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Key West, Florida (scroll down for cruise itineraries)

 
Introduction

Popularly known as the "Conch Republic" and storied in its history, Key West, FL is a favorite stop on the cruise log for tens of thousands annually. Its charming architecture, the fun-loving attitude of the locals and the many funky restaurants, shops and souvenir stands make for an energy-filled vacation destination. Perhaps the only frost-free community in the United States, Key West offers visitors a welcome Caribbean breeze, plenty of fishing and boating, beach strolls and some of the most unusual specialty shops on the planet.

Where the Ship Docks

Cruise ship traffic is heavy in this town, which serves both as a destination and departure point. Most of the larger vessels anchor near the Truman Annex at Pier B, at Malloy Square or at the Navy Mole adjacent to Fort Zachary Taylor. If arriving or departing from the base location, a trolley service takes visitors from the cruise pier to the waterfront near the center of town. The Truman Annex dock has visitor information booths, souvenir shops and ATMs on the site.

What to See and Do

Key West has a long and varied history, having been in existence since the early 19th century. A walking tour that takes visitors away from the bustling waterfront and into the heart of the community soon reveals a number of charming mansions and restored manor houses. The famous home of Ernest Hemingway is located at 907 Whitehead Street and is now a small museum, complete with the old writing studio which was left intact. The swimming pool on the property is the oldest in the city, and the many cats that wander about the house are direct descendents of the late writer's pets. The two mile long Harborwalk is a never-ending street of curios shops and snack restaurants, and will delight visitors for hours. The Key West Aquarium, located on Whitehead Street, is the oldest attraction on the island, and has one of the most amazing seahorse displays to be found anywhere. Also on Whitehead Street is the famed Audubon House and Tropical Gardens, named after the famous painter and birdwatcher. Rare prints by the artist and the immaculately kept grounds are a highlight of the visit. And of course there are a number of seaplane and boat tours departing from the marinas along the waterfront, which is a favorite spot for photographing the many schooners and other boats that never seem to stop cruising by the city center.

Eating/Drinking

Aside from shopping at the huge number of gift shops in town, the community is perhaps best known for its unusual dining establishments. The A & B Lobster House on Front Street serves the best lobster platters in town and also has a full service cigar bar. Mangoes is a favorite stop for visitors and is renowned as a people-watching establishment. Near Mangoes and also on Duval Street is the local's choice - Louie's Backyard. The outdoor deck is right on the water's edge and the sound of the breakers on the beach below is memorable. Not to be forgotten is Pepe's Cafe and Steakhouse on Caroline Street, which serves the best omelets around and has a huge assortment of grilled meat entrees.

Getting Around

Most visitors prefer to walk, since the town itself is rather small in size. Tourists can make the walking trip from one end of town to the other in less than 20 minutes. Besides, the community is set up to serve the visitor with its centrally located curios shops and restaurants. The locals enjoy getting around on bicycles and mopeds, and tourists can rent these from a number of vendors in the Duval Street area. Conch Cruisers, which are battery operated open-air vehicles, are a good way to get to one of the landmarks once the feet get tired. And there are plenty of taxis that take cruise visitors from the docks to the center of town. Public bus service connects the city to the rest of the Florida Keys and then eastward to Miami. The Old Town Trolley Tours offer another alternate means of transport and are extremely fun for the kids.

Miscellaneous But Important

Key West is a part of the State of Florida, and as such uses US Dollar as a currency. There are a number of banks that will exchange funds from several of the Caribbean republics. Some of the restaurants have Wi-Fi connections, with or without purchase depending on the merchant, and there are plenty of telephone booths in the hotel lobbies and near the cruise docks for those who have left their cell phones at home.

 
The house where Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote his masterpieces.

The house where Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote his masterpieces.


A beautiful beach on the Key West island.

A beautiful beach on the Key West island.


Duval Street - a place with many interesting shops and restaurants.

Duval Street - a place with many interesting shops and restaurants.


A beautiful scene inside the Audubon House and Tropical Gardens.

A beautiful scene inside the Audubon House and Tropical Gardens.


Louie's Backyard - one of the most popular dining establishments on Key West.

Louie's Backyard - one of the most popular dining establishments on Key West.

 

Cruises to Key West, Florida


10 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Tampa, FL
Ship: Rhapsody of the Seas
Departure: Tampa, FL
Arrival: Tampa, FL
Duration: 10 Nights
Ports: Tampa, Florida; Key West, Florida; Cruising; Kralendijk, Island of Bonaire; Willemstad, Curacao Island; Aruba Island; Cruising; George Town, Cayman Islands; Cruising; Tampa, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 23, 2021 $718 $804 $1,553 $2,283 Rhapsody of the Seas January 23, 2021
14 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 14 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Falmouth, Jamaica; George Town, Cayman Islands; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Key West, Florida; Grand Turk Island; Amber Cove (Puerta Plata), Dominica; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 23, 2021 $1,699 $1,849 $2,099 $3,699 Nieuw Amsterdam January 23, 2021
7 Nights Bahamas Cruise From New Orleans, LA
Ship: Carnival Glory
Departure: New Orleans, LA
Arrival: New Orleans, LA
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: New Orleans, Louisiana; Key West, Florida; Freeport, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; New Orleans, Louisiana
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 24, 2021 $609 $689 $949 $1,475 Carnival Glory January 24, 2021
February 28, 2021 $689 $779 $1,019 $1,434 Carnival Glory February 28, 2021
April 4, 2021 $774 $909 $1,134 $1,716 Carnival Glory April 4, 2021
May 23, 2021 $869 $999 $1,259 $1,827 Carnival Glory May 23, 2021
June 27, 2021 $999 $1,139 $1,409 $2,174 Carnival Glory June 27, 2021
August 1, 2021 $869 $999 $1,239 $1,692 Carnival Glory August 1, 2021
September 5, 2021 $674 $764 $994 $1,409 Carnival Glory September 5, 2021
October 10, 2021 $654 $734 $979 $1,489 Carnival Glory October 10, 2021
November 14, 2021 $644 $744 $954 $1,437 Carnival Glory November 14, 2021
December 19, 2021 $984 $1,124 $1,384 $1,962 Carnival Glory December 19, 2021
7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Celebrity Edge
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
January 24, 2021 $854 $954 $1,004 $2,699 Celebrity Edge January 24, 2021
February 7, 2021 $845 $999 $1,109 $2,729 Celebrity Edge February 7, 2021
February 21, 2021 $904 $1,004 $1,114 $2,839 Celebrity Edge February 21, 2021
March 7, 2021 $899 $999 $1,109 $2,769 Celebrity Edge March 7, 2021
March 21, 2021 $904 $1,004 $1,054 $2,769 Celebrity Edge March 21, 2021
April 4, 2021 $821 $799 $869 $2,316 Celebrity Edge April 4, 2021
4 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Carnival Conquest
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 4 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Key West, Florida; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 25, 2021 $299 $339 $429 $467 Carnival Conquest January 25, 2021
February 1, 2021 $309 $349 $439 $529 Carnival Conquest February 1, 2021
February 8, 2021 $319 $359 $449 $515 Carnival Conquest February 8, 2021
February 15, 2021 $349 $389 $489 $699 Carnival Conquest February 15, 2021
February 22, 2021 $329 $369 $459 $685 Carnival Conquest February 22, 2021
March 8, 2021 $379 $449 $539 $769 Carnival Conquest March 8, 2021
March 15, 2021 $379 $449 $539 $769 Carnival Conquest March 15, 2021
March 22, 2021 $379 $449 $539 $749 Carnival Conquest March 22, 2021
March 29, 2021 $439 $509 $599 $849 Carnival Conquest March 29, 2021
April 12, 2021 $329 $399 $479 $699 Carnival Conquest April 12, 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; Key West, Florida; At Sea; George Town, Cayman Islands; At Sea; Kralendijk, Island of Bonaire; Oranjestad; At Sea; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 29, 2021 $1,099 $1,249 $1,699 $5,774 Celebrity Equinox January 29, 2021
7 Nights Bahamas Cruise From New Orleans, LA
Ship: Majesty of the Seas
Departure: New Orleans, LA
Arrival: New Orleans, LA
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: New Orleans, Louisiana; Cruising; Key West, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; Perfect Day Cococay, Bahamas; Cruising; New Orleans, Louisiana
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 30, 2021 $573 $660 N/A $1,582 Majesty of the Seas January 30, 2021
March 6, 2021 $727 $794 N/A $1,632 Majesty of the Seas March 6, 2021
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; Key West, Florida; Grand Turk Island; Amber Cove (Puerta Plata), Dominica; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 30, 2021 $899 $999 $1,089 $1,899 Nieuw Amsterdam January 30, 2021
14 Nights Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 14 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Key West, Florida; Grand Turk Island; Amber Cove (Puerta Plata), Dominica; 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
January 30, 2021 $1,799 $1,899 $2,099 $3,699 Nieuw Amsterdam January 30, 2021
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
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
March 27, 2021 $969 $1,059 $1,149 $2,989 Celebrity Apex March 27, 2021
April 10, 2021 $949 $1,049 $1,129 $2,909 Celebrity Apex April 10, 2021
April 24, 2021 $814 $1,188 $1,077 $3,623 Celebrity Apex April 24, 2021

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