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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 Western Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Caribbean Princess
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; George Town, Cayman Islands; Roatan, Bay Islands; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Princess Cays, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 4, 2014 $349 $379 $549 $999 Caribbean Princess October 4, 2014
March 14, 2015 $749 $849 $1,199 $1,449 Caribbean Princess March 14, 2015
April 4, 2015 $849 $949 $1,299 $1,549 Caribbean Princess April 4, 2015
April 18, 2015 $749 $849 $1,199 $1,449 Caribbean Princess April 18, 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
October 4, 2014 $139 N/A N/A N/A Vision of the Seas October 4, 2014
October 18, 2014 $149 $209 $749 N/A Vision of the Seas October 18, 2014
November 1, 2014 $159 $189 $397 $532 Vision of the Seas November 1, 2014
8 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Carnival Freedom
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
October 5, 2014 $779 $879 N/A $1,649 Carnival Freedom October 5, 2014
November 1, 2014 $779 $879 $1,199 N/A Carnival Freedom November 1, 2014
November 29, 2014 $779 $879 $1,199 $1,699 Carnival Freedom November 29, 2014
December 27, 2014 $1,319 $1,629 $2,129 N/A Carnival Freedom December 27, 2014
7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Allure 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
October 5, 2014 $839 $939 $899 $2,019 Allure of the Seas October 5, 2014
October 19, 2014 $699 $749 $849 $1,724 Allure of the Seas October 19, 2014
November 2, 2014 $649 $749 $799 $1,777 Allure of the Seas November 2, 2014
November 16, 2014 $649 $699 $749 $1,754 Allure of the Seas November 16, 2014
November 30, 2014 $649 $699 $749 $1,449 Allure of the Seas November 30, 2014
December 14, 2014 $961 $1,051 $1,150 $2,149 Allure of the Seas December 14, 2014
December 28, 2014 $1,799 $2,024 $2,452 $6,457 Allure of the Seas December 28, 2014
January 11, 2015 $802 $1,027 $1,102 $1,934 Allure of the Seas January 11, 2015
January 25, 2015 $871 $914 $1,069 $1,932 Allure of the Seas January 25, 2015
February 8, 2015 $899 $949 $1,049 $1,999 Allure of the Seas February 8, 2015
29 Nights Transatlantic Cruise From Barcelona, Spain
Ship: Regal Princess
Departure: Barcelona, Spain
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 29 Nights
Ports: Barcelona, Spain; Toulon, France; Florence/Pisa (Livorno), Italy; Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; Capri/Naples, Italy; Mykonos, Greece; Istanbul, Turkey; Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey; Athens (Piraeus), Greece; Venice, Italy; Messina, Sicily, Italy; Capri/Naples, Italy; Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; Toulon, France; Barcelona, Spain; Madeira, Portugal; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 5, 2014 $3,639 N/A $5,149 N/A Regal Princess October 5, 2014
11 Nights Panama Canal Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Coral Princess
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 11 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Aruba Island; Cartagena, Colombia; Colon, Panama; Panama Canal, Panama; Limon, Costa Rica; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 7, 2014 $699 $769 $899 $1,399 Coral Princess October 7, 2014
November 9, 2014 N/A $849 N/A $1,599 Coral Princess November 9, 2014
December 1, 2014 $899 $999 $1,249 $1,649 Coral Princess December 1, 2014
December 12, 2014 $849 $949 $1,249 $1,399 Coral Princess December 12, 2014
January 25, 2015 $1,599 $1,749 $2,149 $2,449 Coral Princess January 25, 2015
February 16, 2015 $1,199 $1,299 $1,699 $2,099 Coral Princess February 16, 2015
February 27, 2015 $1,499 $1,599 $1,849 $2,199 Coral Princess February 27, 2015
March 10, 2015 $1,299 $1,399 $1,899 $2,299 Coral Princess March 10, 2015
26 Nights Transatlantic Cruise From Rome, Italy
Ship: Noordam
Departure: Rome, Italy
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 26 Nights
Ports: Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; Naples, Italy; Palermo, Sicily, Italy; La Goulette (Tunis), Tunisia; Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy; Calvi, France; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Marseille, France; Barcelona, Spain; Valencia, Spain; Cartagena, Spain; Malaga, Spain; Gibraltar, British Territory; Ponta Delgada, Portugal; Horta, Portugal; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 8, 2014 $2,499 $3,049 $3,899 $5,499 Noordam October 8, 2014
4 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Vision 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
October 9, 2014 N/A $219 $399 N/A Vision of the Seas October 9, 2014
October 23, 2014 $187 $202 $307 $359 Vision of the Seas October 23, 2014
15 Nights Panama Canal Cruise From San Diego, CA
Ship: Westerdam
Departure: San Diego, CA
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 15 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; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 10, 2014 $1,699 N/A N/A N/A Westerdam October 10, 2014
11 Nights Canada New England Cruise From Quebec City, Can.
Ship: Veendam
Departure: Quebec City, Can.
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 11 Nights
Ports: Quebec City, QC, Canada; Charlottetown, Prince Edward CA; Sydney,Canada; Halifax, NS, Canada; Bar Harbor, Maine; Boston, Massachusetts; Port Canaveral, Florida; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 11, 2014 $1,099 $1,299 N/A N/A Veendam October 11, 2014

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