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Fort Lauderdale, Florida Port Guide

Fort Lauderdale has a little bit of everything: smooth, white sandy beaches, endless shopping on Las Olas Boulevard, and the Atlantic Ocean welcoming you to swim almost year-round. Once a spring break town, Fort Lauderdale is now known as the “Venice of America” for its intricate system of canals and lush tropical landscape. Head to Hugh Taylor Birch State Park for trails and biking blanketed by mangroves. Travel down the Florida Everglades on an airboat tour, complete with alligator and flamingo sightings. Or beat the heat with a trip to the Museum of Science and Discovery in downtown Fort Lauderdale, where kids and adults alike will learn something new. 


Aside from being a city full of fun experiences, Fort Lauderdale is also home to one of the biggest cruise ports in the world: Port Everglades. On cruises from Fort Lauderdale, you can sail to the idyllic beaches of the Bahamas and more stunning tropical locations scattered throughout the Caribbean.

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Featured Destinations

Bahamas

There’s nothing quite like the Bahamas, a stunning collection of islands surrounded by crystal clear waters in turquoise hues. Revel in the laid-back atmosphere of Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas, where there’s excellent snorkeling and shopping opportunities. Spend a fun family day at the Atlantis Resort, a sprawling water park that is sure to be a hit with the kids. Explore nearby oases like Blue Lagoon Island and Balmoral Island, where you can swim with dolphins or dive into its rich coral reef systems teeming with underwater animals.

Eastern Caribbean

Make your way through historic forts and lively towns during a cruise through the Eastern Caribbean. Stop in San Juan and experience the best of this vibrant island by sampling the local food, walking around its historic center, and hiking through its spectacular natural parks. In St. Maarten, you’ll be exposed to Dutch and French influences, both in the island’s cuisine and architecture. When you visit the volcanic island of St. Kitts, you’ll discover a mix of scenic landscapes and heavenly beaches.

Western Caribbean

On a Western Caribbean cruise, you’ll find active adventures and plenty of time to while away on flawless beaches. In Cozumel, explore ancient ruins and enjoy Mexican food and tequila. In Grand Cayman, walk along Seven Mile Beach, a beautiful stretch of impossibly white sand and turquoise ocean. While in Key West, grab a slice of the city’s famous key lime pie and visit Ernest Hemingway’s former home.

Southern Caribbean

Sail off to the Southern Caribbean and embark on an unforgettable vacation to some of the most popular destinations in the region. Lounge on the white sand beaches and swim in the gentle waters of Aruba. Take a photo in front of the scenic Pitons in St. Lucia. Stroll by the colorful waterfront buildings of Curaçao, and enjoy the lovely beaches and famous rum punch of Barbados.

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There’s no better way to experience the joys of the Caribbean than on a cruise with Celebrity. Our award-winning ships sail year round to the region’s most beautiful destinations, including the white-sand beaches of the Bahamas, the coral reefs of Cozumel, the lively town of Key West, and the ancient forts of San Juan. 


Spend your days swimming under the tropical sun and enjoying the shade of a palm tree. Get your heart pumping during thrilling underwater excursions or explore the wealth of natural wonders waiting to be discovered. On board, unwind at the spa or relax by the pool. In the evening, enjoy meals crafted by a Michelin-starred chef and end the night with a drink at the Martini Bar or dancing under the stars.


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Fort Lauderdale Port Facilities & Location

On cruises from Fort Lauderdale, you’ll sail from Port Everglades. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is only a ten-minute drive from Port Everglades, and shuttle buses can take you from the airport to the cruise port. Free wi-fi and parking facilities are available at the port.

Top Sights & Attractions to See Before Cruises from Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale Beach

Seeing the beautiful Fort Lauderdale Beach is a must. Rent a beach chair and lounge on the sand, rollerblade on the boardwalk, or go windsurfing. Grab lunch or a drink at one of the conveniently located restaurants lining the promenade before diving back into the ocean. 

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens

Don’t miss a guided tour of this plantation-style home in Fort Lauderdale, which was originally built in 1895. Explore 35 acres of the estate’s grounds, including its gardens. The Bonnet House happens to contain an extensive art collection, so it feels a little like an art museum, historic home, and garden all rolled into one. Everything is open Tuesday through Sunday.

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

Tucked between Florida’s famous A1A Highway and the Intracoastal Waterway, you’ll find Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, where visitors can hike, bike, swim, and paddle at the park. As you navigate the trails, you’ll pass through forests of mangroves and coastal dunes along the way.

Museum of Discovery and Science

The Museum of Science and Discovery provides education and escapism for all ages. This fascinating museum is perfect for kids or a rainy day. You can dig for prehistoric fossils, learn about the ecosystem of the Everglades, or take a trip to Mars. The museum is home to an IMAX theater, where you can watch the latest releases.

Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park

This natural state park is less manicured than the surrounding South Florida beaches, but it’s perfect for a relaxing afternoon away from the bustle of the city. Walking trails lined by mangrove trees will give you a sense of the tropical Floridian landscape. Paddle, kayak, or walk the long beachfront. There’s a picnic area too, and you can rent a sailboat or pontoon boat at the park.

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Top Sights & Attractions for Cruises from Fort Lauderdale

Stroll Along the Fort Lauderdale Riverwalk

Fort Lauderdale’s Riverwalk is a serene pedestrian walkway lining the New River. You’ll feel a warm breeze as you soak in the views of boats docked in the nearby waters. Meander down the Riverwalk past restaurants and parks, or board the ferry to see the city from a different vantage point.

Visit the Stranahan House

Before departing on cruises from Fort Lauderdale, take a guided tour of this historic museum where residents Frank and Ivy Stranahan lived and left a lasting impact on the Fort Lauderdale community. The Stranahan House was built in 1901, and it happens to be the oldest building in Broward County. You’ll learn about their story as well as the growth of the town throughout the 21st century.

Head to the Everglades

An airboat tour of Sawgrass Recreation Park is just one way to experience the mythical magic of the Everglades. This is a one-of-a-kind experience for families and nature lovers who want to see the wildlife—like alligators—and plant life of the Florida Everglades. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, try the nighttime airboat tour.

Shop on Las Olas Boulevard

Las Olas Boulevard embodies the spirit of Fort Lauderdale. This stretch of bars, nightclubs, restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques is bordered by yachts dotting the nearby waterfront and trees lining the entire 14 blocks. It’s perfect for a stroll or shopping while you’re in Fort Lauderdale.

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