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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 Tampa, FL
Ship: Oosterdam
Departure: Tampa, FL
Arrival: Tampa, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Tampa, Florida; Key West, Florida; Mahogany Bay, Honduras; Santo Tomas, Guatemala; Costa Maya, Mexico; Tampa, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 9, 2016 N/A N/A $1,119 $1,299 Oosterdam December 9, 2016
December 30, 2016 $849 $949 $1,249 $1,599 Oosterdam December 30, 2016
January 27, 2017 $899 $999 $1,199 $1,999 Oosterdam January 27, 2017
February 17, 2017 $899 $999 $1,199 $1,999 Oosterdam February 17, 2017
7 Nights Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Eurodam
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
December 10, 2016 $549 $599 $729 $1,949 Eurodam December 10, 2016
December 31, 2016 $799 $899 $1,099 $1,999 Eurodam December 31, 2016
January 21, 2017 $799 $899 $1,199 $1,899 Eurodam January 21, 2017
March 4, 2017 $949 $1,049 $1,249 $2,199 Eurodam March 4, 2017
December 31, 2017 $1,399 $1,599 $1,799 $2,899 Eurodam December 31, 2017
16 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 16 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; Amber Cove (Puerta Plata), Dominica; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 11, 2016 $1,199 $1,499 $1,799 N/A Nieuw Amsterdam December 11, 2016
7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam
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
December 11, 2016 $499 $549 $699 N/A Nieuw Amsterdam December 11, 2016
February 19, 2017 $799 $899 $1,099 $1,799 Nieuw Amsterdam February 19, 2017
March 5, 2017 $799 $899 $1,099 $1,799 Nieuw Amsterdam March 5, 2017
March 19, 2017 $899 $999 $1,199 $2,099 Nieuw Amsterdam March 19, 2017
April 2, 2017 $799 $899 $999 $1,799 Nieuw Amsterdam April 2, 2017
February 3, 2018 $1,049 $1,149 $1,349 $2,199 Nieuw Amsterdam February 3, 2018
February 24, 2018 $1,099 $1,199 $1,399 $2,199 Nieuw Amsterdam February 24, 2018
March 17, 2018 $1,099 $1,199 $1,399 $2,199 Nieuw Amsterdam March 17, 2018
April 7, 2018 $1,099 $1,199 $1,399 $2,199 Nieuw Amsterdam April 7, 2018
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 12, 2016 $299 $329 $424 $684 Carnival Victory December 12, 2016
December 19, 2016 $374 $434 $539 $784 Carnival Victory December 19, 2016
December 26, 2016 $584 $674 $804 $1,054 Carnival Victory December 26, 2016
January 2, 2017 $399 $434 $584 $839 Carnival Victory January 2, 2017
January 9, 2017 $324 $369 $494 $679 Carnival Victory January 9, 2017
January 23, 2017 $279 $329 $429 $619 Carnival Victory January 23, 2017
January 30, 2017 $319 $354 $489 $699 Carnival Victory January 30, 2017
February 6, 2017 $309 $369 $469 $669 Carnival Victory February 6, 2017
February 13, 2017 $319 $379 $479 $679 Carnival Victory February 13, 2017
February 20, 2017 $349 $409 $509 $709 Carnival Victory February 20, 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
December 12, 2016 $329 $348 $369 $469 Enchantment of the Seas December 12, 2016
December 19, 2016 $330 $370 $650 $750 Enchantment of the Seas December 19, 2016
December 26, 2016 $802 $896 $1,252 N/A Enchantment of the Seas December 26, 2016
January 9, 2017 $339 $420 N/A $859 Enchantment of the Seas January 9, 2017
January 16, 2017 $269 $290 $530 $680 Enchantment of the Seas January 16, 2017
January 23, 2017 $308 $339 $560 $800 Enchantment of the Seas January 23, 2017
January 30, 2017 $339 N/A N/A $859 Enchantment of the Seas January 30, 2017
February 6, 2017 $308 $370 N/A $749 Enchantment of the Seas February 6, 2017
February 13, 2017 $341 $351 $517 $699 Enchantment of the Seas February 13, 2017
March 6, 2017 $417 $447 N/A $800 Enchantment of the Seas March 6, 2017
4 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Carnival Fascination
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 12, 2016 $259 $319 $499 $589 Carnival Fascination December 12, 2016
December 19, 2016 $339 $399 $629 $719 Carnival Fascination December 19, 2016
December 26, 2016 $509 $589 $839 $929 Carnival Fascination December 26, 2016
January 2, 2017 $329 $409 $639 $729 Carnival Fascination January 2, 2017
January 9, 2017 $239 $299 $479 $569 Carnival Fascination January 9, 2017
January 16, 2017 $249 $309 $489 $579 Carnival Fascination January 16, 2017
January 23, 2017 $239 $299 $479 $569 Carnival Fascination January 23, 2017
January 30, 2017 $249 $309 $489 $579 Carnival Fascination January 30, 2017
February 6, 2017 $279 $339 $519 $609 Carnival Fascination February 6, 2017
February 13, 2017 $279 $339 $519 $609 Carnival Fascination February 13, 2017
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
December 15, 2016 N/A N/A N/A $669 Carnival Sensation December 15, 2016
December 29, 2016 $629 $749 N/A N/A Carnival Sensation December 29, 2016
January 12, 2017 $334 $374 $554 $674 Carnival Sensation January 12, 2017
January 26, 2017 $319 $354 $539 $689 Carnival Sensation January 26, 2017
February 9, 2017 $329 $369 $539 $659 Carnival Sensation February 9, 2017
February 23, 2017 $329 $369 $539 $659 Carnival Sensation February 23, 2017
March 9, 2017 $369 $409 $579 $699 Carnival Sensation March 9, 2017
March 23, 2017 $409 $449 $619 $739 Carnival Sensation March 23, 2017
April 6, 2017 $359 $399 $569 $689 Carnival Sensation April 6, 2017
April 20, 2017 $359 $399 $569 $689 Carnival Sensation April 20, 2017
4 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Empress of the Seas
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 4 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Key West, Florida; Cruising; Nassau, Bahamas; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 15, 2016 N/A $319 N/A N/A Empress of the Seas December 15, 2016
January 12, 2017 $239 $289 N/A $618 Empress of the Seas January 12, 2017
7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Tampa, FL
Ship: Oosterdam
Departure: Tampa, FL
Arrival: Tampa, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Tampa, Florida; Key West, Florida; Mahogany Bay, Honduras; Santo Tomas, Guatemala; Costa Maya, Mexico; Tampa, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
December 16, 2016 N/A $799 N/A N/A Oosterdam December 16, 2016

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