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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


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
April 2, 2015 $340 N/A N/A N/A Liberty of the Seas April 2, 2015
April 16, 2015 $334 $439 N/A $2,819 Liberty of the Seas April 16, 2015
April 30, 2015 $329 $427 $581 $952 Liberty of the Seas April 30, 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
April 4, 2015 $609 $699 $949 $1,499 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
December 12, 2015 $599 $749 $949 $1,499 Westerdam December 12, 2015
December 19, 2015 $1,299 $1,499 $1,699 $2,499 Westerdam December 19, 2015
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; Key West, Florida; At Sea; Cozumel Island, Mexico; At Sea; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
April 4, 2015 $399 $549 $649 $1,299 Celebrity Constellation April 4, 2015
December 12, 2015 $449 $629 $699 $1,299 Celebrity Constellation December 12, 2015
January 9, 2016 $399 $529 $679 $999 Celebrity Constellation January 9, 2016
January 23, 2016 $499 $649 $799 $1,349 Celebrity Constellation January 23, 2016
March 5, 2016 $429 $549 $729 $1,099 Celebrity Constellation March 5, 2016
March 19, 2016 $549 $749 $899 $1,399 Celebrity Constellation March 19, 2016
14 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Caribbean Princess
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 14 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; George Town, Cayman Islands; Roatan, Bay Islands; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Princess Cays, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Princess Cays, Bahamas; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Nassau, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
April 4, 2015 $1,428 $1,498 $2,198 $2,778 Caribbean Princess April 4, 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
April 4, 2015 $889 N/A $1,409 $1,839 Carnival Conquest April 4, 2015
May 10, 2015 $769 $899 $1,219 $1,719 Carnival Conquest May 10, 2015
May 31, 2015 $939 $1,069 $1,259 $1,759 Carnival Conquest May 31, 2015
June 13, 2015 $999 $1,189 $1,459 $1,889 Carnival Conquest June 13, 2015
July 4, 2015 $1,009 $1,189 $1,429 $1,929 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
December 12, 2015 $629 $739 $969 $1,399 Carnival Conquest December 12, 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
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 $1,297 $1,229 $2,797 Oasis of the Seas May 2, 2015
May 16, 2015 $1,102 $1,199 $1,447 $3,899 Oasis of the Seas May 16, 2015
May 30, 2015 $952 $1,252 $1,252 $2,399 Oasis of the Seas May 30, 2015
June 13, 2015 $1,049 $1,297 $1,349 $2,497 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
July 25, 2015 $1,402 $1,499 $1,627 $4,754 Oasis of the Seas July 25, 2015
August 8, 2015 $1,447 $1,529 $1,529 $2,579 Oasis of the Seas August 8, 2015
7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Celebrity Silhouette
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; At Sea; Cozumel Island, Mexico; George Town, Cayman Islands; Falmouth, Jamaica; Labadee Private Resort, Haiti; At Sea; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
April 5, 2015 $649 $899 $999 $1,949 Celebrity Silhouette April 5, 2015
November 15, 2015 $749 $899 $999 $1,949 Celebrity Silhouette November 15, 2015
December 13, 2015 $749 $799 $909 $2,099 Celebrity Silhouette December 13, 2015
December 27, 2015 $1,299 $1,599 $1,699 $4,999 Celebrity Silhouette December 27, 2015
January 10, 2016 $749 $949 $1,049 $1,949 Celebrity Silhouette January 10, 2016
January 24, 2016 $799 $949 $1,049 $1,949 Celebrity Silhouette January 24, 2016
February 7, 2016 $799 $999 $1,099 $2,149 Celebrity Silhouette February 7, 2016
February 21, 2016 $799 $999 $1,099 $2,099 Celebrity Silhouette February 21, 2016
March 6, 2016 $849 $999 $1,099 $2,149 Celebrity Silhouette March 6, 2016
March 20, 2016 $849 $1,049 $1,149 $2,399 Celebrity Silhouette March 20, 2016
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
April 5, 2015 $884 $1,049 $1,199 $2,017 Allure of the Seas April 5, 2015
May 31, 2015 N/A N/A $1,756 $3,649 Allure of the Seas May 31, 2015
November 15, 2015 $731 $802 $967 $1,690 Allure of the Seas November 15, 2015
November 29, 2015 $824 $934 $989 $1,704 Allure of the Seas November 29, 2015
December 13, 2015 $775 $1,051 $953 $1,705 Allure of the Seas December 13, 2015
December 27, 2015 $1,704 $1,924 $2,034 $4,784 Allure of the Seas December 27, 2015
January 10, 2016 $854 $989 $1,004 $2,084 Allure of the Seas January 10, 2016
January 24, 2016 $824 $934 $989 $1,704 Allure of the Seas January 24, 2016
February 7, 2016 $844 $917 $1,019 $1,953 Allure of the Seas February 7, 2016
February 21, 2016 $824 $934 $989 $1,704 Allure of the Seas February 21, 2016
14 Nights Transatlantic Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Eurodam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 14 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Ponta Delgada, Portugal; Cadiz (Seville), Spain; Malaga, Spain; Cartagena, Spain; Valencia, Spain; Barcelona, Spain
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
April 5, 2015 $799 $999 N/A $2,799 Eurodam April 5, 2015
21 Nights Transatlantic Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Eurodam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 21 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Ponta Delgada, Portugal; Cadiz (Seville), Spain; Malaga, Spain; Cartagena, Spain; Valencia, Spain; Barcelona, Spain; La Goulette (Tunis), Tunisia; Palermo, Sicily, Italy; Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; Santa Margherita, Italy; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Barcelona, Spain
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
April 5, 2015 $1,799 $2,199 $2,529 $4,999 Eurodam April 5, 2015

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