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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


5 Nights Caribbean Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Empress of the Seas
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; Cruising; Key West, Florida; Havana, Cuba; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 21, 2018 $493 $663 N/A $3,880 Empress of the Seas January 21, 2018
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; Amber Cove (Puerta Plata), Dominica; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; 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
January 21, 2018 $1,099 $1,269 $1,769 $2,849 Eurodam January 21, 2018
March 18, 2018 $1,199 $1,299 $1,499 $2,549 Eurodam March 18, 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
January 22, 2018 $299 $359 $459 $639 Carnival Victory January 22, 2018
February 5, 2018 $329 $379 $479 $659 Carnival Victory February 5, 2018
February 12, 2018 $389 $429 $564 $789 Carnival Victory February 12, 2018
February 19, 2018 $384 $449 $579 $839 Carnival Victory February 19, 2018
March 5, 2018 $414 $444 $534 $779 Carnival Victory March 5, 2018
March 12, 2018 $459 $499 $599 $979 Carnival Victory March 12, 2018
March 19, 2018 $439 $499 $599 $779 Carnival Victory March 19, 2018
March 26, 2018 $489 $564 $649 $849 Carnival Victory March 26, 2018
April 2, 2018 $539 $619 $744 N/A Carnival Victory April 2, 2018
April 16, 2018 $379 $439 $539 $759 Carnival Victory April 16, 2018
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
January 22, 2018 $338 N/A N/A N/A Enchantment of the Seas January 22, 2018
January 29, 2018 $368 $438 N/A $798 Enchantment of the Seas January 29, 2018
February 12, 2018 $487 N/A N/A $880 Enchantment of the Seas February 12, 2018
February 19, 2018 $660 $700 N/A $1,913 Enchantment of the Seas February 19, 2018
March 5, 2018 $416 $466 $769 $880 Enchantment of the Seas March 5, 2018
March 12, 2018 $457 $508 N/A $946 Enchantment of the Seas March 12, 2018
March 26, 2018 $529 $618 N/A $1,999 Enchantment of the Seas March 26, 2018
April 2, 2018 $695 N/A N/A $2,477 Enchantment of the Seas April 2, 2018
April 9, 2018 $368 $438 $758 $889 Enchantment of the Seas April 9, 2018
April 16, 2018 $411 $550 $829 $946 Enchantment of the Seas April 16, 2018
10 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Costa Deliziosa
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 10 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Key West, Florida; George Town, Cayman Islands; Roatan, Bay Islands; Belize City, Belize; Costa Maya (Mexico); Cozumel Island, Mexico; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 23, 2018 $749 $849 N/A N/A Costa Deliziosa January 23, 2018
January 12, 2019 $1,149 $1,299 $1,499 $1,679 Costa Deliziosa January 12, 2019
January 22, 2019 $1,149 $1,299 $1,499 $1,679 Costa Deliziosa January 22, 2019
February 1, 2019 $1,149 $1,299 $1,499 $1,679 Costa Deliziosa February 1, 2019
7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Veendam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Key West, Florida; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Havana (La Habana), Cuba; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 24, 2018 $949 $1,099 $2,249 $3,999 Veendam January 24, 2018
14 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Veendam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 14 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Key West, Florida; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Havana (La Habana), Cuba; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Grand Turk Island; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 24, 2018 $1,479 $1,669 $3,279 N/A Veendam January 24, 2018
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
January 25, 2018 $379 $429 $849 $854 Carnival Sensation January 25, 2018
February 8, 2018 $409 $449 $719 $724 Carnival Sensation February 8, 2018
February 22, 2018 $389 $459 $739 $744 Carnival Sensation February 22, 2018
March 8, 2018 $399 $474 $719 $734 Carnival Sensation March 8, 2018
March 22, 2018 $444 $504 $709 $734 Carnival Sensation March 22, 2018
April 5, 2018 $414 $459 $709 $799 Carnival Sensation April 5, 2018
April 19, 2018 $449 $529 $754 $960 Carnival Sensation April 19, 2018
May 31, 2018 $454 $544 $729 $849 Carnival Sensation May 31, 2018
June 14, 2018 $529 $594 $809 $909 Carnival Sensation June 14, 2018
June 28, 2018 $519 $584 $774 $914 Carnival Sensation June 28, 2018
3 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Empress of the Seas
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 3 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Key West, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 26, 2018 $357 $359 N/A $2,362 Empress of the Seas January 26, 2018
May 4, 2018 $248 $291 N/A $583 Empress of the Seas May 4, 2018
14 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 14 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Grand Turk Island; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; 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
January 27, 2018 $1,849 $2,049 $2,349 $3,999 Nieuw Amsterdam January 27, 2018
February 17, 2018 $1,999 $2,199 $2,499 $3,999 Nieuw Amsterdam February 17, 2018
March 10, 2018 $1,189 $1,299 $1,709 $2,949 Nieuw Amsterdam March 10, 2018
March 31, 2018 $1,499 $1,699 $1,899 $3,199 Nieuw Amsterdam March 31, 2018

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