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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; Nassau, Bahamas; Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 29, 2020 $129 $159 $369 $1,549 Norwegian Sky January 29, 2020
14 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Zuiderdam
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; 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
February 1, 2020 $1,099 $1,479 $1,999 $2,659 Zuiderdam February 1, 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; Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas; Key West, Florida; Cruising; New Orleans, Louisiana
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 1, 2020 $477 $506 N/A N/A Majesty of the Seas February 1, 2020
February 15, 2020 $541 N/A N/A N/A Majesty of the Seas February 15, 2020
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; Amber Cove (Puerta Plata), Dominica; Grand Turk Island; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Amber Cove (Puerta Plata), Dominica; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 1, 2020 $1,299 $1,399 $1,949 N/A Nieuw Amsterdam February 1, 2020
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; Amber Cove (Puerta Plata), Dominica; Grand Turk Island; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 1, 2020 $579 $629 $949 $1,499 Nieuw Amsterdam February 1, 2020
March 14, 2020 $649 $699 $949 $1,701 Nieuw Amsterdam March 14, 2020
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
February 2, 2020 $1,939 $1,909 N/A $3,449 Celebrity Edge February 2, 2020
February 16, 2020 $1,952 $2,040 $2,345 $6,499 Celebrity Edge February 16, 2020
March 1, 2020 $1,350 $1,385 $1,620 $3,474 Celebrity Edge March 1, 2020
March 15, 2020 $1,475 $899 $1,249 N/A Celebrity Edge March 15, 2020
March 29, 2020 $1,290 $1,425 $1,445 $2,794 Celebrity Edge March 29, 2020
April 12, 2020 $1,405 $1,605 $1,785 $3,619 Celebrity Edge April 12, 2020
November 29, 2020 $1,550 $1,825 $2,155 $4,179 Celebrity Edge November 29, 2020
December 13, 2020 $1,294 $1,459 $1,844 $4,179 Celebrity Edge December 13, 2020
December 27, 2020 $2,100 $2,650 $2,980 $6,324 Celebrity Edge December 27, 2020
January 10, 2021 $1,299 $1,399 $1,649 $3,549 Celebrity Edge January 10, 2021
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
February 3, 2020 $319 $359 $449 $578 Carnival Victory February 3, 2020
March 2, 2020 $399 $469 $559 $769 Carnival Victory March 2, 2020
5 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Tampa, FL
Ship: Brilliance of the Seas
Departure: Tampa, FL
Arrival: Tampa, FL
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Tampa, Florida; Key West, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; Perfect Day Cococay, Bahamas; Cruising; Tampa, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 3, 2020 $1,236 $1,614 $1,819 N/A Brilliance of the Seas February 3, 2020
March 2, 2020 $774 $1,726 $1,874 $5,038 Brilliance of the Seas March 2, 2020
March 16, 2020 N/A $1,854 $2,282 N/A Brilliance of the Seas March 16, 2020
March 30, 2020 $1,606 $1,551 $1,943 $2,781 Brilliance of the Seas March 30, 2020
April 13, 2020 $1,175 $1,406 $1,615 $2,419 Brilliance of the Seas April 13, 2020
April 27, 2020 $499 $1,092 $1,243 $2,912 Brilliance of the Seas April 27, 2020
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
February 6, 2020 $364 $394 $639 $818 Carnival Sensation February 6, 2020
March 5, 2020 $419 $459 $739 $749 Carnival Sensation March 5, 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; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 7, 2020 $349 $469 $849 N/A Norwegian Sky February 7, 2020

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