America’s Cup Yacht Race
The oldest trophy in international sport, the America’s Cup, yachting’s most prestigious prize, is being held this year in Bermuda. Qualifying races will be held in late May with the finals taking place the last weekend in June. The race course will be located in the harbor between Hamilton and the Royal Naval Dockyard and you still have time to plan a trip! Hotel rooms will be expensive and most will require a minimum number of nights and availability may be difficult to come by. There is still package availability, especially for the qualifying races. An even better option might just be a cruise! Yes, the ships will dock at Royal Naval Dockyard in Bermuda, putting you right in the middle of the America’s Cup Village and all the action and excitement. Celebrity Summit has a 9 night Boston and Bermuda cruise departing from Cape Liberty in Bayonne NJ on June 18th that will put you right in the middle of the final days of the races. As of this writing, there are cabins available in almost all categories. You’ll have a front row seat to some of the race, and you’ll have a nice comfortable place to escape the expected crowds! Anthem of the Seas has a special four night Bermuda sailing, also leaving from Cape Liberty, on June 22nd that will allow you a full day to enjoy the excitement. Norwegian Cruise Lines also has Bermuda sailings from Boston or New York City that will allow for guests to view some of the preliminary events as well as enjoy the America’s Cup Village. Holland America Line will operate a few special Bermuda/Canada/New England sailings this June from either Montreal, Quebec, Canada or Boston designed to take in some of the races. In addition to the main event, you can also view the youth America’s Cup races, the J class regatta and the superyacht regatta. Some of these races will take place along the North, South and East portions of Bermuda whereas the official America’s Cup race course is in the Great Sound. Nonstop flights are available from the New York area, Philadelphia, Boston and DC on a variety of carriers. Getting around Bermuda during the America’s Cup may be a little harder than usual as buses and ferries will likely be full. You can find taxis and if you’re familiar with driving on the other side of the road, you CAN rent a scooter. Car rentals are currently not permitted, mainly due to congested and winding roads. While you’re in Bermuda, you may want to visit one of the beautiful beaches Bay such as Horseshoe Bay, Tobacco Bay, Elbow Bay and Shelly Bay. You can also visit the many interesting attractions at Royal Naval Dockyard including Snorkel Park, the Dockyard Glassworks (where you can watch artists make beautiful blown glass items) and the Rum Cake Company. Stop for a light meal, rum swizzle or Dark & Stormy at the Frog and Onion Pub or Bone Fish Bar and Grill. Take the ferry or bus to Hamilton and walk through the many shops and galleries. Don’t forget to stop by Gosling Brothers Limited where you can purchase their famous (and delicious) Black Seal or Gold Seal Rum. Pick up some Bermuda falernum and you can mix up your own batch of rum swizzles when you get home! Bermuda is a lovely island full of beauty, history and great activities for the entire family. For a once in a lifetime opportunity, consider a trip to the America’s Cup races this June! For more information, contact your travel professional or visit www.gotobermuda.com.