June 3, 2017

Caribbean Cruises from Florida: Things to do before and after your cruise :: cruise tips


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Cruising from Florida offers you all sorts of opportunities for a Caribbean cruise.

As if deciding which cruise ports in the Caribbean you want to pick isn’t enough decision making (Puerto Rico, Cozumel, Bahamas… to start. ūüėČ ), there are a few more things you may want to look at.

One of the things you might look at in choosing a cruise from Florida is how to get from the airport to the cruise port.

You may also want to check what some things to do near the cruise port are so you can spend a few extra days in Florida before or after your cruise.

And… you may want to find some hotels near the cruise port!

And so, on this page is a list of:

  • How far the airport is from the cruise ports of different¬†cruises from Florida
  • Things to do¬†before or after your¬†cruise
  • Hotel alternatives before or after your¬†cruise
  • Cruise lines out of Florida

Cruises from Florida: Cruising out of Port Miami in South Florida for a Caribbean cruise

Flying into Florida a few days before your cruise

If you’re flying to catch your cruise, arriving a day or two earlier can help to ease the stress and give you a chance to relax before your cruise begins.

This is especially true if you’re going on a cruise coming from the north and taking a winter cruise. You can’t predict when a snow storm will hit. For a summer cruise, it could be thunderstorms.

And when one major city’s airport has flights that¬†are affected, it could have a ripple effect across the country. This means that even if your home airport has no signs of blizzard conditions¬†or severe weather, your flight could be affected.

And if your cruise starts on the same day you’re set to fly in, that could be cause for some major stress! (This is also one of the reasons you may want to consider cruise insurance!)

Alternative to finding hotels near your Florida cruise port

Whether you’re driving or flying to the cruise port, if you’re staying in Florida¬†for a few days to explore, that’s when staying in an airbnb home¬†instead of a hotel can be even more worth it!

Not only is there a good chance that you’ll save a few dollars over hotels with prime real estate in the big cities, an airbnb can provide a more localized experience while giving you a more “home-away-from-home” feeling with a bunch of amenities you don’t get from a hotel.

It also can be a good way to stay in a really good location for a really good price! (Think beachfront without having to pay top beachfront hotel prices like these home-like stays!) You may be able to even find an airbnb home that rents out a whole house for the price of a hotel room.

Have a look at airbnbs near your cruise port!

If you decide you want to give an airbnb home a try, this referral link will get you up to $40 off your first booking.

Cruises from Florida: Cruising out of Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale for a Caribbean cruise

Cruising from Florida

Included in the sections below are also links of things to do in each of the cities to help you further decide (or further complicate your decision ūüėČ ) which cruise port in Florida you want to start¬†off your Caribbean cruise!

This is a list for quick reference of what you can find on this page:

Map of cruise ports in Florida


Port Miami: Cruises from Miami, South Florida

Fort Lauderdale

Port Everglades: Cruises from Fort Lauderdale, South Florida


Port Canaveral: Cruises from Orlando, Central Florida


Port Tampa: Cruises from Tampa, West Central Florida


Jaxport Cruise Terminal: Jacksonville, Northeastern Florida

Cruise lines out of Florida

So, let’s get started with taking a cruise from¬†Florida!

Map of Florida cruise ports

It’s an interactive map of cruise ports in Florida, so go ahead and explore directly on this page! Or explore the map below¬†in Google Maps.

Cruises from Florida: Map of Florida cruise ports to start your Caribbean cruise!

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Port Miami: Miami cruises, South Florida

Distance from Miami airport to Port Miami: 10 miles / 20 minutes

Distance from Fort Lauderdale airport to Port Miami: 30 miles / 45 minutes

Miami and Fort Lauderdale are about 30 miles apart.

The Everglades National Park covers much of the tip of South Florida, and it can make a good add-on cruise excursion when you have a cruise from Miami.

Miami hotels with free shuttle to the cruise port

Things to do in Miami

Things to do in Fort Lauderdale

Things to do at Everglades National Park

Unique experiences in Miami

Miami airbnb homes

Port Everglades: Fort Lauderdale cruises, South Florida

Distance from Miami airport to the Port Everglades: 30 miles / 45 minutes

Distance from Fort Lauderdale airport to Port Everglades: 4 miles / 15 minutes

Once again, since the Everglades National Park covers South Florida, it can be a good add-on cruise excursion when you have a cruise from Fort Lauderdale.

Things to do in Fort Lauderdale

Things to do in Miami

Things to do at Everglades National Park

Fort Lauderdale airbnb homes

Port Canaveral: Orlando cruises, Central Florida

Distance from Orlando Airport to Port Canaveral: 45 miles / 40 minutes

As if a cruise isn’t enough fun on its own ūüėČ if you’re taking a cruise with kids, you may want to tack on a few days to your vacation at¬†Disney World before or after the cruise. The Disney World resort is about 20 miles from the Orlando airport. Here are tips and ideas to think about which side of the cruise to head there,¬†before or after!

Things to do in Orlando

Things to do at Disney World

Orlando airbnb homes

Port Tampa: Tampa cruises, West Central Florida

Distance from Tampa Airport to Port Tampa: 8 miles / 15 minutes

Disney World is 70 miles from Port Tampa.

Things to do in Tampa Bay

Things to do in Clearwater

Tampa airbnb homes

Jaxport Cruise Terminal: Jacksonville cruises, Northeastern Florida

Distance from Jacksonville Airport to Jaxport Cruise Terminal: 12 miles / 25 minutes

St. Augustine is about 45 miles from the Jaxport Cruise Terminal.

Things to do in Jacksonville

Things to do in St. Augustine

Jacksonville airbnb homes

Cruise lines out of Florida

Florida serves as one of the major hubs for cruises to the Caribbean, cruises to the Bahamas, and cruises to Bermuda.

As a result, all of the major cruise lines that operate Caribbean cruises have cruises out of Florida.

This includes:

  • Carnival Cruise Line | search¬†the caribbean
  • Royal Caribbean | search¬†the caribbean
  • Norwegian Cruise Line | search¬†the caribbean
  • Disney Cruise Line | search¬†the caribbean
  • Princess Cruises | search¬†the caribbean
  • Celebrity Cruises | search¬†the caribbean
  • Holland America | search¬†the caribbean


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