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Key West, Florida (scroll down for cruise itineraries)

 
Introduction

Popularly known as the "Conch Republic" and storied in its history, Key West, FL is a favorite stop on the cruise log for tens of thousands annually. Its charming architecture, the fun-loving attitude of the locals and the many funky restaurants, shops and souvenir stands make for an energy-filled vacation destination. Perhaps the only frost-free community in the United States, Key West offers visitors a welcome Caribbean breeze, plenty of fishing and boating, beach strolls and some of the most unusual specialty shops on the planet.

Where the Ship Docks

Cruise ship traffic is heavy in this town, which serves both as a destination and departure point. Most of the larger vessels anchor near the Truman Annex at Pier B, at Malloy Square or at the Navy Mole adjacent to Fort Zachary Taylor. If arriving or departing from the base location, a trolley service takes visitors from the cruise pier to the waterfront near the center of town. The Truman Annex dock has visitor information booths, souvenir shops and ATMs on the site.

What to See and Do

Key West has a long and varied history, having been in existence since the early 19th century. A walking tour that takes visitors away from the bustling waterfront and into the heart of the community soon reveals a number of charming mansions and restored manor houses. The famous home of Ernest Hemingway is located at 907 Whitehead Street and is now a small museum, complete with the old writing studio which was left intact. The swimming pool on the property is the oldest in the city, and the many cats that wander about the house are direct descendents of the late writer's pets. The two mile long Harborwalk is a never-ending street of curios shops and snack restaurants, and will delight visitors for hours. The Key West Aquarium, located on Whitehead Street, is the oldest attraction on the island, and has one of the most amazing seahorse displays to be found anywhere. Also on Whitehead Street is the famed Audubon House and Tropical Gardens, named after the famous painter and birdwatcher. Rare prints by the artist and the immaculately kept grounds are a highlight of the visit. And of course there are a number of seaplane and boat tours departing from the marinas along the waterfront, which is a favorite spot for photographing the many schooners and other boats that never seem to stop cruising by the city center.

Eating/Drinking

Aside from shopping at the huge number of gift shops in town, the community is perhaps best known for its unusual dining establishments. The A & B Lobster House on Front Street serves the best lobster platters in town and also has a full service cigar bar. Mangoes is a favorite stop for visitors and is renowned as a people-watching establishment. Near Mangoes and also on Duval Street is the local's choice - Louie's Backyard. The outdoor deck is right on the water's edge and the sound of the breakers on the beach below is memorable. Not to be forgotten is Pepe's Cafe and Steakhouse on Caroline Street, which serves the best omelets around and has a huge assortment of grilled meat entrees.

Getting Around

Most visitors prefer to walk, since the town itself is rather small in size. Tourists can make the walking trip from one end of town to the other in less than 20 minutes. Besides, the community is set up to serve the visitor with its centrally located curios shops and restaurants. The locals enjoy getting around on bicycles and mopeds, and tourists can rent these from a number of vendors in the Duval Street area. Conch Cruisers, which are battery operated open-air vehicles, are a good way to get to one of the landmarks once the feet get tired. And there are plenty of taxis that take cruise visitors from the docks to the center of town. Public bus service connects the city to the rest of the Florida Keys and then eastward to Miami. The Old Town Trolley Tours offer another alternate means of transport and are extremely fun for the kids.

Miscellaneous But Important

Key West is a part of the State of Florida, and as such uses US Dollar as a currency. There are a number of banks that will exchange funds from several of the Caribbean republics. Some of the restaurants have Wi-Fi connections, with or without purchase depending on the merchant, and there are plenty of telephone booths in the hotel lobbies and near the cruise docks for those who have left their cell phones at home.

 
The house where Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote his masterpieces.

The house where Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote his masterpieces.


A beautiful beach on the Key West island.

A beautiful beach on the Key West island.


Duval Street - a place with many interesting shops and restaurants.

Duval Street - a place with many interesting shops and restaurants.


A beautiful scene inside the Audubon House and Tropical Gardens.

A beautiful scene inside the Audubon House and Tropical Gardens.


Louie's Backyard - one of the most popular dining establishments on Key West.

Louie's Backyard - one of the most popular dining establishments on Key West.

 

Cruises to Key West, Florida


4 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Majesty of the Seas
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 4 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; CocoCay, Bahamas; Key West, Florida; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
June 1, 2015 $389 $399 N/A $1,094 Majesty of the Seas June 1, 2015
June 8, 2015 $494 $554 N/A $1,109 Majesty of the Seas June 8, 2015
June 22, 2015 $524 $584 N/A $1,162 Majesty of the Seas June 22, 2015
June 29, 2015 $487 $547 N/A $1,282 Majesty of the Seas June 29, 2015
July 6, 2015 $431 $506 N/A $952 Majesty of the Seas July 6, 2015
July 13, 2015 $453 $453 N/A $937 Majesty of the Seas July 13, 2015
July 20, 2015 $468 $521 N/A $1,192 Majesty of the Seas July 20, 2015
July 27, 2015 $528 $551 N/A $1,267 Majesty of the Seas July 27, 2015
August 3, 2015 $439 $489 N/A $1,149 Majesty of the Seas August 3, 2015
August 10, 2015 $397 $434 N/A $989 Majesty of the Seas August 10, 2015
4 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Carnival Ecstasy
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 4 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Key West, Florida; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
June 1, 2015 $439 $489 $719 $839 Carnival Ecstasy June 1, 2015
June 8, 2015 $469 $529 $759 $879 Carnival Ecstasy June 8, 2015
June 15, 2015 $469 $529 $759 $879 Carnival Ecstasy June 15, 2015
June 22, 2015 $469 $529 $759 $879 Carnival Ecstasy June 22, 2015
June 29, 2015 $469 $529 $759 $879 Carnival Ecstasy June 29, 2015
July 6, 2015 $469 $529 $759 $879 Carnival Ecstasy July 6, 2015
July 13, 2015 $469 $529 $759 $879 Carnival Ecstasy July 13, 2015
July 20, 2015 $469 $529 $759 $879 Carnival Ecstasy July 20, 2015
July 27, 2015 $469 $529 $759 $879 Carnival Ecstasy July 27, 2015
August 3, 2015 $459 $519 $749 $869 Carnival Ecstasy August 3, 2015
4 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Carnival Victory
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 4 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Key West, Florida; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
June 4, 2015 $509 $579 $709 $929 Carnival Victory June 4, 2015
June 18, 2015 $519 $599 $709 $949 Carnival Victory June 18, 2015
July 2, 2015 $549 $589 $679 $979 Carnival Victory July 2, 2015
July 16, 2015 $499 $589 $699 $979 Carnival Victory July 16, 2015
July 30, 2015 $499 $579 $689 $939 Carnival Victory July 30, 2015
August 13, 2015 $429 $479 $559 $769 Carnival Victory August 13, 2015
August 27, 2015 $409 $459 $539 $789 Carnival Victory August 27, 2015
September 10, 2015 $299 $369 $489 $679 Carnival Victory September 10, 2015
September 24, 2015 $339 $359 $479 $679 Carnival Victory September 24, 2015
November 5, 2015 $299 $369 $469 $679 Carnival Victory November 5, 2015
7 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Galveston, TX
Ship: Carnival Freedom
Departure: Galveston, TX
Arrival: Galveston, TX
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Galveston, Texas; Key West, Florida; Freeport, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Galveston, Texas
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
June 6, 2015 $979 $1,029 $1,329 $1,849 Carnival Freedom June 6, 2015
June 13, 2015 $959 $1,129 $1,379 $1,899 Carnival Freedom June 13, 2015
July 18, 2015 $999 $1,099 $1,349 $1,899 Carnival Freedom July 18, 2015
August 1, 2015 $909 $999 $1,229 $1,799 Carnival Freedom August 1, 2015
August 8, 2015 $909 $979 $1,179 $1,499 Carnival Freedom August 8, 2015
September 5, 2015 $669 $769 $949 $1,419 Carnival Freedom September 5, 2015
October 10, 2015 $699 $819 $1,049 $1,499 Carnival Freedom October 10, 2015
April 2, 2016 $679 $799 $979 $1,419 Carnival Freedom April 2, 2016
April 16, 2016 $609 $729 $909 $1,349 Carnival Freedom April 16, 2016
May 7, 2016 $679 $799 $979 $1,399 Carnival Freedom May 7, 2016
7 Nights Bahamas Cruise From New Orleans, LA
Ship: Carnival Dream
Departure: New Orleans, LA
Arrival: New Orleans, LA
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: New Orleans, Louisiana; Key West, Florida; Freeport, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; New Orleans, Louisiana
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
July 19, 2015 $899 $1,169 $1,319 $2,029 Carnival Dream July 19, 2015
September 6, 2015 $599 N/A $909 $1,389 Carnival Dream September 6, 2015
November 15, 2015 $539 $719 $889 $2,089 Carnival Dream November 15, 2015
January 24, 2016 $539 $699 $809 $1,299 Carnival Dream January 24, 2016
April 3, 2016 $609 $759 $879 $1,289 Carnival Dream April 3, 2016
May 8, 2016 $689 $839 $919 $1,369 Carnival Dream May 8, 2016
July 3, 2016 $919 $1,119 $1,229 $1,679 Carnival Dream July 3, 2016
July 31, 2016 $809 $1,009 $1,119 $1,569 Carnival Dream July 31, 2016
August 28, 2016 $589 $739 $799 $1,249 Carnival Dream August 28, 2016
March 12, 2017 $759 $909 $989 $1,439 Carnival Dream March 12, 2017
7 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Galveston, TX
Ship: Carnival Magic
Departure: Galveston, TX
Arrival: Galveston, TX
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Galveston, Texas; Key West, Florida; Freeport, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Galveston, Texas
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
July 26, 2015 $979 $1,149 $1,299 $2,099 Carnival Magic July 26, 2015
September 13, 2015 $599 $799 $899 $1,499 Carnival Magic September 13, 2015
November 22, 2015 $819 $989 $1,169 $1,669 Carnival Magic November 22, 2015
December 27, 2015 $1,119 $1,329 $1,509 $2,099 Carnival Magic December 27, 2015
January 31, 2016 $579 $729 $849 $1,319 Carnival Magic January 31, 2016
February 14, 2016 $599 $749 $869 $1,439 Carnival Magic February 14, 2016
April 10, 2016 $759 $909 $1,029 $1,499 Carnival Magic April 10, 2016
April 24, 2016 $759 $909 $1,029 $1,499 Carnival Magic April 24, 2016
May 1, 2016 $709 $859 $959 $1,429 Carnival Magic May 1, 2016
May 22, 2016 $789 $939 $1,039 $1,509 Carnival Magic May 22, 2016
8 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Baltimore, MD
Ship: Grandeur of the Seas
Departure: Baltimore, MD
Arrival: Baltimore, MD
Duration: 8 Nights
Ports: Baltimore, Maryland; Cruising; Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; CocoCay, Bahamas; Key West, Florida; Cruising; Baltimore, Maryland
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 24, 2015 $622 $779 N/A N/A Grandeur of the Seas October 24, 2015
January 16, 2016 $562 $701 $1,406 $1,649 Grandeur of the Seas January 16, 2016
March 12, 2016 $859 $1,079 $1,849 $2,069 Grandeur of the Seas March 12, 2016
April 9, 2016 $809 $892 N/A $1,889 Grandeur of the Seas April 9, 2016
7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Eurodam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Cayman Islands; Key West, Florida; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 25, 2015 $699 $899 $899 $1,599 Eurodam October 25, 2015
November 22, 2015 $699 $849 $999 $1,599 Eurodam November 22, 2015
December 20, 2015 $1,099 $1,499 $1,499 $2,399 Eurodam December 20, 2015
January 3, 2016 $699 $799 $999 $1,699 Eurodam January 3, 2016
January 17, 2016 $749 $849 $1,099 $1,799 Eurodam January 17, 2016
January 31, 2016 $799 $899 $1,099 $1,799 Eurodam January 31, 2016
February 28, 2016 $799 $899 $1,099 $1,799 Eurodam February 28, 2016
March 13, 2016 $799 $899 $1,099 $1,799 Eurodam March 13, 2016
4 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Norwegian Pearl
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 4 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Key West, Florida; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 3, 2015 $209 $269 $439 $639 Norwegian Pearl November 3, 2015
5 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Tampa, FL
Ship: Brilliance of the Seas
Departure: Tampa, FL
Arrival: Tampa, FL
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Tampa, Florida; Key West, Florida; Cruising; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Cruising; Tampa, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 7, 2015 $406 $507 N/A $1,228 Brilliance of the Seas November 7, 2015
December 5, 2015 $414 $444 $655 $1,174 Brilliance of the Seas December 5, 2015
December 19, 2015 $502 $631 $649 $874 Brilliance of the Seas December 19, 2015
January 16, 2016 $349 $419 $579 $1,034 Brilliance of the Seas January 16, 2016
January 30, 2016 $352 $427 $652 $937 Brilliance of the Seas January 30, 2016
February 13, 2016 $449 $479 $629 $929 Brilliance of the Seas February 13, 2016
February 27, 2016 $399 $429 $579 $879 Brilliance of the Seas February 27, 2016
March 12, 2016 $449 $479 $629 $929 Brilliance of the Seas March 12, 2016
March 26, 2016 $449 $479 $629 $929 Brilliance of the Seas March 26, 2016
April 9, 2016 $426 $528 $697 $1,012 Brilliance of the Seas April 9, 2016

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