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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: Regal Princess
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Princess Cays, Bahamas; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
March 1, 2015 $704 N/A $869 $1,139 Regal Princess March 1, 2015
March 8, 2015 $859 N/A $1,119 $1,549 Regal Princess March 8, 2015
March 15, 2015 $869 N/A $769 $1,219 Regal Princess March 15, 2015
March 22, 2015 $649 N/A $789 $1,099 Regal Princess March 22, 2015
March 29, 2015 $959 N/A $1,199 $1,649 Regal Princess March 29, 2015
April 5, 2015 $599 N/A $849 $1,099 Regal Princess April 5, 2015
April 12, 2015 $849 N/A $1,099 $1,549 Regal Princess April 12, 2015
November 8, 2015 $649 N/A $749 $1,149 Regal Princess November 8, 2015
November 22, 2015 $799 N/A $949 $1,399 Regal Princess November 22, 2015
November 29, 2015 $609 N/A $749 $1,099 Regal Princess November 29, 2015
7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; George Town, Cayman Islands; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Key West, Florida; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
March 1, 2015 $599 $699 $899 $2,299 Nieuw Amsterdam March 1, 2015
March 15, 2015 $699 $799 $899 $1,899 Nieuw Amsterdam March 15, 2015
14 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 14 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; George Town, Cayman Islands; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Key West, Florida; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Grand Turk Island; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
March 1, 2015 $1,199 $1,349 $1,699 $3,199 Nieuw Amsterdam March 1, 2015
March 15, 2015 $1,299 $1,499 $1,699 $3,199 Nieuw Amsterdam March 15, 2015
57 Nights World Cruise From Singapore
Ship: Amsterdam
Departure: Singapore
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 57 Nights
Ports: Singapore; Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang), Malaysia; Penang, Malaysia; Phuket, Thailand; Thilawa (Rangoon), Myanmar; Colombo, Sri Lanka; Cochin, India; Mumbai (Bombay), India; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Muscat, Oman; Salalah, Oman; Safaga, Egypt; Sharm El Sheik, Egypt; Aqaba (For Petra), Jordan; Enter Suez Canal at Suez; Exit Suez Canal at Port Said; Alexandria (Cairo), Egypt; Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey; Athens (Piraeus), Greece; Katakolon, Greece; Naples, Italy; Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; Cartagena, Spain; Malaga, Spain; Cadiz (Seville), Spain; Ponta Delgada, Portugal; Horta, Portugal; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
March 4, 2015 $10,599 $12,699 $21,999 $41,299 Amsterdam March 4, 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
March 5, 2015 N/A N/A $823 N/A Liberty of the Seas March 5, 2015
March 19, 2015 $404 $517 $704 $944 Liberty of the Seas March 19, 2015
April 2, 2015 $393 $449 $599 $1,004 Liberty of the Seas April 2, 2015
April 16, 2015 $344 $419 $577 $697 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: Celebrity Equinox
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 10 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; At Sea; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Saint Kitts Island; Bridgetown, Barbados; Roseau, Dominica; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; At Sea; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
March 6, 2015 N/A N/A $1,989 $3,649 Celebrity Equinox March 6, 2015
March 27, 2015 N/A N/A N/A $2,949 Celebrity Equinox March 27, 2015
April 17, 2015 $949 N/A $1,949 N/A Celebrity Equinox April 17, 2015
November 20, 2015 $999 $1,274 $1,349 $2,699 Celebrity Equinox November 20, 2015
December 11, 2015 $1,029 $1,349 $1,349 $2,899 Celebrity Equinox December 11, 2015
January 22, 2016 $1,249 $1,449 $1,599 $3,049 Celebrity Equinox January 22, 2016
February 12, 2016 $1,349 $1,549 $1,649 $3,499 Celebrity Equinox February 12, 2016
March 4, 2016 $1,249 $1,449 $1,549 $3,049 Celebrity Equinox March 4, 2016
March 25, 2016 $1,249 $1,449 $1,549 $2,999 Celebrity Equinox March 25, 2016
32 Nights Transatlantic Cruise From Los Angeles, CA
Ship: Island Princess
Departure: Los Angeles, CA
Arrival: Venice, Italy
Duration: 32 Nights
Ports: Los Angeles, California; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Puerto Amador, Panama; Panama Canal, Panama; Cartagena, Colombia; Aruba Island; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Madeira, Portugal; Barcelona, Spain; Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; Capri/Naples, Italy; Venice, Italy
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
March 6, 2015 $2,299 $2,599 $3,799 N/A Island Princess March 6, 2015
15 Nights Panama Canal Cruise From Los Angeles, CA
Ship: Island Princess
Departure: Los Angeles, CA
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 15 Nights
Ports: Los Angeles, California; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Puerto Amador, Panama; Panama Canal, Panama; Cartagena, Colombia; Aruba Island; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
March 6, 2015 $1,299 $1,429 $2,899 $3,499 Island Princess March 6, 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
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 $862 $1,319 $1,360 $2,789 Oasis of the Seas April 4, 2015
April 18, 2015 $1,049 $1,327 $1,379 $2,602 Oasis of the Seas April 18, 2015
May 2, 2015 $952 $1,147 $997 $2,797 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
June 27, 2015 $1,417 $1,499 $1,567 $2,849 Oasis of the Seas June 27, 2015
July 11, 2015 $1,649 $1,899 $1,929 $3,159 Oasis of the Seas July 11, 2015
7 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Westerdam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Grand Turk Island; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
March 7, 2015 $599 $729 $929 N/A Westerdam March 7, 2015
March 21, 2015 $599 $699 $799 $1,299 Westerdam March 21, 2015
April 4, 2015 $599 $699 $949 $1,299 Westerdam April 4, 2015
October 17, 2015 $699 $849 $999 $1,549 Westerdam October 17, 2015
October 31, 2015 $699 $849 $999 $1,549 Westerdam October 31, 2015
November 7, 2015 $699 $849 $999 $1,549 Westerdam November 7, 2015
November 14, 2015 $699 $849 $999 $1,549 Westerdam November 14, 2015
November 21, 2015 $799 $949 $1,099 $1,599 Westerdam November 21, 2015
November 28, 2015 $649 $799 $949 $1,499 Westerdam November 28, 2015
December 5, 2015 $649 $799 $949 $1,499 Westerdam December 5, 2015

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