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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


7 Nights Bahamas Cruise From New Orleans, LA
Ship: Serenade of the Seas
Departure: New Orleans, LA
Arrival: New Orleans, LA
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: New Orleans, Louisiana; Cruising; Key West, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; CocoCay, Bahamas; Cruising; New Orleans, Louisiana
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 29, 2014 $299 $399 $699 N/A Serenade of the Seas November 29, 2014
January 10, 2015 $397 $419 $809 $1,499 Serenade of the Seas January 10, 2015
January 24, 2015 $449 $532 $719 $1,424 Serenade of the Seas January 24, 2015
February 7, 2015 $539 $829 $909 $2,449 Serenade of the Seas February 7, 2015
February 21, 2015 $539 $779 $1,109 $3,349 Serenade of the Seas February 21, 2015
March 7, 2015 $599 $734 $794 $1,424 Serenade of the Seas March 7, 2015
March 21, 2015 $622 $749 $899 N/A Serenade of the Seas March 21, 2015
April 4, 2015 $734 $1,019 $1,409 N/A Serenade of the Seas April 4, 2015
7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Tampa, FL
Ship: Ryndam
Departure: Tampa, FL
Arrival: Tampa, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: 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 30, 2014 $499 $569 $1,399 $2,599 Ryndam November 30, 2014
January 18, 2015 $849 $899 N/A $5,499 Ryndam January 18, 2015
March 1, 2015 $749 $849 $1,549 $5,699 Ryndam March 1, 2015
March 8, 2015 $749 $899 $1,799 $5,699 Ryndam March 8, 2015
March 15, 2015 $749 $849 $1,549 N/A Ryndam March 15, 2015
March 22, 2015 $849 $949 $1,649 $5,899 Ryndam March 22, 2015
April 12, 2015 $599 $699 $1,399 $2,799 Ryndam April 12, 2015
7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; George Town, Cayman Islands; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Key West, Florida; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 30, 2014 $499 $599 $699 $1,449 Nieuw Amsterdam November 30, 2014
December 28, 2014 $999 $1,099 $1,299 $2,299 Nieuw Amsterdam December 28, 2014
January 4, 2015 $599 $699 $849 $1,899 Nieuw Amsterdam January 4, 2015
February 1, 2015 $649 $749 $959 $2,199 Nieuw Amsterdam February 1, 2015
February 15, 2015 $699 $799 $899 $1,699 Nieuw Amsterdam February 15, 2015
March 1, 2015 $699 $799 $899 $1,699 Nieuw Amsterdam March 1, 2015
March 15, 2015 $699 $799 $899 $1,699 Nieuw Amsterdam March 15, 2015
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
December 1, 2014 $166 $229 N/A $729 Majesty of the Seas December 1, 2014
December 8, 2014 $172 $209 N/A $449 Majesty of the Seas December 8, 2014
January 5, 2015 $359 $367 N/A N/A Majesty of the Seas January 5, 2015
January 12, 2015 $294 $399 N/A $1,279 Majesty of the Seas January 12, 2015
February 2, 2015 $294 $389 N/A $1,209 Majesty of the Seas February 2, 2015
February 9, 2015 $259 $319 N/A $699 Majesty of the Seas February 9, 2015
February 16, 2015 $258 $293 N/A $622 Majesty of the Seas February 16, 2015
February 23, 2015 $254 $314 N/A $869 Majesty of the Seas February 23, 2015
March 2, 2015 $301 $409 N/A $1,039 Majesty of the Seas March 2, 2015
March 9, 2015 $314 $352 N/A $697 Majesty of the Seas March 9, 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
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 $639 $709 $1,029 $1,149 Carnival Ecstasy December 29, 2014
January 5, 2015 $269 $309 $489 $609 Carnival Ecstasy January 5, 2015
January 12, 2015 $249 $299 $479 $599 Carnival Ecstasy January 12, 2015
January 19, 2015 $249 $299 $479 $599 Carnival Ecstasy January 19, 2015
January 26, 2015 $249 $299 $479 $599 Carnival Ecstasy January 26, 2015
February 2, 2015 $279 $319 $499 $619 Carnival Ecstasy February 2, 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
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 $729 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
April 9, 2015 $359 $409 $509 $789 Carnival Victory April 9, 2015
April 23, 2015 $359 $409 $509 $749 Carnival Victory April 23, 2015
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
December 7, 2014 $669 $769 $819 $1,399 Carnival Magic December 7, 2014
December 28, 2014 $1,089 $1,449 $1,489 $2,549 Carnival Magic December 28, 2014
February 1, 2015 $579 $779 $849 $1,469 Carnival Magic February 1, 2015
March 15, 2015 $849 $1,059 $1,189 $1,919 Carnival Magic March 15, 2015
April 12, 2015 $629 $779 $879 $1,369 Carnival Magic April 12, 2015
April 26, 2015 $659 $809 $909 $1,399 Carnival Magic April 26, 2015
July 26, 2015 $1,099 $1,309 $1,469 $1,959 Carnival Magic July 26, 2015
September 13, 2015 $679 $829 $949 $1,419 Carnival Magic September 13, 2015
November 22, 2015 $819 $989 $1,169 $1,639 Carnival Magic November 22, 2015
December 27, 2015 $1,219 $1,429 $1,609 $2,079 Carnival Magic December 27, 2015
14 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Tampa, FL
Ship: Ryndam
Departure: Tampa, FL
Arrival: Tampa, FL
Duration: 14 Nights
Ports: Tampa, Florida; Key West, Florida; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; St. John's, Antigua; Saint Lucia Island; Willemstad, Curacao Island; Aruba Island; George Town, Cayman Islands; Tampa, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 7, 2014 $1,199 $1,299 $2,399 $4,999 Ryndam December 7, 2014
January 4, 2015 $1,399 $1,599 $2,649 $5,999 Ryndam January 4, 2015
February 15, 2015 $1,699 $1,899 $3,199 $11,999 Ryndam February 15, 2015
March 29, 2015 $1,699 $1,899 $3,199 $11,999 Ryndam March 29, 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
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 $509 $579 $709 $969 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
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 $599 $699 $899 $1,599 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
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

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