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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


17 Nights Panama Canal Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Veendam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: San Diego, CA
Duration: 17 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Key West, Florida; George Town, Cayman Islands; Cartagena, Colombia; Enter Panama Canal Cristobal; Exit Panama Canal Balboa; Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica; Corinto, Nicaragua; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Puerto Chiapas, Mexico; Huatulco, Mexico; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; San Diego, California
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 22, 2014 $2,299 $2,599 N/A N/A Veendam October 22, 2014
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
October 23, 2014 $309 $349 $439 N/A Carnival Victory October 23, 2014
November 20, 2014 $299 $349 $429 $679 Carnival Victory November 20, 2014
December 4, 2014 $289 $339 $429 $669 Carnival Victory December 4, 2014
December 18, 2014 $339 $389 $469 $729 Carnival Victory December 18, 2014
January 1, 2015 $379 $429 $529 $789 Carnival Victory January 1, 2015
January 15, 2015 $319 $369 $479 $689 Carnival Victory January 15, 2015
January 29, 2015 $289 $339 $439 $699 Carnival Victory January 29, 2015
February 12, 2015 $359 $409 $509 $749 Carnival Victory February 12, 2015
February 26, 2015 $329 $379 $479 $759 Carnival Victory February 26, 2015
March 12, 2015 $369 $419 $519 $759 Carnival Victory March 12, 2015
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, 2014 $617 $917 N/A N/A Grandeur of the Seas October 24, 2014
November 21, 2014 $768 $922 N/A N/A Grandeur of the Seas November 21, 2014
January 16, 2015 $607 $712 $1,917 $2,094 Grandeur of the Seas January 16, 2015
March 13, 2015 $708 $866 $1,694 $2,126 Grandeur of the Seas March 13, 2015
April 10, 2015 $822 $920 N/A $2,122 Grandeur of the Seas April 10, 2015
6 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Carnival Freedom
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 6 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Key West, Florida; George Town, Cayman Islands; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 26, 2014 $489 $569 $719 $1,079 Carnival Freedom October 26, 2014
November 9, 2014 $489 $569 $719 $1,079 Carnival Freedom November 9, 2014
December 7, 2014 $469 $549 $699 $1,059 Carnival Freedom December 7, 2014
January 4, 2015 $469 $549 $709 $1,069 Carnival Freedom January 4, 2015
February 15, 2015 $579 $699 $879 $1,319 Carnival Freedom February 15, 2015
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 26, 2014 $499 $599 $899 N/A Eurodam October 26, 2014
November 23, 2014 $549 $649 $749 $1,299 Eurodam November 23, 2014
December 7, 2014 $499 $599 $649 $1,599 Eurodam December 7, 2014
February 8, 2015 $699 $899 $1,149 $2,099 Eurodam February 8, 2015
February 22, 2015 $799 $899 $1,099 $1,799 Eurodam February 22, 2015
March 22, 2015 $849 $949 $1,149 $1,849 Eurodam March 22, 2015
October 25, 2015 $699 $849 $999 $1,599 Eurodam October 25, 2015
November 22, 2015 $799 $949 $1,099 $1,699 Eurodam November 22, 2015
December 20, 2015 $1,299 $1,499 $1,699 $2,599 Eurodam December 20, 2015
January 3, 2016 $699 $799 $999 $1,699 Eurodam January 3, 2016
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
October 27, 2014 $109 $129 N/A $1,094 Majesty of the Seas October 27, 2014
November 3, 2014 $142 $179 N/A N/A Majesty of the Seas November 3, 2014
November 10, 2014 $232 $262 N/A $652 Majesty of the Seas November 10, 2014
November 17, 2014 $202 $232 N/A $569 Majesty of the Seas November 17, 2014
November 24, 2014 $232 $262 N/A $592 Majesty of the Seas November 24, 2014
December 1, 2014 $129 $159 N/A $547 Majesty of the Seas December 1, 2014
December 8, 2014 $147 $169 N/A $577 Majesty of the Seas December 8, 2014
January 5, 2015 $307 $337 N/A $1,042 Majesty of the Seas January 5, 2015
January 12, 2015 $269 $299 N/A $959 Majesty of the Seas January 12, 2015
February 2, 2015 $254 $284 N/A $824 Majesty of the Seas February 2, 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
October 27, 2014 $249 $299 $479 $599 Carnival Ecstasy October 27, 2014
November 3, 2014 $259 $299 $479 $599 Carnival Ecstasy November 3, 2014
November 10, 2014 $249 $299 $479 $599 Carnival Ecstasy November 10, 2014
November 17, 2014 $319 $359 $549 $619 Carnival Ecstasy November 17, 2014
November 24, 2014 $339 $389 $619 $739 Carnival Ecstasy November 24, 2014
December 1, 2014 $249 $289 $469 $589 Carnival Ecstasy December 1, 2014
December 8, 2014 $249 $289 $469 $589 Carnival Ecstasy December 8, 2014
December 15, 2014 $269 $309 $489 $609 Carnival Ecstasy December 15, 2014
December 22, 2014 $489 $559 $859 $979 Carnival Ecstasy December 22, 2014
December 29, 2014 $649 $709 $1,029 $1,149 Carnival Ecstasy December 29, 2014
5 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Vision of the Seas
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Key West, Florida; Cruising; George Town, Cayman Islands; Cruising; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 1, 2014 $157 $232 $532 N/A Vision of the Seas November 1, 2014
22 Nights Transatlantic Cruise From Barcelona, Spain
Ship: Ryndam
Departure: Barcelona, Spain
Arrival: Tampa, FL
Duration: 22 Nights
Ports: Barcelona, Spain; Cartagena, Spain; Malaga, Spain; Cadiz (Seville), Spain; Ponta Delgada, Portugal; Tampa, Florida; Key West, Florida; Banana Coast (Trujillo),Honduras; Santo Tomas, Guatemala; Costa Maya, Mexico; Tampa, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 1, 2014 $1,399 $1,449 N/A N/A Ryndam November 1, 2014
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; Montego Bay, Jamaica; George Town, Cayman Islands; Key West, Florida; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 9, 2014 $499 $699 $749 $1,299 Eurodam November 9, 2014
March 8, 2015 $799 $899 $1,099 $1,799 Eurodam March 8, 2015

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