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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 Bahamas Cruise From Galveston, TX
Ship: Carnival Freedom
Departure: Galveston, TX
Arrival: Galveston, TX
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Galveston, Texas; Key West, Florida; Freeport, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Galveston, Texas
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
September 5, 2015 $769 N/A N/A N/A Carnival Freedom September 5, 2015
October 10, 2015 $699 $869 $1,169 $1,599 Carnival Freedom October 10, 2015
April 2, 2016 $619 $739 $939 $1,359 Carnival Freedom April 2, 2016
April 16, 2016 $619 $739 $949 $1,359 Carnival Freedom April 16, 2016
May 7, 2016 $629 $749 $949 $1,349 Carnival Freedom May 7, 2016
June 4, 2016 $909 $1,089 $1,329 $1,799 Carnival Freedom June 4, 2016
July 2, 2016 $949 $1,129 $1,369 $1,839 Carnival Freedom July 2, 2016
July 30, 2016 $989 $1,169 $1,409 $1,829 Carnival Freedom July 30, 2016
August 27, 2016 $609 $729 $909 $1,329 Carnival Freedom August 27, 2016
March 4, 2017 $579 $699 $879 $1,299 Carnival Freedom March 4, 2017
7 Nights Bahamas Cruise From New Orleans, LA
Ship: Carnival Dream
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
September 6, 2015 N/A N/A $959 N/A Carnival Dream September 6, 2015
November 15, 2015 $539 $729 $839 $1,489 Carnival Dream November 15, 2015
January 24, 2016 $629 N/A $879 $1,669 Carnival Dream January 24, 2016
April 3, 2016 $619 $769 $929 $1,669 Carnival Dream April 3, 2016
May 8, 2016 $699 $829 $929 $1,379 Carnival Dream May 8, 2016
July 3, 2016 $919 $1,119 $1,229 $1,679 Carnival Dream July 3, 2016
July 31, 2016 $809 $1,009 $1,119 $1,569 Carnival Dream July 31, 2016
August 28, 2016 $589 $739 $799 $1,249 Carnival Dream August 28, 2016
March 12, 2017 $759 $909 $989 $1,439 Carnival Dream March 12, 2017
April 9, 2017 $679 $829 $909 $1,359 Carnival Dream April 9, 2017
4 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Carnival Ecstasy
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 7, 2015 $299 $309 $489 $609 Carnival Ecstasy September 7, 2015
September 14, 2015 $289 $309 $489 $599 Carnival Ecstasy September 14, 2015
September 21, 2015 $309 $339 $509 $599 Carnival Ecstasy September 21, 2015
September 28, 2015 $359 $379 $499 $599 Carnival Ecstasy September 28, 2015
October 5, 2015 $299 $379 $584 $599 Carnival Ecstasy October 5, 2015
October 12, 2015 $299 $349 $499 $649 Carnival Ecstasy October 12, 2015
October 19, 2015 $309 $329 $509 $629 Carnival Ecstasy October 19, 2015
October 26, 2015 $279 $309 $489 $609 Carnival Ecstasy October 26, 2015
November 2, 2015 $299 $309 $489 $609 Carnival Ecstasy November 2, 2015
November 9, 2015 $279 $299 $489 $609 Carnival Ecstasy November 9, 2015
4 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Majesty of the Seas
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 4 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; CocoCay, Bahamas; Key West, Florida; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
September 7, 2015 $389 $434 N/A $1,079 Majesty of the Seas September 7, 2015
September 14, 2015 $419 $487 N/A $899 Majesty of the Seas September 14, 2015
September 21, 2015 $404 N/A N/A N/A Majesty of the Seas September 21, 2015
September 28, 2015 $329 $382 N/A $800 Majesty of the Seas September 28, 2015
October 5, 2015 $299 $359 N/A $1,469 Majesty of the Seas October 5, 2015
October 12, 2015 $299 $359 N/A N/A Majesty of the Seas October 12, 2015
October 19, 2015 $239 $314 N/A $1,079 Majesty of the Seas October 19, 2015
October 26, 2015 $247 $307 N/A N/A Majesty of the Seas October 26, 2015
November 2, 2015 $269 $329 N/A $819 Majesty of the Seas November 2, 2015
November 9, 2015 $262 $254 N/A $982 Majesty of the Seas November 9, 2015
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
September 10, 2015 $359 $389 $489 $639 Carnival Victory September 10, 2015
September 24, 2015 N/A N/A $559 N/A Carnival Victory September 24, 2015
November 5, 2015 $299 $369 $469 $679 Carnival Victory November 5, 2015
November 19, 2015 $289 $339 $429 $679 Carnival Victory November 19, 2015
December 3, 2015 $279 $319 $429 $669 Carnival Victory December 3, 2015
December 17, 2015 $339 $409 $499 $719 Carnival Victory December 17, 2015
December 31, 2015 $619 $719 $819 $1,179 Carnival Victory December 31, 2015
January 14, 2016 $319 $369 $469 $679 Carnival Victory January 14, 2016
January 28, 2016 $299 $359 $459 $659 Carnival Victory January 28, 2016
February 11, 2016 $359 $409 $509 $719 Carnival Victory February 11, 2016
7 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Galveston, TX
Ship: Carnival Magic
Departure: Galveston, TX
Arrival: Galveston, TX
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Galveston, Texas; Key West, Florida; Freeport, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Galveston, Texas
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
September 13, 2015 $669 $799 $899 $1,399 Carnival Magic September 13, 2015
November 22, 2015 $819 $959 $1,069 $1,869 Carnival Magic November 22, 2015
December 27, 2015 $1,109 $1,339 $1,529 $2,549 Carnival Magic December 27, 2015
January 31, 2016 $589 $759 $849 $1,399 Carnival Magic January 31, 2016
February 14, 2016 $609 $759 $899 $1,779 Carnival Magic February 14, 2016
April 10, 2016 $609 $759 $919 $1,349 Carnival Magic April 10, 2016
May 22, 2016 $789 $939 $1,039 $1,509 Carnival Magic May 22, 2016
June 19, 2016 $979 $1,189 $1,349 $1,819 Carnival Magic June 19, 2016
July 17, 2016 $1,029 $1,239 $1,399 $1,869 Carnival Magic July 17, 2016
August 14, 2016 $819 $989 $1,119 $1,589 Carnival Magic August 14, 2016
8 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Baltimore, MD
Ship: Grandeur of the Seas
Departure: Baltimore, MD
Arrival: Baltimore, MD
Duration: 8 Nights
Ports: Baltimore, Maryland; Cruising; Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; CocoCay, Bahamas; Key West, Florida; Cruising; Baltimore, Maryland
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 24, 2015 $847 N/A N/A N/A Grandeur of the Seas October 24, 2015
March 12, 2016 $795 $883 $1,346 $1,574 Grandeur of the Seas March 12, 2016
April 9, 2016 $978 $1,061 $1,814 $2,249 Grandeur of the Seas April 9, 2016
7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Eurodam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Cayman Islands; Key West, Florida; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 25, 2015 $599 $649 $799 $1,599 Eurodam October 25, 2015
November 22, 2015 $599 $649 $779 $1,399 Eurodam November 22, 2015
December 20, 2015 $999 $1,099 $1,199 $1,899 Eurodam December 20, 2015
January 3, 2016 $799 $999 $1,199 $1,699 Eurodam January 3, 2016
January 31, 2016 $899 $1,149 $1,249 $1,899 Eurodam January 31, 2016
March 13, 2016 $899 $1,199 $1,299 $1,899 Eurodam March 13, 2016
4 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Norwegian Pearl
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 4 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Key West, Florida; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 3, 2015 $249 $379 $469 $619 Norwegian Pearl November 3, 2015
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
November 7, 2015 N/A N/A $847 N/A Brilliance of the Seas November 7, 2015
December 5, 2015 $700 N/A $754 $1,095 Brilliance of the Seas December 5, 2015
December 19, 2015 N/A $697 $853 $1,914 Brilliance of the Seas December 19, 2015
January 16, 2016 $483 $543 $679 $1,214 Brilliance of the Seas January 16, 2016
January 30, 2016 $386 $496 $722 $2,099 Brilliance of the Seas January 30, 2016
February 13, 2016 $449 $479 $629 $929 Brilliance of the Seas February 13, 2016
February 27, 2016 $417 $522 $725 $1,052 Brilliance of the Seas February 27, 2016
March 12, 2016 $522 $676 $864 $1,141 Brilliance of the Seas March 12, 2016
March 26, 2016 $470 $630 $761 $1,124 Brilliance of the Seas March 26, 2016
April 9, 2016 $426 $528 $697 $1,012 Brilliance of the Seas April 9, 2016

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