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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


6 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Carnival Breeze
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 6 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Grand Turk Island; Amber Cove, Dominican Republic; Nassau, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 1, 2020 $599 $689 $809 $1,048 Carnival Breeze November 1, 2020
11 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Vision of the Seas
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 11 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Cruising; Puerto Limon; Colon, Panama; Cartagena, Colombia; Aruba Island; Willemstad, Curacao Island; Cruising; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 2, 2020 $1,265 $1,678 $3,983 $5,217 Vision of the Seas November 2, 2020
November 23, 2020 $1,237 $1,483 $3,052 $4,979 Vision of the Seas November 23, 2020
January 4, 2021 $1,196 $1,305 $2,410 $3,618 Vision of the Seas January 4, 2021
March 29, 2021 $1,250 $1,412 $2,700 $3,704 Vision of the Seas March 29, 2021
11 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Celebrity Reflection
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 11 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; At Sea; Kralendijk, Island of Bonaire; Willemstad, Curacao Island; Oranjestad; Cartagena, Colombia; At Sea; George Town, Cayman Islands; At Sea; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 2, 2020 $1,574 $1,614 $1,974 $6,499 Celebrity Reflection November 2, 2020
March 8, 2021 $1,644 $1,644 $1,984 $6,289 Celebrity Reflection March 8, 2021
4 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Oasis of the Seas
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 4 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Cruising; Labadee Private Resort, Haiti; Cruising; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 4, 2020 $912 $1,450 $1,357 $1,701 Oasis of the Seas November 4, 2020
4 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Independence of the Seas
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 4 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Perfect Day Cococay, Bahamas; Cruising; Nassau, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 5, 2020 $440 $540 $640 $1,297 Independence of the Seas November 5, 2020
4 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Carnival Sunrise
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 4 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 5, 2020 $309 $369 $459 $664 Carnival Sunrise November 5, 2020
December 3, 2020 $309 $359 $449 $606 Carnival Sunrise December 3, 2020
February 11, 2021 $354 $399 $504 $819 Carnival Sunrise February 11, 2021
March 25, 2021 $404 $464 $564 $864 Carnival Sunrise March 25, 2021
April 22, 2021 $329 $389 $484 $859 Carnival Sunrise April 22, 2021
9 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Celebrity Equinox
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 9 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; At Sea; George Town, Cayman Islands; At Sea; Oranjestad; Kralendijk, Island of Bonaire; Willemstad, Curacao Island; At Sea; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 6, 2020 $1,399 $1,449 $1,949 $5,199 Celebrity Equinox November 6, 2020
7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Celebrity Apex
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Key West, Florida; At Sea; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel Island, Mexico; George Town, Cayman Islands; At Sea; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 7, 2020 $1,099 $1,359 $1,079 $3,519 Celebrity Apex November 7, 2020
November 21, 2020 $979 $1,099 $1,179 $3,712 Celebrity Apex November 21, 2020
December 5, 2020 $969 $1,069 $1,099 $3,609 Celebrity Apex December 5, 2020
December 19, 2020 $1,099 $1,199 $1,299 $4,499 Celebrity Apex December 19, 2020
January 2, 2021 $949 $1,049 $1,199 $2,729 Celebrity Apex January 2, 2021
January 16, 2021 $954 $1,054 $1,104 $3,199 Celebrity Apex January 16, 2021
January 30, 2021 $999 $1,049 $1,099 $3,199 Celebrity Apex January 30, 2021
February 13, 2021 $969 $1,079 $1,189 $3,469 Celebrity Apex February 13, 2021
February 27, 2021 $949 $1,049 $1,099 $1,949 Celebrity Apex February 27, 2021
March 13, 2021 $1,009 $1,099 $1,149 $3,129 Celebrity Apex March 13, 2021
7 Nights Western 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; Cruising; Labadee Private Resort, Haiti; Falmouth, Jamaica; Cruising; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Cruising; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 8, 2020 $1,262 $1,726 $1,837 $3,173 Oasis of the Seas November 8, 2020
December 6, 2020 $1,007 $1,229 $1,390 $2,322 Oasis of the Seas December 6, 2020
January 3, 2021 $1,082 $1,159 $1,178 $1,611 Oasis of the Seas January 3, 2021
January 31, 2021 $1,049 $1,105 $1,185 $1,629 Oasis of the Seas January 31, 2021
February 28, 2021 $655 $770 $866 $1,700 Oasis of the Seas February 28, 2021
March 28, 2021 $704 $781 $801 $1,912 Oasis of the Seas March 28, 2021
April 25, 2021 $573 $650 $700 $1,876 Oasis of the Seas April 25, 2021
5 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Carnival Sunrise
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Cayman Islands; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 9, 2020 $439 $469 $664 $1,204 Carnival Sunrise November 9, 2020
November 28, 2020 $429 $499 $689 $833 Carnival Sunrise November 28, 2020
December 7, 2020 $459 $529 $719 $1,424 Carnival Sunrise December 7, 2020
December 21, 2020 $729 $789 $929 $1,534 Carnival Sunrise December 21, 2020
January 4, 2021 $439 $504 $624 $901 Carnival Sunrise January 4, 2021
January 18, 2021 $434 $499 $614 $757 Carnival Sunrise January 18, 2021
February 15, 2021 $474 $534 $649 $999 Carnival Sunrise February 15, 2021
March 6, 2021 $474 $549 $689 $1,144 Carnival Sunrise March 6, 2021
March 15, 2021 $524 $614 $754 $1,209 Carnival Sunrise March 15, 2021
March 29, 2021 $574 $674 $804 $1,219 Carnival Sunrise March 29, 2021

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