Hi, Millie ...
PapaBill has some great answers.
Not really a shoreX, but something you and Mom might enjoy? When you get off the ship, there should be plenty of happy people with nicely air-conditioned vans wanting to take you on an orientation "cruise" around the island for a couple of hours. It's not very expensive (maybe $20?). Just make sure they have the "official" tour guide sticker on the van.
My mom just loved it, even though she didn't even get out of the van (walking problems). It's a good way to pick up the "flavor" and decide where you might want to return. From what Mom and other friends who did the van thing said (they were all on their first trip to Bermuda, it was about our sixth ...) the guide was very knowledgeable and accomodating.
The ferries are very cool. We particularly love the "local" from Hamilton to the Dockyard. You can go both ways or take a bus at one end or the other. I prefer the water.
If you happen to collect Lladro (I don't) word has it that Bermuda is The Place. Not necessarily for price, but for selection. I've seen ladies screeching with glee at finding unusual pieces.
You may purchase duty-free liquor on Bermuda, but do it the first or second day. It will NOT be given to you, it will be delivered to the ship and held until your final night. If memory serves, you are limited to two bottles of spirits. (Go for the Gosling's Black Seal rum.)
A sweater -- and a cheap plastic rain poncho -- good ideas. Me, I prefer a pashmina shawl so I don't have to wrestle with sleeves. I found a great vendor on E-Bay ... less than $50. Choose a neutral color for your first one, go wild with the second.
One "outing" that I highly recommend, even though quite pricey, is lunch at the Elbow Bay Club then, if you want, beaching it there. Everybody should do it once. We did it once, YEARS ago, and I think a club sandwich was $13 THEN. But the restaurant overlooking the beach is a delight.
There is also a charming second-floor restaurant right on the Front Street just across from the pier. It's called something like the "Cock and Bull" but don't hold me to it. Sitting on their balcony with a Dark 'n Stormy (the Official drink of Bermuda --- Goslings' Black Seal rum and Ginger Beer with lime) just people-watching and having lunch is a great way to pass a couple of hours. My husband, Captain Queeg, and I often engage in a little contest (because we are facing in different directions) to find the lowest-numbered and highest-numbered license plates on the bikes and cars. (We are easily amused.)
If there are no seats on the balcony, just wait inside until a table is available.
There are too many T-shirt stores and tacky souvenir stores on the Front Street but also some beautiful shops with wonderful goods. One of the things I enjoy is going into the upscale stores and seeing the choices of local brides for their china, crystal and silver. The prsentations of their choices is eye candy.
For years, our kids' Christmas sweaters came from Archie Brown's (thank Paul for the edit function, I first typed Archie Moore's) until the year that Rob said, "Red AGAIN?" and Max said, "Blue AGAIN?" and they swapped. (Duh, Mom.)
Let me know if I can help more.
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