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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


7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Oasis of the Seas
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Cruising; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Cruising; Falmouth, Jamaica; Labadee Private Resort, Haiti; Cruising; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
August 27, 2016 $900 $899 $949 $1,699 Oasis of the Seas August 27, 2016
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; Cruising; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Labadee Private Resort, Haiti; Cruising; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
August 28, 2016 $877 $877 $999 N/A Allure of the Seas August 28, 2016
6 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Carnival Conquest
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 6 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Amber Cove, Dominican Republic; Grand Turk Island; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
August 28, 2016 $704 $749 $929 N/A Carnival Conquest August 28, 2016
September 11, 2016 $589 $689 $849 $1,199 Carnival Conquest September 11, 2016
September 25, 2016 $569 $659 $869 N/A Carnival Conquest September 25, 2016
October 9, 2016 $589 $669 $869 $1,209 Carnival Conquest October 9, 2016
October 23, 2016 $579 $669 $839 $1,199 Carnival Conquest October 23, 2016
October 8, 2017 $559 $709 $859 $1,209 Carnival Conquest October 8, 2017
October 22, 2017 $549 $669 $809 $1,159 Carnival Conquest October 22, 2017
November 5, 2017 $569 $699 $819 $1,169 Carnival Conquest November 5, 2017
November 19, 2017 $609 $749 $879 $1,279 Carnival Conquest November 19, 2017
December 3, 2017 $539 $679 $789 $1,139 Carnival Conquest December 3, 2017
7 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Oasis of the Seas
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 7 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Cruising; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Labadee Private Resort, Haiti; Cruising; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
September 3, 2016 $699 N/A $1,087 $1,749 Oasis of the Seas September 3, 2016
8 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Carnival Conquest
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 8 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Saint Kitts Island; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Grand Turk Island; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
September 3, 2016 $879 $979 $1,229 N/A Carnival Conquest September 3, 2016
September 17, 2016 $859 $929 $1,209 $1,799 Carnival Conquest September 17, 2016
October 15, 2016 $749 $819 $1,129 $1,999 Carnival Conquest October 15, 2016
November 12, 2016 $779 $879 $1,139 $2,249 Carnival Conquest November 12, 2016
November 26, 2016 $774 $914 $1,194 N/A Carnival Conquest November 26, 2016
January 7, 2017 $714 $814 $1,104 $1,594 Carnival Conquest January 7, 2017
January 21, 2017 $829 $1,029 $1,429 $1,779 Carnival Conquest January 21, 2017
February 18, 2017 $749 $929 $1,259 $1,639 Carnival Conquest February 18, 2017
March 4, 2017 $749 $949 $1,249 $1,649 Carnival Conquest March 4, 2017
April 1, 2017 $759 $939 $1,259 $1,659 Carnival Conquest April 1, 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; Saint Kitts Island; Cruising; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
September 4, 2016 $748 $837 $974 $3,298 Allure of the Seas September 4, 2016
7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Oasis 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
September 10, 2016 $891 N/A $997 $1,426 Oasis of the Seas September 10, 2016
September 24, 2016 $649 $868 $899 $1,393 Oasis of the Seas September 24, 2016
October 8, 2016 $853 $878 $838 $1,641 Oasis of the Seas October 8, 2016
October 22, 2016 $803 $918 $1,002 $1,519 Oasis of the Seas October 22, 2016
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
September 11, 2016 $673 $728 $864 $1,608 Allure of the Seas September 11, 2016
September 25, 2016 $632 $893 $814 N/A Allure of the Seas September 25, 2016
October 9, 2016 $679 $798 $799 $1,849 Allure of the Seas October 9, 2016
October 23, 2016 $812 $920 $1,020 $2,278 Allure of the Seas October 23, 2016
November 6, 2016 $960 $1,045 $1,177 $3,403 Allure of the Seas November 6, 2016
November 20, 2016 $979 $1,139 $1,149 $2,413 Allure of the Seas November 20, 2016
December 4, 2016 $974 $1,091 $1,068 $2,104 Allure of the Seas December 4, 2016
January 15, 2017 $957 $1,081 $1,235 $2,146 Allure of the Seas January 15, 2017
January 29, 2017 $798 $998 $1,009 $1,796 Allure of the Seas January 29, 2017
February 12, 2017 $984 $1,090 $1,127 $2,127 Allure of the Seas February 12, 2017
18 Nights Panama Canal Cruise From Vancouver, Canada
Ship: Island Princess
Departure: Vancouver, Canada
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 18 Nights
Ports: Vancouver, BC, Canada; Victoria, BC, Canada; San Francisco, California; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Panama Canal, Panama; Cartagena, Colombia; Aruba Island; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
September 14, 2016 $3,039 $3,259 $3,909 $4,519 Island Princess September 14, 2016
7 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Oasis 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
September 17, 2016 $698 $778 $899 $1,498 Oasis of the Seas September 17, 2016
October 1, 2016 $715 $894 $948 $2,971 Oasis of the Seas October 1, 2016
October 15, 2016 $865 $1,011 $1,146 $1,982 Oasis of the Seas October 15, 2016

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