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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


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
September 17, 2020 $229 $299 $499 $499 Carnival Sensation September 17, 2020
October 1, 2020 $279 $319 $539 $467 Carnival Sensation October 1, 2020
October 15, 2020 $239 $299 $499 $524 Carnival Sensation October 15, 2020
October 29, 2020 $249 $299 $499 $619 Carnival Sensation October 29, 2020
November 26, 2020 $369 $429 $669 $613 Carnival Sensation November 26, 2020
December 10, 2020 $269 $299 $499 $475 Carnival Sensation December 10, 2020
December 24, 2020 $449 $539 $779 $969 Carnival Sensation December 24, 2020
January 7, 2021 $279 $339 $569 $563 Carnival Sensation January 7, 2021
January 21, 2021 $289 $349 $579 $644 Carnival Sensation January 21, 2021
February 4, 2021 $319 $379 $589 $674 Carnival Sensation February 4, 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
September 18, 2020 $823 $997 $1,427 $2,172 Enchantment of the Seas September 18, 2020
September 25, 2020 $896 $1,105 N/A N/A Enchantment of the Seas September 25, 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; Nassau, Bahamas; Perfect Day Cococay, Bahamas; Cruising; New Orleans, Louisiana
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
September 19, 2020 $563 $666 N/A $2,513 Majesty of the Seas September 19, 2020
September 26, 2020 $603 $675 N/A $2,289 Majesty of the Seas September 26, 2020
October 10, 2020 $418 $481 N/A $1,969 Majesty of the Seas October 10, 2020
November 21, 2020 $615 $700 N/A $1,809 Majesty of the Seas November 21, 2020
January 30, 2021 $428 $489 N/A $1,560 Majesty of the Seas January 30, 2021
March 6, 2021 $564 $656 N/A $1,600 Majesty of the Seas March 6, 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
September 21, 2020 $239 $269 $339 $632 Carnival Conquest September 21, 2020
October 12, 2020 $239 $269 $339 $790 Carnival Conquest October 12, 2020
October 19, 2020 $239 $269 $339 $807 Carnival Conquest October 19, 2020
October 26, 2020 $269 $299 $369 $592 Carnival Conquest October 26, 2020
November 2, 2020 $249 $279 $349 $675 Carnival Conquest November 2, 2020
November 9, 2020 $239 $269 $339 $726 Carnival Conquest November 9, 2020
November 16, 2020 $239 $269 $339 $617 Carnival Conquest November 16, 2020
November 23, 2020 $339 $409 $499 $810 Carnival Conquest November 23, 2020
November 30, 2020 $239 $269 $359 $570 Carnival Conquest November 30, 2020
December 7, 2020 $239 $269 $359 $694 Carnival Conquest December 7, 2020
10 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Celebrity Equinox
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 10 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; At Sea; George Town, Cayman Islands; At Sea; Willemstad, Curacao Island; Kralendijk, Island of Bonaire; Oranjestad; At Sea; Key West, Florida; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
September 25, 2020 $1,149 $1,269 $1,339 $3,499 Celebrity Equinox September 25, 2020
8 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Galveston, TX
Ship: Carnival Freedom
Departure: Galveston, TX
Arrival: Galveston, TX
Duration: 8 Nights
Ports: Galveston, Texas; Key West, Florida; Freeport, Bahamas; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Galveston, Texas
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
September 26, 2020 $739 $909 $1,359 $2,759 Carnival Freedom September 26, 2020
October 24, 2020 $759 $929 $1,359 N/A Carnival Freedom October 24, 2020
November 21, 2020 $989 $1,309 $1,689 $2,299 Carnival Freedom November 21, 2020
January 16, 2021 $749 $849 $1,279 $1,979 Carnival Freedom January 16, 2021
February 13, 2021 $849 $929 $1,349 $2,119 Carnival Freedom February 13, 2021
March 13, 2021 $1,109 $1,259 $1,619 $2,289 Carnival Freedom March 13, 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
October 3, 2020 $632 $689 N/A $2,789 Majesty of the Seas October 3, 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
October 11, 2020 $569 $679 $919 $1,799 Carnival Glory October 11, 2020
November 15, 2020 $539 $649 $959 $1,747 Carnival Glory November 15, 2020
December 20, 2020 $769 $879 $1,149 $1,959 Carnival Glory December 20, 2020
January 24, 2021 $569 $659 $909 $1,567 Carnival Glory January 24, 2021
February 28, 2021 $589 $699 $909 $1,376 Carnival Glory February 28, 2021
April 4, 2021 $794 $929 $1,144 $1,782 Carnival Glory April 4, 2021
May 23, 2021 $899 $1,029 $1,279 $1,827 Carnival Glory May 23, 2021
June 27, 2021 $999 $1,139 $1,409 $1,949 Carnival Glory June 27, 2021
August 1, 2021 $879 $1,009 $1,249 $1,692 Carnival Glory August 1, 2021
September 5, 2021 $664 $764 $974 $1,402 Carnival Glory September 5, 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; Perfect Day Cococay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Cruising; New Orleans, Louisiana
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 17, 2020 $442 $493 N/A $2,046 Majesty of the Seas October 17, 2020
November 28, 2020 $435 $484 N/A $1,866 Majesty of the Seas November 28, 2020
March 13, 2021 $546 $659 N/A $1,280 Majesty of the Seas March 13, 2021
April 3, 2021 $513 $626 N/A $1,439 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
12 Nights Caribbean Cruise From Boston, MA
Ship: Celebrity Summit
Departure: Boston, MA
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 12 Nights
Ports: Boston, Massachusetts; At Sea; San Juan, Puerto Rico; At Sea; Kralendijk, Island of Bonaire; Willemstad, Curacao Island; Oranjestad; At Sea; Key West, Florida; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 17, 2020 $1,059 $1,249 $1,479 $4,254 Celebrity Summit October 17, 2020

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