What should you and your family do during your cruise stopover at Bermuda?
Two words: Dolphin Quest. Your kids will love Dolphin Quest, located just steps from your cruise ship and inside an old stone fortress at the Royal Naval Dockyard. It’s a must-do activity for your day in Bermuda. There are several programs available at Dolphin Quest, ranging from a 20-minute session to a half-day experience. Sessions also vary by age. Bailey, a favorite dolphin at Dolphin Quest in Bermuda — Photo courtesy of Dolphin Quest
Sign your family up for Ultimate Dolphin Time, an hour-long program that includes 45 minutes of dolphin interaction. You’ll work with the trainers to feed the dolphins and learn their activities. You’ll sit in the water where you can touch the dolphins. You can even swim with them. Just don’t forget to pose for a picture with your favorite dolphin so you and your family can take the experience home with you. The Ultimate Dolphin Time experience costs $310 per person and includes admission to the Bermuda National Museum. Participants must be at least five years old. There’s also the Discover Dolphins program for the younger crowd.
When you’ve said goodbye to dolphin Bailey, take your tour of the Bermuda National Museum. Learn about the island’s history through artifacts and exhibits located in the Commissioner’s house at the Royal Naval Dockyard. Don’t miss the Hall of History mural, a 1,000-foot painting by Graham Foster that depicts 400 years of Bermuda history.
Refuel with lunch at Hammerheads Bar & Grill, located at Snorkel Park Beach. Try the signature grass-fed burger, the Ireland Island fish sandwich or the BBQ pulled pork sandwich. Hammerheads also has a kids' menu for children under 12, which features classic beach eats like chicken tenders, hot dogs and pizza. Snorkel Park Beach — Photo courtesy of Bermuda Department of Tourism
Quench your thirst with a souvenir coconut monkey drink. Choose from five alcoholic or non-alcoholic monkey-inspired beverages, like the chocolate banana monkey, served in a hand-carved monkey coconut that you can take with you back to the boat. What’s more fun than a frozen drink served in a coconut carved into a monkey?
Sip your drink while you relax on the beach before snorkeling at the nearby coral reef. Through the crystal clear water, see angelfish, gray snappers, lobsters and much more aquatic life. Snorkel gear is available to rent (and thoroughly sanitized after each use) for $10-20, or you can bring your own.
You can also enjoy a variety of water sports during your afternoon at Snorkel Park Beach. Go on a jet ski safari, try stand up paddle boarding, pedal boat around the bay or just lounge away the day in a water hammock while your children build sandcastles.
Sounds like paradise.