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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


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
December 14, 2019 $449 $499 $529 N/A Celebrity Equinox December 14, 2019
January 25, 2020 $669 $809 $809 N/A Celebrity Equinox January 25, 2020
February 8, 2020 N/A N/A $1,199 $3,139 Celebrity Equinox February 8, 2020
February 22, 2020 $709 $759 $789 $2,509 Celebrity Equinox February 22, 2020
March 7, 2020 $549 $799 $799 $4,009 Celebrity Equinox March 7, 2020
March 21, 2020 $1,260 $1,355 $1,455 $2,494 Celebrity Equinox March 21, 2020
April 4, 2020 $1,218 $1,305 $1,305 $2,854 Celebrity Equinox April 4, 2020
7 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Nieuw Statendam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Grand Turk Island; Amber Cove (Puerta Plata), Dominica; Key West, Florida; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 15, 2019 $549 $599 $699 $1,099 Nieuw Statendam December 15, 2019
January 5, 2020 $549 $769 $949 $1,199 Nieuw Statendam January 5, 2020
January 26, 2020 $549 $749 $999 $1,399 Nieuw Statendam January 26, 2020
February 16, 2020 $579 $749 $999 $1,199 Nieuw Statendam February 16, 2020
March 8, 2020 $549 $699 $999 $1,199 Nieuw Statendam March 8, 2020
March 29, 2020 $649 $749 $999 $1,299 Nieuw Statendam March 29, 2020
5 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Celebrity Infinity
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Key West, Florida; At Sea; Cozumel Island, Mexico; At Sea; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 16, 2019 $249 $299 $359 $1,749 Celebrity Infinity December 16, 2019
December 30, 2019 $649 $699 $1,099 $2,299 Celebrity Infinity December 30, 2019
January 13, 2020 $1,103 $1,180 $1,235 $2,647 Celebrity Infinity January 13, 2020
February 24, 2020 $936 $1,504 $1,559 $2,584 Celebrity Infinity February 24, 2020
March 9, 2020 $594 $659 $869 $3,387 Celebrity Infinity March 9, 2020
March 23, 2020 $921 $1,031 $1,182 $2,910 Celebrity Infinity March 23, 2020
November 30, 2020 $579 $689 $779 $1,799 Celebrity Infinity November 30, 2020
December 14, 2020 $556 $666 $776 $1,839 Celebrity Infinity December 14, 2020
December 23, 2020 $749 $1,099 $1,349 $2,449 Celebrity Infinity December 23, 2020
December 28, 2020 $886 $996 $1,216 $2,829 Celebrity Infinity December 28, 2020
4 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Carnival Victory
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
December 16, 2019 $339 $359 $459 $1,019 Carnival Victory December 16, 2019
December 23, 2019 $559 $649 $729 $1,259 Carnival Victory December 23, 2019
December 30, 2019 $729 $759 $919 $2,239 Carnival Victory December 30, 2019
January 20, 2020 $289 $359 $454 $669 Carnival Victory January 20, 2020
January 27, 2020 $279 $349 $449 $629 Carnival Victory January 27, 2020
February 10, 2020 $324 $379 $459 $719 Carnival Victory February 10, 2020
February 17, 2020 $324 $419 $544 $739 Carnival Victory February 17, 2020
10 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Veendam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 10 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Grand Turk Island; Amber Cove (Puerta Plata), Dominica; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Saint Kitts Island; Key West, Florida; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 18, 2019 $799 $899 $1,799 $3,999 Veendam December 18, 2019
7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Tampa, FL
Ship: Rhapsody of the Seas
Departure: Tampa, FL
Arrival: Tampa, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Tampa, Florida; Key West, Florida; Cruising; George Town, Cayman Islands; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cruising; Tampa, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 21, 2019 N/A N/A N/A $3,460 Rhapsody of the Seas December 21, 2019
January 18, 2020 $847 $1,162 $2,126 $4,561 Rhapsody of the Seas January 18, 2020
February 15, 2020 $1,066 $1,291 $1,938 $2,629 Rhapsody of the Seas February 15, 2020
March 14, 2020 $547 $622 $1,099 $1,458 Rhapsody of the Seas March 14, 2020
April 11, 2020 $830 $890 $1,546 $1,808 Rhapsody of the Seas April 11, 2020
5 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Celebrity Infinity
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; At Sea; Cozumel Island, Mexico; At Sea; Key West, Florida; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 21, 2019 $649 $679 $899 $1,899 Celebrity Infinity December 21, 2019
February 29, 2020 $781 $1,351 $1,769 $5,818 Celebrity Infinity February 29, 2020
April 11, 2020 $843 $998 $1,231 $3,179 Celebrity Infinity April 11, 2020
December 5, 2020 $928 $1,038 $1,148 $2,199 Celebrity Infinity December 5, 2020
January 2, 2021 $501 $611 $831 $1,619 Celebrity Infinity January 2, 2021
February 13, 2021 $906 $961 $1,181 $1,814 Celebrity Infinity February 13, 2021
March 27, 2021 $624 $674 $874 $1,419 Celebrity Infinity March 27, 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
December 22, 2019 $1,669 $1,919 $1,799 $4,549 Celebrity Edge December 22, 2019
January 5, 2020 $1,109 $1,209 $1,529 $3,399 Celebrity Edge January 5, 2020
January 19, 2020 $1,279 $1,229 $1,459 $3,399 Celebrity Edge January 19, 2020
February 2, 2020 $1,249 $1,299 $1,649 $3,149 Celebrity Edge February 2, 2020
February 16, 2020 $1,280 $1,570 $1,840 $4,224 Celebrity Edge February 16, 2020
March 1, 2020 $1,500 $1,735 $1,970 $3,774 Celebrity Edge March 1, 2020
March 15, 2020 $1,335 $1,570 $1,935 $3,539 Celebrity Edge March 15, 2020
March 29, 2020 $1,592 $1,615 $1,735 $3,294 Celebrity Edge March 29, 2020
April 12, 2020 $1,245 $1,595 $1,885 $3,519 Celebrity Edge April 12, 2020
November 29, 2020 $1,349 $1,549 $1,799 $3,699 Celebrity Edge November 29, 2020
5 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Tampa, FL
Ship: Brilliance of the Seas
Departure: Tampa, FL
Arrival: Tampa, FL
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Tampa, Florida; Key West, Florida; Cruising; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Cruising; Tampa, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 23, 2019 $1,485 $1,672 N/A N/A Brilliance of the Seas December 23, 2019
January 6, 2020 N/A $1,301 $1,254 N/A Brilliance of the Seas January 6, 2020
4 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Celebrity Infinity
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 4 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Key West, Florida; At Sea; Nassau, Bahamas; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 26, 2019 $649 $699 $899 $2,249 Celebrity Infinity December 26, 2019
March 5, 2020 $927 $1,092 $1,391 $2,419 Celebrity Infinity March 5, 2020
December 10, 2020 $529 $629 $729 $1,599 Celebrity Infinity December 10, 2020
January 7, 2021 $329 $479 $629 $1,349 Celebrity Infinity January 7, 2021
February 18, 2021 $349 $499 $649 $1,369 Celebrity Infinity February 18, 2021
March 4, 2021 $479 $579 $729 $1,549 Celebrity Infinity March 4, 2021
March 18, 2021 $589 $679 $829 $1,549 Celebrity Infinity March 18, 2021
April 1, 2021 $349 $499 $649 $1,369 Celebrity Infinity April 1, 2021
April 15, 2021 $329 $479 $629 $1,349 Celebrity Infinity April 15, 2021

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