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Cruises from Fort Lauderdale

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Relish the best of sand, sun and sea on a cruise from Fort Lauderdale with Princess®. After riding through the Everglades or visiting the Flamingo Garden and Wildlife Sanctuary, sail to the Caribbean for an even sweeter taste of island life. You can also head to the Panama Canal and Canada & New England or embark on a Transatlantic cruise. The choice is yours on a cruise from Ft. Lauderdale with Princess.

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Caribbean Cruises

On a cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to the Caribbean, dip your toes in turquoise waters and relax on golden beaches with a refreshing drink in hand. Travel between tropical islands – like St. Thomas, Aruba and Curaçao – where you can swim with stingrays and zipline through jungles. Discover ancient treasures, meet beloved wildlife and learn about the region’s history from an expert guide.

Panama Canal Cruises

Travel back in time and experience the Panama Canal the way it was meant to be on a cruise from Ft. Lauderdale with Princess. Transit the newly expanded locks — including the Agua Clara and Cocoli Locks — and get up close to the engineering wonders that surround you. Between the history of the Canal and the cultures of the region, it’s no wonder the Panama Canal is one of the Seven Cruise Wonders of the World.

Canada & New England Cruises

Travel through time as you sail to Canada & New England on a cruise from Ft. Lauderdale. Walk in the footsteps of Paul Revere, hike through Acadia National Park and indulge in crab cakes and fresh-caught lobster along the way. Bask in the coastal beauty of Prince Edward Island, and spend two days exploring the French influences of Quebec City. With Princess, chronicles of the Northern seaboard await.

Transatlantic Cruises

Relive the golden age of ocean travel on a Transatlantic cruise from Ft. Lauderdale. Unwind at sea and jump into adventure at each destination. Choose from voyages that take you through the British Isles and the Mediterranean Sea to the Land of Fire and Ice. Or stop by Spain and France on a cruise from Fort Lauderdale. Indulge in the best of every destination with a Transatlantic cruise with Princess.

South America & Antarctica Cruises

From the cultures of South America to the icy terrains of Antarctica, experience the best of both worlds on a cruise from Ft. Lauderdale. In Puntarenas, learn how Starbucks coffee beans are harvested at the company’s only farm. Walk past pyramids in Huatulco, and uncover treasures of Mesoamerica. Or ascend Corcovado Mountain and visit one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, the Christ the Redeemer statue.

World Cruises

On World Cruises from Ft. Lauderdale, unpack once and visit even more destinations while enjoying additional days at sea traveling between destinations. As you explore the corners of the world, connect with other guests who share your passion for wanderlust. Embark on one legendary adventure and visit locations spanning from the Blue Mountains of Sydney to the castles near Sicily and various cities in between.

Between the beaches, galleries and canals, there’s a lot to do and see in this waterside city. Here’s everything to know about your cruise from Fort Lauderdale.

Fort Lauderdale at a glance

  • Language: English
  • Currency: U.S. Dollar (USD)
  • Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
  • Docking: You will be notified as to which pier your cruise from Fort Lauderdale will dock.
  • Attire: We suggest dressing in light clothing as South Florida is warm year-round, especially in the spring and summer. Also consider bringing a light jacket for when temperatures dip in the evenings.
  • Transportation: While taxis are available throughout the city, many neighborhoods are walkable, and you can visit other parts of Fort Lauderdale by train, trolley, water taxi and rental bike. Want to beat traffic to the port? Take Brightline , a convenient and comfortable high-speed passenger train.

Things to do in Fort Lauderdale

Keep those vacation vibes going – or kick them off – when you sail out of Fort Lauderdale. It’s the perfect playground for whatever you love: beaches, nature, food, culture, shopping and more. Whether you want to wave to alligators on an airboat ride through the Everglades or take in the top-notch restaurants and clubs, you’re sure to have a good time. This port city boasts world-class theaters, museums, sightseeing, and shopping, allowing cruises from Fort Lauderdale to extend the fun before or after setting sail. And who couldn’t use more of those?

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Kick off your vacation on the beaches of South Florida when you book a Carnival cruise from Ft. Lauderdale. Join fellow Carnival cruisers in the seaside city that’s home to at the second-busiest cruise port in world, serving well over 3 million passengers a year on cruises out of Ft. Lauderdale. With beautiful weather year-round, it’s easy to see why this part of the world is so popular. Before your cruise from Ft. Lauderdale departs, enjoy a bustling seafront city filled with picturesque canals, powdery beaches, and endless shopping along the stylish Las Olas Boulevard. Soak up the South Florida sun and enjoy the ocean breeze through your hair — cruises from Ft. Lauderdale are the ultimate warm-weather getaways.

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  • Slip into a swamp buggy on a Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation tour.

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Celebrity Beyond

Launched in April 2022, Celebrity Beyond is the third ship in the cruise line's Edge Series, capable of holding up to 3,260 passengers and 1,400 crew members. On board, guests have their pick of 32 food and beverage venues serving everything from Greek to French to Italian cuisine; there are also several cocktail bars and lounges where guests can grab a drink.

One of the highlights of Celebrity Beyond is its 4,500-piece art collection, which includes works by travel photographers and international artists. There is also no shortage of unique entertainment options; these range from acrobatic shows to juggling mixologist performances. To enjoy stunning water views, enjoy Celebrity's "Magic Carpet," a large platform that hangs off the edge of the ship and moves from deck to deck.

Staterooms offer amenities like plush bathrobes, comfortable Cashmere mattresses and flat-screen TVs; many also come with private verandas. For a one-of-a-kind experience, splurge on a room in The Retreat. This resort-within-a-resort features villas and suites with added luxuries like plunge pools, hot tubs and butlers. Plus, guests of The Retreat have exclusive access to a private sundeck, restaurant and lounge, along with an onboard credit that can be used however you see fit.

Celebrity Beyond sails to a variety of popular Mediterranean and Caribbean destinations, including the French Riviera, Italy, Mexico and more. 

U.S. News Insider Tip: On Celebrity Beyond, if you're lucky, your drink might be poured by Captain Kate McCue herself during the nightly flair bartender show at the Grand Plaza Martini Bar. Make sure to follow her behind-the-scenes adventures on Instagram. – Skye Sherman, Contributor

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Debuted in October 2021, Rotterdam welcomes up to 2,668 guests. The name hearkens back to the line's founding in the late 19th century, when its first ship, Rotterdam, sailed from the Netherlands to New York. Though the ship's name is rooted in the cruise line's past, its amenities are anything but antiquated. 

Among Rotterdam's standout facilities is World Stage, a performance venue that features a two-story, 270-degree wraparound LED screen that creates a panorama of light and sound for audience members. For more entertainment, passengers can catch a performance at any of the ship's numerous music venues, including the Rolling Stone Rock Room and B.B. King's Blues Club.

When travelers aren't grooving to live tunes, they can test their luck at the onboard casino or relax at the spa. Meanwhile, kids can play the day away at the Kids Club. Foodies will be pleased to hear the ship offers eight dining options, including Rudi's Sel de Mer, a French brasserie, and Tamarind, which highlights the culinary traditions of Southeast Asia, China and Japan.

Cabins range in size from 143 square feet to 1,290 square feet, with some of the luxury suites boasting floor-to-ceiling windows, whirlpool baths and verandas with hot tubs.

Sailings aboard Rotterdam depart from ports like Fort Lauderdale, Florida , and Amsterdam to destinations in the Caribbean, Europe and the Panama Canal.

U.S. News Insider Tip: The art collection aboard Rotterdam is valued at more than $4.1 million and has 2,645 pieces of diverse works ranging in value from $500 to $620,000. Take some time to walk around the ship to explore the collections. Each of the three stairwells has a theme that reaches from top to bottom: architecture, music or zoology. – Jill Schildhouse, Contributor

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Celebrity Apex

The Celebrity Apex – which made its inaugural sailing in June 2021 – can hold up to 2,910 passengers and 1,320 crew members. Guests can wine and dine at 29 restaurants, bars and lounges, then spend the night testing their luck at the casino or enjoying live music at the Magic Carpet (which offers great ocean views). Specialty restaurants include a steakhouse and a raw bar, while main dining options feature Mediterranean, Italian and French cuisines. There are also meeting spaces and multipurpose areas on board, as well as upscale shops. 

Visit the spa or adults-only Solarium pool to stay relaxed throughout your stay at sea. For younger travelers, there are some kid-friendly areas of the ship – such as a Camp at Sea. However, the ship is geared more toward adult clientele (or families with older children) looking for a relaxing escape.

The ship's staterooms, which start at 181 square feet, offer smart TVs, customizable air conditioning and plenty of storage space. Many rooms also offer private verandas. If you're willing to splurge, consider booking a room in The Retreat. This exclusive section of the ship features luxury accommodations as well as access to a private restaurant, sun deck and lounge. Plus, rooms in The Retreat offer more space, measuring up to 1,892 square feet.

The Celebrity Apex sails to European destinations like Greece, Italy, Croatia and Portugal, as well as to Caribbean hot spots like St. Thomas , Puerto Rico , Belize and Grand Cayman . 

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The 930-passenger Viking Sky – which debuted in February 2017 – receives rave reviews from past cruisers for its port-heavy itineraries (fares include one complimentary excursion per port) and luxurious, comfortable staterooms. Cabins offer between 270 and 1,448 square feet of space and include balconies, complimentary Wi-Fi access, flat-screen TVs and bathrooms with heated floors, among other amenities. Those who opt for an upgraded stateroom or suite are treated to additional perks, like priority reservations at the spa and specialty restaurants.

Viking Sky's activities include classes at the fitness center, treatments at the spa and destination-focused lectures. The ship also offers two pools and two whirlpools, including an infinity pool on the stern of the ship. In the evenings, passengers can enjoy live performances in the theater or watch destination-related movies in one of two cinemas.

Guests also have their choice of cuisine, from alfresco dining on the Aquavit Terrace to Manfredi's Italian Restaurant. With 550 crew members on board, the ship maintains a nearly 2-to-1 guest-to-crew ratio.

Viking Sky sails to the Mediterranean, Europe, Central America and more. The ship also offers world voyages.

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Viking Mars

Viking's newest ship, the Viking Mars accommodates 930 passengers and, since it's a smaller vessel, it can dock in many ports where some of the larger ocean-faring cruise ships can't reach. The all-veranda accommodations on this ship, which debuted in May 2022, range in size from around 270 square feet to 1,448 square feet. In-room amenities include free Wi-Fi access, flat-screen TVs, safes, minibars filled with drinks and snacks, robes, slippers and 24-hour room service.

Visitors will find a relaxing spa, a hair salon, a yoga area and a well-equipped indoor fitness center (plus an outdoor fitness center) aboard the ship. Those looking to unwind with a book in one hand and a cocktail in the other should snag a cozy spot in The Living Room. Like other Viking ships, the Viking Mars offers educational programming, lectures, cooking classes and more on board.

Cruisers can also enjoy amenities like the main pool and hot tub, the infinity pool, the cinema, the theater, a jazz lounge and various bars. Dining options on this ship include Manfredi's Italian Restaurant, Aquavit Terrace, World Café, The Chef's Table and The Kitchen Table.

Viking Mars receives rave reviews from recent cruisers. The variety of excursions, the delectable onboard dining and the comfortable cabins are a few things previous guests highlighted as superb. However, the staff received mixed reviews: Some experienced attentive and friendly employees, while a few noted they were expecting better service across the board for the price point.

Upcoming itineraries on the Viking Mars include cruises with ports of call in Iceland, Norway, Greece, Italy, Spain, the U.S. and Canada.

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Disney Magic

The 2,713-passenger Disney Magic is the oldest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet (it first launched in 1998). It was last refurbished in May 2023, when it received updates like a "Soul"-themed lounge, concierge-level upgrades and a new "Encanto" live show. The ship also features family favorites such as the AquaDuck waterslide, the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique dress-up shop and Edge, an interactive game center for tweens.

Disney Magic features diverse entertainment, including live shows, an open-air Wide World of Sports deck, three pools and a splash area for children younger than 3. Unique to the Magic is the teens-only Chill Spa. When it comes to dining, the ship offers eight eateries, including an adults-only specialty restaurant and buffet options. Recent cruisers gave the food quality mixed reviews.

In terms of lodging, 70% of cabins offer ocean views or verandas. All cabins are outfitted with flat-screen TVs, sitting areas and bathrooms with separate showers and tubs. Suites include extra perks such as concierge service and media libraries. Past cruisers noted that the service on this ship is up to Disney's standards, but so is the price tag.

Disney Magic sails from Galveston, Texas ;  San Diego ;  Miami ; Fort Lauderdale, Florida ;  New Orleans ; and  San Juan, Puerto Rico . It visits destinations across the Bahamas , the Caribbean, Mexico and the Panama Canal.

U.S. News Insider Tip : Once per sailing, guests are invited to watch Tangled: The Musical in the Walt Disney Theater. This Broadway-style show retells the story of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider with three new original songs, puppets, and beautiful costumes. This show is very popular, so it's best to get to the theater about an hour before the show starts to get a good seat. Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime. – Megan duBois, Contributor

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Silver Moon

Cruisers seeking an intimate experience should consider booking a trip aboard Silversea's Silver Moon, one of the line's newest ships. Debuted in June 2021, Silver Moon accommodates just 596 passengers. And with 411 crew members, travelers can expect an attentive experience.

One standout amenity is the Sea And Land Taste (S.A.L.T.) program. The dining experience aims to introduce passengers to their destinations through food. On board, the S.A.L.T. Lab offers travelers the chance to participate in tastings and workshops, while the S.A.L.T. Kitchen provides a unique dining experience. On shore, foodies can book special cuisine-focused excursions through the program. Not an adventurous eater? Not to worry. Silver Moon boasts seven additional eateries serving everything from pizza to tapas to grilled meat and fish.

Following a delicious meal, travelers will have access to a wealth of amenities, including the spa, a pool, several whirlpools, lounges and a fitness center. When evening rolls around, cruisers can press their luck at the casino or catch a live show.

As with other Silversea ships, Silver Moon boasts all-suite accommodations, ranging in size from 334 to 1,970 square feet. Each suite boasts butler service, marble bathrooms, free Wi-Fi access, flat-screen TVs, minibars and large windows. Plus, you'll get a welcome bottle of Champagne. Upgraded staterooms may include multiple bedrooms, sitting areas and bathrooms; espresso machines; daily canapes and private balconies.

Silver Moon is set to explore a variety of regions, including Europe, Africa, Central America and Asia. The ship also completes transoceanic voyages.

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Disney Dream

Last renovated in 2015 (after being introduced in 2011), the 4,000-passenger Disney Dream is one of Disney's largest ships. Highlights include the 765-foot AquaDuck water coaster, a virtual sports simulator (for an extra fee) and theatrical performances that bring Disney animated favorites – like "Beauty and the Beast" – to life.

While the ship emphasizes family-focused entertainment with five specialized kids clubs, parents can enjoy the adults-only Quiet Cove pool and the Senses Spa & Salon. At night, a section of the ship called The District transforms into an adult oasis with host of bars and lounges. In terms of dining, the ship offers nine themed venues including two specialty adults-only restaurants.

Staterooms also cater to cruising clans, offering perks like sofa beds. Over 85 percent of cabins have ocean views or verandas. Those looking for extra space can opt for Concierge Suites, which range from 622 to 1,781 square feet.

While some recent cruisers commented that the ship is more expensive than other mainstream competitors, most said it was well worth the price due to the personalized attention they received from the staff.

Disney Dream departs from Fort Lauderdale, Florida ;  New York ; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Southampton, England; and more for sailings in the Bahamas , Bermuda, Canada, the Caribbean and Europe. The cruise line also offers some transatlantic voyages.

U.S. News Insider Tip : Don't skip dinner at Animator's Palate and its Undersea Magic dinner show. During the meal, you'll be immersed in the world of Finding Nemo, as Crush the turtle from the movie swims by virtually to chat with families between courses. (This dinner show is also available on the Disney Fantasy ). – Megan duBois, Contributor

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Celebrity Silhouette

Introduced in 2011 and fully refurbished in February 2020, the 2,902-passenger Celebrity Silhouette is one of the largest ships in the fleet and features a nearly 1-to-3 crew-to-guest ratio. Its latest renovation reimagined the lounges across the ships, updated the staterooms and added new boutiques and spa treatment rooms. 

Silhouette offers plenty of onboard activities, from enrichment seminars to comedy shows. While kids can play on Xbox consoles or at the sports courts, adults can sip libations at the Passport Bar and Craft Social. 

As far as dining goes, the ship is home to 12 restaurants and cafes, half of which are specialty venues that require reservations and extra fees. Cuisine ranges from casual bites at the pool grill to sushi and Italian fare.

Along with a variety of food options, Celebrity Silhouette offers a range of stateroom selections, with 85% of its cabins offering verandas. Cruisers can choose from Inside, Ocean View and Veranda rooms, while those who opt for one of seven Suite categories receive more space and perks like butler service and priority check-in. 

Celebrity Silhouette sails to destinations in the Caribbean and Europe. 

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Allure of the Seas

The 6,826-passenger Allure of the Seas, unveiled in 2010, is among the largest cruise ships in the world. There are a whopping 2,054 crew members on board to cater to passengers' needs. Along with signature line amenities like rock climbing walls and ice skating rinks, the ship houses seven unique neighborhoods with a variety of activities, shows and dining options. The ship underwent a $165 million refurbishment in 2020, which added approximately 50 new staterooms, the Ultimate Abyss (the tallest slide at sea), redesigned kids and teens spaces, new dining venues and more.

Other standout features include a zip line that descends 10 decks, two surf simulators and a science lab. Plus, with 19 dining options – and a Starbucks at sea – every member of the family will be satisfied.

In terms of lodging, about 65% of cabins feature balconies, and all staterooms are appointed with TVs and minifridges. Interior staterooms are the most economical option, but those who splurge on Suites are granted larger balconies and concierge service. Crowd-free areas might be difficult to find due to the outrageous capacity of the ship, but some recent cruisers praise the nonstop activity and entertainment. 

Allure of the Seas departs from Miami, Orlando, Florida, and Galveston , Texas, for sailings in the Caribbean.

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Miami And Cruises From Fort Lauderdale

Say the word miami and so many things spring to mind..

White sandy beaches. Cuban cuisine. Calle Ocho. Little Havana. South Beach. Amazing weather. The list goes on. Considered by many to be the cruise capital of the world, Miami has so much to recommend it.

Many will think of the fabulous art deco on Ocean Drive first. The pastel-coloured, impeccably preserved buildings that line Miami’s seafront are an architectural wonder. Offering visitors a glimpse of the city in its 1920s and 1930s heyday, these iconic apartment blocks were almost destroyed in the 1970s by a group of over-enthusiastic developers. Thankfully, a group of activists lobbied to keep them intact and thanks to them, the Miami skyline stayed the same.

For those that want to shop up a storm, then look no further than Lincoln Road. The wide pedestrian street is lined with shops and eateries and we bet even the most jaded shopaholic could find something they fancy. If you prefer your shopping with a view, then Bayside Marketplace is your answer. Located on Biscayne Bay in the heart of Downtown Miami, visitors of Bayside Marketplace can experience a taste of authentic Miami – quite literally. The city is known for its international and Cuban influences, so expect a plethora of both dining and shopping options when you visit. Go hungry!

Miami is a great destination for a couple of days before or after your cruise from Fort Lauderdale. The cities are just an hour apart so you can grab a little Miami Vice before embarking your Silversea cruise!




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Whether you choose to cruise to the Bahamas, island hop through the Caribbean or travel back in time on a Transoceanic cruise, you can rely on Silversea’s fleet of ships to get you there in style. With a maximum of just 304 suites, our small ships are able to moor or anchor in ports that other, larger, ships simply can’t. Their small size also means a cosy atmosphere on board, perhaps for pre or post dinner drinks, meeting or making new friends or simply finding a hideaway to relax and enjoy a bit of me time.

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Florida is famous the world over for its fiery sunsets, and we can’t think of any better way to enjoy them than from your private veranda. All our ships offer almost 100% balcony suites so you’re spoilt for choice when watching the sun go down. From our largest staterooms, perfect for families, to our intimate Veranda Suites, perfect for solo guests or couples, we guarantee you a room with a view.

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Luxury take a human touch. This is why our award-winning personal service is the best in the business. But don’t just take our word for it! From the moment you step aboard for your cruise, only the best will do. Don’t like ice in your drink? No problem. Prefer to sit towards the front of the ship? We’ll reserve your table every night. Fancy a glass of chilled glass of champagne after a day of sightseeing? It’ll be waiting for you in your suite when you arrive.

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Contrary to many others, when we say all-inclusive, we mean just that! All our cruises from Fort Lauderdale not only have food and drink included, including premium wines and spirits but we guarantee your shore excursions too! Not to mention award-winning butler service, evening entertainment, gym classes, onboard lectures … So enjoy waking up caviar blinis for breakfast with an easy mind knowing that yes, it’s all included.

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A Silversea luxury cruise means one thing more than most: delicious local cuisine! Guests travelling aboard Silver Moon or Silver Dawn can enjoy the destination driven .S.A.L.T. (Sea And Land Taste) experience. S.A.L.T. includes everything from cooking local recipes in our purpose built cooking lab to enjoying local dishes in the .S.A.L.T. kitchen to travelling deeper onshore and unearthing the authentic tastes of your destination.

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Cruise from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

With the exception of Miami, the Fort Lauderdale cruise port has become one of the most active and popular cruise ports in the United States. Cruise Lines such as Carnival, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Cunard, Holland America, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Seabourn and Silversea all offer a wealth of cruise itineraries departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

In fact, the largest cruise ship in the world, which is the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas currently offers 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises year-round from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. BRAND NEW for 2015 & 2016, Royal Caribbean's NEWEST cruise ship, the Harmony of the Seas will also provide 7-Night Caribbean cruises from Ft. Lauderdale.

In addition to these Royal Caribbean cruise ships, several other cruise options are available from Fort Lauderdale. Call Direct Line Cruises at 1-800-352-8088 to discuss cruising options from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Traveling to and from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Downtown Fort Lauderdale

When you fly into Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) you are close enough to the pier to see the ships in the distance! It’s less than 10 miles. Taxis are lined up outside the doors of the baggage claim area and the cost is about $12 for up to five passengers, based on the meter reading. Shared van services will run from $8 pp to $12 pp.

Miami International Airport (MIA) is a bit further away; about 30 miles and a taxi can cost approximately $100.  There are shared shuttle services for about $15pp.

For those of you driving to Port Everglades illuminated, security-patrolled parking garages are available and the cost is $15 per day.

Pre or Post cruise stays in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Say Fort Lauderdale to some and what comes to mind is “spring break” craziness! But over the past few years the city has matured into a cosmopolitan city that now attracts a more sophisticated and affluent tourist .  With 23 miles of sun-drenched shoreline the perfect beach is always just steps away. It has been called the “Venice of America” because it is positioned by the New River and the Atlantic Ocean, and crisscrossed by numerous inland waterways.  There is so much to discover here, that a pre or post stay cruise stay in Fort Lauderdale would be a nice way to extend your vacation.

Fort Lauderdale Harbor

Explore the Waterways:  Whether you travel by kayak, gondola, or even the Jungle Queen Riverboat, a day spent along the river and canals is lovely way to spend an afternoon. If you choose one of the many narrated tours available you’ll see everything from centuries-old mangroves to opulent multi-million-dollar celebrity homes and yachts.

Riverwalk:  This one mile brick-lined promenade runs along the New River.  The lavishly landscaped path is lined with shops, restaurants and attractions such as The Broward Center for the Performing Arts, The Museum of Discovery and Science, and the Opera House.

Seminole Indian Village:  Located on the Hollywood Seminole Indian Reservation at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Here you can learn about the history and culture of the tribe by visiting their traditional village. Demonstrations by tribal members include cooking, woodworking, and doll making.  Catch the excitement of the worlds only deep water alligator wrestling show. Wildlife presentations include over 30 species of Florida’s native animals including panthers, otters, bobcats, bears, and more.

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens:  Bonnet House was designed and built in 1921 by American artist Frederic Clay Bartlett.  It showcases his art work and collections of everything … from carved animals, shells, pottery, and over 2,000 orchids. The design is, to say the least, unique. Be sure to take the narrated tram tour of the expansive gardens. You may even catch a glimpse of the resident monkeys that roam the property.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida Cruise Ship Terminal Address: Port Everglades 1850 Eller Drive Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316 Parking at Pier: $15.00 per day for cruise passengers. *Parking rates are subject to change at any time.

General Directions From Fort Lauderdale International Airport: •Exit Airport and follow signs for US-1 North/ Port Everglades. •Exit leads into Eller Drive. •Follow the signs to your ships terminal. •From Miami International Airport: •Take 836 East to I-95 North. •Exit I-95 North at 595 East. •Follow 595 to the end; then follow the Port Everglades signs.

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Michelin stars. Colorful murals. Spectacular nightlife and serene sunrises. Miami is the gateway to Latin America and the Cruise Capital of the World. It’s our home(port) in the USA. And it’s conveniently close to you, and the best port for Florida cruises. 

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Another vast and varied region of the world for which USA River Cruises has crafted an abundance of exciting, relaxing, exhilarating, peaceful (pick your adjective based on what you want from your trip) cruises. From Chesapeake Bay to the “Golden Isles” and from the “Great Rivers of Florida” to the Inland Passage, there is certainly something for just about everyone aboard one of our Southeast cruises.

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Our Historic South and Golden Isles trip is one of our favorites. And from what we can tell, it’s one of our customers’ favorites, too!

This eight-day trip heads from Jacksonville, Florida, to Charleston, South Carolina (or vice-versa). The Intracoastal Waterway is a series of protected bays, canals and rivers that make up a portion of the southeastern coast of the United States. The Golden Isles refers to a group of barrier islands off the coast of Georgia and the historic mainland city of Brunswick. The islands include St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Jekyll Island, and Little St. Simons Island.

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From ultra-luxury to megaships, a look at all the ways to cruise in 2024

I f you live in South Florida you've no doubt seen cruise ships docked or out on the open seas, heading to or coming from somewhere nearby or far away.

And if you're new to cruising or have only been on a couple of Caribbean adventures, you may not realize how many different types of cruises and ships there are.

From huge ships like the Icon of the Seas that can hold up to 7,600 passengers to smaller luxury vessesl with fewer than 100 passengers on board, and from heading up and down Florida's coast to across the world, the types of ships and destinations are nearly limitless.

When many think of cruising, they might picture big beautiful ships that are resorts at sea, with thousands of passengers on board enjoying the food, drinks and entertainment.

"For a lot of people that megaship experience is really what they’re looking for. This is the big cruise ships, you see them all the time out of South Florida," said Colleen McDaniel, editor-in-chief of the Cruise Critic website.

From Carnival to Norwegian, MSC, Royal Caribbean, Princess, Disney, Celebrity, Holland America, Virgin and more, all of the major cruise lines are right in South Florida's backyard.

Ken Muscat, the managing director of Scenic Group and someone who's worked in the cruise industry for 30 years, said that means more options for cruisers.

"I think that's one of the greatest things about the cruise industry. It's so diverse and there really is something for everybody," Muscat said.

Muscat said the bigger ships may have more appeal for a wider range of travelers.

"I think the big ships are catered best towards multigenerational travel," Muscat said. "You've got families, you've got the grandparents that are coming along from both sets of parents, you've got the young kids and these big ships offer so many different alternatives for everybody."

He also said the smaller ships have something to offer as well.

"Now, we're also seeing this trend of smaller ships and new brands that are coming into the industry that are offering these ultra luxury or very premium kind of products," Muscat said.

McDaniel agreed.

"They are very inclusive. The service is top notch, and the dining is excellent," she said. "These small ships can take you to more remote places around the world, smaller ports. So you’re going to see different places than you might see with some of these megaships."

Smaller ships might provide a sunset sailing into St. Barts or a stroll in the sand on Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands.

Companies like Scenic, Regent Seven Seas, Emerald, Ritz Carlton, Silversea and Explora Journeys offer these five-star sailings out of South Florida and other ports in the Caribbean, just a short plane ride away.

If you're up for a longer plane ride, you can venture on board a river cruise to explore the winding waterways of Asia and Europe.

"The food is wonderful, the wine is flowing. But every day you're in these small little ports," said Michelle Fee, CEO of Cruise Planners. "And you get to experience that by stepping off the ship and you're right in the little, quaint town."

And since there are two international airports in South Florida, there's another cool cruising option: expedition cruises.

These are bucket list trips with exotic, once-in-a-lifetime destinations.

"They typically will do longer cruises, world cruises, or visit places all over the Med[Mediterranean], Antarctica, the Arctic, the Galapagos, very exotic ports of call," Muscat said.

With more and more companies offering expedition excursions, these remote destinations are more accessible than ever before.

"I’m a firm believer that there is a cruise and a cruise ship for every single person on the planet," McDaniel said.

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Make the most of a short vacation with our weekend cruises from Florida, which whisk you away to either Key West and Nassau, or Nassau and Bimini in The Bahamas. Whichever itinerary you choose, three-day cruises from Florida give you time to enjoy dreamy days on white sand beaches, snorkel in crystal-clear waters, explore local history, and sample island cuisine, from Key lime pie to flavor-packed conch fritters.

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Pastel houses meet white sand beaches and aquamarine lagoons around Nassau, New Providence. Relax into the rhythms of Bahamian life on a trip to Blue Lagoon Island, where you can swim in the limpid lagoon, or head for Atlantis for high-energy fun on the waterslides at Aquaventure. Swim among tropical fish teeming over Rainbow Reef and shop for woven hats and purses at the Straw Market. Remember to try the local specialties like conch in tasty fritters or creamy chowder, and spirit-soaked rum cake.

In sleepy Bimini, warm waters, colorful reefs, and white sand beaches await. Visit the unique Dolphin House, built by a local historian from shells and sea glass. Swim with a guide among reef sharks at Shark Lab, or do as Hemingway would have done and join a thrilling sport fishing expedition. You could also join a relaxing sailing trip to see how conch is fished before digging into conch fritters and an iced rum punch.

Quirky, eccentric Key West is packed with historical interest and surrounded by dazzling reefs. At Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, lounge on the white sand beach, snorkel, or explore the 19th-century fort. Snap a photo at the buoy that marks the southernmost point of the USA, and visit the stately, colonial-style house where Hemingway lived in the 1930s. Explore the art galleries and bars of Duval Street and lively Mallory Square—and don’t miss the chance to sample a tangy Key lime pie.

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Florida softball's bats explode to beat Oklahoma, force winner-take-all game vs Sooners Tuesday

The gators proved sunday's offensive showing wasn't a wcws blip monday with a dominant showing at the plate to cruise past oklahoma and keep its season alive.

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For the third time this season, the Gators softball team played an elimination game.

And for the third time, Florida emerged victorious.

UF defeated Oklahoma 9-3 Monday afternoon at Devon Park in Oklahoma City at the Women's College World Series.

The win was Keagan Rothrock's 33rd of the season and Florida's 54th in total. It also ended Oklahoma's 20 game WCWS win streak (the Sooners last loss came vs UCLA in 2021).

"Super proud of our team, the way we came out today," coach Tim Walton said. "Fourth straight day with some delays. Did a good job of staying resilient, focusing on us, things we can control."

Florida's offense awoke Sunday vs Alabama with a six run, 10 hit outing vs the Crimson Tide.

Monday, that offense did more of the same.

It would be hard to mention all the ways UF's offense exploded, so let's summarize:

The Gators scored runs in every inning besides the sixth, when the lead was well in hand.

Reagan Walsh and Skylar Wallace served as dual engines.

Walsh, the California native, drove in the Gators first run in the first inning. She then blasted a three-run homer in the fourth. That long shot extended UF's lead from 4-1 to 7-1.

Walton credited not just Walsh's hitting ability, but also her unselfishness. She gave up her spot late in the game to Avery Goelz.

"Give Reagan credit for being a good teammate and understanding the importance of what the defense meant at that point in time," Walton said. "What kid, when they call themselves an All-American, wants to give their at-bats away to somebody else or share their at-bats?"

Wallace, who had struggled at the WCWS compared to her May hitting, fully came out of her shell Monday. She homered in the second to dead center. Four innings later, she bombed it to nearly the same spot to give UF a six run lead and give Rothrock some much needed breathing room.

The senior said that even when the offense struggled vs Oklahoma State and Texas, the team continued to believe in their ability.

"We take a lot of pride in our swings, all of our work," Wallace said. "So we're never doubting who we are as hitters. We stick to our approaches. We make the pitchers work a lot."

The Gators also got a third inning RBI double from Ava Brown, her first in the WCWS, and an inside the park home run from Kendra Falby.

Falby, who hit in the nine spot Monday, garnered the first inside the parker at the WCWS since 2014 . She went 2-3 at the plate, her first multi-hit game since May 5 vs Texas A&M, which was UF's last regular season game. She also snagged a ball in center field early in the game that took the wind out of the sails of Oklahoma.

Falby said she knew a hit was coming Monday, given her at-bats throughout the WCWS.

"I didn't think it was going to be that one. I mean, it was like pure joy," Falby said. "Today I just made sure that, like, once you start getting in that hole, you start thinking things, you get in your own head. I made sure I stuck with my plan."

In the circle, Rothrock's showing was like Sunday. It was not her best, but she contained a lethal Oklahoma offense to just three runs and did more than enough to keep the lead.

As has become the norm, she escaped numerous jams.

Florida will now face the Sooners at 2 p.m. Tuesday on ESPN in a winner-take-all game to determine who advances to the WCWS championship series vs Texas.

Noah Ram covers Gainesville-area high school sports and University of Florida athletics for The Gainesville Sun. Contact him at  [email protected]  and follow him  @Noah_ram1  on Twitter.

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Just a short drive from Jacksonville, St. Augustine is not only the oldest city in the U.S. but also one of the most enchantingly romantic. With its rich history, stunning Spanish colonial architecture and serene beaches, it’s a perfect spot for history buffs and romance seekers alike. Explore the ancient streets, visit the Castillo de San Marcos and enjoy the charming cafés. St. Augustine is a favorite for those seeking culturally enriching weekend getaways from Jacksonville.

2. Savannah, Georgia

About a two-hour drive north, Savannah offers a picturesque setting with its historic squares, antebellum architecture and iconic Spanish moss. Known for its hospitality and beauty, Savannah is ideal for a leisurely getaway. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride, stroll through the vibrant arts scene and don't miss the famed River Street for some shopping and dining. It’s a wonderful destination for relaxing weekend getaways from Jacksonville.

3. Port Canaveral, Florida

For a taste of adventure and luxury, consider a cruise departing from Port Canaveral , just a couple of hours from Jacksonville. Set sail to the Bahamas, the Caribbean or even to private islands where you can enjoy pristine beaches and exclusive amenities. This cruise option offers a unique blend of relaxation and excitement, perfect for those looking for memorable weekend getaways from Jacksonville.

4. Amelia Island, Florida

Amelia Island, just a short drive from Jacksonville, offers a peaceful retreat with beautiful beaches, boutique shopping and fine dining. Enjoy horseback riding on the beach, paddle through the marshes, or visit the historic Fort Clinch State Park. Amelia Island's laid-back charm makes it an excellent choice for a tranquil weekend escape.

5. Orlando, Florida

Although known for its theme parks, Orlando offers much more for a weekend trip. Beyond Disney World and Universal Studios, explore the thriving downtown area, lush gardens and vibrant nightlife. Orlando is about a two-hour drive south of Jacksonville and provides endless entertainment options, making it a versatile destination for family-friendly or couple-oriented weekend getaways from Jacksonville.

6. Port Everglades, Florida

Expand your weekend plans with a weekend cruise from Port Everglades , just a few hours' drive south of Jacksonville. Set sail on a journey that promises relaxation and adventure, with stops at enchanting islands and plenty of activities to enjoy on board. From thrilling shows to relaxing spa days, cruising from Fort Lauderdale offers a diverse and enjoyable escape perfect for weekend getaways from Jacksonville.

7. Cumberland Island, Georgia

For a close yet secluded getaway, Cumberland Island offers wild, untouched beauty just a ferry ride away from Jacksonville. Known for its wild horses, unspoiled beaches and majestic maritime forests, Cumberland Island is perfect for nature lovers and those seeking solitude away from the hustle and bustle.

8. Gainesville, Florida

A less than two-hour drive from Jacksonville, Gainesville offers a blend of cultural experiences and natural wonders. Visit the University of Florida for a campus tour, explore the Florida Museum of Natural History or hike in the nearby Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. Gainesville is great for an educational and refreshing weekend trip.

These weekend getaways from Jacksonville offer a diverse range of activities and environments, from historic cities and tranquil islands to thrilling weekend cruises and lively urban centers. Whether you're looking to relax, explore, or embark on a new adventure, there’s a perfect getaway just waiting to be discovered.

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