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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


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; St. John's, Antigua; Saint Lucia Island; Bridgetown, Barbados; St. George S; Kralendijk, Island of Bonaire; Aruba Island; Cruising; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 23, 2017 $1,089 N/A $2,218 N/A Serenade of the Seas January 23, 2017
February 13, 2017 N/A N/A N/A $3,521 Serenade of the Seas February 13, 2017
March 6, 2017 $1,166 N/A $1,643 $3,119 Serenade of the Seas March 6, 2017
March 27, 2017 $1,151 $1,244 $1,675 $2,799 Serenade of the Seas March 27, 2017
11 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Zuiderdam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 11 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Aruba Island; Willemstad, Curacao Island; Cartagena, Colombia; Colon, Panama; Exit Panama Canal Cristobal; Gatun Lake, Panama; Enter Panama Canal Cristobal; Puerto Limon, Costa Rica; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 25, 2017 N/A $1,369 $1,649 N/A Zuiderdam January 25, 2017
February 25, 2017 $1,239 $1,339 $1,899 $2,499 Zuiderdam February 25, 2017
March 8, 2017 $1,099 $1,319 $1,599 $2,099 Zuiderdam March 8, 2017
March 29, 2017 $1,139 $1,199 $1,599 $2,179 Zuiderdam March 29, 2017
10 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Costa Deliziosa
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 10 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; Amber Cove (Rep.Dom); Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Cayman Islands; Roatan, Bay Islands; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 27, 2017 $945 $1,095 $1,245 N/A Costa Deliziosa January 27, 2017
February 6, 2017 $849 $849 $1,099 $1,199 Costa Deliziosa February 6, 2017
February 26, 2017 $799 $899 $1,099 $1,795 Costa Deliziosa February 26, 2017
March 8, 2017 N/A $899 $1,099 $1,795 Costa Deliziosa March 8, 2017
15 Nights Panama Canal Cruise From San Diego, CA
Ship: Rotterdam
Departure: San Diego, CA
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 15 Nights
Ports: San Diego, California; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Huatulco, Mexico; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Corinto, Nicaragua; Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica; Enter Panama Canal Balboa; Exit Panama Canal Cristobal; Cartagena, Colombia; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 28, 2017 $4,199 N/A N/A N/A Rotterdam January 28, 2017
7 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Eurodam
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
January 28, 2017 $739 $799 $1,059 $1,699 Eurodam January 28, 2017
February 18, 2017 $899 $899 $1,379 $1,899 Eurodam February 18, 2017
March 11, 2017 $699 $799 $1,199 $1,699 Eurodam March 11, 2017
April 1, 2017 $749 $849 $849 $1,999 Eurodam April 1, 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
January 28, 2017 N/A N/A $1,048 N/A Independence of the Seas January 28, 2017
February 11, 2017 $409 $508 $774 $1,215 Independence of the Seas February 11, 2017
February 25, 2017 $392 $451 $707 $893 Independence of the Seas February 25, 2017
March 11, 2017 $523 $663 $730 $1,139 Independence of the Seas March 11, 2017
March 25, 2017 $445 $551 $763 $1,220 Independence of the Seas March 25, 2017
April 8, 2017 $671 $761 $894 $1,274 Independence of the Seas April 8, 2017
November 18, 2017 $527 $636 $840 $1,204 Independence of the Seas November 18, 2017
December 2, 2017 $448 $539 $713 $1,018 Independence of the Seas December 2, 2017
December 16, 2017 $561 $682 $908 $1,274 Independence of the Seas December 16, 2017
December 30, 2017 $1,041 $1,257 $1,653 $2,345 Independence of the Seas December 30, 2017
7 Nights Western 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; Labadee Private Resort, Haiti; Falmouth, Jamaica; Cruising; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Cruising; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 28, 2017 $1,270 $1,398 $1,610 $2,550 Harmony of the Seas January 28, 2017
February 11, 2017 $1,373 $1,483 $1,512 N/A Harmony of the Seas February 11, 2017
February 25, 2017 $1,009 $1,003 $1,172 $2,533 Harmony of the Seas February 25, 2017
March 11, 2017 $889 $961 $1,063 $2,449 Harmony of the Seas March 11, 2017
March 25, 2017 $875 $1,029 $1,067 $2,301 Harmony of the Seas March 25, 2017
April 8, 2017 $1,136 $1,255 $1,370 $2,646 Harmony of the Seas April 8, 2017
April 22, 2017 $872 $978 $1,169 $2,366 Harmony of the Seas April 22, 2017
10 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 10 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Grand Turk Island; Amber Cove (Puerta Plata), Dominica; Kralendijk, Island of Bonaire; Willemstad, Curacao Island; Aruba Island; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 29, 2017 N/A $1,309 $1,699 $3,299 Nieuw Amsterdam January 29, 2017
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; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; At Sea; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 29, 2017 N/A N/A $1,399 N/A Celebrity Silhouette January 29, 2017
February 12, 2017 N/A N/A N/A $3,399 Celebrity Silhouette February 12, 2017
February 26, 2017 N/A N/A N/A $3,099 Celebrity Silhouette February 26, 2017
March 12, 2017 $699 $1,099 $1,199 $2,749 Celebrity Silhouette March 12, 2017
March 26, 2017 $649 $1,099 $1,149 $2,799 Celebrity Silhouette March 26, 2017
April 9, 2017 $699 $1,099 $1,229 $2,699 Celebrity Silhouette April 9, 2017
6 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Freedom of the Seas
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 6 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Cruising; George Town, Cayman Islands; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cruising; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
January 29, 2017 $579 N/A N/A N/A Freedom of the Seas January 29, 2017
February 12, 2017 $865 $992 $1,129 $1,499 Freedom of the Seas February 12, 2017
February 26, 2017 $577 N/A N/A N/A Freedom of the Seas February 26, 2017
March 12, 2017 $658 $802 $874 $1,582 Freedom of the Seas March 12, 2017
March 26, 2017 $667 $887 $1,003 $2,034 Freedom of the Seas March 26, 2017
April 9, 2017 $688 $865 $1,113 $1,974 Freedom of the Seas April 9, 2017

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