DAY THREE: Pink Sands and Aquamarine Waters
By GERRY and PAMELA BARKER
North Palm Beach Life
ONBOARD CARNIVAL SUNRISE_The next morning, on Day Three of our Carnival Sunrise cruise, we came into the Royal Navy Dockyard in Bermuda. After a day of rolling and windy seas, the weather gods were smiling. Early morning rains had moved on and we had a sunny, beautiful day to explore the island.
As first-time visitors, we opted to take the "Best of Bermuda" excursion. There were about 20 of us on the tour, including a group from "Anthem of the Seas," also in port that day. Our guide was Samuel, who proved a wealth of information about the island, its culture and history.
We also learned about the economics of living on a rock surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, 775 miles from New York: It's expensive. Gas goes for $9 a gallon, and bread $6 a loaf. Virtually everything has to be imported. But the 70,000 or so residents of this British Territory find ways to cope, and the spectacular natural beauty of its many beaches and caves compensates for the cost of living.
Join us, and Samuel, as we travel the island and see the sights for which Bermuda is famous.
Pam is ready to start the tour
Our next stop was the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse. Built in 1844, it was among the first lighthouses built of cast iron. At over 350 feet above sea level, planes can see its light for a 100 miles. If you're up for it, you can climb the 185 steps to the top and get a panoramic view of everything around. Pam thought the time was better spent in the Gift Shop.
After the lighthouse, our next destination was Hamilton, Bermuda's capital, a shopping and financial center
Lunch time finds us in the historic town of St. George's, one fo the oldest English settlements in the New World. We hear the fish is good at Wahoo's, a waterfront eatery. The food and the view was a can't miss combination.