[Updated] The ‘Cruise log’ section of USA Today’s website has picked up a local story about our bus situation with an article entitled “Bermuda to limit cruise ship passengers on public buses”, which says, “The island nation of Bermuda appears to have had enough with visiting cruise ship passengers clogging its public buses.”
The story has attracted close to 70 comments thus far on the USA Today website, some appear below:
Have they thought about running more buses? Duh! Seems like someone in Bermuda with an ounce of business sense would capitalize on this lack of transportation, and coordinate with the ships to run buses in and out of town for the tourists only. The cruise ships would be happy to charge the cruisers more for “special chartered” buses into town. And this is a problem for Bermuda’s officials?
The answer is for cruise lines to boycot Bermuda. It would be a lot easier to put extra buses on when cruise ships arrive. The old saying, “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you,” applies here.
How many of you have actually been to Bermuda…..? Yes, why don’t you go cruise somewhere else and leave Bermuda alone before you all trash it. BTW, Bermuda doesn’t really need your “tank-top, flip-flop, slurpy, spandex, all-you-can-eat-at-the-buffet” hand, it’s doing quite well without it, thank you very much.
I am a representative from the Bermuda Ministry of Transport, and would like to respond to the inaccurate reporting in this article. Visitors who visit Bermuda are aware how proud we are of our efficient and affordable public transport system, consisting of buses and ferries. What the article failed to mention was that we have always limited the number of visitors boarding our REGULARLY scheduled buses going to Horseshoe Bay Beach from our major cruise port, Royal Naval Dockyard. This is to ensure that residents and visitors staying in hotels have space to board the buses at other locations along the route. The article also failed to mention that we provide SPECIAL buses that go non-stop from Dockyard to Horseshoe Bay Beach. This is exclusively for our cruise ship visitors. I would have thought that a highly regarded publication such as USA Today would have attempted to contact local officials before publishing inaccurate information to its readers.
Way to many other Islands to see anyway. Have you priced some of the hotels on the Island, lets just say WOW would be an understatement. Where do they get off anyway. Besides they say we dress funny, have they looked in a mirror “not”, the shorts they ware LOL
Don’t go to Bermuda. Are they happy, now?
Update: We have received clarification from the Ministry of Transport who said there is “no regulation on the number of cruise passengers allowed on each regularly scheduled bus.”
A spokesperson explained that, “There are also special (shuttle) buses that are used to supplement the regularly scheduled service. These go directly to Horseshoe Bay Beach and back and are for the cruise passengers only. Each of these buses leaves when completely full.”
“There is no regulation on the number of cruise passengers allowed on each regularly scheduled bus. The number of seats left vacant varies by time of day and day of the week, and is based on projected demands along the route. Please remember that this is the very first stop on the route. The main route to the Horseshoe Bay Beach is route 7.”
“During the early morning, more seats are left empty to allow for commuters and other visitors to board further along the route. Later in the day, fewer seats are left empty when leaving Dockyard. There are also taxis and minibuses that cruise visitors use to go to the beach.”
“This practice is not new, and only occurs when we have cruise ships in port. During the summer months there is less demand from commuters, so more of the seats are allowed to be occupied by cruise ship visitors. Again, we also have special buses, taxis and minibuses that go directly from Dockyard to the beach.”
“The Supervisors use experience to determine the number of seats that should remain vacant. We also have radio contact on our buses, so a bus operator can radio the Supervisor to let him/her know if there are high numbers of people waiting for buses along the route. This is simply a practical operational consideration that is in place to manage demand.”
“Demands for commuter and school bus services decrease after the school term ends in June, meaning more of the seats can be occupied by cruise ship visitors. Please keep in mind that there are still the shuttle buses. Many visitors purchase public transportation passes and use these for the ferry and bus, not just to go to Horseshoe Bay Beach, but to other parts of the Island. The goal of the Ministry of Transport is to move the people to where they wish to go in a timely fashion, whether by taxi, minibus, public bus or ferry.”