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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: Allure 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
November 23, 2014 $854 $679 $749 N/A Allure of the Seas November 23, 2014
December 7, 2014 $749 $1,027 N/A $1,844 Allure of the Seas December 7, 2014
December 21, 2014 $1,969 $2,329 $1,629 $4,869 Allure of the Seas December 21, 2014
January 4, 2015 $1,039 $1,449 $1,359 $3,079 Allure of the Seas January 4, 2015
January 18, 2015 $899 $967 $1,252 $2,354 Allure of the Seas January 18, 2015
February 1, 2015 $757 $817 $1,042 $2,092 Allure of the Seas February 1, 2015
February 15, 2015 $1,102 $1,454 $1,514 $3,419 Allure of the Seas February 15, 2015
March 1, 2015 $847 $929 $1,034 $2,234 Allure of the Seas March 1, 2015
March 15, 2015 $832 $952 $1,109 $2,362 Allure of the Seas March 15, 2015
March 29, 2015 $1,199 $1,349 $1,399 $2,499 Allure of the Seas March 29, 2015
7 Nights Eastern 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; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Saint Kitts Island; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; At Sea; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 23, 2014 $479 $599 $549 N/A Celebrity Silhouette November 23, 2014
December 7, 2014 $449 $599 $499 $1,549 Celebrity Silhouette December 7, 2014
January 18, 2015 $499 $899 $849 $1,899 Celebrity Silhouette January 18, 2015
February 15, 2015 $749 $1,049 $1,199 $2,299 Celebrity Silhouette February 15, 2015
March 1, 2015 $699 $1,199 $1,449 $2,299 Celebrity Silhouette March 1, 2015
March 15, 2015 $799 $1,099 $1,199 $2,399 Celebrity Silhouette March 15, 2015
March 29, 2015 $769 $999 $1,169 $2,099 Celebrity Silhouette March 29, 2015
April 12, 2015 $799 $999 $1,099 $2,199 Celebrity Silhouette April 12, 2015
November 22, 2015 $749 $899 $999 $2,299 Celebrity Silhouette November 22, 2015
December 6, 2015 $699 $849 $949 $1,899 Celebrity Silhouette December 6, 2015
7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Eurodam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Cayman Islands; Key West, Florida; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 23, 2014 $549 $649 $749 N/A Eurodam November 23, 2014
December 7, 2014 $499 $599 $649 $1,599 Eurodam December 7, 2014
February 8, 2015 $699 $899 $1,149 $2,099 Eurodam February 8, 2015
February 22, 2015 $799 $899 $1,099 $1,799 Eurodam February 22, 2015
March 22, 2015 $599 $699 $899 $1,599 Eurodam March 22, 2015
October 25, 2015 $699 $849 $999 $1,599 Eurodam October 25, 2015
November 22, 2015 $799 $949 $1,099 $1,699 Eurodam November 22, 2015
December 20, 2015 $1,299 $1,499 $1,699 $2,599 Eurodam December 20, 2015
January 3, 2016 $699 $799 $999 $1,699 Eurodam January 3, 2016
January 17, 2016 $749 $849 $1,099 $1,799 Eurodam January 17, 2016
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
November 23, 2014 $299 N/A $449 $1,399 Regal Princess November 23, 2014
November 30, 2014 $299 N/A $379 $699 Regal Princess November 30, 2014
December 7, 2014 $454 N/A $599 $799 Regal Princess December 7, 2014
December 14, 2014 $479 N/A $549 $1,109 Regal Princess December 14, 2014
December 21, 2014 $729 N/A $799 $1,099 Regal Princess December 21, 2014
December 28, 2014 N/A N/A $1,349 N/A Regal Princess December 28, 2014
January 4, 2015 $839 N/A $749 $1,029 Regal Princess January 4, 2015
January 11, 2015 $749 N/A $649 $839 Regal Princess January 11, 2015
January 18, 2015 $749 N/A $749 $849 Regal Princess January 18, 2015
January 25, 2015 N/A N/A $849 $1,029 Regal Princess January 25, 2015
7 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam
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
November 23, 2014 $599 $699 $799 $1,449 Nieuw Amsterdam November 23, 2014
December 7, 2014 $549 $699 $799 $1,549 Nieuw Amsterdam December 7, 2014
December 21, 2014 $999 $1,099 $1,299 $2,599 Nieuw Amsterdam December 21, 2014
January 11, 2015 $649 $749 $899 $1,699 Nieuw Amsterdam January 11, 2015
January 25, 2015 $699 $899 $999 $1,999 Nieuw Amsterdam January 25, 2015
February 8, 2015 $799 $999 $1,099 $1,999 Nieuw Amsterdam February 8, 2015
February 22, 2015 $699 $799 $899 $1,699 Nieuw Amsterdam February 22, 2015
March 8, 2015 $799 $899 $1,099 $1,799 Nieuw Amsterdam March 8, 2015
March 22, 2015 $849 $949 $1,149 $1,849 Nieuw Amsterdam March 22, 2015
November 8, 2015 $699 $849 $999 $1,699 Nieuw Amsterdam November 8, 2015
6 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Carnival Freedom
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 6 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Key West, Florida; Cozumel Island, Mexico; George Town, Cayman Islands; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 23, 2014 $559 $639 $789 $1,149 Carnival Freedom November 23, 2014
December 21, 2014 $809 $919 $1,089 $1,519 Carnival Freedom December 21, 2014
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
November 24, 2014 $299 $399 $749 $1,249 Celebrity Constellation November 24, 2014
December 22, 2014 $399 $499 $649 $1,499 Celebrity Constellation December 22, 2014
February 2, 2015 $399 $599 $799 $1,249 Celebrity Constellation February 2, 2015
March 2, 2015 $449 $649 $839 $1,299 Celebrity Constellation March 2, 2015
March 16, 2015 $499 $779 $899 $1,399 Celebrity Constellation March 16, 2015
March 30, 2015 $499 $599 $799 $1,299 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
21 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Noordam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 21 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; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Saint Lucia Island; Bridgetown, Barbados; Fort-De-France, Martinique; Saint Kitts Island; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 24, 2014 $1,699 N/A N/A N/A Noordam November 24, 2014
February 6, 2015 $2,449 $2,799 $4,349 N/A Noordam February 6, 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; St. John's, Antigua; Saint Lucia Island; Bridgetown, Barbados; Saint Kitts Island; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Princess Cays, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 24, 2014 $999 N/A $1,349 $1,799 Royal Princess November 24, 2014
December 9, 2014 N/A N/A $1,449 $1,899 Royal Princess December 9, 2014
December 29, 2014 $1,199 N/A $1,619 $2,399 Royal Princess December 29, 2014
January 18, 2015 N/A N/A $1,899 $2,509 Royal Princess January 18, 2015
March 19, 2015 $1,249 N/A $1,599 $2,249 Royal Princess March 19, 2015
September 21, 2015 $1,099 N/A $1,494 $2,049 Royal Princess September 21, 2015
October 11, 2015 $1,099 N/A $1,494 $2,049 Royal Princess October 11, 2015
February 22, 2016 $1,249 N/A $1,599 $2,299 Royal Princess February 22, 2016
April 22, 2016 $1,249 N/A $1,599 $2,299 Royal Princess April 22, 2016
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
November 24, 2014 $899 $999 $1,299 $2,099 Noordam November 24, 2014
January 16, 2015 $1,199 $1,299 $1,599 $2,299 Noordam January 16, 2015
February 6, 2015 $1,299 $1,499 $1,699 $2,399 Noordam February 6, 2015
March 20, 2015 $1,299 $1,499 $1,699 $2,399 Noordam March 20, 2015
April 10, 2015 $1,299 $1,499 $1,699 $2,399 Noordam April 10, 2015

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