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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


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
May 29, 2017 N/A N/A $704 N/A Carnival Victory May 29, 2017
June 5, 2017 $569 $599 $689 $849 Carnival Victory June 5, 2017
June 12, 2017 $479 $579 $659 $839 Carnival Victory June 12, 2017
June 19, 2017 $499 $569 $649 $879 Carnival Victory June 19, 2017
June 26, 2017 $469 $564 $649 $829 Carnival Victory June 26, 2017
July 3, 2017 $529 $589 $669 $949 Carnival Victory July 3, 2017
July 10, 2017 $479 $569 $639 $799 Carnival Victory July 10, 2017
July 17, 2017 $494 $589 $638 $829 Carnival Victory July 17, 2017
July 24, 2017 $494 $564 $644 $949 Carnival Victory July 24, 2017
August 7, 2017 $469 $529 $649 $829 Carnival Victory August 7, 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
June 1, 2017 $544 N/A $699 $709 Carnival Sensation June 1, 2017
June 15, 2017 $509 $539 $769 $789 Carnival Sensation June 15, 2017
June 29, 2017 $509 $569 $789 $794 Carnival Sensation June 29, 2017
July 13, 2017 $519 $569 $789 $824 Carnival Sensation July 13, 2017
July 27, 2017 $499 $559 $769 $869 Carnival Sensation July 27, 2017
August 10, 2017 $459 $509 $709 $714 Carnival Sensation August 10, 2017
August 24, 2017 $399 $419 $609 $639 Carnival Sensation August 24, 2017
September 7, 2017 $359 $389 $655 $684 Carnival Sensation September 7, 2017
September 21, 2017 $359 $394 N/A $759 Carnival Sensation September 21, 2017
October 5, 2017 $349 $399 $569 $619 Carnival Sensation October 5, 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
June 5, 2017 N/A N/A $968 N/A Enchantment of the Seas June 5, 2017
June 12, 2017 $599 N/A $881 $1,031 Enchantment of the Seas June 12, 2017
June 19, 2017 $560 N/A N/A $1,261 Enchantment of the Seas June 19, 2017
June 26, 2017 N/A $769 $1,038 $1,278 Enchantment of the Seas June 26, 2017
July 3, 2017 $529 $609 $931 $1,081 Enchantment of the Seas July 3, 2017
July 10, 2017 $599 $700 $941 $1,262 Enchantment of the Seas July 10, 2017
July 17, 2017 $569 $648 $959 $1,278 Enchantment of the Seas July 17, 2017
July 24, 2017 $700 $749 $971 $1,261 Enchantment of the Seas July 24, 2017
July 31, 2017 $551 $609 $1,008 $1,259 Enchantment of the Seas July 31, 2017
August 7, 2017 $511 $580 $968 $1,199 Enchantment of the Seas August 7, 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
June 10, 2017 $1,249 N/A N/A $2,049 Carnival Freedom June 10, 2017
June 17, 2017 $1,049 $1,349 $1,749 $2,099 Carnival Freedom June 17, 2017
July 22, 2017 $1,099 $1,179 $1,609 $1,909 Carnival Freedom July 22, 2017
September 9, 2017 $749 $839 $1,119 $1,619 Carnival Freedom September 9, 2017
October 14, 2017 $799 $869 $1,119 $1,679 Carnival Freedom October 14, 2017
November 18, 2017 $869 $1,019 $1,259 $1,869 Carnival Freedom November 18, 2017
January 27, 2018 $679 $789 $999 $1,459 Carnival Freedom January 27, 2018
April 7, 2018 $699 $839 $1,009 $1,509 Carnival Freedom April 7, 2018
April 21, 2018 $714 $839 $1,019 $1,479 Carnival Freedom April 21, 2018
May 5, 2018 $709 $829 $1,029 $1,449 Carnival Freedom May 5, 2018
7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Celebrity Equinox
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Key West, Florida; At Sea; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel Island, Mexico; George Town, Cayman Islands; At Sea; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
June 18, 2017 $899 $999 $949 N/A Celebrity Equinox June 18, 2017
July 2, 2017 $799 $1,299 $1,049 $2,299 Celebrity Equinox July 2, 2017
July 16, 2017 $799 $1,199 $1,249 $2,649 Celebrity Equinox July 16, 2017
July 30, 2017 $799 $1,099 $1,199 $2,649 Celebrity Equinox July 30, 2017
August 13, 2017 $799 $1,249 $1,249 $2,499 Celebrity Equinox August 13, 2017
5 Nights Caribbean Cruise From Tampa, FL
Ship: Empress of the Seas
Departure: Tampa, FL
Arrival: Tampa, FL
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Tampa, Florida; Key West, Florida; Havana, Cuba; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Cruising; Tampa, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
June 21, 2017 N/A N/A N/A $3,456 Empress of the Seas June 21, 2017
July 5, 2017 $679 $794 N/A $1,505 Empress of the Seas July 5, 2017
July 19, 2017 $717 $868 N/A N/A Empress of the Seas July 19, 2017
August 2, 2017 N/A $714 N/A $1,336 Empress of the Seas August 2, 2017
August 16, 2017 $632 $654 N/A $1,293 Empress of the Seas August 16, 2017
August 30, 2017 N/A $594 N/A $1,306 Empress of the Seas August 30, 2017
September 13, 2017 N/A $594 N/A $1,306 Empress of the Seas September 13, 2017
September 27, 2017 $464 $594 N/A $3,106 Empress of the Seas September 27, 2017
October 11, 2017 $479 $589 N/A $1,319 Empress of the Seas October 11, 2017
October 25, 2017 $539 $669 N/A $1,519 Empress of the Seas October 25, 2017
5 Nights Caribbean Cruise From Tampa, FL
Ship: Empress of the Seas
Departure: Tampa, FL
Arrival: Tampa, FL
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Tampa, Florida; Key West, Florida; Havana, Cuba; Cruising; Tampa, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
June 26, 2017 $784 N/A N/A $2,308 Empress of the Seas June 26, 2017
July 10, 2017 $739 $849 N/A $2,275 Empress of the Seas July 10, 2017
August 7, 2017 $678 $818 N/A $1,913 Empress of the Seas August 7, 2017
August 21, 2017 $639 $809 N/A $2,170 Empress of the Seas August 21, 2017
September 4, 2017 $609 $739 N/A $2,170 Empress of the Seas September 4, 2017
October 2, 2017 $708 $896 N/A N/A Empress of the Seas October 2, 2017
October 16, 2017 $679 $847 N/A $3,478 Empress of the Seas October 16, 2017
4 Nights Caribbean Cruise From Tampa, FL
Ship: Empress of the Seas
Departure: Tampa, FL
Arrival: Tampa, FL
Duration: 4 Nights
Ports: Tampa, Florida; Key West, Florida; Havana, Cuba; Cruising; Tampa, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
July 15, 2017 $574 $705 N/A $1,424 Empress of the Seas July 15, 2017
July 29, 2017 $555 $615 N/A $3,406 Empress of the Seas July 29, 2017
August 12, 2017 $439 $529 N/A $1,181 Empress of the Seas August 12, 2017
August 26, 2017 $420 $529 N/A $1,181 Empress of the Seas August 26, 2017
September 9, 2017 $459 $550 N/A $1,231 Empress of the Seas September 9, 2017
September 23, 2017 $429 $548 N/A $1,199 Empress of the Seas September 23, 2017
October 7, 2017 $458 $557 N/A $1,376 Empress of the Seas October 7, 2017
October 21, 2017 $501 $591 N/A $1,418 Empress of the Seas October 21, 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
July 23, 2017 $959 $1,279 $1,459 $2,169 Carnival Dream July 23, 2017
September 10, 2017 $734 N/A $1,044 $2,089 Carnival Dream September 10, 2017
November 19, 2017 $824 $974 $1,054 $1,539 Carnival Dream November 19, 2017
January 28, 2018 $679 $805 $954 $1,449 Carnival Dream January 28, 2018
April 8, 2018 $744 $884 $979 $1,469 Carnival Dream April 8, 2018
June 17, 2018 $989 $1,149 $1,259 $1,679 Carnival Dream June 17, 2018
August 26, 2018 $679 $769 $879 $1,279 Carnival Dream August 26, 2018
January 13, 2019 $629 $749 $829 $1,279 Carnival Dream January 13, 2019
March 24, 2019 $809 $929 $1,009 $1,459 Carnival Dream March 24, 2019
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
July 30, 2017 $1,029 $1,319 $1,569 $2,549 Carnival Breeze July 30, 2017
September 17, 2017 $819 N/A N/A $2,169 Carnival Breeze September 17, 2017
November 26, 2017 $769 $869 $1,049 $1,619 Carnival Breeze November 26, 2017
December 31, 2017 $989 $1,199 $1,389 $2,499 Carnival Breeze December 31, 2017
February 4, 2018 $719 $859 $979 $1,599 Carnival Breeze February 4, 2018
February 18, 2018 $734 $854 $964 $1,599 Carnival Breeze February 18, 2018
April 15, 2018 $734 $854 $994 $1,579 Carnival Breeze April 15, 2018
April 29, 2018 $789 $919 $1,049 $1,529 Carnival Breeze April 29, 2018
May 27, 2018 $929 $1,089 $1,259 $1,899 Carnival Breeze May 27, 2018
July 8, 2018 $1,039 $1,199 $1,369 $1,859 Carnival Breeze July 8, 2018

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