Florida is a great place from which to embark on a cruise and Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale hosts some pretty spectacular cruise ships that sail to destinations both near and far. Some of the cruise lines that call Port Everglades home are Princess, Costa, Holland America, Celebrity, Cunard and of course, Carnival and Royal Caribbean. Cruises departing from this port offer anything from short 1 or 2 day jaunts to the Bahamas to longer voyages reaching down to the Southern Caribbean and the Panama Canal as well as Transatlantic crossings and Europe. Cruisedirect.com offers best price guarantees, bonus discounts and on-board credits as well as no booking fees. Find out how to save on some of the best Fort Lauderdale cruise deals below and get more info on your different cruise options.
The closest and least expensive place to cruise to from the Florida East coast is The Bahamas, a cluster of over 700 islands running North to South starting a few miles off the Palm Beach coast and ending close to the Eastern tip of Cuba. Cruise ships usually stop at Freeport in Grand Bahama or in Nassau and Paradise Island. Several cruise lines also feature their own private island with fun water activities and white sand beaches. Short cruises are the norm but some longer itineraries are also offered and ships often stop stop here on the longer range cruises listed below. Click to find the best deals on Bahama cruises departing from Ft. Lauderdale.
Western Caribbean cruises, ranging from 2 to 7 days, usually include ports of call in Jamaica, Haiti, Cayman Islands, Mexico and Belize with a stop in The Bahamas or Key West on the way. On these cruises you will get the perfect mix of sun, fun and culture. Mayan ruins, excellent scuba diving or snorkeling, duty free shopping and eco-adventures can all be found along the way. Great deals are often available to these destinations as there are many cruise ships covering these routes. The longer cruises which can last 7 to 11 days also visit Honduras, Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica. Depending on the time of the year you can find some great specials even on these longer cruises. Find the best current deals on Western Caribbean cruises.
Commonly starting with a minimum of 5 nights, Eastern Caribbean cruises include stops in the Bahamas, Grand Turk, Dominican Republic, US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Longer cruises ranging from 7 to 9 nights can also add St. Marteen, St. Kitts & Nevis, Antigua and the British Virgin Islands. These are great itineraries to enjoy not only the white sands and shimmering waters of the Caribbean but also to get some interesting cultural experiences under your belt as ancient forts and colonial architecture and history abound in these islands. Check out the best current deals on Eastern Caribbean cruises.
Southern Caribbean cruises
Typically lasting at least 8 nights, Southern Caribbean cruises will likely visit Aruba or the other Dutch Antilles islands of Bonaire or Curacao as well as Antigua, Dominica, St. Kitts & Nevis. Before reaching those Southernmost islands the itineraries may also include visits to the US or British Virgin Islands and stops in the Bahamas. Since these cruises are of longer duration and also offered by less cruise lines, deals are a little harder to come by, but still possible to find if you are flexible on your dates and don’t mind inside cabins. Click to find the best current Southern Caribbean cruise deals.
Transatlantic crossings and European cruises
At certain times of the year cruise lines will re-position their ships to take advantage of the seasons and trends in tourism. This means that towards the end of winter and early spring many ships will relocate from South Florida to Europe and amazingly enough there are times when an Atlantic crossing cruise to Europe can run only at $629 per person. You will of course have to find your way back by plane at some point unless you want to wait for a return ship a few months later. Find the best rates on shorter transatlantic cruises. Some of these cruises extend for up to 40+ days and include a lot more with itineraries that either head up north to Scandinavia and Russia or stay along the Mediterranean. Occasionally a cruise will head down to the Caribbean before heading across the Atlantic. Find the best rates on extended Transatlantic cruises plus Europe.
Panama Canal cruises
Cruising across the narrow Panama Canal puts you in the Pacific Ocean where cruise ships will then leisurely sail up to final destination ports in San Diego and Los Angeles in California, Seattle Washington or all the way up to Vancouver, Canada. There are a few cruises that will double back and deposit you back in Fort Lauderdale and those are the shorter cruises that run about 10 days. The longer ones that stop along Nicaragua, Costa Rica and multiple ports along the Mexican coast can take from 14 days to 22 days. Find the best current deals on Panama Canal cruises.
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