. Known for its pink-sand beaches, Bermuda is
a destination for almost 200 cruise ships each year and many ships stay docked for multiple
days. In this video, we’ll provide an overview
of the Royal Naval Dockyard, which is where our ship — the Celebrity Summit — docked
for three days in August of 2019. The Royal Naval Dockyard is located at the
Western end of Bermuda and is sometimes referred to as Kings Wharf or Heritage Wharf. The dockyard is home to restaurants, shopping,
attractions, the Clocktower Mall, and many transportation options for exploring Bermuda
on your own. For more information on Bermuda’s transportation
system, check out the video from our first day in Bermuda. After leaving your ship and walking toward
the dockyard, you’ll soon find several taxis and minibuses available for transportation
and tours. Near the taxi and minibus area is a tour company
that specializes in watersport activities, as well as a stop for the free shuttle train
that can take you to several key locations throughout the dockyard. A large sign located just before the main
gate to the dockyard points the way for popular destinations, such as the ferries to Hamilton
and St. George’s, the Clocktower Mall, and the Maritime Museum. Take note that directional signage is plentiful
throughout the dockyard and many of the signs also include maps. After you walk through the main gate, public
restrooms are located immediately on your right. Roughly straight ahead and a bit to the left
from the main gate is Bone Fish Bar & Grill, which should not be confused with the US-based
chain restaurant with a very similar name. Continuing left along Dockyard Terrace, you’ll
soon find the docks for the St. George’s and Hamilton ferries as well as the Visitor
Services Center on the left side of the road. Just past the Visitor Services Center on the
left side of the road is the Rum Barrel, which sells duty-free Bermudian rum, apparel, and
souvenirs. A little further down the road from the Rum
Barrel is an ice cream shop that advertises “Free WiFi with any purchase.” The shop seemed to be a crew favorite for
getting a WiFi connection during our visit. On the right side of Dockyard Terrace, just
past the Bone Fish Bar & Grill, you’ll find the Crown & Anchor and Island Outfitters apparel
shops. Just past the apparel shops is Locked on the
Rock, a TripAdvisor “Certificate of Excellence” award winner that claims to be the “first
and only true Bermudian-themed escape room experience.” More public restrooms are located around the
corner from the bistro next door to the escape room, toward the Victualling Yard. Bermuda’s Victualling Yard was used to store,
prepare, and package food and drink for the Royal Naval fleet. Continuing to the end of Dockyard Terrace
and turning right at the T-intersection onto Maritime Lane, you’ll find Dockyard Glassworks
and the Bermuda Rum Cake Company. Both are located in the same building, so
you can enjoy a sample of rum cake as you explore the handmade glass plates, bowls,
vases, sculptures, and more. The building has a fairly large glass making
studio, but we didn’t see anybody working with the glass during our visit. A bit further down Maritime Lane, you’ll
find the Fun Zone, which is home to Bermuda Fun Golf and Snorkel Park Beach. Bermuda Fun Golf is an 18-hole miniature golf
course that also features a bar & grill and glow-in-the-dark night golf. Snorkel Park Beach has shallow reef snorkeling,
water sports, beach rentals, jet skis, and beach volleyball available. During our visit, green chalked footprints
on the sidewalks led the way from the cruise ship dock area to the Fun Zone. Continuing on Maritime Lane back toward the
cruise ship dock area, the Bermuda Arts Centre at Dockyard is located on the right side of
the road and features working artists’ studios, galleries, and artwork that is available for
purchase. Next door to the Arts Centre is The Cooperage,
which is home to The Frog and Onion Pub and The Bermuda Craft Market, which is a space
for local artists to sell their products. On the other side of Maritime Lane — across
the street from The Cooperage — is The National Museum of Bermuda. The museum features indoor and outdoor exhibits
that explore the maritime and island history of Bermuda. The National Museum is also home to Dolphin
Quest, which offers opportunities to swim with dolphins in an ocean water sanctuary. If you go back to the T-intersection of Dockyard
Terrace and Maritime Lane — near Dockyard Glassworks and the Bermuda Rum Cake Company
— and turn left onto Camber Road, you’ll find Oleander Cycles, which offers scooter
and pedal bike rentals. Further along the road are the John Faulkner
Gallery and several apparel and souvenir shops. The Dockyard Pharmacy that is located in this
area has souvenirs and much more, such as sandals, snacks, water floats, toys, and goggles, medications and first aid supplies, and a cafe. Finally, the Clocktower Mall is located near
the end of Camber Road and is easy to spot from your cruise ship. Just look for the two
100-foot-tall clock towers. The mall is home to over 20 shops that sell
jewelry, apparel, souvenirs, and much more and it was quite crowded on the last day of
our visit. Even if you’re not interested in shopping,
the mall can be a great place for a shaded, air conditioned walk.

2 thoughts on “2019 Bermuda Cruise Port Guide: Royal Naval Dockyard

  1. I went to Bermuda a couple of years ago n love it. Will go back in the next couple of years those r mine plans. When we there I couldn't believe how cool it was I was thinking it was going to be hot. Enjoyed it so much.

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