There are a thousand things that make traveling fun. Of course, the simple fact that you’re stepping outside of your routine and experiencing something that doesn’t belong in your day-to-day life is exciting enough, but when you add some unexpected entrees and foreign flavors to the mix, the fun is compounded many meals over!
Taking a cruise to Bermuda requires a bit of thoughtful planning – but don’t worry. This will be fun! One of the first things you’ll want to do is prepare your palate. After all, there are dozens of dishes that make the food in this tropical paradise special.
To help you make the most of your trip, we’ve compiled eight of our favorite Bermuda foods, drinks and tasty treats we think everyone should try at least once.
1. Rum Cake
Think of rum cake as a gigantic donut – adult style. This Bundt-style, ring-shaped cake has all the ingredients of a vacation that doesn’t count calories. Infused with Caribbean rum, this dessert is a crown jewel of the islands.
Though there are several available flavors, most are made with dark rum and a sweet glaze. Thanks to the alcohol and careful packaging, rum cakes will hold up for the trip home so you can enjoy a taste of Bermuda after your trip.
Not all rum cakes are round, but they’re all light, airy and a little boozy. You’ll be remiss if you take a cruise ship to Bermuda and never try a bite of this delicious traditional sweet treat, so dig in!
2. Bermuda-Style Ice Cream
There’s nothing quite like licking the spoon of an icy dessert on an island beach. Bermuda-style ice cream offers all the comforts of home with twists you’ll only find on the islands. Rum-infused desserts are a natural occurrence in Bermuda, and you’ll soon get comfortable with the fact that they’re everywhere.
But rum-flavored ice cream elevates the entire experience to a whole new level! Try it alone or as a luxurious addition to a slice of rum cake or local fruit pies.
3. Bermuda Cinnamon Buns
Sticking with the theme of sweetness, Bermuda has a tendency to win travelers over with its cinnamon buns. Don’t be surprised if you stumble upon a bakery that offers up a massive tasty treat that takes up your entire plate. Accompany one of these sticky sensations with a cup of rich, steaming coffee to start your morning off in quintessential Bermuda style.
4. Pepper Jelly
Formulated with a bit of something sweet and, of course, a tad of spice, pepper jelly is a go-to favorite of visitors and locals alike. It’s the ideal way to start your day, slathered across a fresh-baked scone or placed atop a piece of toast. Be careful, though! Some pepper jellies are spicier than others. If you’re new to the experience, err on the side of sweet and work your way into spicy gently.
5. Rum Swizzle
Of course, a little fun in the sun should be accompanied by a few sips of some tasty cocktails. When it comes to Bermuda drinks, the rum swizzle takes the cake. Often referred to as Bermuda’s national drink, this gem marries a couple different types of rum with the juice of pineapples and oranges.
It’s the perfect pairing for a sandy shoreline or a lazy day on the ship, lying next to the pool.
6. Bermuda Fish Chowder Bites
Being right on the sea, it only makes sense to partake of the bounty offered by the ocean. Bermuda fish chowder is a traditional dish in this part of the world. When you take this classic soup and put it into “bite” form, it becomes even better. These crispy creations are excellent appetizers, offering just the right amount of crunch and softness.
7. Fresh Fish
You may have a problem deciding which dish to get, but we can assure you, there’s a plethora of fresh fish to be had in Bermuda. Grouper is a common top choice. It has a sweet flavor and tender texture similar to sea bass. Wahoo is another go-to option in Bermuda. Chefs who know how to prepare it well will wow you with their entrees.
In true island spirit, you’ll usually find fresh fish served with a combination of sweet and spicy ingredients.
8. Ginger Beer
Not all Bermuda drinks are alcoholic. Ginger beer is a beloved thirst quencher that’s a drink for all ages. It’s a crisp, cool, refreshing beverage that’s great sipped all by itself, but it also plays well with others, presenting itself as the ultimate flavor-infuser for many of Bermuda’s adults-only cocktails. It’s got a bold ginger flavor that’s still light and refreshing.
Preparing for your cruise to Bermuda isn’t just about packing your clothes and planning your itinerary; it’s also about getting your taste buds excited about all the flavors you’ll soon have laid before you. There’s no shortage of tempting treats on the island, and we’re sure you’ll find a few favorites we haven’t mentioned here, but this list is filled with can’t-miss menu items.
As you prepare for your cruise to Bermuda, we encourage you to get excited about all the food this island paradise has to offer. No cruise vacation is complete without the delectable dishes that make your final destination so incredible. So climb aboard, and let us show you the way!
Note: Onboard activities, shore excursions, and dining options may vary by ship and destination.