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Viking Cruise in Bermuda Post-Covid

Rod & Cinda Chima on the Viking Orion in Bermuda

Cruise ships are finally sailing again! So many people are excited to enjoy the onboard entertainment, sit on their cabin balcony as the water passes by, go on excursions, and do all the other great things that come with cruising. Rod and Cinda recently returned from a week-long sailing on the Viking Orion.

Viking Orion
Viking Orion

Q. Where did you cruise?

A. We sailed on a Bermuda cruise from August 3 - August 10, 2021. The cruise was on the 3-year-old Viking Orion. We spent 3 days in the capital city of Hamilton, 2 days at sea, and 2 days in King's Wharf.


Q. How did COVID-19 impact your cruise?

A. We had to take several COVID-19 tests. We tested to get into Bermuda, tested every day on the ship, and tested to get back into the U.S.

There was a state-of-the-art testing lab on the ship. The ship was half empty; there were less than 400 passengers and over 400 crew. We were told Viking has only had one positive test in 8 weeks, and it was a false positive.

Zara catamaran in Bermuda

Q. What activities did you do on the cruise?

A. On our second day in Hamilton we took a snorkeling cruise on a custom-built, digitally-controlled catamaran. Two brothers built it in South Africa then sailed it to Bermuda. We snorkeled at a shallow coral reef with lots of interesting fish.

We also went kayaking in a nearby inlet. We saw a turtle, 2 parrot fish, and millions of dollars worth of expensive houses.

Rod & Cinda Chima kayaking in Bermuda

Q. What did you think of Bermuda?

A. Bermuda was great! We saw a lot and learned a lot. The cost of living is one of the highest in the world, but our snorkeling guide said several billionaires push the average way up and everyone else is living on tips from snorkeling cruises.

Cinda found some of her books for sale in a bookstore in Hamilton.

Cinda Williams Chima and some of her books for sale in a bookstore in Hamilton, Bermuda

The dockyard in King's Wharf is an old British fort. There was shopping, a shipwreck museum, a history museum, a slavery museum, and a live dolphin display.

Dockyard in King's Wharf, Bermuda
Dockyard in King's Wharf

While we know some people can't wait for their next cruise, we also know others have some questions. That's what we're here for. Call or email us with any questions about cruising. Whether you want to take a cruise, go on a Caribbean getaway, or anything in between, let us know, and we'll help you plan your next special vacation.

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