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Fort Lauderdale, Florida (scroll down for cruise itineraries)

 
Introduction

When one thinks about a Caribbean or a Bahamas cruise, it is usually assumed that Miami is the departure point, but the northern suburb of Fort Lauderdale has its own modern port facility and has rapidly become a favored jumping off point for ships taking vacationers to exciting tropical destinations. And the beaches, nightlife and colorful restaurants in this city are enough to keep everyone occupied and happy both before and after the cruise itself. A nice mix of South Florida bustle and quieter southern atmosphere is a good way to describe this vibrant city. Its 23-mile stretch of white sand beach is as inviting as any to be found elsewhere.

Where the Ship Docks

Vacationers departing from Fort Lauderdale embark at the modern, full service facility at Port Everglades. Only a ten minute taxi ride from both downtown and the Fort Lauderdale International Airport, the dock areas have a number of visitor information centers, vending machines and ATMs, as well as a small number of kiosks stuffed with see-and-do brochures and restaurant advertisements. The complex is also the busiest section of the commercial dock area and there is plenty of security around to make sure passengers are guided to the area where the cruise ships anchor. Most departures are at the Midport and Northport areas of the terminal facility.

What to See and Do

First of all it is imperative to get away from the dock area, which is heavily congested and offering little in the way of entertainment. The sand beaches of town are the favorite draw, and although they have been immortalized as the popular spring break destination for college students, they are actually quite clean, family-friendly and have undergone some major renovations in the past few years. New lighting for nighttime beach activities, landscaping improvements and the addition of many new shops and restaurants along the waterfront has completely transformed this glorious stretch of coastline. A great walking tour of the city would not be complete without a stroll along the Intercoastal Waterway, running directly through the city center. Downtown has a new flavor with the cropping up of boutiques, antique shops and upscale restaurants. One of those restaurants is the Mangoes on E. Las Olas Blvd. - a traditional Miami restaurant in its design as well as in its offerings that center around combination lunch and dinner plates including both steak and seafood. Another favorite is the 15 Street Fisheries, located naturally on 15th Street and considered the finest chowder house in the area. Those who want a bit more exotic experience can try the famous Jungle Queen Riverboat. It has drawn visitors for six decades and takes visitors on an inland sightseeing cruise as well as offering nighttime dining on board. Those who have come with families can try two and a half mile boardwalk on Hollywood Beach, known for its low-key atmosphere and street performers.

Eating/Drinking

Aside from the local favorites already mentioned, there are a number of smaller establishments along the waterfront that offer everything from pizza to seafood stews and hot dogs. La Bonne Crepes on Las Olas Blvd has a yummy breakfast of waffles, French toast and mouthwatering crepes. The H2O Cafe on South Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd is famous for its Italian cuisine and serves up pasta, chicken and barbeque beef with a Cuban influence. Its outdoor seating area is in full view of the beach activities and is perfect for an evening meal while exploring the waterfront.

Getting Around

Most of the cruise lines will have shuttle service to and from downtown for their passengers regardless of whether they have confirmed reservations at one of the local hotels. For vacationers arriving at the airport there is a free shuttle to Port Everglades itself, and rental cars can be booked ahead of time and picked up either at the airport or in downtown.

Miscellaneous But Important

Internet cafes are numerous throughout downtown Fort Lauderdale and of course there is Internet connection and WiFi at the airport. Although there are a number of banks that can exchange U.S. dollars for foreign currencies, it is best to wait until arriving at individual Caribbean ports, as many of these destinations will be full of merchants accepting American money, thus helping to save tremendously on exchange fees.

 
Port Everglades sees many cruise ship departures and arrivals every day.

Port Everglades sees many cruise ship departures and arrivals every day.


The famous 23-mile white sand beach of Fort Lauderdale.

The famous 23-mile white sand beach of Fort Lauderdale.


The Jungle Queen Riverboat.

The Jungle Queen Riverboat.


The Hollywood Beach boardwalk - a favorite place for both locals and tourists.

The Hollywood Beach boardwalk - a favorite place for both locals and tourists.


Fort Lauderdale at night.

Fort Lauderdale at night.

 

Cruises to Fort Lauderdale, Florida


7 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Independence of the Seas
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Cruising; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Saint Kitts Island; Cruising; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
July 5, 2015 $862 $1,064 $1,228 $2,474 Independence of the Seas July 5, 2015
July 19, 2015 $1,121 $1,481 $1,679 $2,227 Independence of the Seas July 19, 2015
August 2, 2015 $1,268 $1,391 $1,518 $2,015 Independence of the Seas August 2, 2015
August 16, 2015 $809 $779 $1,119 $1,777 Independence of the Seas August 16, 2015
August 30, 2015 $524 $644 $1,049 $1,417 Independence of the Seas August 30, 2015
September 13, 2015 $647 $831 $965 $1,294 Independence of the Seas September 13, 2015
September 27, 2015 $678 N/A $982 $1,979 Independence of the Seas September 27, 2015
October 11, 2015 $852 $991 $1,334 $2,724 Independence of the Seas October 11, 2015
October 25, 2015 $798 $978 $1,439 $2,069 Independence of the Seas October 25, 2015
7 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Oasis of the Seas
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; Cruising; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Cruising; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
July 11, 2015 $1,360 $1,480 $1,514 $3,314 Oasis of the Seas July 11, 2015
July 25, 2015 $1,099 N/A $1,609 N/A Oasis of the Seas July 25, 2015
August 8, 2015 $1,210 $1,456 $1,358 N/A Oasis of the Seas August 8, 2015
August 22, 2015 $799 $1,049 $1,199 $3,638 Oasis of the Seas August 22, 2015
September 5, 2015 $997 $1,042 $1,094 N/A Oasis of the Seas September 5, 2015
September 19, 2015 $847 $989 $1,064 $1,844 Oasis of the Seas September 19, 2015
October 3, 2015 $742 $794 $1,087 $1,687 Oasis of the Seas October 3, 2015
October 31, 2015 $824 $952 $1,049 $5,849 Oasis of the Seas October 31, 2015
November 14, 2015 $779 $884 $937 $2,632 Oasis of the Seas November 14, 2015
November 28, 2015 $730 $843 $1,012 $1,724 Oasis of the Seas November 28, 2015
8 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Carnival Conquest
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 8 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Grand Turk Island; La Romana (Casa de Campo); Curacao; Aruba Island; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
July 12, 2015 $1,129 $1,319 $1,719 $2,219 Carnival Conquest July 12, 2015
August 15, 2015 $1,019 $1,199 $1,499 $1,929 Carnival Conquest August 15, 2015
September 13, 2015 $769 $879 $1,199 $1,699 Carnival Conquest September 13, 2015
October 4, 2015 $749 $879 $1,219 $1,649 Carnival Conquest October 4, 2015
October 31, 2015 $759 $879 $1,199 $1,649 Carnival Conquest October 31, 2015
February 20, 2016 $799 $1,019 $1,509 $1,719 Carnival Conquest February 20, 2016
March 19, 2016 $1,019 $1,199 $1,549 $1,949 Carnival Conquest March 19, 2016
April 16, 2016 $769 $949 $1,319 $1,749 Carnival Conquest April 16, 2016
April 30, 2016 $849 $999 $1,349 $1,799 Carnival Conquest April 30, 2016
August 20, 2016 $859 $1,009 $1,329 $1,729 Carnival Conquest August 20, 2016
7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Independence of the Seas
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Cruising; Labadee Private Resort, Haiti; Falmouth, Jamaica; George Town, Cayman Islands; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Cruising; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
July 12, 2015 $1,334 $1,439 $1,657 $2,099 Independence of the Seas July 12, 2015
July 26, 2015 $974 $1,199 $1,424 $1,949 Independence of the Seas July 26, 2015
August 9, 2015 $1,052 $1,311 $1,049 $1,959 Independence of the Seas August 9, 2015
August 23, 2015 $648 $727 $902 $1,357 Independence of the Seas August 23, 2015
September 6, 2015 $611 $799 $776 $1,420 Independence of the Seas September 6, 2015
September 20, 2015 $647 $839 $965 $1,357 Independence of the Seas September 20, 2015
October 4, 2015 $611 $839 $972 $1,574 Independence of the Seas October 4, 2015
October 18, 2015 $607 $802 $1,072 $1,574 Independence of the Seas October 18, 2015
7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Oasis of the Seas
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Cruising; Labadee Private Resort, Haiti; Falmouth, Jamaica; Cruising; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Cruising; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
July 18, 2015 $1,192 $1,484 $1,329 $2,799 Oasis of the Seas July 18, 2015
August 1, 2015 $1,199 $1,405 $1,293 $2,588 Oasis of the Seas August 1, 2015
August 15, 2015 $899 $1,249 $1,349 $2,499 Oasis of the Seas August 15, 2015
August 29, 2015 $849 $1,047 $1,118 $2,417 Oasis of the Seas August 29, 2015
September 12, 2015 $1,033 $1,114 $1,127 N/A Oasis of the Seas September 12, 2015
September 26, 2015 $868 $1,261 $1,259 $2,468 Oasis of the Seas September 26, 2015
October 10, 2015 $766 $1,073 $1,359 $2,568 Oasis of the Seas October 10, 2015
October 24, 2015 $851 $1,239 $1,251 $2,672 Oasis of the Seas October 24, 2015
November 7, 2015 $824 $934 $989 $1,704 Oasis of the Seas November 7, 2015
November 21, 2015 $914 $1,079 $1,109 $1,799 Oasis of the Seas November 21, 2015
5 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Carnival Conquest
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Grand Turk Island; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
July 20, 2015 $699 $869 $989 $1,399 Carnival Conquest July 20, 2015
September 21, 2015 $369 $449 $559 $859 Carnival Conquest September 21, 2015
October 12, 2015 $389 $489 $629 $999 Carnival Conquest October 12, 2015
8 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Carnival Conquest
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 8 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Grand Turk Island; Curacao; Aruba Island; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
July 25, 2015 $1,079 $1,279 $1,629 $2,079 Carnival Conquest July 25, 2015
November 28, 2015 $689 $839 $1,159 $1,629 Carnival Conquest November 28, 2015
December 26, 2015 $1,249 $1,449 $1,909 $2,429 Carnival Conquest December 26, 2015
January 23, 2016 $709 $869 $1,199 N/A Carnival Conquest January 23, 2016
8 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Carnival Conquest
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 8 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. John's, Antigua; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Nassau, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
August 2, 2015 $959 $1,149 $1,359 $1,859 Carnival Conquest August 2, 2015
September 5, 2015 $659 $759 $999 $1,399 Carnival Conquest September 5, 2015
5 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Carnival Conquest
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Cayman Islands; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
August 10, 2015 $659 $769 $869 $1,229 Carnival Conquest August 10, 2015
June 13, 2016 $659 $779 $929 $1,239 Carnival Conquest June 13, 2016
July 11, 2016 $659 $779 $929 $1,239 Carnival Conquest July 11, 2016
August 8, 2016 $629 $749 $869 $1,179 Carnival Conquest August 8, 2016
December 18, 2016 $469 $589 $719 $1,029 Carnival Conquest December 18, 2016
8 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Carnival Conquest
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 8 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Saint Kitts Island; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Grand Turk Island; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
August 23, 2015 $819 $899 $1,129 $1,629 Carnival Conquest August 23, 2015
September 26, 2015 $639 $749 $999 $1,499 Carnival Conquest September 26, 2015
October 17, 2015 $659 $779 $999 $1,499 Carnival Conquest October 17, 2015
November 14, 2015 $619 $749 $999 $1,499 Carnival Conquest November 14, 2015
December 12, 2015 $629 $739 $959 $1,469 Carnival Conquest December 12, 2015
January 9, 2016 $609 $769 $1,059 $1,469 Carnival Conquest January 9, 2016
February 6, 2016 $639 $899 $1,349 N/A Carnival Conquest February 6, 2016
March 5, 2016 $719 $899 $1,219 $1,619 Carnival Conquest March 5, 2016
April 2, 2016 $789 $939 $1,259 $1,689 Carnival Conquest April 2, 2016
May 14, 2016 $679 $859 $1,179 $1,579 Carnival Conquest May 14, 2016

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