If you are cruising to Bermuda this summer and your itinerary happens to coincide with Cup Match, be prepared. The Cup Match holiday, stretched over four days, takes place August 1-4, 2013 with events stretched across the entire island. Be ready for beach parties, reggae concerts, days by the water, cricket, and plenty of Bermuda rum swizzle. Below you will find the cruises that will be in Bermuda at some point during this holiday and what you should do once you reach the island on one of them. If you know someone who will be in Bermuda this summer, be sure to share this with them!
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The cruise ship is on a 7-day roundtrip voyage from Boston to Bermuda, leaving on Friday, August 2, 2013, and is scheduled to arrive at King’s Wharf, Dockyard, Bermuda on Sunday, August 4th, 2013 at 11:00 am. This is right in time for the Non-Mariners Race at the Sandys Boat Club. Make sure once the cruise ship ties to King’s Wharf, you get on a bus or catch a taxi out of Dockyard down to Somerset Village. In a five-eight minute taxi or bus journey, you will be able to join in the festivities for the day. Now you may ask, what are these festivities you are sending us to without telling us what it is about? Let me explain.
What is the Non-Mariners Race?
Non-Mariners is a family event held in Mangrove Bay every year on the last day of the Cup Match weekend. There are children’s races along with the main event – the Non-Mariners Race. You will laugh at the non-battles that take place between the vessels entered in the race. Most entries fall apart or sink by the end and it is almost a last man standing type of race. Half the people on the hand made crafts are paddling, with the other half attacking other floats in an effort to sink one another. If you would like to go, you can watch it all from the Sandys Boat Club – the center of all the action. There will be a bar and food available. The children’s race starts at 1:30 pm, the big race starts at 3:30 pm, and the trophy and prize-giving ceremony takes place at 5:30 pm.
With the thousands of people around that day, I bet only a handful, if any at all, will find the hidden sea-glass beach in the heart of the action. Head to our Beaches in Bermuda page, near the bottom, under the category ‘Beaches with sea-glass’ and the title ‘In Somerset Village’ – follow the instructions there. Find this small beach and you are sure to be walking on inches thick of smooth sea-glass to choose from.
The Celebrity Summit and Norwegian Breakaway
The Celebrity Summit leaves from New Jersey and the Norwegian Breakaway cruises from New York. Both of them have cruises on Sunday, July 28, 2013, and both are scheduled to arrive in King’s Wharf and Heritage Wharf, Dockyard, Bermuda on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, in the morning. The first day of Cup Match begins the next day on Thursday. Both ships will be in Dockyard, located at the opposite end of the island where Cup Match is being held at the St. Georges Cricket Club. Here are two options for your Thursday daytime activities since both ships have a full day on the island. You can go to the opening day of Cup Match or head down to Beachfest.
Cup Match or Beachfest?
Update (7.23.13) – The 8th Annual Beachfest Emancipation Celebration has moved their event location to Snorkel Park in Dockyard. $10 entry during the day, $20 entry for visitors arriving past 7:00 pm.
It really depends on what you want to do because it will be two completely different experiences. You can get more information about Cup Match and Beachfest in an earlier article we wrote here. The article explains in detail about the holiday and will greatly help you decide where to go. To sum them up though: Cup Match has a small entrance fee, Beachfest is free to enter. Both have visitor’s tents. Both have bars. One is at a cricket club. The other is on the beach. Cup Match consists of a cricket game and Crown and Anchor. Beachfest consists of the beach, wacky and fun beach games, a live concert, the beach, and tug of war. Did we mention it is at the beach?
If you want to head to Cup Match it is recommended you take the ferry from Dockyard to St. Georges and then take a bus back. Here is the official Bermuda Bus Schedule. A taxi during the holiday from the cricket game at St. Georges Cricket Club back to the cruise ships in Dockyard will cost around $80.
Beachfest is at Horseshoe Bay and so coming here, you want to catch a #7 bus and ask the bus driver to let you off at Horseshoe Bay. If you are looking out the window to the right though, you will see the party down on the beach below the road before you should ring the bell for your stop.
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