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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 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
August 31, 2014 $759 $879 N/A N/A Carnival Magic August 31, 2014
October 5, 2014 $699 $879 $1,029 $1,619 Carnival Magic October 5, 2014
November 23, 2014 $819 $989 $1,149 $1,869 Carnival Magic November 23, 2014
December 7, 2014 $649 $799 $899 $1,419 Carnival Magic December 7, 2014
December 28, 2014 $1,169 $1,429 $1,539 $2,549 Carnival Magic December 28, 2014
February 1, 2015 $699 $849 $979 $1,439 Carnival Magic February 1, 2015
March 15, 2015 $1,059 $1,269 $1,449 $1,919 Carnival Magic March 15, 2015
April 12, 2015 $759 $909 $1,039 $1,499 Carnival Magic April 12, 2015
April 26, 2015 $759 $909 $1,039 $1,499 Carnival Magic April 26, 2015
July 26, 2015 $1,169 $1,379 $1,559 $2,029 Carnival Magic July 26, 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
September 1, 2014 $219 $219 N/A $499 Majesty of the Seas September 1, 2014
September 8, 2014 $299 $299 N/A $649 Majesty of the Seas September 8, 2014
September 15, 2014 $251 $314 N/A $809 Majesty of the Seas September 15, 2014
September 22, 2014 $279 $279 N/A $849 Majesty of the Seas September 22, 2014
September 29, 2014 $209 $209 N/A $659 Majesty of the Seas September 29, 2014
October 6, 2014 $249 $249 N/A $899 Majesty of the Seas October 6, 2014
October 13, 2014 $249 $249 N/A $839 Majesty of the Seas October 13, 2014
October 20, 2014 $254 $254 N/A $689 Majesty of the Seas October 20, 2014
October 27, 2014 $217 $217 N/A $607 Majesty of the Seas October 27, 2014
November 3, 2014 $269 $269 N/A $779 Majesty of the Seas November 3, 2014
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
September 1, 2014 $269 $319 $489 N/A Carnival Ecstasy September 1, 2014
September 8, 2014 $279 $319 $479 $599 Carnival Ecstasy September 8, 2014
September 15, 2014 $304 $329 $479 $599 Carnival Ecstasy September 15, 2014
September 22, 2014 $259 $309 $479 $599 Carnival Ecstasy September 22, 2014
October 6, 2014 $289 $329 $489 $599 Carnival Ecstasy October 6, 2014
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 $279 $329 $529 $619 Carnival Ecstasy November 17, 2014
November 24, 2014 $339 $389 $619 $739 Carnival Ecstasy November 24, 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
September 11, 2014 $319 $349 $479 $639 Carnival Victory September 11, 2014
September 25, 2014 $309 $349 $429 $679 Carnival Victory September 25, 2014
October 9, 2014 $299 $349 $429 $679 Carnival Victory October 9, 2014
October 23, 2014 $299 $349 $439 $679 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
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
September 20, 2014 $239 $329 $519 $929 Vision of the Seas September 20, 2014
October 4, 2014 $199 $259 $499 $599 Vision of the Seas October 4, 2014
October 18, 2014 $299 $382 $847 $824 Vision of the Seas October 18, 2014
November 1, 2014 $299 $389 $757 $817 Vision of the Seas November 1, 2014
6 Nights Caribbean Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Carnival Breeze
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 6 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Key West, Florida; George Town, Cayman Islands; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
September 21, 2014 $569 $699 $789 $1,149 Carnival Breeze September 21, 2014
October 19, 2014 $549 $649 $779 $1,209 Carnival Breeze October 19, 2014
November 16, 2014 $549 $659 $809 $1,209 Carnival Breeze November 16, 2014
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
September 28, 2014 $549 $759 $879 $1,209 Carnival Dream September 28, 2014
November 16, 2014 $609 $709 $769 $1,289 Carnival Dream November 16, 2014
December 14, 2014 $589 $749 $779 $1,229 Carnival Dream December 14, 2014
January 25, 2015 $559 $719 $819 $1,199 Carnival Dream January 25, 2015
April 5, 2015 $699 $829 $939 $1,359 Carnival Dream April 5, 2015
May 3, 2015 $629 $779 $859 $1,309 Carnival Dream May 3, 2015
July 19, 2015 $899 $1,099 $1,209 $1,659 Carnival Dream July 19, 2015
September 6, 2015 $549 $699 $759 $1,209 Carnival Dream September 6, 2015
November 15, 2015 $559 $709 $769 $1,219 Carnival Dream November 15, 2015
January 24, 2016 $539 $689 $749 $1,199 Carnival Dream January 24, 2016
21 Nights Panama Canal Cruise From Boston, MA
Ship: Veendam
Departure: Boston, MA
Arrival: San Diego, CA
Duration: 21 Nights
Ports: Boston, Massachusetts; Port Canaveral, Florida; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Key West, Florida; George Town, Cayman Islands; Cartagena, Colombia; Exit Panama Canal Balboa; Enter Panama Canal Cristobal; 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 18, 2014 $2,299 $2,599 $4,499 $15,999 Veendam October 18, 2014
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 $4,499 N/A Veendam October 22, 2014
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 $629 $824 N/A $2,127 Grandeur of the Seas October 24, 2014
November 21, 2014 $813 $855 N/A N/A Grandeur of the Seas November 21, 2014
January 16, 2015 $680 $799 N/A $2,489 Grandeur of the Seas January 16, 2015
March 13, 2015 $723 $851 $1,649 $2,088 Grandeur of the Seas March 13, 2015
April 10, 2015 $822 $905 N/A $2,108 Grandeur of the Seas April 10, 2015

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