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MEET CAPTAIN MIKE STEPHENS
Note:  We were hoping to have some audio cuts of Captain Mike up by now.  Unfortunately our audio gear experienced problems while taping the Captain.  We're going to contact Mike and see if he might be able to tape some of his remarks and get them to us so we can post them here.


THE CAPTAIN DELIVERING CAPTIVATING FACTS ON HIS BELOVED BERMUDA

Captain Mike is in charge of the MV Defiance, a complimentary ferry boat that transports passengers from the Fairmont Hamilton Princess Hotel to the Fairmont Southampton Princess Hotel and vice versa in a journey that takes about 40 to 45 minutes.  You will absolutely love traveling with him!


THE CAPTAIN IN HIS "OFFICE" BEHIND THE OPEN WINDOW

Captain Mike is one of the nicest guys you'll ever encounter and his knowledge and pride about Bermuda is just great.  You'll learn more about Bermuda in a few crossings with Captain Mike than you will on most commercial tours  He is a true gem of Bermuda and a great guy.


THE MV DEFIANCE ABOUT TO DOCK AT THE FAIRMONT SOUTHAMPTON PRINCESS

Each day Captain Mike starts his day out with a trip from Hamilton to Southampton.  From there he makes his one and only daily visit to the Dockyard.  From the Dockyard he heads back to Hamilton.  Then it's back and forth from Hamilton to Southampton until his day is finally over.


THE DEFIANCE WAITING TO LOAD UP IN HAMILTON

Joining Captain Mike is a really nice first mate named Eugene.  The captain calls him "Smiley" because he's always got a broad grin on his face.  And when Captain Mike is manning the wheelhouse and giving the commentary on the island, Smiley is down below manning the bar.


YOU CAN RIDE IN THE REAR

The MV--and by the way that stands for "motor vessel"--Defiance also is equipped with a head (restroom).  And I think there's actually a men's and women's powder room although the call of nature didn't strike us on any of the many crossings we made with Mike.


OR YOU CAN RIDE ON TOP (ABOVE MY BIG, FAT HEAD)

The amazing thing about Captain Mike's tours is that they never get boring. They're never the same.  You learn something new every time.

Seating on the Defiance is either in the main cabin, in the rear with the wind whistling by, on the top sun deck or on the bow.  We particularly enjoyed the breeze on one of two fixed benches on the bow.  The rest of the seats are plastic chairs.

Please tell Captain Mike we said Hello if you're lucky enough to stay at either Fairmont Hotel.  Both are excellent!

 

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