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Fort Lauderdale, Florida (scroll down for cruise itineraries)

 
Introduction

When one thinks about a Caribbean or a Bahamas cruise, it is usually assumed that Miami is the departure point, but the northern suburb of Fort Lauderdale has its own modern port facility and has rapidly become a favored jumping off point for ships taking vacationers to exciting tropical destinations. And the beaches, nightlife and colorful restaurants in this city are enough to keep everyone occupied and happy both before and after the cruise itself. A nice mix of South Florida bustle and quieter southern atmosphere is a good way to describe this vibrant city. Its 23-mile stretch of white sand beach is as inviting as any to be found elsewhere.

Where the Ship Docks

Vacationers departing from Fort Lauderdale embark at the modern, full service facility at Port Everglades. Only a ten minute taxi ride from both downtown and the Fort Lauderdale International Airport, the dock areas have a number of visitor information centers, vending machines and ATMs, as well as a small number of kiosks stuffed with see-and-do brochures and restaurant advertisements. The complex is also the busiest section of the commercial dock area and there is plenty of security around to make sure passengers are guided to the area where the cruise ships anchor. Most departures are at the Midport and Northport areas of the terminal facility.

What to See and Do

First of all it is imperative to get away from the dock area, which is heavily congested and offering little in the way of entertainment. The sand beaches of town are the favorite draw, and although they have been immortalized as the popular spring break destination for college students, they are actually quite clean, family-friendly and have undergone some major renovations in the past few years. New lighting for nighttime beach activities, landscaping improvements and the addition of many new shops and restaurants along the waterfront has completely transformed this glorious stretch of coastline. A great walking tour of the city would not be complete without a stroll along the Intercoastal Waterway, running directly through the city center. Downtown has a new flavor with the cropping up of boutiques, antique shops and upscale restaurants. One of those restaurants is the Mangoes on E. Las Olas Blvd. - a traditional Miami restaurant in its design as well as in its offerings that center around combination lunch and dinner plates including both steak and seafood. Another favorite is the 15 Street Fisheries, located naturally on 15th Street and considered the finest chowder house in the area. Those who want a bit more exotic experience can try the famous Jungle Queen Riverboat. It has drawn visitors for six decades and takes visitors on an inland sightseeing cruise as well as offering nighttime dining on board. Those who have come with families can try two and a half mile boardwalk on Hollywood Beach, known for its low-key atmosphere and street performers.

Eating/Drinking

Aside from the local favorites already mentioned, there are a number of smaller establishments along the waterfront that offer everything from pizza to seafood stews and hot dogs. La Bonne Crepes on Las Olas Blvd has a yummy breakfast of waffles, French toast and mouthwatering crepes. The H2O Cafe on South Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd is famous for its Italian cuisine and serves up pasta, chicken and barbeque beef with a Cuban influence. Its outdoor seating area is in full view of the beach activities and is perfect for an evening meal while exploring the waterfront.

Getting Around

Most of the cruise lines will have shuttle service to and from downtown for their passengers regardless of whether they have confirmed reservations at one of the local hotels. For vacationers arriving at the airport there is a free shuttle to Port Everglades itself, and rental cars can be booked ahead of time and picked up either at the airport or in downtown.

Miscellaneous But Important

Internet cafes are numerous throughout downtown Fort Lauderdale and of course there is Internet connection and WiFi at the airport. Although there are a number of banks that can exchange U.S. dollars for foreign currencies, it is best to wait until arriving at individual Caribbean ports, as many of these destinations will be full of merchants accepting American money, thus helping to save tremendously on exchange fees.

 
Port Everglades sees many cruise ship departures and arrivals every day.

Port Everglades sees many cruise ship departures and arrivals every day.


The famous 23-mile white sand beach of Fort Lauderdale.

The famous 23-mile white sand beach of Fort Lauderdale.


The Jungle Queen Riverboat.

The Jungle Queen Riverboat.


The Hollywood Beach boardwalk - a favorite place for both locals and tourists.

The Hollywood Beach boardwalk - a favorite place for both locals and tourists.


Fort Lauderdale at night.

Fort Lauderdale at night.

 

Cruises to Fort Lauderdale, Florida


4 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Emerald Princess
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 4 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Grand Turk Island; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 11, 2016 $404 $459 $679 $889 Emerald Princess February 11, 2016
9 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Emerald Princess
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 9 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Grand Turk Island; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Costa Maya, Mexico; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 11, 2016 $978 $1,058 $1,428 $1,808 Emerald Princess February 11, 2016
5 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Independence of the Seas
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Cruising; Belize City, Belize; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Cruising; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 13, 2016 N/A N/A $1,094 $1,445 Independence of the Seas February 13, 2016
March 26, 2016 $721 $984 $1,044 $1,379 Independence of the Seas March 26, 2016
April 9, 2016 $419 $588 $760 $1,105 Independence of the Seas April 9, 2016
April 23, 2016 $535 $625 $858 $1,143 Independence of the Seas April 23, 2016
7 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Westerdam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Grand Turk Island; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 13, 2016 $819 $899 $1,029 $1,599 Westerdam February 13, 2016
February 20, 2016 $839 $899 $1,189 $1,599 Westerdam February 20, 2016
February 27, 2016 $799 $899 $1,099 $1,699 Westerdam February 27, 2016
March 5, 2016 $699 $899 $899 $1,399 Westerdam March 5, 2016
7 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Celebrity Silhouette
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; At Sea; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Saint Kitts Island; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; At Sea; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 14, 2016 N/A N/A $1,549 $5,699 Celebrity Silhouette February 14, 2016
February 28, 2016 $799 $1,249 $1,299 $2,499 Celebrity Silhouette February 28, 2016
March 13, 2016 $799 $1,199 $1,399 $2,599 Celebrity Silhouette March 13, 2016
March 27, 2016 $749 $1,049 $1,199 $2,199 Celebrity Silhouette March 27, 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 N/A N/A $809 $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 Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Allure of the Seas
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; Cruising; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Cruising; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 14, 2016 $999 $1,099 $1,348 $2,999 Allure of the Seas February 14, 2016
February 28, 2016 $799 $1,234 $1,197 $2,998 Allure of the Seas February 28, 2016
March 13, 2016 $1,289 N/A $1,509 $3,899 Allure of the Seas March 13, 2016
March 27, 2016 $899 $1,304 $1,169 $1,999 Allure of the Seas March 27, 2016
April 10, 2016 $800 $899 $999 $1,799 Allure of the Seas April 10, 2016
April 24, 2016 $829 $904 $1,059 $1,889 Allure of the Seas April 24, 2016
May 8, 2016 $737 $906 $924 $2,049 Allure of the Seas May 8, 2016
May 22, 2016 $901 $1,041 $1,041 $2,133 Allure of the Seas May 22, 2016
7 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Grand Turk Island; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 14, 2016 N/A $799 $1,019 $1,699 Nieuw Amsterdam February 14, 2016
March 13, 2016 $739 $899 $1,019 $2,099 Nieuw Amsterdam March 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
11 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Serenade of the Seas
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 11 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Cruising; Aruba Island; Kralendijk, Island of Bonaire; St. George S; Bridgetown, Barbados; Saint Lucia Island; St. John's, Antigua; Cruising; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
February 15, 2016 $2,000 $2,250 $3,210 N/A Serenade of the Seas February 15, 2016
March 7, 2016 N/A $1,558 $2,374 $4,869 Serenade of the Seas March 7, 2016
March 28, 2016 $1,286 $1,436 $2,375 $3,442 Serenade of the Seas March 28, 2016

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