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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
February 11, 2016 $439 $509 $639 N/A Carnival Victory February 11, 2016
8 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Baltimore, MD
Ship: Grandeur of the Seas
Departure: Baltimore, MD
Arrival: Baltimore, MD
Duration: 8 Nights
Ports: Baltimore, Maryland; Cruising; Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida; CocoCay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Key West, Florida; Cruising; Baltimore, Maryland
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 13, 2016 N/A N/A N/A $2,099 Grandeur of the Seas February 13, 2016
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; Montego Bay, Jamaica; George Town, Cayman Islands; Key West, Florida; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 14, 2016 $899 $999 $1,099 $2,199 Eurodam February 14, 2016
6 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Carnival Conquest
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 6 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Key West, Florida; George Town, Cayman Islands; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 14, 2016 $649 $679 $929 $1,189 Carnival Conquest February 14, 2016
February 28, 2016 $569 $649 $859 $1,159 Carnival Conquest February 28, 2016
March 27, 2016 $819 $889 $1,089 $1,459 Carnival Conquest March 27, 2016
April 24, 2016 $759 $829 $1,049 $1,339 Carnival Conquest April 24, 2016
January 29, 2017 $469 $599 $759 $1,109 Carnival Conquest January 29, 2017
7 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Galveston, TX
Ship: Carnival Magic
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
February 14, 2016 N/A N/A $1,069 $1,799 Carnival Magic February 14, 2016
April 10, 2016 $699 $839 $959 $1,599 Carnival Magic April 10, 2016
May 22, 2016 $789 $939 $1,039 $1,509 Carnival Magic May 22, 2016
June 19, 2016 $979 $1,189 $1,349 $1,819 Carnival Magic June 19, 2016
July 17, 2016 $1,029 $1,239 $1,399 $1,869 Carnival Magic July 17, 2016
August 14, 2016 $819 $989 $1,119 $1,589 Carnival Magic August 14, 2016
4 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Majesty 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
February 15, 2016 $379 $450 N/A $1,419 Majesty of the Seas February 15, 2016
February 22, 2016 $364 $413 N/A N/A Majesty of the Seas February 22, 2016
February 29, 2016 $319 $359 N/A $879 Majesty of the Seas February 29, 2016
March 7, 2016 $489 $499 N/A $999 Majesty of the Seas March 7, 2016
March 14, 2016 $469 $499 N/A N/A Majesty of the Seas March 14, 2016
March 21, 2016 $498 $545 N/A N/A Majesty of the Seas March 21, 2016
March 28, 2016 $533 $554 N/A N/A Majesty of the Seas March 28, 2016
April 4, 2016 $441 $465 N/A $1,994 Majesty of the Seas April 4, 2016
April 11, 2016 $359 $419 N/A $1,074 Majesty of the Seas April 11, 2016
April 18, 2016 $379 $439 N/A $989 Majesty of the Seas April 18, 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
February 21, 2016 $799 $899 $1,059 $2,049 Nieuw Amsterdam February 21, 2016
March 6, 2016 $699 $899 $899 $1,799 Nieuw Amsterdam March 6, 2016
March 20, 2016 $739 $899 $959 $1,799 Nieuw Amsterdam March 20, 2016
April 3, 2016 $699 $799 $899 $1,799 Nieuw Amsterdam April 3, 2016
November 13, 2016 $799 $899 $1,099 $1,999 Nieuw Amsterdam November 13, 2016
November 27, 2016 $699 $799 $799 $1,599 Nieuw Amsterdam November 27, 2016
December 11, 2016 $699 $799 $999 $1,899 Nieuw Amsterdam December 11, 2016
February 19, 2017 $899 $999 $1,199 $2,099 Nieuw Amsterdam February 19, 2017
March 5, 2017 $899 $999 $1,199 $2,099 Nieuw Amsterdam March 5, 2017
March 19, 2017 $899 $999 $1,199 $2,099 Nieuw Amsterdam March 19, 2017
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; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; George Town, Cayman Islands; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Key West, Florida; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; Grand Turk Island; Amber Cove (Puerta Plata), Dominica; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 21, 2016 $1,449 $1,699 $2,099 $3,699 Nieuw Amsterdam February 21, 2016
7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Tampa, FL
Ship: Veendam
Departure: Tampa, FL
Arrival: Tampa, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Tampa, Florida; Key West, Florida; Banana Coast (Trujillo),Honduras; Santo Tomas, Guatemala; Costa Maya, Mexico; Tampa, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 21, 2016 $1,099 $1,199 $2,299 $3,299 Veendam February 21, 2016
February 28, 2016 $899 $999 $1,699 $2,999 Veendam February 28, 2016
March 6, 2016 $809 $859 $1,349 $2,599 Veendam March 6, 2016
March 13, 2016 $799 $799 $1,349 $2,949 Veendam March 13, 2016
March 20, 2016 $799 $799 $1,399 $2,949 Veendam March 20, 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
February 22, 2016 $359 $409 N/A $709 Carnival Fantasy February 22, 2016

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