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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


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; St. John's, Antigua; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Nassau, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
September 5, 2015 $909 $989 $1,249 N/A Carnival Conquest September 5, 2015
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 5, 2015 $997 $1,042 $1,094 N/A Oasis of the Seas September 5, 2015
September 19, 2015 $899 $1,149 $1,179 $2,671 Oasis of the Seas September 19, 2015
October 3, 2015 $1,099 $1,199 $1,299 $2,499 Oasis of the Seas October 3, 2015
October 31, 2015 $849 $1,048 $1,149 $2,649 Oasis of the Seas October 31, 2015
November 14, 2015 $779 $884 $937 $2,632 Oasis of the Seas November 14, 2015
November 28, 2015 $799 $949 $898 $1,999 Oasis of the Seas November 28, 2015
December 12, 2015 $959 N/A $1,312 $2,489 Oasis of the Seas December 12, 2015
December 26, 2015 $2,294 $2,497 $2,699 $10,094 Oasis of the Seas December 26, 2015
January 9, 2016 $869 $1,299 $1,498 $4,864 Oasis of the Seas January 9, 2016
January 23, 2016 $899 $1,099 $1,199 $2,899 Oasis of the Seas January 23, 2016
15 Nights Transatlantic Cruise From Southampton, UK
Ship: Royal Princess
Departure: Southampton, UK
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 15 Nights
Ports: Southampton, England; Rotterdam, Netherlands; Paris (Le Havre), France; Vigo, Spain; Lisbon, Portugal; Ponta Delgada, Portugal (Azores); Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
September 6, 2015 $2,099 N/A $2,499 $3,099 Royal Princess September 6, 2015
7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Independence 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; George Town, Cayman Islands; Cozumel Island, Mexico; Cruising; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
September 6, 2015 $614 N/A N/A $2,699 Independence of the Seas September 6, 2015
September 20, 2015 N/A N/A N/A $1,312 Independence of the Seas September 20, 2015
October 4, 2015 $588 $787 $937 $1,304 Independence of the Seas October 4, 2015
October 18, 2015 $637 $809 $1,072 $1,769 Independence of the Seas October 18, 2015
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 12, 2015 $949 $999 $1,129 $2,229 Oasis of the Seas September 12, 2015
September 26, 2015 $929 $1,049 $1,199 $2,499 Oasis of the Seas September 26, 2015
October 10, 2015 $1,129 $1,349 $1,369 $2,099 Oasis of the Seas October 10, 2015
October 24, 2015 $1,019 $1,099 $1,129 $2,171 Oasis of the Seas October 24, 2015
November 7, 2015 $839 $1,199 $1,399 $2,719 Oasis of the Seas November 7, 2015
November 21, 2015 $914 $1,079 $1,109 $1,799 Oasis of the Seas November 21, 2015
December 5, 2015 $798 $940 $959 N/A Oasis of the Seas December 5, 2015
December 19, 2015 $1,319 $1,719 $1,869 $3,199 Oasis of the Seas December 19, 2015
January 2, 2016 $1,095 $1,264 $1,322 $2,771 Oasis of the Seas January 2, 2016
January 16, 2016 $768 $925 $982 $1,822 Oasis of the Seas January 16, 2016
8 Nights Southern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Carnival Conquest
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
September 13, 2015 $839 $909 N/A $1,699 Carnival Conquest September 13, 2015
October 4, 2015 N/A $1,139 $1,359 $1,699 Carnival Conquest October 4, 2015
October 31, 2015 $1,029 $1,179 $1,289 $1,649 Carnival Conquest October 31, 2015
February 20, 2016 $829 $1,029 $1,519 $2,129 Carnival Conquest February 20, 2016
March 19, 2016 $1,029 $1,209 $1,559 $1,959 Carnival Conquest March 19, 2016
April 16, 2016 $769 $949 $1,319 $1,749 Carnival Conquest April 16, 2016
April 30, 2016 $789 $969 $1,319 $1,719 Carnival Conquest April 30, 2016
August 20, 2016 $859 $1,009 $1,329 $1,729 Carnival Conquest August 20, 2016
October 1, 2016 $689 $839 $1,159 $1,559 Carnival Conquest October 1, 2016
October 29, 2016 $689 $839 $1,159 $1,559 Carnival Conquest October 29, 2016
17 Nights Panama Canal Cruise From San Francisco, CA
Ship: Celebrity Infinity
Departure: San Francisco, CA
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 17 Nights
Ports: San Francisco, California; Monterey, California; At Sea; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; At Sea; Puerto Quetzal,Guatamala; At Sea; Puntarenas; At Sea; Panama Canal (Cruising); Colon, Panama; Cartagena, Colombia; At Sea; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
September 18, 2015 N/A N/A $3,999 $5,999 Celebrity Infinity September 18, 2015
10 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Royal Princess
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 10 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; St. John's, Antigua; Saint Lucia Island; Bridgetown, Barbados; Saint Kitts Island; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Princess Cays, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
September 21, 2015 $1,099 N/A $1,259 $1,699 Royal Princess September 21, 2015
October 11, 2015 $1,099 N/A $1,149 $1,629 Royal Princess October 11, 2015
November 30, 2015 $999 N/A $1,339 $1,449 Royal Princess November 30, 2015
December 10, 2015 $1,119 N/A $1,749 $2,349 Royal Princess December 10, 2015
February 22, 2016 $1,269 N/A $1,449 $1,979 Royal Princess February 22, 2016
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; Grand Turk Island; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
September 21, 2015 $389 $499 $649 $979 Carnival Conquest September 21, 2015
October 12, 2015 $539 $609 $809 $1,079 Carnival Conquest October 12, 2015
20 Nights Eastern Caribbean Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Ship: Royal Princess
Departure: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Arrival: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Duration: 20 Nights
Ports: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; St. John's, Antigua; Saint Lucia Island; Bridgetown, Barbados; Saint Kitts Island; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Princess Cays, Bahamas; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Princess Cays, Bahamas; St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA; Dominica, Dominica; St George's, Grenada; Kralendijk, Island of Bonaire; Aruba Island; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
   Departure Date    Interior Oceanview Balcony Suite Continue
September 21, 2015 $1,899 N/A $2,499 $3,459 Royal Princess September 21, 2015
October 11, 2015 $1,899 N/A $2,499 $3,299 Royal Princess October 11, 2015

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