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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


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; Key West, Florida; Grand Turk Island; Amber Cove (Puerta Plata), Dominica; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Amber Cove (Puerta Plata), Dominica; Samana, Dominican Republic; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 18, 2017 $799 $849 $1,299 N/A Nieuw Amsterdam November 18, 2017
7 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Harmony of the Seas
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Cruising; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Labadee Private Resort, Haiti; Cruising; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 18, 2017 $936 $1,099 $1,198 $2,998 Harmony of the Seas November 18, 2017
December 16, 2017 $867 $986 $1,011 $1,599 Harmony of the Seas December 16, 2017
January 13, 2018 $999 $1,249 $1,149 $3,299 Harmony of the Seas January 13, 2018
February 10, 2018 $1,410 $1,621 $1,691 $3,164 Harmony of the Seas February 10, 2018
March 10, 2018 $1,149 $1,288 $1,458 $3,079 Harmony of the Seas March 10, 2018
April 7, 2018 $1,040 $1,250 $1,267 $3,121 Harmony of the Seas April 7, 2018
7 Nights Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Key West, Florida; Grand Turk Island; Amber Cove (Puerta Plata), Dominica; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 18, 2017 $449 $499 $699 N/A Nieuw Amsterdam November 18, 2017
February 10, 2018 $799 $849 $999 $2,599 Nieuw Amsterdam February 10, 2018
March 3, 2018 $799 $899 $999 $1,699 Nieuw Amsterdam March 3, 2018
March 24, 2018 $699 $799 $999 $1,649 Nieuw Amsterdam March 24, 2018
8 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Crown Princess
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 8 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Aruba Island; Curacao, Antilles; Kralendijk, Island of Bonaire; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 18, 2017 $499 $1,099 N/A N/A Crown Princess November 18, 2017
30 Nights South American Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Prinsendam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 30 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; St. Croix, Virgin Islands, USA; Saint Kitts Island; Fort-De-France, Martinique; Saint Lucia Island; Bridgetown, Barbados; Devil's Island, French Guiana; Barra Norte Sea, Brazil; Barra Norte River, Brazil; Macapa, Brazil; Santarem, Brazil; Boca Da Valeria, Brazil; Manaus, Brazil; Parintins, Brazil; Alter Do Chao, Brazil; Barra Norte River, Brazil; Barra Norte Sea, Brazil; Belem, Brazil; Scarborough, Tobago; Port of Spain, Trinidad; Aruba Island; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 18, 2017 $4,499 $4,699 $8,499 $9,899 Prinsendam November 18, 2017
18 Nights Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 18 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Key West, Florida; Grand Turk Island; Amber Cove (Puerta Plata), Dominica; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Amber Cove (Puerta Plata), Dominica; Samana, Dominican Republic; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 18, 2017 $999 $1,099 $1,489 N/A Nieuw Amsterdam November 18, 2017
21 Nights Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 21 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Key West, Florida; Grand Turk Island; Amber Cove (Puerta Plata), Dominica; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Amber Cove (Puerta Plata), Dominica; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Falmouth, Jamaica; George Town, Cayman Islands; Key West, Florida; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 18, 2017 $2,599 $2,799 $3,399 $5,699 Nieuw Amsterdam November 18, 2017
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; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Cruising; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 18, 2017 $430 $709 N/A N/A Independence of the Seas November 18, 2017
December 2, 2017 $299 $349 $580 $889 Independence of the Seas December 2, 2017
December 16, 2017 $236 $287 $454 $1,466 Independence of the Seas December 16, 2017
January 13, 2018 $339 $360 $509 $750 Independence of the Seas January 13, 2018
January 27, 2018 $296 $327 $492 $662 Independence of the Seas January 27, 2018
February 10, 2018 $415 $613 $725 $1,123 Independence of the Seas February 10, 2018
February 24, 2018 $460 $525 $719 $1,137 Independence of the Seas February 24, 2018
March 10, 2018 $634 $686 $733 $1,132 Independence of the Seas March 10, 2018
March 24, 2018 $467 $596 $690 $899 Independence of the Seas March 24, 2018
10 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Koningsdam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 10 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Kralendijk, Island of Bonaire; Willemstad, Curacao Island; Aruba Island; Amber Cove (Puerta Plata), Dominica; Grand Turk Island; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 19, 2017 $799 $849 $899 N/A Koningsdam November 19, 2017
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; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; George Town, Cayman Islands; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Key West, Florida; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Grand Turk Island; Cap Cana (Punta Cana), Dominican RE; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
November 19, 2017 $749 $799 $1,199 N/A Eurodam November 19, 2017

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