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In honor of Disney’s first-ever cruise to Bermuda, setting sail this month from New York City, here are the top 10 Bermuda shore excursions, so you can experience the best of this unique tropical island.

1. The South Shore beaches boast the island’s famous pink sand and turquoise surf. Spend the day relaxing at a pink-sand beach on the Horseshoe Bay Beach Transfer.

2. Bermuda is a cultural melting pot that harbors an eclectic blend of British, American and West Indian influences. While many Bermudian customs appear European (driving on the left side of the road, playing cricket, local pubs serving ale by the imperial pint), Bermudans share similarities with North America in their dialect and currency. Taste the European influence on the Dockyard Brewery Tour and Tasting.

Waterway near entrance to Hamilton harbor in Bermuda.

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3. When it comes to fashion, the island has a style that’s all its own—distinctive for Bermuda shorts, often worn with a jacket and tie as formal wear. You can get a glimpse of the luxurious Bermuda lifestyle on the Famous Homes and Hideaways Cruise.

4. At Admiralty House Park, you can watch cliff divers perform their graceful acts of remarkable athleticism. Or become a cliff diver yourself on the Hidden Gems Exploration Adventure.

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5. The island is home to massive caves featuring stalactites and underground saltwater pools. Descend into a cavern on the Crystal Caves and Pink Flamingos excursion.

6. St. Peters Church, the oldest Anglican Church outside the British Isles, is home to a cultural treasure—the antique altar carved in 1615 by Bermuda’s first governor. Check it out during the Bermuda Island Drive.

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7. Numerous coral reefs are in relatively shallow water, with virtually unlimited visibility, and are readily accessible from shore. Do some underwater exploring on the Snorkel Park Beach Adventure.

8. Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, built in 1846, is the oldest remaining cast-iron lighthouse in the world. Visit the lighthouse and other landmarks on the Scenic South Shore sightseeing excursion.

The boats and homes as seen from the harbor.. St. Georges, Bermuda.

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9. The historic British settlement of Bermuda is dotted with colorful British Colonial architecture, fountains, gardens and plazas. Stroll the 400-year-old cobblestone streets of a picturesque colonial town on the Haunted History Tour of St. George’s.

10. Bermuda’s climate is sub-tropical, with an average annual temperature high of 81° F and low of 60° F. Enjoy the island’s comfortable temperatures with a round of golf at Belmont Hills Golf Club.

Each of Disney Cruise Line’s five- and six-night cruises from New York City to Bermuda include at least two days on the island, giving you more time to soak up the Bermuda lifestyle. Remember, when the ship’s in port, venture ashore.

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With over 100 stores already open at Disney Springs, it’s hard to imagine we have room for any more. But great news for shoppers like me – we do! Soon, three new venues, including Disney Tails and Lovepop, will be added to the property’s eclectic mix of niche boutiques and brand-name anchor locations, just in time for holiday shopping.

Here’s a preview of what’s to come:

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Disney Tails: Opening October 12, 2018 at Marketplace Co-Op, this is THE must-visit destination for pet owners who want to bring a bit of Disney flair home to their four-legged friends. With two existing character collections (Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse) and two new character collections (Haunted Mansion and Star Wars) set to debut when the store opens, you may want to wait to finalize Fido’s Halloween costume until you’ve had a chance to visit – the themed comfort harnesses are just too cute! While most of the items were designed with dogs in mind, there are a few items that are “purr”fect for cats, too! In addition to leashes, collars, and bandanas, you’ll also discover squeaky toys inspired by some of your favorite iconic Disney foods, because really, it’s not fair that only humans should get to indulge in Mickey waffles, Mickey ice cream bars and Mickey pretzels, right?

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Lovepop: Steps away, in the center of Marketplace Co-Op, a new kind of greeting card will be arriving in mid-October. Lovepop is “more than a card” – it’s an intricate 3D paper sculpture designed on cutting-edge software, then hand-assembled with impeccable craftsmanship. I fell in love with the brand during a recent trip to New York City and was overjoyed when I found out they’d be coming to Disney Springs. Each piece is a gorgeous keepsake and with options for nearly every occasion imaginable, you’re bound to find something just right for the ones you love most.

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The Art of Disney Presents Greg McCullough: Slated to open on November 3, 2018 in the space formerly occupied by Little Miss Matched, an art gallery featuring works by Greg McCullough – a fan-favorite when it comes to paintings of Disney characters and stories – will open for a limited-time engagement through January 1, 2019. Greg McCullough will appear every day, except Mondays, from 1:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and guests will have a chance to interact with the artist, have artwork signed, and possibly even catch him painting live. Original works of art, limited-editions, and prints will be available, alongside some unique pieces from his Disney Remnants and Abstract Remnants Collections – mosaic collections created by recycling unused oil pant.

As if all of this wasn’t enough, Basin, one of the most beloved brands at Disney Springs, is putting the finishing touches on a refurbishment of their store. With a mid-October completion date, the location will feel familiar but with lighter, brighter, fresh touches that will open up the space in a more modern way.

With so much newness on the horizon, who’s ready to get a head start on holiday gift purchases and join me on a shopping trip to Disney Springs?

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