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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 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
April 24, 2014 $359 $409 $549 N/A Carnival Victory April 24, 2014
May 8, 2014 $359 $399 $499 $739 Carnival Victory May 8, 2014
May 22, 2014 $579 $629 $679 $929 Carnival Victory May 22, 2014
June 5, 2014 $609 $669 $729 $889 Carnival Victory June 5, 2014
June 19, 2014 $649 $729 $829 $969 Carnival Victory June 19, 2014
July 3, 2014 $719 $789 $869 $999 Carnival Victory July 3, 2014
July 31, 2014 $649 $779 $829 $969 Carnival Victory July 31, 2014
August 14, 2014 $539 $589 $639 $809 Carnival Victory August 14, 2014
August 28, 2014 $409 $459 $549 $789 Carnival Victory August 28, 2014
September 11, 2014 $309 $349 $479 $679 Carnival Victory September 11, 2014
5 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Orlando, FL
Ship: Carnival Sunshine
Departure: Orlando, FL
Arrival: Orlando, FL
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida; Key West, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; Freeport, Bahamas; Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
April 27, 2014 $439 $529 $639 $1,179 Carnival Sunshine April 27, 2014
May 25, 2014 $779 $879 $1,049 $1,309 Carnival Sunshine May 25, 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
April 28, 2014 $289 $329 $489 $609 Carnival Ecstasy April 28, 2014
May 5, 2014 $329 $389 $559 $659 Carnival Ecstasy May 5, 2014
May 12, 2014 $339 $389 $569 $689 Carnival Ecstasy May 12, 2014
May 19, 2014 $339 $389 $569 $689 Carnival Ecstasy May 19, 2014
May 26, 2014 $449 $519 $679 $779 Carnival Ecstasy May 26, 2014
June 2, 2014 $509 $569 $769 $869 Carnival Ecstasy June 2, 2014
June 9, 2014 $639 $679 $919 $1,019 Carnival Ecstasy June 9, 2014
June 16, 2014 $609 $699 $849 $949 Carnival Ecstasy June 16, 2014
June 23, 2014 $619 $679 $859 $959 Carnival Ecstasy June 23, 2014
June 30, 2014 $499 $549 $779 $899 Carnival Ecstasy June 30, 2014
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
April 28, 2014 $149 $149 N/A N/A Majesty of the Seas April 28, 2014
May 5, 2014 $483 $497 N/A $949 Majesty of the Seas May 5, 2014
May 12, 2014 $279 $359 N/A $619 Majesty of the Seas May 12, 2014
May 19, 2014 $289 $339 N/A $829 Majesty of the Seas May 19, 2014
May 26, 2014 $299 $369 N/A $829 Majesty of the Seas May 26, 2014
June 2, 2014 $367 $434 N/A $959 Majesty of the Seas June 2, 2014
June 9, 2014 $347 $394 N/A $949 Majesty of the Seas June 9, 2014
June 16, 2014 $377 $494 N/A $1,009 Majesty of the Seas June 16, 2014
June 23, 2014 $499 $549 N/A $929 Majesty of the Seas June 23, 2014
June 30, 2014 $479 $549 N/A $979 Majesty of the Seas June 30, 2014
5 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Jacksonville, FL
Ship: Carnival Fascination
Departure: Jacksonville, FL
Arrival: Jacksonville, FL
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Jacksonville, Florida; Key West, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; Jacksonville, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
April 28, 2014 $389 $439 $709 N/A Carnival Fascination April 28, 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
May 3, 2014 $280 $474 $539 $649 Vision of the Seas May 3, 2014
May 17, 2014 $419 $474 $868 $1,083 Vision of the Seas May 17, 2014
May 31, 2014 $449 $524 $1,061 $1,196 Vision of the Seas May 31, 2014
June 28, 2014 $657 $664 $1,563 $1,741 Vision of the Seas June 28, 2014
July 12, 2014 $627 $634 $1,332 $1,359 Vision of the Seas July 12, 2014
July 26, 2014 $677 $689 $1,433 $1,535 Vision of the Seas July 26, 2014
August 9, 2014 $479 $479 $927 $1,156 Vision of the Seas August 9, 2014
September 20, 2014 $359 $399 $629 $779 Vision of the Seas September 20, 2014
October 4, 2014 $367 $354 $652 $849 Vision of the Seas October 4, 2014
October 18, 2014 $284 $409 $584 $919 Vision of the Seas October 18, 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
May 4, 2014 $569 $679 $789 $1,389 Carnival Breeze May 4, 2014
June 1, 2014 $899 $959 $1,039 $1,479 Carnival Breeze June 1, 2014
June 29, 2014 $1,149 $1,339 $1,429 $1,569 Carnival Breeze June 29, 2014
July 27, 2014 $899 $1,019 $1,179 $1,549 Carnival Breeze July 27, 2014
August 24, 2014 $629 $749 $879 $1,269 Carnival Breeze August 24, 2014
September 21, 2014 $509 $629 $759 $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
5 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Orlando, FL
Ship: Carnival Liberty
Departure: Orlando, FL
Arrival: Orlando, FL
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida; Key West, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; Freeport, Bahamas; Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
May 4, 2014 $449 $499 $629 $1,049 Carnival Liberty May 4, 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
May 11, 2014 $699 $829 $909 $1,959 Carnival Dream May 11, 2014
June 15, 2014 $1,379 $1,529 $1,469 $1,729 Carnival Dream June 15, 2014
July 20, 2014 $1,519 $1,579 $1,639 $1,849 Carnival Dream July 20, 2014
September 28, 2014 $569 $699 $829 $1,279 Carnival Dream September 28, 2014
November 16, 2014 $579 $739 $769 $1,219 Carnival Dream November 16, 2014
December 14, 2014 $589 $719 $779 $1,299 Carnival Dream December 14, 2014
January 25, 2015 $559 $689 $749 $1,199 Carnival Dream January 25, 2015
April 5, 2015 $699 $829 $909 $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
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
May 18, 2014 $859 $1,029 $1,129 $1,919 Carnival Magic May 18, 2014
June 22, 2014 $1,599 N/A $1,879 $2,129 Carnival Magic June 22, 2014
August 31, 2014 $739 $859 $1,009 $1,449 Carnival Magic August 31, 2014
October 5, 2014 $729 $879 $1,029 $1,419 Carnival Magic October 5, 2014
November 23, 2014 $819 $989 $1,179 $1,669 Carnival Magic November 23, 2014
December 7, 2014 $649 $799 $929 $1,419 Carnival Magic December 7, 2014
December 28, 2014 $1,219 $1,429 $1,619 $2,079 Carnival Magic December 28, 2014
February 1, 2015 $699 $849 $979 $1,439 Carnival Magic February 1, 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

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