Say hello, to sunny Fort Lauderdale! A prime location in Florida for a cruise in the tropics. South Florida is close to some of the best cruising waters in North America, and lots of cruise lines make a stop in Fort Lauderdale. With eleven kilometres of beaches and a year-round average temperature of 24 degrees Celsius, it's a favourite for beachgoers. You'll be in the mood for a Fort Lauderdale cruise before you've even left the port.
There's a range of different cruise lines departing Fort Lauderdale year-round. Which one will you pick?
Royal Caribbean - There are endless thrills for everyone onboard Royal. Friendly customer service and exceptional facilities make it a favourite with cruisers.
PrincessCruises - Dedicated to customer satisfaction and offering an eclectic selection of itineraries, there's a particular focus on famous tourist attractions in Australia and the Pacific region.
Celebrity - With fantastic facilities, great food and a wealth of things to do, Celebrity Cruises appeal to travellers of all ages. They offer many itineraries that get you closer than ever to incredible destinations.
P&O Cruises - P&O Cruises is an excellent option for those who have never cruised before and want to taste the cruising life. You'll find entertainment galore and a relaxed atmosphere on super comfortable ships.
Holland America - A touch of classic cruising is what Holland offers, and we love their dedication to outstanding customer service and elegance.
Seabourn - Beautiful surroundings, impeccable service, top-notch food and beverages and an unpretentious yet elegant atmosphere come together to provide an unforgettable holiday.
With so many cruise lines visiting Port Everglades, you can be sure to find the perfect vessel for you. Here are a few of the cruises departing Fort Lauderdale.
Caribbean Princess - Spacious, charming and welcoming, the atmosphere on board this beautiful vessel is what cruising is all about.
Allure of the Seas - This is one of the most awarded cruise ships, it's so large - it even has it's own onboard neighbourhoods. There are 18 decks, 25 dining options, and over 2,000 crew.
Zaandam - Weighing in at 60,906 tonnes, measuring 777 feet in length and spanning ten decks, the Zaandam is small to a medium-sized vessel, perfect for short cruises. She can accommodate 1,440 passengers and 647 crew members.
Celebrity Edge - The Edge is a breakthrough in modern luxury travel. Celebrity is perfect for those who are seeking a luxurious cruise vacation but still want a more casual and relaxed living atmosphere during the trip.
Cruise Fort Lauderdale
You'll cruise into Fort Lauderdale's modern Port Everglades port, which has more homeported ships than any other cruise facility in the world. This is a convenient place to start your holiday if we don't say so ourselves.
Cruise from Fort Lauderdale to the tropical Caribbean Islands. Take a short holiday to Miami, as well as classic Western Caribbean itineraries that take in a range of places including Jamaica, Mexico and more. Keen for the east? Cruises head to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, while the longer itineraries include island nations in the Southern Caribbean, cruising right down to the Netherlands Antilles off the coast of Venezuela. Panama Canal transit cruises also leave Fort Lauderdale.
Port Everglades port saw 3.8 million passengers visit in 2018. Did you know: there was a world record set on March 13, 2016, for 55,000+ cruise guests travelling through a homeport in a single day.
Step ashore and find nine air-conditioned terminals, parking and drop-off areas, vending machines, bathrooms and comfortable seating.
Head to Port Everglades port via a short taxi ride from downtown or the airport, and also by local buses which stop at the Northport section. There are vehicle-to-ship services for baggage, and shuttle buses for the more distant terminals. The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport is right next door to the terminal.
Attractions in Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale is so much more than a place to hit the beach. Check out some of these highlights while you're in town.
Visit the upscale Las Olas neighbourhood with its many galleries and specialty shopping boutiques.
Take a museum tour at the Museum of Discovery and Science, Antique Car Museum or Bonnet House Museum and Gardens.
Check out one of the local craft beer breweries like LauderAle or Tarpon River.
If you've got the time why not take a day trip to nearby Miami, Lake Okeechobee for swimming and hiking, or the Flamingo Gardens.
Best Times To Visit Fort Lauderdale
Visit Fort Lauderdale during December-April when the temperatures drop but are still lovely and warm. Though it's technically winter, Florida does get busy around this time and visitors flock to the area to swap winter chills for sunny beaches.
Get your tropical fix on a cruise from Fort Lauderdale, an excellent starting point for any holiday and the best way to make use of all that sunshine.