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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


5 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Norwegian Sky
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Key West, Florida; Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
May 15, 2020 $376 $502 $677 $1,483 Norwegian Sky May 15, 2020
July 6, 2020 $510 $664 $853 $1,777 Norwegian Sky July 6, 2020
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; Perfect Day Cococay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Cruising; New Orleans, Louisiana
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
May 16, 2020 $573 $656 N/A $2,141 Majesty of the Seas May 16, 2020
May 23, 2020 $656 $713 N/A $2,141 Majesty of the Seas May 23, 2020
July 18, 2020 $776 $868 N/A $2,358 Majesty of the Seas July 18, 2020
October 17, 2020 $469 $521 N/A $2,046 Majesty of the Seas October 17, 2020
November 28, 2020 $487 $540 N/A $1,813 Majesty of the Seas November 28, 2020
March 13, 2021 $776 $909 N/A $1,449 Majesty of the Seas March 13, 2021
April 3, 2021 $806 $940 N/A $1,599 Majesty of the Seas April 3, 2021
April 10, 2021 $724 $858 N/A $1,399 Majesty of the Seas April 10, 2021
April 17, 2021 $531 $656 N/A $1,201 Majesty of the Seas April 17, 2021
April 24, 2021 $724 $858 N/A $1,399 Majesty of the Seas April 24, 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
May 18, 2020 $299 $389 $499 $633 Carnival Conquest May 18, 2020
May 25, 2020 $319 $409 $519 $736 Carnival Conquest May 25, 2020
June 1, 2020 $249 $369 $429 $871 Carnival Conquest June 1, 2020
June 29, 2020 $369 $469 $529 $1,029 Carnival Conquest June 29, 2020
July 20, 2020 $539 $614 $704 $937 Carnival Conquest July 20, 2020
July 27, 2020 $519 $599 $689 $902 Carnival Conquest July 27, 2020
August 3, 2020 $479 $569 $629 $1,051 Carnival Conquest August 3, 2020
August 17, 2020 $349 $439 $519 $786 Carnival Conquest August 17, 2020
August 24, 2020 $329 $389 $479 $716 Carnival Conquest August 24, 2020
August 31, 2020 $329 $369 $469 $632 Carnival Conquest August 31, 2020
5 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Norwegian Sky
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Key West, Florida; Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
May 20, 2020 $280 $329 $499 $1,700 Norwegian Sky May 20, 2020
8 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Celebrity Equinox
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 4 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Key West, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; At Sea; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
May 23, 2020 $449 $499 $529 $1,759 Celebrity Equinox May 23, 2020
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
May 24, 2020 $879 $1,119 $1,414 $1,814 Carnival Glory May 24, 2020
June 28, 2020 $899 $1,084 $1,324 $2,079 Carnival Glory June 28, 2020
August 2, 2020 $869 $979 $1,224 $1,739 Carnival Glory August 2, 2020
September 6, 2020 $609 $669 $934 $1,579 Carnival Glory September 6, 2020
October 11, 2020 $719 $814 $1,079 $2,019 Carnival Glory October 11, 2020
November 15, 2020 $694 $789 $1,039 $1,554 Carnival Glory November 15, 2020
December 20, 2020 $889 $1,029 $1,299 $1,952 Carnival Glory December 20, 2020
January 24, 2021 $619 $719 $929 $1,567 Carnival Glory January 24, 2021
February 28, 2021 $699 $809 $999 $1,442 Carnival Glory February 28, 2021
April 4, 2021 $869 $979 $1,179 $1,609 Carnival Glory April 4, 2021
4 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Carnival Sensation
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
May 28, 2020 $329 $429 $689 $869 Carnival Sensation May 28, 2020
June 25, 2020 $449 $529 $789 $1,096 Carnival Sensation June 25, 2020
July 9, 2020 $549 $644 $879 $916 Carnival Sensation July 9, 2020
August 6, 2020 $459 $529 $779 $905 Carnival Sensation August 6, 2020
August 20, 2020 $379 $439 $669 $808 Carnival Sensation August 20, 2020
October 15, 2020 $339 $399 $599 $619 Carnival Sensation October 15, 2020
November 26, 2020 $409 $469 $709 $759 Carnival Sensation November 26, 2020
December 10, 2020 $279 $339 $529 $649 Carnival Sensation December 10, 2020
December 24, 2020 $569 $649 $919 $1,119 Carnival Sensation December 24, 2020
January 7, 2021 $329 $389 $599 $669 Carnival Sensation January 7, 2021
5 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Galveston, TX
Ship: Enchantment of the Seas
Departure: Galveston, TX
Arrival: Galveston, TX
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Galveston, Texas; Cruising; Key West, Florida; Perfect Day Cococay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Cruising; Galveston, Texas
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
May 29, 2020 $991 $1,076 $1,430 $3,221 Enchantment of the Seas May 29, 2020
June 5, 2020 $1,288 $1,422 $2,240 $3,026 Enchantment of the Seas June 5, 2020
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; Nassau, Bahamas; Perfect Day Cococay, Bahamas; Key West, Florida; Cruising; New Orleans, Louisiana
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
May 30, 2020 $927 $999 N/A $2,141 Majesty of the Seas May 30, 2020
6 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Celebrity Equinox
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 6 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Key West, Florida; At Sea; George Town, Cayman Islands; Cozumel Island, Mexico; At Sea; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
May 31, 2020 $549 $699 $959 $2,999 Celebrity Equinox May 31, 2020
June 14, 2020 $1,404 $1,472 $1,877 $4,843 Celebrity Equinox June 14, 2020
June 28, 2020 $599 $829 $899 $2,759 Celebrity Equinox June 28, 2020
July 12, 2020 $1,021 $1,104 $1,364 $3,465 Celebrity Equinox July 12, 2020
July 26, 2020 $1,187 $1,552 $1,702 $6,736 Celebrity Equinox July 26, 2020
August 9, 2020 $1,364 $1,512 $1,662 $4,318 Celebrity Equinox August 9, 2020
October 20, 2020 $1,353 $1,602 $1,702 $3,454 Celebrity Equinox October 20, 2020

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