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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; Belize City, Belize; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
June 22, 2019 $626 $665 $921 N/A Caribbean Princess June 22, 2019
July 6, 2019 N/A $979 $1,149 $1,863 Caribbean Princess July 6, 2019
July 20, 2019 $726 $809 $1,054 $1,637 Caribbean Princess July 20, 2019
7 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Celebrity Equinox
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; At Sea; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Tortola, B.V.I.; At Sea; Nassau, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
June 22, 2019 $1,324 N/A $1,564 $6,199 Celebrity Equinox June 22, 2019
July 6, 2019 $1,174 $1,364 $949 N/A Celebrity Equinox July 6, 2019
August 3, 2019 $1,314 $979 $999 $2,799 Celebrity Equinox August 3, 2019
August 17, 2019 $699 $799 $829 $2,399 Celebrity Equinox August 17, 2019
August 31, 2019 $589 $729 $749 $1,999 Celebrity Equinox August 31, 2019
November 9, 2019 $1,114 $1,314 $1,214 $2,999 Celebrity Equinox November 9, 2019
December 7, 2019 $1,014 $1,264 $1,264 $2,999 Celebrity Equinox December 7, 2019
December 21, 2019 $1,364 $1,914 $1,914 $4,299 Celebrity Equinox December 21, 2019
February 15, 2020 $1,064 $1,914 $1,914 N/A Celebrity Equinox February 15, 2020
March 14, 2020 $1,214 $1,614 $1,614 $3,199 Celebrity Equinox March 14, 2020
8 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Carnival Magic
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 8 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Grand Turk Island; Aruba Island; Curacao; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
June 22, 2019 $1,279 N/A N/A N/A Carnival Magic June 22, 2019
July 20, 2019 $1,239 $1,519 $1,829 $2,779 Carnival Magic July 20, 2019
August 17, 2019 $934 $1,209 $1,399 $2,204 Carnival Magic August 17, 2019
September 14, 2019 $894 $1,049 N/A N/A Carnival Magic September 14, 2019
October 12, 2019 $929 N/A N/A N/A Carnival Magic October 12, 2019
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; Cruising; Saint Kitts Island; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Cruising; Nassau, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
June 23, 2019 N/A N/A $1,959 N/A Allure of the Seas June 23, 2019
July 14, 2019 $1,332 $1,398 $1,495 $4,119 Allure of the Seas July 14, 2019
August 4, 2019 $1,321 N/A $1,532 $2,450 Allure of the Seas August 4, 2019
August 25, 2019 $1,199 $1,362 $1,483 $3,518 Allure of the Seas August 25, 2019
September 15, 2019 N/A N/A $1,007 $2,863 Allure of the Seas September 15, 2019
October 6, 2019 $811 $964 $964 $4,691 Allure of the Seas October 6, 2019
5 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Majesty of the Seas
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; Perfect Day Cococay, Bahamas; Cruising; Key West, Florida; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
June 24, 2019 $1,030 $873 N/A $2,523 Majesty of the Seas June 24, 2019
August 19, 2019 $466 $559 N/A $2,384 Majesty of the Seas August 19, 2019
4 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Majesty of the Seas
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 4 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Key West, Florida; Cruising; Nassau, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
June 29, 2019 N/A $798 N/A N/A Majesty of the Seas June 29, 2019
July 13, 2019 N/A N/A N/A $1,732 Majesty of the Seas July 13, 2019
October 5, 2019 $280 $343 N/A $1,691 Majesty of the Seas October 5, 2019
November 16, 2019 $270 $311 N/A $1,469 Majesty of the Seas November 16, 2019
7 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Caribbean 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
June 29, 2019 $839 $869 $1,149 N/A Caribbean Princess June 29, 2019
July 13, 2019 N/A $903 $1,183 N/A Caribbean Princess July 13, 2019
April 18, 2020 $849 $949 $1,299 $1,599 Caribbean Princess April 18, 2020
May 2, 2020 $929 $1,029 $1,399 $1,699 Caribbean Princess May 2, 2020
May 16, 2020 $899 $999 $1,349 $1,649 Caribbean Princess May 16, 2020
May 30, 2020 $1,029 $1,129 $1,499 $1,799 Caribbean Princess May 30, 2020
June 13, 2020 $1,029 $1,129 $1,499 $1,799 Caribbean Princess June 13, 2020
June 27, 2020 $1,099 $1,199 $1,549 $1,849 Caribbean Princess June 27, 2020
July 11, 2020 $1,129 $1,229 $1,599 $1,899 Caribbean Princess July 11, 2020
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; Princess Cays, Bahamas; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; George Town, Cayman Islands; Roatan, Bay Islands; Belize City, Belize; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
June 29, 2019 $1,438 N/A N/A N/A Caribbean Princess June 29, 2019
7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Celebrity Equinox
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
June 29, 2019 $1,064 $699 $749 N/A Celebrity Equinox June 29, 2019
July 13, 2019 $1,144 $1,164 $949 N/A Celebrity Equinox July 13, 2019
July 27, 2019 $729 $849 $899 $1,899 Celebrity Equinox July 27, 2019
August 10, 2019 $639 $779 $799 $1,899 Celebrity Equinox August 10, 2019
August 24, 2019 $589 $699 $729 $2,099 Celebrity Equinox August 24, 2019
November 2, 2019 $964 $1,134 $1,134 $2,349 Celebrity Equinox November 2, 2019
November 16, 2019 $1,014 $1,214 $1,214 $2,899 Celebrity Equinox November 16, 2019
November 30, 2019 $914 $1,314 $1,314 $3,199 Celebrity Equinox November 30, 2019
December 14, 2019 $914 $1,134 $1,134 $2,699 Celebrity Equinox December 14, 2019
December 28, 2019 $1,464 $2,164 $2,164 $4,649 Celebrity Equinox December 28, 2019
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
June 30, 2019 $1,247 $1,569 $1,458 $4,115 Allure of the Seas June 30, 2019
July 21, 2019 $1,266 N/A $1,372 $2,563 Allure of the Seas July 21, 2019
August 11, 2019 $1,132 N/A $1,331 $2,150 Allure of the Seas August 11, 2019
September 1, 2019 $759 $769 $840 $1,539 Allure of the Seas September 1, 2019
September 22, 2019 N/A $999 $790 $1,426 Allure of the Seas September 22, 2019
October 13, 2019 $684 $820 $820 $1,609 Allure of the Seas October 13, 2019
October 27, 2019 $675 $769 $793 $1,822 Allure of the Seas October 27, 2019

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