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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 Bahamas Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Celebrity Infinity
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 4 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Key West, Florida; At Sea; Nassau, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 13, 2018 $179 $299 $409 $1,199 Celebrity Infinity December 13, 2018
December 27, 2018 $699 $899 $1,299 N/A Celebrity Infinity December 27, 2018
February 7, 2019 $379 $509 $659 $1,029 Celebrity Infinity February 7, 2019
March 21, 2019 $349 $549 $799 $4,049 Celebrity Infinity March 21, 2019
April 18, 2019 $449 $549 $699 $1,299 Celebrity Infinity April 18, 2019
6 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Prinsendam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 6 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Amber Cove (Puerta Plata), Dominica; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 15, 2018 $599 $599 $999 $1,736 Prinsendam December 15, 2018
5 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Independence of the Seas
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Cruising; Labadee Private Resort, Haiti; Falmouth, Jamaica; Cruising; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 15, 2018 $849 $866 $927 N/A Independence of the Seas December 15, 2018
December 29, 2018 $1,678 $2,674 $2,139 N/A Independence of the Seas December 29, 2018
January 12, 2019 $650 $745 $811 $1,425 Independence of the Seas January 12, 2019
February 9, 2019 $454 $572 $699 $1,200 Independence of the Seas February 9, 2019
March 9, 2019 $512 $645 $779 $939 Independence of the Seas March 9, 2019
March 23, 2019 $568 $711 $1,020 $1,383 Independence of the Seas March 23, 2019
April 6, 2019 $426 $528 $620 $884 Independence of the Seas April 6, 2019
April 20, 2019 $415 $525 $578 $900 Independence of the Seas April 20, 2019
14 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Royal 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; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 15, 2018 $1,348 N/A $1,980 $2,824 Royal Princess December 15, 2018
7 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Royal 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
December 15, 2018 $498 N/A $598 $928 Royal Princess December 15, 2018
December 29, 2018 N/A N/A $1,231 $2,131 Royal Princess December 29, 2018
January 12, 2019 $712 N/A $837 $1,078 Royal Princess January 12, 2019
7 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Oosterdam
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
December 15, 2018 $519 $539 $749 $999 Oosterdam December 15, 2018
January 26, 2019 $599 $679 $899 $5,199 Oosterdam January 26, 2019
February 16, 2019 $629 $649 $899 $1,239 Oosterdam February 16, 2019
March 30, 2019 $599 $649 $749 $1,229 Oosterdam March 30, 2019
7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Harmony 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
December 16, 2018 $1,883 $1,427 $1,714 N/A Harmony of the Seas December 16, 2018
December 30, 2018 $2,141 $2,356 $2,642 $15,136 Harmony of the Seas December 30, 2018
January 13, 2019 $1,166 $1,308 $1,351 $2,712 Harmony of the Seas January 13, 2019
January 27, 2019 $1,259 $1,570 $1,784 $3,066 Harmony of the Seas January 27, 2019
February 10, 2019 $922 $1,217 $1,241 $2,035 Harmony of the Seas February 10, 2019
February 24, 2019 $1,213 $1,242 $1,612 $2,626 Harmony of the Seas February 24, 2019
March 10, 2019 $906 $1,018 $1,109 $2,128 Harmony of the Seas March 10, 2019
April 7, 2019 $1,034 $1,167 $1,372 N/A Harmony of the Seas April 7, 2019
April 21, 2019 $962 $1,034 $943 $1,970 Harmony of the Seas April 21, 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
December 16, 2018 $977 $970 $998 $1,495 Adventure of the Seas December 16, 2018
December 30, 2018 $1,545 $1,784 $1,334 N/A Adventure of the Seas December 30, 2018
January 13, 2019 $718 $784 $1,049 $1,426 Adventure of the Seas January 13, 2019
January 27, 2019 $766 $971 $1,430 $1,855 Adventure of the Seas January 27, 2019
February 24, 2019 $544 $629 $794 $1,259 Adventure of the Seas February 24, 2019
March 10, 2019 $597 $703 $891 $1,469 Adventure of the Seas March 10, 2019
April 7, 2019 $639 $611 $893 $1,286 Adventure of the Seas April 7, 2019
April 21, 2019 $617 $720 $925 $1,366 Adventure of the Seas April 21, 2019
14 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Regal Princess
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 14 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Princess Cays, Bahamas; Falmouth, Jamaica; George Town, Cayman Islands; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Princess Cays, Bahamas; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 16, 2018 $1,578 N/A $2,348 $3,749 Regal Princess December 16, 2018
December 30, 2018 $1,719 N/A $2,454 $3,099 Regal Princess December 30, 2018
January 13, 2019 $1,307 N/A $1,777 $2,351 Regal Princess January 13, 2019
January 27, 2019 $1,388 N/A $1,809 $2,457 Regal Princess January 27, 2019
February 10, 2019 $1,518 N/A $2,077 $2,548 Regal Princess February 10, 2019
February 24, 2019 $1,448 N/A $1,676 $2,148 Regal Princess February 24, 2019
March 10, 2019 $1,528 N/A $1,762 $2,348 Regal Princess March 10, 2019
March 24, 2019 $1,508 N/A $1,770 $2,248 Regal Princess March 24, 2019
December 15, 2019 $1,898 N/A $2,798 $3,388 Regal Princess December 15, 2019
December 29, 2019 $1,948 N/A $2,898 $3,488 Regal Princess December 29, 2019
7 Nights Western 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; Falmouth, Jamaica; George Town, Cayman Islands; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 16, 2018 $498 N/A $558 $948 Regal Princess December 16, 2018
December 30, 2018 $763 N/A $998 $1,698 Regal Princess December 30, 2018
January 13, 2019 $698 N/A $828 $978 Regal Princess January 13, 2019
January 27, 2019 $628 N/A $837 $1,078 Regal Princess January 27, 2019
February 10, 2019 $698 N/A $948 $1,349 Regal Princess February 10, 2019
February 24, 2019 $749 N/A $881 $1,129 Regal Princess February 24, 2019
March 10, 2019 $769 N/A $881 $1,179 Regal Princess March 10, 2019
March 24, 2019 $769 N/A $944 $1,129 Regal Princess March 24, 2019
April 7, 2019 $849 N/A $999 $1,239 Regal Princess April 7, 2019
December 15, 2019 $749 N/A $1,074 $1,349 Regal Princess December 15, 2019

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