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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: Rhapsody of the Seas
Departure: Tampa, FL
Arrival: Tampa, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Tampa, Florida; Key West, Florida; Cruising; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cruising; Tampa, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
April 29, 2018 N/A N/A $1,064 N/A Rhapsody of the Seas April 29, 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
April 30, 2018 $380 $460 N/A $843 Enchantment of the Seas April 30, 2018
May 7, 2018 $569 N/A N/A N/A Enchantment of the Seas May 7, 2018
May 14, 2018 N/A N/A $877 $1,941 Enchantment of the Seas May 14, 2018
May 21, 2018 $482 $552 $853 $1,670 Enchantment of the Seas May 21, 2018
June 4, 2018 $590 $641 $762 $2,479 Enchantment of the Seas June 4, 2018
June 11, 2018 $719 $772 N/A N/A Enchantment of the Seas June 11, 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
April 30, 2018 $369 $404 $519 $651 Carnival Victory April 30, 2018
May 7, 2018 $429 $439 $529 $819 Carnival Victory May 7, 2018
May 14, 2018 $414 $449 $534 $724 Carnival Victory May 14, 2018
May 21, 2018 $439 $469 $539 $709 Carnival Victory May 21, 2018
May 28, 2018 $444 $494 $569 $934 Carnival Victory May 28, 2018
June 4, 2018 $504 $559 $644 $801 Carnival Victory June 4, 2018
June 18, 2018 $529 $574 $679 $1,097 Carnival Victory June 18, 2018
June 25, 2018 $519 $579 $684 $884 Carnival Victory June 25, 2018
July 2, 2018 $529 $614 $699 $924 Carnival Victory July 2, 2018
July 9, 2018 $489 $559 $649 $831 Carnival Victory July 9, 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
May 4, 2018 $340 $366 N/A $872 Empress of the Seas May 4, 2018
10 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Celebrity Equinox
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 10 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; At Sea; George Town, Cayman Islands; At Sea; Oranjestad; Willemstad, Curacao Island; Kralendijk, Island of Bonaire; At Sea; Key West, Florida; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
May 4, 2018 $1,049 N/A N/A N/A Celebrity Equinox May 4, 2018
September 14, 2018 $799 $1,399 $1,399 $3,099 Celebrity Equinox September 14, 2018
October 5, 2018 $849 $1,399 $1,449 $3,099 Celebrity Equinox October 5, 2018
October 26, 2018 $1,049 $1,699 $1,699 $4,599 Celebrity Equinox October 26, 2018
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 5, 2018 $939 N/A N/A N/A Carnival Freedom May 5, 2018
June 16, 2018 $1,179 $1,289 $1,659 $2,607 Carnival Freedom June 16, 2018
July 28, 2018 $989 $1,209 $1,579 $2,044 Carnival Freedom July 28, 2018
September 8, 2018 $744 $829 $1,039 $1,562 Carnival Freedom September 8, 2018
October 20, 2018 $809 $899 $1,239 $1,759 Carnival Freedom October 20, 2018
November 17, 2018 $929 $1,039 $1,269 $2,009 Carnival Freedom November 17, 2018
December 1, 2018 $719 $819 $1,029 $1,644 Carnival Freedom December 1, 2018
January 12, 2019 $684 $804 $1,014 $1,594 Carnival Freedom January 12, 2019
February 9, 2019 $709 $814 $1,069 $1,609 Carnival Freedom February 9, 2019
February 23, 2019 $679 $799 $999 $1,419 Carnival Freedom February 23, 2019
4 Nights Cuba Cruise From Orlando, FL
Ship: Norwegian Sun
Departure: Orlando, FL
Arrival: Orlando, FL
Duration: 4 Nights
Ports: Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida; Key West, Florida; Havana; Port Canaveral (Orlando), Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
May 7, 2018 $529 $549 $929 N/A Norwegian Sun May 7, 2018
May 14, 2018 $649 $729 $899 $1,649 Norwegian Sun May 14, 2018
May 28, 2018 $629 $679 $949 $1,509 Norwegian Sun May 28, 2018
June 4, 2018 $519 $659 $839 $1,599 Norwegian Sun June 4, 2018
June 11, 2018 $529 $559 $829 $1,359 Norwegian Sun June 11, 2018
June 18, 2018 $489 $529 $849 $1,499 Norwegian Sun June 18, 2018
June 25, 2018 $639 $699 $919 $1,139 Norwegian Sun June 25, 2018
July 2, 2018 $619 $649 $1,069 $1,649 Norwegian Sun July 2, 2018
July 30, 2018 $699 $749 $999 $1,199 Norwegian Sun July 30, 2018
August 6, 2018 $599 $649 $899 $1,219 Norwegian Sun August 6, 2018
5 Nights Cuba Cruise From Miami, FL
Ship: Empress of the Seas
Departure: Miami, FL
Arrival: Miami, FL
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Miami, Florida; Key West, Florida; Cruising; Havana, Cuba; Cruising; Miami, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
May 7, 2018 $505 $644 N/A N/A Empress of the Seas May 7, 2018
4 Nights Cuba Cruise From Tampa, FL
Ship: Majesty of the Seas
Departure: Tampa, FL
Arrival: Tampa, FL
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Tampa, Florida; Cruising; Key West, Florida; Havana, Cuba; Tampa, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
May 14, 2018 $583 $701 N/A $2,204 Majesty of the Seas May 14, 2018
May 28, 2018 $662 $769 N/A $5,056 Majesty of the Seas May 28, 2018
5 Nights Caribbean Cruise From Tampa, FL
Ship: Empress of the Seas
Departure: Tampa, FL
Arrival: Tampa, FL
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Tampa, Florida; Cruising; Key West, Florida; Havana, Cuba; Tampa, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
May 14, 2018 $730 $826 N/A $2,374 Empress of the Seas May 14, 2018
May 28, 2018 $640 $730 N/A $2,082 Empress of the Seas May 28, 2018

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