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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; Cruising; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Labadee Private Resort, Haiti; Cruising; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 20, 2019 $932 N/A $1,372 $7,345 Allure of the Seas October 20, 2019
6 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Adventure of the Seas
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 6 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Cruising; George Town, Cayman Islands; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Cruising; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 20, 2019 $665 $773 $948 N/A Adventure of the Seas October 20, 2019
November 3, 2019 $599 $744 N/A N/A Adventure of the Seas November 3, 2019
November 17, 2019 $487 $641 N/A N/A Adventure of the Seas November 17, 2019
December 1, 2019 $731 $865 $1,132 $3,108 Adventure of the Seas December 1, 2019
December 15, 2019 $641 $762 $1,070 $2,204 Adventure of the Seas December 15, 2019
December 29, 2019 $1,532 $1,799 $2,158 $3,440 Adventure of the Seas December 29, 2019
January 12, 2020 $598 $665 $1,066 $1,962 Adventure of the Seas January 12, 2020
January 26, 2020 $489 $613 $1,079 $1,396 Adventure of the Seas January 26, 2020
February 9, 2020 $553 $689 $1,055 $3,566 Adventure of the Seas February 9, 2020
February 23, 2020 $516 $753 $1,162 $2,879 Adventure of the Seas February 23, 2020
10 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Zuiderdam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 10 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Aruba Island; Willemstad, Curacao Island; Colon, Panama; Exit Panama Canal Cristobal; Gatun Lake, Panama; Enter Panama Canal Cristobal; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 20, 2019 $749 $829 $1,099 $1,699 Zuiderdam October 20, 2019
November 20, 2019 $699 $779 $1,099 $1,749 Zuiderdam November 20, 2019
March 8, 2020 $949 $1,149 $1,399 $2,599 Zuiderdam March 8, 2020
March 29, 2020 $949 $1,149 $1,599 $2,599 Zuiderdam March 29, 2020
6 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Carnival Magic
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 6 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Grand Turk Island; Amber Cove, Dominican Republic; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 20, 2019 N/A $784 $899 $1,249 Carnival Magic October 20, 2019
January 12, 2020 $609 N/A $1,108 $1,634 Carnival Magic January 12, 2020
February 9, 2020 $609 $749 $869 $1,261 Carnival Magic February 9, 2020
February 23, 2020 $619 $769 $899 $1,469 Carnival Magic February 23, 2020
March 8, 2020 $649 N/A $909 $1,319 Carnival Magic March 8, 2020
March 22, 2020 $709 $849 $959 $1,394 Carnival Magic March 22, 2020
April 5, 2020 $739 $849 $1,029 $1,227 Carnival Magic April 5, 2020
5 Nights Western Caribbean 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; Cruising; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cruising; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 23, 2019 $332 $346 N/A $1,332 Majesty of the Seas October 23, 2019
November 6, 2019 $299 $327 N/A $1,265 Majesty of the Seas November 6, 2019
November 20, 2019 $341 $356 N/A $1,354 Majesty of the Seas November 20, 2019
December 4, 2019 $470 $484 N/A $1,265 Majesty of the Seas December 4, 2019
December 18, 2019 $532 $546 N/A $1,265 Majesty of the Seas December 18, 2019
14 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Veendam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 14 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Key West, Florida; George Town, Cayman Islands; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; 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
October 23, 2019 $866 $899 $1,699 $3,799 Veendam October 23, 2019
November 6, 2019 N/A $948 $1,699 N/A Veendam November 6, 2019
April 8, 2020 $1,049 $1,239 $2,099 $3,999 Veendam April 8, 2020
25 Nights Transatlantic Cruise From Rome, Italy
Ship: Emerald Princess
Departure: Rome, Italy
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 25 Nights
Ports: Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy; Kotor, Montenegro; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Athens (Piraeus), Greece; Santorini, Greek Isle, Greece; Katakolon, Greece; Ajaccio, France; Sete, France; Barcelona, Spain; Cartagena, Spain; Malaga, Spain; Casablanca, Morocco; Tenerife (Santa Cruz),Canary Island; Ponta Delgada, Portugal (Azores); Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 24, 2019 $2,781 N/A N/A N/A Emerald Princess October 24, 2019
13 Nights Canada New England Cruise From Quebec City, Can.
Ship: Caribbean Princess
Departure: Quebec City, Can.
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 13 Nights
Ports: Quebec City, QC, Canada; Sydney, Nova Scotia; Halifax, NS, Canada; Saint John, NB, Canada; Bar Harbor, Maine; Boston, Massachusetts; Newport, Rhode Island; New York, NY; Norfolk, Virginia; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 24, 2019 $838 $1,007 $2,308 N/A Caribbean Princess October 24, 2019
15 Nights Transatlantic Cruise From Southampton, UK
Ship: Celebrity Silhouette
Departure: Southampton, UK
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 15 Nights
Ports: Southampton, England; At Sea; New York, New York; Cruising; New York, New York; Boston, Massachusetts; At Sea; King's Wharf, Bermuda; At Sea; Nassau, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 24, 2019 $1,599 N/A $799 N/A Celebrity Silhouette October 24, 2019
8 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Celebrity Equinox
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 8 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; At Sea; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Tortola, B.V.I.; At Sea; Nassau, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 25, 2019 $599 $649 $749 N/A Celebrity Equinox October 25, 2019

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