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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


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; Grand Turk Island; Amber Cove (Puerta Plata), Dominica; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Amber Cove (Puerta Plata), Dominica; Samana, Dominican Republic; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 18, 2017 $799 $849 $1,299 N/A Nieuw Amsterdam November 18, 2017
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
November 18, 2017 $979 N/A N/A $2,669 Carnival Freedom November 18, 2017
January 27, 2018 $629 $779 $1,059 $1,459 Carnival Freedom January 27, 2018
April 7, 2018 $689 $809 $1,039 $1,609 Carnival Freedom April 7, 2018
April 21, 2018 $699 $809 $1,079 $1,479 Carnival Freedom April 21, 2018
May 5, 2018 $729 $849 $1,109 $1,749 Carnival Freedom May 5, 2018
June 16, 2018 $1,059 $1,259 $1,539 $2,449 Carnival Freedom June 16, 2018
July 28, 2018 $1,029 $1,189 $1,449 $2,059 Carnival Freedom July 28, 2018
September 8, 2018 $709 $819 $1,019 $1,569 Carnival Freedom September 8, 2018
October 20, 2018 $694 $804 $1,034 $1,449 Carnival Freedom October 20, 2018
November 17, 2018 $859 $1,009 $1,209 $1,589 Carnival Freedom November 17, 2018
21 Nights Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 21 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Key West, Florida; Grand Turk Island; Amber Cove (Puerta Plata), Dominica; 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; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Falmouth, Jamaica; George Town, Cayman Islands; Key West, Florida; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 18, 2017 $2,599 $2,799 $3,399 $5,699 Nieuw Amsterdam November 18, 2017
7 Nights 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; Grand Turk Island; Amber Cove (Puerta Plata), Dominica; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 18, 2017 $449 $499 $699 N/A Nieuw Amsterdam November 18, 2017
February 10, 2018 $799 $849 $999 $2,599 Nieuw Amsterdam February 10, 2018
March 3, 2018 $799 $899 $999 $1,699 Nieuw Amsterdam March 3, 2018
March 24, 2018 $699 $799 $999 $1,649 Nieuw Amsterdam March 24, 2018
18 Nights Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 18 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Key West, Florida; Grand Turk Island; Amber Cove (Puerta Plata), Dominica; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Amber Cove (Puerta Plata), Dominica; Samana, Dominican Republic; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 18, 2017 $999 $1,099 $1,489 N/A Nieuw Amsterdam November 18, 2017
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; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cruising; Tampa, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 19, 2017 $599 $699 $1,299 $1,599 Rhapsody of the Seas November 19, 2017
November 26, 2017 $548 $649 $1,149 $2,029 Rhapsody of the Seas November 26, 2017
December 3, 2017 $521 $601 $1,072 N/A Rhapsody of the Seas December 3, 2017
December 10, 2017 $509 $609 $1,099 N/A Rhapsody of the Seas December 10, 2017
December 17, 2017 $589 $639 $1,069 $1,359 Rhapsody of the Seas December 17, 2017
January 14, 2018 $590 $670 $1,159 $2,713 Rhapsody of the Seas January 14, 2018
January 21, 2018 $530 $621 $1,272 $1,624 Rhapsody of the Seas January 21, 2018
February 18, 2018 $599 $679 $1,370 $1,821 Rhapsody of the Seas February 18, 2018
March 11, 2018 $661 $730 $1,421 $1,862 Rhapsody of the Seas March 11, 2018
March 18, 2018 $551 $630 $1,361 $1,586 Rhapsody of the Seas March 18, 2018
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; George Town, Cayman Islands; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Key West, Florida; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 19, 2017 $499 $579 $749 $2,169 Eurodam November 19, 2017
January 14, 2018 $599 $699 $999 $1,499 Eurodam January 14, 2018
January 28, 2018 $549 $629 $889 $1,299 Eurodam January 28, 2018
March 11, 2018 $1,099 $1,199 $1,399 $2,199 Eurodam March 11, 2018
March 25, 2018 $649 $699 $749 $1,359 Eurodam March 25, 2018
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
November 19, 2017 $869 $1,064 $1,174 N/A Carnival Dream November 19, 2017
January 28, 2018 $649 $879 $1,009 $1,579 Carnival Dream January 28, 2018
April 8, 2018 $689 $884 $1,009 $1,669 Carnival Dream April 8, 2018
June 17, 2018 $1,014 $1,194 $1,364 $2,599 Carnival Dream June 17, 2018
August 26, 2018 $669 $769 $904 $1,379 Carnival Dream August 26, 2018
January 13, 2019 $629 $749 $869 $1,349 Carnival Dream January 13, 2019
March 24, 2019 $809 $929 $1,009 $1,459 Carnival Dream March 24, 2019
14 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Eurodam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 14 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; George Town, Cayman Islands; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Key West, Florida; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Grand Turk Island; Cap Cana (Punta Cana), Dominican RE; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 19, 2017 $749 $799 $1,199 N/A Eurodam November 19, 2017
4 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Enchantment 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
November 20, 2017 $329 $419 $649 $1,019 Enchantment of the Seas November 20, 2017
December 18, 2017 $357 $396 $500 $949 Enchantment of the Seas December 18, 2017
January 8, 2018 $329 $359 $609 $809 Enchantment of the Seas January 8, 2018
January 15, 2018 $327 $366 $604 $712 Enchantment of the Seas January 15, 2018
January 22, 2018 $361 $429 $718 $899 Enchantment of the Seas January 22, 2018
January 29, 2018 $361 $429 $718 $899 Enchantment of the Seas January 29, 2018
February 5, 2018 $361 $429 $718 $899 Enchantment of the Seas February 5, 2018
February 12, 2018 $361 $429 $718 $899 Enchantment of the Seas February 12, 2018
February 19, 2018 $361 $429 $718 $899 Enchantment of the Seas February 19, 2018
February 26, 2018 $352 $430 $718 $899 Enchantment of the Seas February 26, 2018

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