Historic St. George, Hamilton shopping, pink-sand beaches, top-notch dining, superb sailing & fishing...this still largely genteel island apart out in the Atlantic (not the Caribbean!) is a marvelous little world apart.
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Bermuda Tourism Authority launches agreement with Airbnb

This year Airbnb entered into a partnership with the Bermuda Tourism Authority that involves marketing and the exchange of fees. Remarkable, because Bermuda is nothing if not an upmarket destination. What's more, Airbnb has now signed memorandums of understanding with a dozen or so Caribbean islands, creating a new era of cooperation between the governments and this company, which not so long ago was frequently accused of tax evasion. read post

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Norwegian Cruise Line????

Hello- Has anybody taken the Boston-Bermuda cruise on Norwegian? Or any Norwegian cruise to Bermuda? Any cruise at all? My wife and I are total cruises rookies and could use any and all advice. Thanks. Bill

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  • If you're familiar with traditional Chinese garden "moon gates," you may be interested to learn that these have also been incorporated into Bermuda architecture since the 1860s, when a local sea captain was inspired by his travels in China to build one here. Now Bermudian moon gates number around 40, and it's considered good luck for couples to step through them when they get married. More deets here: https://www.thetravel.com/what-are-bermuda-moongates-where-to-find/
    https://www.thetravel.com/what-are-bermuda-moongates-where-to-find/
  • I love Bermuda - its beaches, its history and quaint architecture, its kind people. Well, some not so kind, because the government is now in the process of repealing the legalization of marriage equality instituted by the island's supreme court. It's been passed by the legislature and now awaits ratification by the UK territory's governor, who is legally a representative of the Queen of England. There's some question as to whether this final approval will be forthcoming, but if so, Bermuda will be seen as foolish and backward as the world's first territory to actually go backwards on this issue - and in a month where Australia and even conservative Austria have just finally legalized it. 

    Many opponents of repeal - including the Bermuda Tourism Authority - believe this would be a huge problem for the island's tourism industry and image. And if it does become law, I for one will do my small part to make it an even bigger problem among the travel media and industry. This kind of primitive, meanspirited discrimination in a society where historically discrimination has been so traumatic on the racial front is unworthy of Bermuda. 

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  • Actually, I like ol' Chuck, I take my nephews there whenever I go back home, it's a great product but it is what it is. St. Barths is not Chuck E cheese and neither is st john or the BVI or any number of islands. And anyway, each island is totally different, you can't compare Curacao to St Barts to St Thomas to Puerto Rico to whatever... you get my drift.
  • Wow, controversy over Bermuda! Who knew? Well, to put in my two cents, I've been to the island twice and written a couple of articles about it. I have fond memories -- it was one of my first foreign trips as a kid and a site of a great family landmark (OK, I saved my sister's life in the Ariel Sands' pool). And it has, as Kathie says, a completely different vibe than the Caribbean, very much so. But nor would I condemn the entire Caribbean as "Chuck E. Cheese," because while large swaths of it have unfortunately become too commoditized, there are still MANY places in the Caribbean which are still enchanting. In fact, I'm leaving for one of them this week: Virgin Gorda, in the BVI. Others include Carriacou, Marie Galante, Barbuda...well, there are plenty more where those came from.
  • Ooh John! You must really abhor Chuck E. Cheese.
  • With all due respect to Bermuda -- I've been there and loved it -- I think that's an outrageous statement. There are spectacular places in the Caribbean that rival or surpass Bermuda. For starters, Bermuda isn't even tropical. As much as I love the place where my parents honeymooned (they really did!), I'll take some islands in the Caribbean ANY DAY over Bermuda.

    We all have preferences, but to call the Caribbean Chuck E. Cheese is just not right.
  • I put Caribbean first & Bermuda second, then I put Chuck E. Cheese first & Spago second. The style convention is to compare the first to the first, the second to the second. Like saying, "My aunt & uncle, Mary & John, will be at the party." Caribbean is Chuck E. Cheese, Bermuda is Spago.
  • But which is Spago and which is Chuck E. Cheese?
  • You can't compare any destination in the Caribbean with Bermuda. It's like comparing Chuck E. Cheese with Spago. Bermuda has a completely different vibe than anywhere in the Caribbean.
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