In the old days when there were smaller cruise ships, the ships often came into St. George to dock. The channel though which the cruise ships enter is at the eastern end next to the Paget Island. But the channel leading to St. George has narrowed down considerably and also become quite shallow. Only small to medium size passenger ships can enter the harbor these days. Most of the large ships dock at the Royal Naval Dockyard at Ireland Island located at the west end of Bermuda.
We did it once in the NCL Crown, but on a later cruise, the Crown got stuck in the channel and had to wait for high tide to get off. That also meant that the other ship in the harbor had to wait to get out
The channel and the ship entry can be easily seen from Gates Fort.Related to:
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St. George Cycle Livery
The big old bicycle is just for display I think. And a livery was originally the costume or insignia worn by the retainers of a feudal lord (often the coachmen) and so has come to mean the hiring out of horses and carriages or a livery stable.
And from that, we get to a business that offers vehicles, such as automobiles or boats, for hire.
Bermudians drive on the left, so people from the States may be accident prone and uncertain when driving. I do not recommend renting a scooter - even the Bermudians are often injured and killed in traffic. But if your mind is made up to take a scooter, you should still consider a taxi for evening outings and rainy days. You don't need a driver's license, but you do need a helmet and insurance (the rental company includes both in the rental fee). You also must be over the age of 16. Ask about multi-day prices (about $60 for two days, $81 for three); otherwise, plan on $38 for a one-day rental (scooters built for two will run $55-$65)Related to:
- Road Trip
We only took a taxi once on the 2004 trip and that was to get to Ft. St. Catherine and we shared with 4 other couples. I actually took this picture primarily because of the cat.
Every taxi is required by law to have a meter and a rate card posted. Fares will differ depending on the time of day. From 6am to 12am the approximate cost is $5 for the first mile and $1.20 each mile after. Taxis that hold more than four people charge a slightly higher rate.
Sightseeing tours by taxi can be arranged at your hotel.
The legal rate for a four or six seater cab is $20. per hour with a minimum of three hours.
All taxis are inspected twice a year and owners pay an annual license fee of $275 a year, with no Sunday Permit extra. They are all imported, at a Customs Duty rate of 10% (unlike other commercial vehicles and cars which have a duty rate of 33-150%). All are insured, with visible taxi signs and meters.
Most taxi drivers are not owners of their taxis. Owners must register with a taxi dispatch company, but have a choice in which one. The Bermuda Government is the regulatory agency for taxi fares. They are in USA or Bermuda dollars.Related to:
- Road Trip
- Arts and Culture
The mini-bus fare was $3 each. Everyone said that when the cruise ship was in, the mini-bus (who is an independant contractor and not connected with the regular Bermuda transportation system) would be at the stop every 15 minutes. This proved not to be exactly true.
The mini-bus is actually kind of a group taxi. Local people call in and the van goes and picks them up and takes them to where-ever it is that they want to go. Ten of us went up to Ft. St. Catherine in a taxi and paid $2 each. When we wanted to leave, we had to have the Ft. St. Catherine people call the mini bus for us. After he picked us up, he picked up someone at the St. George Club, and then wound around the back streets of St. George. He had to stop at a gas station to blow up a back tire because the van kept bottoming out on the speed bumps. Eventually, we got back to King's Square.
The mini-bus WILL take paper money.Related to:
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- Budget Travel
Two Horse Power
You can do a carriage ride as a part of the ship's tour. - This is NCL's excursion write-up:
"ST. GEORGE CARRIAGE TOUR
Approximate Duration: 1 1/2 hours
This is an informative approximately 1 1/2-hour carriage sightseeing tour of the Old Town of St. George and its beautiful countryside. At the start of the tour you will be given a little history of Sir George Somers and the Deliverance and as you make your way through the Old Town, you will stop at Somers Garden. The tour then continues easterly providing a magnificent view of St. George Harbor. Further along, you will come upon an old Bermuda cottage, built in the 1780s. At this cottage there will be a detailed explanation on how the people of Bermuda catch the rainwater from the white rooftops. You will be able to get a wonderful view of the narrow channel that led ships into the beautiful St. George Harbor and nestled right next to the channel you will visit the very old but quaint, Gates Fort built in 1620. The tour continues on to the northern coastline passing Alexander Battery and stopping at Buildings Bay where the famous Deliverance was built. You will pass by a working Bermudian farm before taking in the marvelous scenery from Fort St. Catherine and its beach. As the tour winds down you will view the ruins of the Unfinished Church, travel through quaint narrow streets such as Governors’ Alley and Printer's Alley and conclude your tour in King's Square, St. George." The charge for this is $33 each.
If you want to do this on your own, you should know that carriage drivers, are required by law to have a rate card posted in the vehicle.
Current rates are for a single carriage - drawn by a single horse - for 1-4 passengers US or Bermuda $30 each for 30 minutes, with each succeeding 30 minutes $30. For a double carriage - drawn by two horses - for 1-4 passengers, the same price except that for 5 or more passengers the rate is $5 per passenger for each 30 minutes. You can ask for an informative spoken guided tour.Related to:
- Luxury Travel
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
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