King's Wharf

The National Museum of Bermuda
The Unfinished Church
Athletic and recreational activities

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King's Wharf/Hamilton

Nature’s wild charm

The cruise ships navigating Bermuda dock at King's Wharf, the original pier of the Royal Navy Dockyards. It is located in Sandys Parish, on the western tip of Bermuda, and is the largest port of the archipelago.

Travellers docking here with an MSC cruise to the Caribbean will have their every need met by the modern tourist complex, which includes a shopping mall; museums such as the National Museum of Bermuda; historical buildings dating back to the 19th century, when the British Navy was active in the area; restaurants, pubs and bars; and artisan shops, where it is possible to purchase as well as observe the making of glass and Bermuda juniper objects. Infrastructure and services for practicing the most varied of athletic and recreational activities are also available.

Both over land and over sea, it is possible to reach the cities of Hamilton and St. George, part of UNESCO heritage and the first capital of Bermuda. On King's Square, in the centre of St. George, you will be able to admire the Town Hall, which stands before instruments of public punishment used during British rule: the stocks and the pillory. A short distance away, the sinister Ducking Stool, a stool at the top of a pole to which petty thieves and gossips where tied and then dipped into the sea.

North of the city, the Unfinished Church, reminiscent of the skeleton of a Gothic cathedral, is worth a visit. From here, it is possible to go onto mini-cruises that will take you snorkelling to the coral reefs farther out or to see many submerged relics. In addition, you can water ski, ride a water scooter, windsurf and sail. You can even go on a bicycle excursion or play on an 18-hole mini-golf course. Make sure to visit Cooper's Island, not far from the lighthouse of St. David Island. An area of wild charm, it was opened to the public in 1995, when the US Navy left the island.

Must see places in King's Wharf

  • Hamilton

    Hamilton

  • Gibbs Hill Lighthouse

    Gibbs Hill Lighthouse

  • Sandys, Royal Naval Dockyard

    Sandys, Royal Naval Dockyard

Discover our excursions

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  • RESTLESS NATIVE CATAMARAN CRUISE

    KIW03

    You’ll snorkel in shallow water in a picturesque cove. You’ll be entertained with stores about Bermudas history, culture and geology and you’ll learn more about the underwater world than you could have imagined. You can snorkel in crystal water. Snacks are included. Please Note: Don’t forget to bring your hat, sunscreen, swimsuit and towel. Snorkel equipment is included. Minimum 12 years old to snorkel. the tour is available only during the call on 12 April 2016.
    • Possibility of swimming

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adults$92.00Price per person

    • Children$83.00Price per person

  • SUNSET SAILAWAY

    KIW09

    Enjoy a spectacular evening cruise on the waters surrounding Bermuda. Sit back and relax as your captain navigates the waters sailing you along the beautiful shores of the Great Sound. Your sail away features an unlimited barrel of rum swizzle and if Mother Nature allows a spectacular Bermuda sunset! What a way to end a perfect day! Please note: the tour is available only during the call on 12 April 2016.
      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        1:30 h

      • Adults$62.00Price per person

      • Children$56.00Price per person

    • BERMUDA GOLF

      ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

      KIW14

      One of Bermuda’s finest gems is the government-owned golf course at Port Royal, which is ranked among the world’s best by Golf Digest and was voted the island’s No. 1 golfing spot by the New York Times. It is also Bermuda’s longest and most picturesque golf course, offering lovers of the game a truly awe-inspiring experience with superb ocean views almost from start to finish. Recently given a comprehensive and costly overhaul right down to the 19th hole – a bit of a makeover Mulligan, one might say – the course’s 18 links now boast TifEagle turf, a cutting edge irrigation system and an oceanfront driving range. Your half-day outing begins with your transfer to the course, after which it’s up to you to prove your prowess on the greens. Out-birdie yourself and play an eagle, make history by achieving a condor on a par 5 and look forward to the 16th – the club’s signature – hole, a fantastic, crescent-shaped par 3 corker with just the Atlantic Ocean covering the distance from tee to pin. Once you’ve finished your round of golf on this outstanding course, you’ll understand why is it so highly rated the world over. Your return to the ship then brings the tour to a close. Please note: guests must be at least 10 years of age to take part. To avoid disappointment, guests are requested to observe the club’s strict dress code: shirt with a collar, Bermudas, knee-length shorts or trousers, sports socks, golf or tennis shoes. Guests wearing jeans, halter-neck tops, flip-flops, swim- or beachwear will be denied entry to the club complex. The price of the tour includes round-trip transportation, green fee and shared cart hire. Clubs can also be hired at additional cost not covered by the price of the tour. The tour is only available during the call on 12 April 2016.
      • Limited seats

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        4:30 h

      • Adults$189.00Price per person

      • Children$170.00Price per person

    • HORSE & CARRIAGE RIDE

      ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

      KIW12

      This tour around the Royal Naval Dockyard and Ireland Island allows our guests to see some of the historic Royal Naval Dockyard and surrounding areas. Join your driver/guide for a look at the local sites such as the old and new prisons, Commissioners House, the Old Naval Cemetery, Black Bay and Parsons Bay, and the local fisherman's area. Visitors will travel past the area where movies such as The Deep and the Bermuda Depths were filmed. Please Note: Horse and carriage will allow for up to twelve seats. The tour is not available during the call on 11 April 2016.
        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          1 h

        • Adults$59.00Price per person

        • Children$53.00Price per person

      • SEGWAY EXPERIENCE

        ACTIVE & ADVENTURE

        KIW07

        Enjoy the experience of the Segway Human Transporter, Bermuda’s newest mode of transportation, on a high tech tour of the Royal Naval Dockyard. This revolutionary machine is environmentally friendly, self-balancing, fun and easy to ride. The adventure includes an introductory video and an in depth training session. Your tour includes the use of our wireless headsets, which will enable you to clearly hear our guide relay interesting historical facts about Bermuda and the Royal Naval Dockyard throughout the tour. Segway is the only vehicle allowed to tour the Maritime Museum and the Commissioner’s House. From the Commissioner’s House, you will be able to visit the Defense Heritage Exhibit, which examines a history of weaponry and the military in Bermuda. Note: All participants must be a minimum of 100 lbs, with a maximum weight of 260 lbs. Minimum 12 years old for the Segway. The tour is not available during the call on 11 April 2016.
          • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Moderate

          • Duration
            2 h

          • Adults$122.00Price per person

          • Children$110.00Price per person

        • SCENIC WEST END TROLLEY TOUR

          CITY TOUR

          KIW15

          Resembling a supersized toy train set, the trolley train will is actually a fully roadworthy vehicle that was built for fun and is one of the best ways to get a quick roundup of the Royal Naval Dockyard. First constructed in the late 18th century and in use right up until 1995, the dockyard is one of Bermuda’s most popular attractions and the ideal place to acquaint yourself with the island’s rich maritime history. Once you’ve boarded the open-sided trolley train, your tour guide will pepper the ride with historical facts and amusing anecdotes, leaving you simply to sit back, relax and soak up the sights. Among the points of interest included on the 1-hour drive-by tour are Lagoon Park, the Royal Naval Cemetery and the Clock Tower Centre in the dockyard area. Your short-but-sweet outing then comes to a close with your return to the ship. Please note: the tour is not available during the call on 11 April 2016.
          • Limited seats

          • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Easy

          • Duration
            1 h

          • Adults$39.00Price per person

          • Children$35.00Price per person

        • SOUTH SHORE HIGHLIGHTS & SHOPPING IN HAMILTON

          CITY TOUR

          KIW01

          Leave for a drive towards Bermuda’s famous South Shore as we head into the bustling town of Hamilton for some Front Street boutique shopping. You will drive over Somerset Bridge, the smallest drawbridge in the world, first built in 1620. Your tour will include a picture stop at Gibbs Hill Lighthouse that was completed in 1846. Your drive continues along the south shore where you can make a brief stop at a beach. You can choose to travel by public ferry/bus or taxi back to the ship. Note: Tour ends in Hamilton, transfer back to ship is at the guests expense. Ferry Tokens available at the drop off point Ferry Terminal for $4.50 per person. The tour is not available during the call on 11 April 2016.
            • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

              Difficulty Level
              Easy

            • Duration
              3 h

            • Adults$72.00Price per person

            • Children$65.00Price per person

          • BERMUDA ISLAND TOUR

            SCENIC ROUTE

            KIW02

            You will pass over Somerset Drawbridge, the smallest drawbridge in the world. A photo stop will be made at the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse. We will pass by the Botanical Gardens and the guide will point out “Camden” the official residence of the Premier of Bermuda. We will arrive at St George’s, which is a World Heritage Site. Your guide will point out a number of attractions as you drive through this unique old town and you will be given 15 minutes rest stop and to snap a few pictures on the outskirts the old town. We will then make our way along the North Shore Road, through Flat’s Village on our way into the City of Hamilton the Capital of Bermuda. The final stop in this thriving capital allows you 45 minutes at your leisure for boutique shopping and sightseeing. Afterwards you will return via a scenic drive across the island with views of Granaway Deep and your ship docked in the background of Royal Naval Dockyard. Please note: the tour is available only during the call on 12 April 2016.
              • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

                Difficulty Level
                Easy

              • Duration
                5 h

              • Adults$85.00Price per person

              • Children$77.00Price per person

            • CLASSIC GLASS BOTTOM BOAT TOUR

              SCENIC ROUTE

              KIW06

              Enjoy a fascinating two hour cruise onboard a captivating custom made glass bottom boat. Experience firsthand the fascinating barrier coral reef with your local captain that will highlight various points of interest and share his knowledge with you while cruising over the underwater wonderland. Please note: the tour is not available during the call on 11 April 2016.
                • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

                  Difficulty Level
                  Easy

                • Duration
                  2 h

                • Adults$62.00Price per person

                • Children$56.00Price per person

              • FAMOUS HOMES & HIDEAWAYS CRUISE

                SCENIC ROUTE

                KIW04

                You will cruise along the shoreline to view charming colonial homes, painted in pastel colors that are steeped in history as well as being exclusive neighborhoods known as “Millionaire’s Row.” We will point out the homes of the rich and famous and see classic Bermuda landmarks such as Gibbs Hill Lighthouse which happens to be the oldest cast iron lighthouse in the Western Hemisphere. Please note: the tour is not available during the call on 11 April 2016.
                  • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

                    Difficulty Level
                    Easy

                  • Duration
                    2 h

                  • Adults$59.00Price per person

                  • Children$53.00Price per person

                • UNDERSEA NIGHTLIFE GLASS BOTTOM BOAT CRUISE

                  SCENIC ROUTE

                  KIW10

                  Enjoy this leisurely night cruise around Hamilton Harbor. Relax to the sounds of the Tree Frog’s, enjoy easy listening music, and an interesting light narration by your Captain. The highlight of the evening will be a fish feeding frenzy which is - a site to behold. You will return from the reef through Paradise Straights calm waters. Note: Due to the nature of this excursion, spotting any specific type of marine life is not guaranteed. The tour is not available during the call on 13 April 2016.
                    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

                      Difficulty Level
                      Easy

                    • Duration
                      2 h

                    • Adults$69.00Price per person

                    • Children$62.00Price per person

                  The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
                  Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.

                   

                  Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

                  Bermuda

                  The state with a thousand bridges
                  The state with a thousand bridges

                  A vacation in Bermuda during your cruise means visiting an archipelago of over 300 islands of various sizes, 180 of which joined by roads and bridges.

                  And it is one of these roads, the South Road, one of the main roads of Bermuda, that leads to one of the most fascinating beaches you can visit in the capital: Elbow Beach, Coral Beach, Surf Side Beach: a route along coves and paths that meander in the vegetation and then open up onto the turquoise sea.

                  But just one excursion is not sufficient to visit the multitude of beaches that line these coasts, from the spectacular Horseshoes Bay Beach in Southampton Parish, a long stretch of fine, pink sand, to Jobson’s Cove, embraced by rocks and facing the transparent water.

                  But Tucker’s Town is the great attraction of the “the smallest of great places in the world” as Mark Twain defined it. Here on this private island you find the most luxurious properties. You cannot leave Bermuda without tasting two typical cocktails prepared in one of its bars facing the ocean: the Dark and Stormy: a quarter dark rum and three quarters ginger beer; and the Rum Swizzle: dark rum, lime and orange juice, sweetened with Falernum.

                   
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