Guide to cruises from Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale is one of Royal Caribbean’s busiest ports, home to some of the most popular ships in the fleet. Due to its proximity to the Caribbean, cruises from Fort Lauderdale visit many of the region’s most popular destinations in the Eastern, Western and Southern Caribbean, including Mexico, Aruba and the Bahamas.

Royal Caribbean sails year-round from the Port of Fort Lauderdale, known as Port Everglades. From choosing an airport to booking parking and hotels, here’s what you need to know before you leave Port Everglades on Royal Caribbean.

How to Get to Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port

Port Everglades is conveniently located just 8 miles from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and 6 miles from downtown Fort Lauderdale.

The Port Everglades address is 1850 Eller Drive, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316.

Royal Caribbean ships primarily use Port Everglades Terminal 18, although ships may dock at another terminal if Terminal 18 is used. Passengers should follow the port’s digital signage upon arrival to guide them to the correct terminal.

Fly to Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

Flying into Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is the most convenient option for those heading to Florida before their cruise. With over 130 flights to domestic and international destinations, Fort Lauderdale Airport offers many direct flights.

Since the airport is located so close to the port, it is recommended that you take a taxi or use a ride-sharing service to Port Everglades, which usually costs between $12 and $20. The journey from the airport to the port should only take about 10 or 15 minutes.

However, one of our top tips on the Royal Caribbean blog is to travel to your cruise departure port at night. before your cruise to ensure you don’t experience any delays that could cause you to miss your vacation. There are many hotels to choose from located near the Fort Lauderdale airport, making it easy to get from the airport to the hotel and from the hotel to the port.

Related: Why you shouldn’t fly on your cruise the same day it starts

Miami International Airport

Alternatively, passengers can choose to fly from Miami International Airport (MIA). Miami International Airport is approximately 29 miles from Port Everglades. The driving time from Miami to Fort Lauderdale will take approximately 45 minutes, although it is important to allow some wiggle room for traffic. Taxis and ride-sharing services are available from Miami to Port Everglades and can cost between $50 and $70 each way.

It is recommended to fly to Fort Lauderdale over Miami as the travel time is shorter between the airport and Port Everglades. If your flight options are much better to Miami than to Fort Lauderdale, a flight to Miami may be a better option. If so, be sure to allow extra time on your cruise embarkation and disembarkation days to ensure you arrive at the port and airport with plenty of free time.

What time should I schedule my return flight after my cruise from Fort Lauderdale?

When booking your return flight after a cruise, it’s crucial to make sure you don’t book your return flight too early on the day of disembarkation, as you don’t want to risk missing your flight home.

We recommend booking a return flight no earlier than 11:30 a.m. for flights departing Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and 12:30 p.m. for flights departing Miami International Airport.

Although you can arrive at the Fort Lauderdale airport between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on the day of disembarkation, it’s always a good idea to leave some extra leeway in case something unexpected happens. Waiting at the airport an hour or two longer than necessary is a much better option than accidentally missing your flight home!

Royal Caribbean Airport to Port Shuttle Service

Shuttle services are offered from the airport to the port (and vice versa), which can be booked directly with Royal Caribbean or through an outside provider, such as the Fort Lauderdale Airport Shuttle.

We do, however, recommend a rideshare service or a taxi rather than a shuttle, especially in Fort Lauderdale, as the port is extremely close to the airport. Not only do taxi and rideshare prices tend to be quite low from Port Everglades to the Fort Lauderdale airport, but you won’t have to wait for a shuttle to fill up before you leave.

Parking in Port Everglades

Those heading to the Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port have a few options when it comes to parking, all at varying prices. Because Port Everglades is located so close to the Fort Lauderdale airport, there are plenty of parking lots to choose from. Passengers should expect to spend between $56 and $115 when parking for a 7-night cruise.

On-site parking is available at Port Everglades for $15 per day for regular-size vehicles and $19 for oversize vehicles. To park at Port Everglades, passengers must first drop off their bags with the terminal porters and then proceed to the terminal parking lot. This is the most convenient option due to its proximity to your cruise ship.

Off-site parking will be a bit cheaper, with prices around $6-10 per day, and will include a shuttle service to and from the parking lot to the port. As a general rule, the closer a car park is to the terminal, the higher the daily parking fee will be.

Here are some of the best off-site parking options when leaving Fort Lauderdale:

Where to Spend the Night Before Your Fort Lauderdale Cruise

It is strongly recommended that you fly the day before your cruise departs. Booking a hotel is therefore an important part of the planning process when cruising from Fort Lauderdale.

If your flight arrives late in the evening the day before your cruise, it is easier to stay near the airport. As you’ll likely arrive tired from a late flight, staying in an exciting neighborhood isn’t totally necessary. Dania Beach and Edgewood are two Fort Lauderdale neighborhoods close to the airport and Port Everglades, each with a variety of hotel options.

If your flight arrives earlier in the day, you may want to stay closer to downtown Fort Lauderdale or the beach. This gives you time to explore the area and take in the city’s highlights before your cruise. Las Olas Boulevard is the main pedestrian street in Fort Lauderdale, offering many shops, restaurants and bars. The street runs west to east from downtown Fort Lauderdale to the beach, with no shortage of hotel and resort options.

Readers of the Royal Caribbean Blog have shared the following recommended hotel options in Fort Lauderdale on our forums:

If you plan to stay in Miami the day before your cruise, here are some recommended options:

Some hotels offer a shuttle service to the terminal on the day of embarkation, but we recommend that you take a taxi or a ride-sharing service instead, as you will have complete flexibility as to what time you arrive to the terminal from your hotel.

Which Royal Caribbean ships depart from Fort Lauderdale/Port Everglades

Many ships in the Royal Caribbean fleet depart from Fort Lauderdale, whether they are based in Port Everglades or offer only a few sailings.

Odyssey of the seas, the newest Quantum Class ship in Royal Caribbean’s fleet, is based in Fort Lauderdale for most of the year, except for the Mediterranean cruises it offers during the summer. Odyssey of the Seas offers Western, Eastern and Southern Caribbean cruises departing from Fort Lauderdale, visiting destinations such as Labadee, Curacao, Falmouth and George Town (Grand Cayman).

Symphony of the Seas will begin sailing from Fort Lauderdale in November 2022, offering 6-night Western Caribbean cruises and 8-night Southern Caribbean cruises, visiting Labadee, Falmouth, Nassau, Aruba and Curacao.

Related: Symphony of the Seas Guide & Review

freedom of the seas will be the ship of choice for those looking for short cruises from Fort Lauderdale. From November 2022, she will mainly offer 3- and 4-night Bahamas cruises, visiting Nassau and Perfect Day at CocoCay.

Harmony of the Seas will offer several cruises departing from Fort Lauderdale from November 2022 to March 2023 before transferring to Miami. She will offer 5, 6, 7 and 8 night cruises in the Caribbean, visiting destinations such as St. Thomas, St. Maarten, Cozumel, Costa Maya, Puerto Plata, San Juan, Aruba, Curaçao and Labadee.

Allure of the Seas cruises departing from Fort Lauderdale, offering 6, 7 and 8 night cruises in the Western, Eastern and Southern Caribbean. Ports of call include Roatan, Costa Maya, Cozumel, Labadee, Aruba, Curacao, San Juan, St. Maarten, Nassau and St. Thomas.

Vision of the seas is an excellent choice for passengers wishing to visit lesser-known destinations. She sails from Fort Lauderdale to exciting ports such as Puerto Limon (Costa Rica), Colón (Panama), Cartagena, Bonaire, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Antigua and Aruba.

Other Royal Caribbean ships may occasionally offer cruises departing from Fort Lauderdale. Rhapsody of the Seas and Enchantment of the Seas, for example, currently offer only one cruise from Fort Lauderdale, with Rhapsody offering a 3-night Bahamas cruise and Enchantment a 14-night Panama Canal cruise.

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