Almost four million passengers and 2,000 voyages per year depart on their cruise vacations from Port Everglades cruise terminal in Florida. For your cruise, consider the following tips to easily navigate this popular embarkation location.
Cruise lines at Port Everglades Cruise Terminal
If you have a favorite cruise line, chances are good that it sails from Port Everglades. As of this date, 39 ships from 12 different lines come and go from these busy waters. Balearia Bahamas Express, Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Costa, Crystal, Cunard Lien, Holland America, ISE, Pearl Seas, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, and Silversea all have voyages departing this port. Itineraries range from sunset tours to a Queen Victoria cruise lasting 94 days.
Arriving at port
To get to Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is only three miles away. The usual options of taxi/shuttle/ car-for-hire (Uber, Lyft) are readily available. To save some money (for those shore excursions later), taxis and car services are the least expensive at @$10 flat rate. Independent shuttle services run about $15 per person. Your cruise line shuttle will likely be the most costly with prices up to $50 per person round trip.
If you drive in, expect to pay between $15 and $19 per day to park your car. In order to leave your vehicle at your hotel, there will be a fee per day while you are at sea. The good news is you should have a free shuttle ride to and from port.
Whether you fly in, drive your car, ride public transportation, or arrive by taxi/shuttle/car service to the Port Everglades cruise ship terminal, the experience will be a pleasant one. The area is well-planned, the nine passenger terminals are organized (and air-conditioned), and the process is smooth. Porters and direct luggage handling from your vehicle to the ship expedite boarding. The recommended arrival time is between 11A and noon. While it will be crowded, you’ll find easy directions and friendly customer service here.
There is more than ample seating at each terminal, along with snacks and a few close restaurants, clean restrooms, and free Wi-Fi (for that last minute online fix). You may also want the Port Everglades cruise schedule app (for iOS devices only). You’ll get deck plans for your ship, weather reports, complete itineraries, webcam access, and other helpful features conveniently on your mobile device.
Extended vacation anyone?
These south Florida terminals are located 25 miles north of Miami, and reside across Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, and Dania Beach areas. This creates the perfect vacation spot for fun before or after your cruise. Water sports, fishing, shopping (both retail and ‘the world’s largest flea market’), nightlife, and wildlife are all within minutes of Port Everglades.
Are large ships your passion? Stop by Port Everglades in the winter, and just might see the world’s grandest luxury liner, the Queen Mary 2. This is her winter home port. You may also see (or board) one of the two largest cruise ships in the world, Allure of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas. This is their home port!
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