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Bermuda’s Beaches are Safe for Cruise Passengers

April 25, 2014 - Author: bdadmin
Bermuda Holidays from the UK.

Travel to Bermuda and see the beautiful pink beaches.

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22 April, 2014

Bermuda’s Beaches are Safe for Cruise Passengers Despite Advisory


(11:30 a.m. EDT) — Bermuda’s beaches are safe for swimming, according to a statement from the Bermuda Tourism Authority. An advisory, issued by the U.S. Consulate in Bermuda on April 15, has raised concerns about potential beach contamination by sewage in Hamilton, fairly close to where cruise ships dock in King’s Wharf.

The advisory says “ongoing discharge of raw sewage off Bermuda’s south coast causes intermittent contamination of the waters along the island’s south shore beaches, creating a public health hazard.” However, the study that found these issues was conducted in early 2013, and the conditions that cause them — strong winds and waves in a south-southeasterly direction — are highly specific.

It goes on to mention that risks to swimmers include gastroenteritis, ear infections, respiratory illnesses, staph infections, Hepatitis A, eye infections, and typhoid, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control currently has no travel notices on its site related to Bermuda.

South shore beach, John Smith's Bay - sometimes affected...

South shore beach, John Smith’s Bay – sometimes affected…

“No cruise calls have been impacted, there have been no reported illnesses and, in fact, there have been no beach closures caused by the issue,” reports Terence Gallagher, executive vice president of Lou Hammond & Associates, which oversees public relations for the Bermuda Tourism Authority.

In its statement, the tourism authority points out that the Bermuda Department of Health tests water samples from its beaches on a weekly basis, and the results continue to meet U.S. standards for swimming.

Although contamination is possible with the right combination of infrequent weather patterns, the tourism authority says conditions improve on their own within hours as soon as the weather changes.

“In the meantime, the Bermuda government is working diligently on long-term solutions to ensure the issue is fully rectified,” the statement says.

Cruise lines with upcoming calls on King’s Wharf include Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Princess and Norwegian. None has yet made changes to itineraries as a result of the advisory.

–By Ashley Kosciolek, Copy and Ports Editor

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Travel to Bermuda from the UK

February 11, 2014 - Author: bdadmin
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Travel to Bermuda from the United Kingdom.

From The Independent, Tuesday 11 February 2014:

Floating in the glittering Atlantic waters, Bermuda is a subtropical paradise of 21 square miles of islands, islets and rocks, all surrounded by a coral reef plateau. The temperature hovers in the high 20s for most of the year, thanks to a unique climate caressed by the warming waters of the Gulf Stream. And Britain’s oldest colony offers a more exotic slice of home, with traditional Bobbies, afternoon tea and red telephone boxes.

It’s scattered with landmarks and hundreds of forts, as well as the Unesco World Heritage listed Town of St George dating from 1612, and a host of historic sites.

Bermuda Holidays from the UK.

Travel to Bermuda and see the beautiful pink beaches.

Natural attractions, meanwhile, include the stunning Spittal Pond and the Azure pools of The Crystal and Fantasy Caves.

One of Bermuda’s most alluring draws is, of course, its beaches – imagine youself walking barefoot along the postcard perfect pink sands of Horseshoe Bay. Then there are quiet, secluded coves as well as family favourites like Shelly Bay or Tobacco and Church Bays – ideal for snorkelers.  [more]


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