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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


19 Nights Panama Canal Cruise From Vancouver, Canada
Ship: Coral Princess
Departure: Vancouver, Canada
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 19 Nights
Ports: Vancouver, BC, Canada; Astoria, Oregon; Los Angeles, California; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Huatulco, 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 23, 2017 N/A $2,269 $3,859 N/A Coral Princess September 23, 2017
7 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Carnival Splendor
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; Amber Cove, Dominican Republic; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
September 23, 2017 $779 $889 N/A N/A Carnival Splendor September 23, 2017
7 Nights Western 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; Labadee Private Resort, Haiti; Falmouth, Jamaica; Cruising; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Cruising; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
September 24, 2017 $932 $998 $1,065 $2,117 Allure of the Seas September 24, 2017
October 8, 2017 $814 $854 $833 $1,499 Allure of the Seas October 8, 2017
October 22, 2017 $690 $724 $852 $1,134 Allure of the Seas October 22, 2017
November 5, 2017 $792 $1,025 $940 $1,325 Allure of the Seas November 5, 2017
November 19, 2017 $853 $886 $970 $1,574 Allure of the Seas November 19, 2017
December 3, 2017 $772 $943 $826 $2,047 Allure of the Seas December 3, 2017
December 17, 2017 $809 $971 $952 $1,909 Allure of the Seas December 17, 2017
December 31, 2017 $1,261 $1,441 $1,640 $2,611 Allure of the Seas December 31, 2017
January 14, 2018 $919 $1,078 $1,329 $3,972 Allure of the Seas January 14, 2018
January 28, 2018 $868 $979 $1,189 $2,539 Allure of the Seas January 28, 2018
6 Nights Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Carnival Conquest
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 6 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Amber Cove, Dominican Republic; Grand Turk Island; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
September 24, 2017 $779 $839 $909 N/A Carnival Conquest September 24, 2017
15 Nights Panama Canal Cruise From Los Angeles, CA
Ship: Coral Princess
Departure: Los Angeles, CA
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 15 Nights
Ports: Los Angeles, California; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Huatulco, 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 27, 2017 $1,399 $1,499 $1,999 $2,949 Coral Princess September 27, 2017
December 6, 2017 $1,249 $1,349 $1,799 $1,999 Coral Princess December 6, 2017
January 5, 2018 $1,579 $1,599 $2,699 $2,924 Coral Princess January 5, 2018
February 4, 2018 $2,289 $2,349 $3,579 $3,899 Coral Princess February 4, 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
September 30, 2017 $930 $981 $998 $1,662 Harmony of the Seas September 30, 2017
October 14, 2017 $798 $799 $849 $3,332 Harmony of the Seas October 14, 2017
October 28, 2017 $979 $1,081 $1,062 $2,242 Harmony of the Seas October 28, 2017
November 11, 2017 $1,202 $1,186 $1,367 $2,146 Harmony of the Seas November 11, 2017
November 25, 2017 $941 N/A $1,074 $2,071 Harmony of the Seas November 25, 2017
December 9, 2017 $1,123 $1,339 $1,286 $3,040 Harmony of the Seas December 9, 2017
December 23, 2017 $1,860 $2,127 $2,144 $4,588 Harmony of the Seas December 23, 2017
January 6, 2018 $1,359 $1,609 $1,709 $4,829 Harmony of the Seas January 6, 2018
February 3, 2018 $1,556 $1,819 $2,086 $3,189 Harmony of the Seas February 3, 2018
February 17, 2018 $1,660 $1,681 $1,932 $3,224 Harmony of the Seas February 17, 2018
21 Nights Panama Canal Cruise From Vancouver, Canada
Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam
Departure: Vancouver, Canada
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 21 Nights
Ports: Vancouver, BC, Canada; Astoria, Oregon; San Francisco, California; Avalon, California; San Diego, California; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Huatulco, Mexico; Puerto Chiapas, Mexico; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Corinto, Nicaragua; Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica; Exit Panama Canal Cristobal; Enter Panama Canal Balboa; Aruba Island; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
September 30, 2017 $1,799 $1,899 $2,799 $5,799 Nieuw Amsterdam September 30, 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
September 30, 2017 $819 $909 $1,089 $1,444 Carnival Splendor September 30, 2017
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 30, 2017 $669 $839 $1,089 $1,489 Carnival Conquest September 30, 2017
October 28, 2017 $879 $909 $1,169 N/A Carnival Conquest October 28, 2017
November 25, 2017 $714 $834 $1,039 $1,919 Carnival Conquest November 25, 2017
January 20, 2018 $769 $929 $1,449 N/A Carnival Conquest January 20, 2018
February 17, 2018 $849 $1,009 $1,539 $1,989 Carnival Conquest February 17, 2018
March 17, 2018 $859 $989 $1,269 $1,654 Carnival Conquest March 17, 2018
April 14, 2018 $779 $934 $1,299 $1,724 Carnival Conquest April 14, 2018
September 29, 2018 $719 $839 $1,089 $1,459 Carnival Conquest September 29, 2018
November 24, 2018 $679 $799 $1,049 $1,429 Carnival Conquest November 24, 2018
January 19, 2019 $729 $849 $1,139 $1,519 Carnival Conquest January 19, 2019
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; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Cruising; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
October 1, 2017 $798 $932 $1,039 $2,098 Allure of the Seas October 1, 2017
October 29, 2017 $725 $999 $927 $1,660 Allure of the Seas October 29, 2017

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