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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


11 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Celebrity Equinox
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 11 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; At Sea; George Town, Cayman Islands; At Sea; Cartagena, Colombia; Colon, Panama; Puerto Limon; At Sea; Belize City, Belize; Cozumel Island, Mexico; At Sea; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 2, 2015 N/A N/A $2,769 N/A Celebrity Equinox February 2, 2015
February 23, 2015 $1,149 N/A $2,759 N/A Celebrity Equinox February 23, 2015
March 16, 2015 $1,149 N/A $2,429 $4,329 Celebrity Equinox March 16, 2015
April 6, 2015 $1,249 $1,849 $1,949 $3,599 Celebrity Equinox April 6, 2015
November 9, 2015 $1,599 $1,999 $2,049 $3,799 Celebrity Equinox November 9, 2015
January 11, 2016 $1,449 $1,699 $1,799 $3,349 Celebrity Equinox January 11, 2016
February 22, 2016 $1,399 $1,599 $1,699 $3,199 Celebrity Equinox February 22, 2016
April 4, 2016 $1,299 $1,499 $1,599 $3,199 Celebrity Equinox April 4, 2016
5 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Celebrity Constellation
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; At Sea; Cozumel Island, Mexico; At Sea; Key West, Florida; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 2, 2015 $219 $449 $649 $1,249 Celebrity Constellation February 2, 2015
March 2, 2015 $449 $649 $829 $1,299 Celebrity Constellation March 2, 2015
March 16, 2015 $349 $439 $599 $1,399 Celebrity Constellation March 16, 2015
March 30, 2015 $399 $549 $699 $1,199 Celebrity Constellation March 30, 2015
November 23, 2015 $519 $599 $749 $1,249 Celebrity Constellation November 23, 2015
December 7, 2015 $449 $629 $699 $1,299 Celebrity Constellation December 7, 2015
December 21, 2015 $799 $949 $1,179 $1,699 Celebrity Constellation December 21, 2015
January 18, 2016 $399 $529 $649 $999 Celebrity Constellation January 18, 2016
February 1, 2016 $399 $529 $679 $999 Celebrity Constellation February 1, 2016
February 29, 2016 $399 $529 $699 $999 Celebrity Constellation February 29, 2016
11 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Zuiderdam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 11 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Aruba Island; Willemstad, Curacao Island; Cartagena, Colombia; Colon, Panama; Exit Panama Canal Cristobal; Gatun Lake, Panama; Enter Panama Canal Cristobal; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 2, 2015 $1,039 $1,199 $1,699 N/A Zuiderdam February 2, 2015
February 23, 2015 $1,099 $1,399 $1,699 $2,399 Zuiderdam February 23, 2015
4 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Liberty of the Seas
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 4 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Cruising; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Cruising; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 5, 2015 $314 $577 N/A $1,124 Liberty of the Seas February 5, 2015
March 5, 2015 $322 $374 $509 $884 Liberty of the Seas March 5, 2015
March 19, 2015 $359 $517 $704 $944 Liberty of the Seas March 19, 2015
April 2, 2015 $389 $449 $592 $854 Liberty of the Seas April 2, 2015
April 16, 2015 $374 $419 $532 $764 Liberty of the Seas April 16, 2015
April 30, 2015 $352 $464 $599 $914 Liberty of the Seas April 30, 2015
10 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Legend of the Seas
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 10 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Cruising; Tortola, B.V.I.; Saint Kitts Island; Roseau, Dominica; St. John's, Antigua; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Cruising; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 6, 2015 $885 $1,251 N/A N/A Legend of the Seas February 6, 2015
February 27, 2015 $958 N/A $1,844 $3,596 Legend of the Seas February 27, 2015
March 20, 2015 $827 $1,004 $1,559 $2,263 Legend of the Seas March 20, 2015
10 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Noordam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 10 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Grand Turk Island; Samana, Dominican Republic; Kralendijk, Island of Bonaire; Willemstad, Curacao Island; Aruba Island; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 6, 2015 $1,299 $1,499 $1,699 $2,399 Noordam February 6, 2015
March 20, 2015 $1,199 $1,399 $1,599 $2,199 Noordam March 20, 2015
April 10, 2015 $1,299 $1,499 $1,699 $2,399 Noordam April 10, 2015
10 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Royal Princess
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 10 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Saint Kitts Island; Bridgetown, Barbados; Saint Lucia Island; St. John's, Antigua; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Grand Turk Island; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 7, 2015 $1,529 N/A $2,124 N/A Royal Princess February 7, 2015
14 Nights Panama Canal Cruise From San Diego, CA
Ship: Veendam
Departure: San Diego, CA
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 14 Nights
Ports: San Diego, California; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Huatulco, Mexico; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Corinto, Nicaragua; Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica; Enter Panama Canal Balboa; Exit Panama Canal Cristobal; Cartagena, Colombia; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 7, 2015 $1,699 N/A N/A N/A Veendam February 7, 2015
April 15, 2015 $1,799 $1,999 $3,399 $11,999 Veendam April 15, 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
February 7, 2015 N/A N/A $2,092 $2,902 Oasis of the Seas February 7, 2015
February 21, 2015 $892 N/A $1,094 $2,549 Oasis of the Seas February 21, 2015
March 7, 2015 $1,285 N/A N/A $2,527 Oasis of the Seas March 7, 2015
March 21, 2015 $877 $1,030 $1,109 $5,054 Oasis of the Seas March 21, 2015
April 4, 2015 $1,049 $1,319 $1,439 $2,617 Oasis of the Seas April 4, 2015
April 18, 2015 $914 $989 $1,034 $1,874 Oasis of the Seas April 18, 2015
May 2, 2015 $922 N/A $1,252 $3,944 Oasis of the Seas May 2, 2015
May 16, 2015 $949 $1,049 $1,099 $2,149 Oasis of the Seas May 16, 2015
May 30, 2015 $1,184 $1,447 $1,574 $2,189 Oasis of the Seas May 30, 2015
June 13, 2015 $2,227 $2,197 $2,287 $5,729 Oasis of the Seas June 13, 2015
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
February 7, 2015 $739 $859 $1,229 $1,729 Carnival Conquest February 7, 2015
April 4, 2015 $889 $1,019 $1,339 $1,759 Carnival Conquest April 4, 2015
May 10, 2015 $749 $899 $1,219 $1,719 Carnival Conquest May 10, 2015
May 31, 2015 $919 $1,069 $1,259 $1,689 Carnival Conquest May 31, 2015
June 13, 2015 $1,009 $1,209 $1,459 $1,889 Carnival Conquest June 13, 2015
July 4, 2015 $1,009 $1,209 $1,459 $1,959 Carnival Conquest July 4, 2015
August 23, 2015 $789 $899 $1,129 $1,559 Carnival Conquest August 23, 2015
September 26, 2015 $639 $749 $999 $1,499 Carnival Conquest September 26, 2015
October 17, 2015 $659 $769 $999 $1,429 Carnival Conquest October 17, 2015
November 14, 2015 $639 $749 $999 $1,429 Carnival Conquest November 14, 2015

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