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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
May 7, 2016 $739 $819 $1,079 $1,549 Carnival Freedom May 7, 2016
June 4, 2016 $1,029 $1,109 $1,339 $1,799 Carnival Freedom June 4, 2016
July 2, 2016 $1,039 $1,189 $1,409 $1,879 Carnival Freedom July 2, 2016
July 30, 2016 $1,009 $1,129 $1,339 $1,729 Carnival Freedom July 30, 2016
August 27, 2016 $689 $779 $969 $1,429 Carnival Freedom August 27, 2016
March 4, 2017 $699 $819 $999 $1,419 Carnival Freedom March 4, 2017
April 8, 2017 $739 $859 $1,039 $1,459 Carnival Freedom April 8, 2017
April 29, 2017 $649 $769 $959 $1,419 Carnival Freedom April 29, 2017
June 10, 2017 $1,009 $1,169 $1,409 $1,829 Carnival Freedom June 10, 2017
June 17, 2017 $999 $1,149 $1,369 $1,829 Carnival Freedom June 17, 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
May 8, 2016 N/A $819 N/A $1,469 Carnival Dream May 8, 2016
July 3, 2016 $959 $1,139 $1,219 $1,709 Carnival Dream July 3, 2016
July 31, 2016 $819 $979 $1,069 $1,599 Carnival Dream July 31, 2016
August 28, 2016 $599 $699 $839 $1,279 Carnival Dream August 28, 2016
March 12, 2017 $759 $909 $989 $1,439 Carnival Dream March 12, 2017
April 9, 2017 $679 $829 $909 $1,429 Carnival Dream April 9, 2017
May 7, 2017 $669 $799 $929 $1,379 Carnival Dream May 7, 2017
July 23, 2017 $929 $1,089 $1,189 $1,639 Carnival Dream July 23, 2017
September 10, 2017 $599 $709 $849 $1,299 Carnival Dream September 10, 2017
November 19, 2017 $759 $899 $969 $1,419 Carnival Dream 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
May 9, 2016 $405 $494 $848 $1,049 Enchantment of the Seas May 9, 2016
May 16, 2016 $422 $499 $944 $1,008 Enchantment of the Seas May 16, 2016
May 30, 2016 $518 $629 N/A $1,992 Enchantment of the Seas May 30, 2016
June 6, 2016 $506 $670 $920 $1,954 Enchantment of the Seas June 6, 2016
June 13, 2016 $541 $680 N/A $1,441 Enchantment of the Seas June 13, 2016
June 20, 2016 $517 $699 $879 $1,242 Enchantment of the Seas June 20, 2016
June 27, 2016 $538 $700 N/A $1,346 Enchantment of the Seas June 27, 2016
July 4, 2016 $538 $646 N/A $1,242 Enchantment of the Seas July 4, 2016
July 11, 2016 $649 $799 N/A $1,209 Enchantment of the Seas July 11, 2016
July 18, 2016 $624 $694 $989 $1,328 Enchantment of the Seas July 18, 2016
4 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Carnival Fantasy
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
May 9, 2016 $429 $479 N/A $889 Carnival Fantasy May 9, 2016
May 16, 2016 $444 $489 N/A $739 Carnival Fantasy May 16, 2016
May 23, 2016 $449 $479 N/A N/A Carnival Fantasy May 23, 2016
May 30, 2016 $509 $529 N/A $839 Carnival Fantasy May 30, 2016
June 6, 2016 $509 $539 N/A $839 Carnival Fantasy June 6, 2016
June 13, 2016 $499 $539 N/A $859 Carnival Fantasy June 13, 2016
June 20, 2016 $449 $529 N/A $839 Carnival Fantasy June 20, 2016
June 27, 2016 $519 $569 N/A $1,119 Carnival Fantasy June 27, 2016
July 4, 2016 $489 $559 N/A $849 Carnival Fantasy July 4, 2016
July 11, 2016 $449 $519 N/A $849 Carnival Fantasy July 11, 2016
5 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Empress of the Seas
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Cruising; George Town, Cayman Islands; Cruising; Key West, Florida; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
May 14, 2016 N/A $500 N/A $1,073 Empress of the Seas May 14, 2016
June 11, 2016 $548 $669 N/A $1,262 Empress of the Seas June 11, 2016
June 20, 2016 $431 $513 N/A $1,252 Empress of the Seas June 20, 2016
June 25, 2016 $492 $583 N/A $1,505 Empress of the Seas June 25, 2016
July 4, 2016 $461 $542 N/A $1,387 Empress of the Seas July 4, 2016
July 9, 2016 $459 $534 N/A $1,404 Empress of the Seas July 9, 2016
July 18, 2016 $492 $572 N/A $1,505 Empress of the Seas July 18, 2016
July 23, 2016 $448 $499 N/A $1,299 Empress of the Seas July 23, 2016
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
May 19, 2016 $439 $479 $649 $769 Carnival Sensation May 19, 2016
June 2, 2016 $504 $529 $729 $819 Carnival Sensation June 2, 2016
June 16, 2016 $559 $629 $809 $919 Carnival Sensation June 16, 2016
July 14, 2016 $559 $629 $799 $899 Carnival Sensation July 14, 2016
August 11, 2016 $489 $519 $739 $829 Carnival Sensation August 11, 2016
August 25, 2016 $399 $439 $599 $709 Carnival Sensation August 25, 2016
September 8, 2016 $329 $389 $549 $629 Carnival Sensation September 8, 2016
September 22, 2016 $299 $339 $509 $629 Carnival Sensation September 22, 2016
October 6, 2016 $299 $339 $509 $629 Carnival Sensation October 6, 2016
October 20, 2016 $299 $339 $509 $629 Carnival Sensation October 20, 2016
7 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Galveston, TX
Ship: Carnival Breeze
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
May 22, 2016 $969 $1,309 $1,439 $2,379 Carnival Breeze May 22, 2016
June 19, 2016 $1,169 $1,449 $1,729 $2,529 Carnival Breeze June 19, 2016
July 17, 2016 $1,109 $1,409 $1,559 $2,419 Carnival Breeze July 17, 2016
August 14, 2016 $859 $1,049 $1,179 $1,639 Carnival Breeze August 14, 2016
December 4, 2016 $719 $839 $989 $1,579 Carnival Breeze December 4, 2016
February 26, 2017 $699 $829 $949 $1,699 Carnival Breeze February 26, 2017
March 26, 2017 $709 $859 $959 $1,579 Carnival Breeze March 26, 2017
April 23, 2017 $689 $839 $939 $1,409 Carnival Breeze April 23, 2017
July 30, 2017 $989 $1,139 $1,289 $1,739 Carnival Breeze July 30, 2017
September 17, 2017 $619 $749 $849 $1,339 Carnival Breeze September 17, 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; CocoCay, Bahamas; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
June 2, 2016 N/A N/A N/A $1,034 Empress of the Seas June 2, 2016
5 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Jacksonville, FL
Ship: Carnival Elation
Departure: Jacksonville, FL
Arrival: Jacksonville, FL
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Jacksonville, Florida; Key West, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; Jacksonville, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
August 27, 2016 $409 $479 N/A $789 Carnival Elation August 27, 2016
September 5, 2016 $389 $449 N/A $749 Carnival Elation September 5, 2016
January 14, 2017 $329 $379 N/A $709 Carnival Elation January 14, 2017
4 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Celebrity Infinity
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 4 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Key West, Florida; At Sea; Nassau, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 3, 2016 N/A N/A N/A $999 Celebrity Infinity October 3, 2016
October 23, 2016 $349 $649 $1,049 $1,999 Celebrity Infinity October 23, 2016

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