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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 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; Nassau, Bahamas; Cruising; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Saint Kitts Island; Cruising; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
July 22, 2017 $2,208 N/A $2,623 $7,244 Harmony of the Seas July 22, 2017
August 12, 2017 $1,642 $1,696 $1,958 $2,234 Harmony of the Seas August 12, 2017
8 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Carnival Splendor
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
July 22, 2017 N/A N/A N/A $1,924 Carnival Splendor July 22, 2017
September 30, 2017 $724 $824 $1,039 $1,464 Carnival Splendor September 30, 2017
5 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Carnival Conquest
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; George Town, Cayman Islands; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
July 24, 2017 $799 $949 $979 $1,259 Carnival Conquest July 24, 2017
August 7, 2017 $799 $909 $999 $1,254 Carnival Conquest August 7, 2017
August 21, 2017 $604 $719 $759 $1,299 Carnival Conquest August 21, 2017
September 4, 2017 $599 $629 $729 $1,024 Carnival Conquest September 4, 2017
May 28, 2018 $674 $799 $909 $1,249 Carnival Conquest May 28, 2018
June 11, 2018 $744 $874 $1,029 $1,349 Carnival Conquest June 11, 2018
June 25, 2018 $764 $894 $1,014 $1,329 Carnival Conquest June 25, 2018
July 9, 2018 $749 $849 $999 $1,279 Carnival Conquest July 9, 2018
July 23, 2018 $749 $849 $999 $1,279 Carnival Conquest July 23, 2018
August 6, 2018 $689 $789 $919 $1,209 Carnival Conquest August 6, 2018
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
July 29, 2017 $1,815 $1,915 $2,237 $7,292 Harmony of the Seas July 29, 2017
August 19, 2017 $898 $949 $1,048 $1,699 Harmony of the Seas August 19, 2017
May 19, 2018 $857 $1,027 $1,119 $2,143 Harmony of the Seas May 19, 2018
June 9, 2018 $1,109 $1,209 $1,279 $3,209 Harmony of the Seas June 9, 2018
July 21, 2018 $1,140 $1,280 $1,381 $3,403 Harmony of the Seas July 21, 2018
August 11, 2018 $1,059 $1,179 $1,369 $3,189 Harmony of the Seas August 11, 2018
September 1, 2018 $827 $947 $1,019 $2,153 Harmony of the Seas September 1, 2018
December 16, 2018 $909 $1,030 $1,067 $2,351 Harmony of the Seas December 16, 2018
5 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Carnival Conquest
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 5 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Grand Turk Island; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
July 29, 2017 $724 $819 $914 N/A Carnival Conquest July 29, 2017
August 12, 2017 $689 N/A N/A N/A Carnival Conquest August 12, 2017
June 16, 2018 $719 $869 $969 $1,299 Carnival Conquest June 16, 2018
July 14, 2018 $759 $889 $999 $1,369 Carnival Conquest July 14, 2018
August 11, 2018 $649 $759 $869 $1,159 Carnival Conquest August 11, 2018
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
July 30, 2017 $1,382 N/A $1,782 $2,240 Allure of the Seas July 30, 2017
August 20, 2017 $901 $983 $1,037 $1,800 Allure of the Seas August 20, 2017
May 27, 2018 $860 $970 $1,012 $2,302 Allure of the Seas May 27, 2018
6 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Carnival Splendor
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 6 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Grand Turk Island; Amber Cove, Dominican Republic; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
July 30, 2017 $909 $1,024 $1,154 $1,339 Carnival Splendor July 30, 2017
August 13, 2017 $894 $929 $1,049 $1,354 Carnival Splendor August 13, 2017
September 3, 2017 $649 $739 $929 $1,204 Carnival Splendor September 3, 2017
October 8, 2017 $769 N/A N/A N/A Carnival Splendor October 8, 2017
4 Nights Bahamas Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Carnival Conquest
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 4 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
August 3, 2017 $574 $729 $749 N/A Carnival Conquest August 3, 2017
August 17, 2017 $429 $494 $569 $699 Carnival Conquest August 17, 2017
August 31, 2017 $459 $509 $619 $949 Carnival Conquest August 31, 2017
May 24, 2018 $439 $519 $679 $929 Carnival Conquest May 24, 2018
June 7, 2018 $494 $584 $664 $889 Carnival Conquest June 7, 2018
June 21, 2018 $534 $629 $744 $959 Carnival Conquest June 21, 2018
July 5, 2018 $529 $619 $739 $959 Carnival Conquest July 5, 2018
July 19, 2018 $529 $619 $739 $1,029 Carnival Conquest July 19, 2018
August 2, 2018 $519 $619 $739 $959 Carnival Conquest August 2, 2018
August 16, 2018 $489 $579 $679 $839 Carnival Conquest August 16, 2018
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; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Labadee Private Resort, Haiti; Cruising; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
August 5, 2017 $1,644 N/A $1,333 $2,484 Harmony of the Seas August 5, 2017
August 26, 2017 $1,017 $1,142 $1,161 $1,742 Harmony of the Seas August 26, 2017
September 9, 2017 $1,296 $1,349 $1,249 $1,999 Harmony of the Seas September 9, 2017
December 23, 2018 $1,291 $1,601 $1,763 $5,195 Harmony of the Seas December 23, 2018
8 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Carnival Splendor
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 8 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Grand Turk Island; La Romana (Casa de Campo); Curacao; Aruba Island; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
August 5, 2017 N/A N/A N/A $1,774 Carnival Splendor August 5, 2017
August 19, 2017 $1,039 $1,179 $1,509 $1,864 Carnival Splendor August 19, 2017

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