Caribbean Port Of Departure - Fort Lauderdale, USA

1) Introducing Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale is positioned in southeast Florida. With a large canal system, and many boats, it has the nickname the Venice of America.

The history of Fort Lauderdale begins in 1838 when Major William Lauderdale headed a platoon of soldiers down the coastline of Florida to battle Indian tribes. The soldiers constructed Fort Lauderdale by the shore of the New River. Though the Fort Lauderdale region was not popular until the 1890s, when a ferry service was established across the New River, a road was constructed linking the area to Miami and the Florida East Coast Railway was lengthened down the coastline. Fort Lauderdale became known as a seaside destination in the 1920s, leading to more than a doubling of its population. However disaster struck in 1926 in the shape of a devastating hurricane which displaced thousands of residents, depopulating the area and leading Fort Lauderdale into an economic downtown. Similar to the majority of towns in the United States, Fort Lauderdale did not recover from the Great Depression until after WWII, at last returning to a period of sustained growth.

Today over 10 million tourists come to Fort Lauderdale each year to play on its sparkling beaches, cruise along its canal system and enjoy its wide variety of family attractions.

Fort Lauderdale’s expansion owes much to its successful port, Port Everglades. The port started in the late 1920s as a dock employed by local businesses to export their citrus fruit. Having the deepest main channel of any port in Florida, Port Everglades was attractive to shipping lines, and the port’s activity increased steadily. Come the 1950s, Port Everglades featured the itinerary for scores of cruises. The local Rotary Club began welcoming ships and offering a glass of Florida orange juice to the passengers, a tradition which carried on for nearly two decades. Port Everglades has expanded into a capital of cruising, fighting Miami for the title of the world’s largest cruise port.

2) Port Everglades

Port Everglade’s cruise terminals are split between two complexes, Northport and Midport. Terminals 2 and 4 are positioned at Northport, and cruise terminals 18, 19, 21, 25, 26 and 29 are at Midport.



All terminals have the usual facilities including seating areas, restrooms, access for the disabled, vending machines, air-conditioning and baggage handling. Terminal 2 offers more efficient embark debark times by having a second passenger boarding bridge. Terminal 2 and 4 share the car parking facility at the multi-deck Northport garage. Terminal 2 is utilized by Princess, terminal 4 by MSC Cruises.



All the cruise terminals have the usual services such as an automated passenger loading platform, baggage handling, disabled access, air-conditioning, passenger seating areas and vending machines. In addition terminals 18 and 21 boast quicker embark debark times by providing an extra passenger loading bridge. Parking lot 18 provides parking for terminal 18, and the multi-storey Midport garage supplies parking for terminals 19, 21, 25, 26 and 29. Terminal 18 is contracted to Royal Caribbean and Celebrity, 19 to Princess Cruises, 21 to Carnival Cruises, 25 to various cruise companies, 26 to Holland America Line, and 29 to several cruise companies.

See cruises from Fort Lauderdale for a complete listing of cruises available.

For the port authority see Port Everglades.


3) Out And About In Fort Lauderdale

Stranahan House
Stranahan House is the city’s oldest house. It was constructed to serve a outpost for trade with the Seminole Indians, but also served as a post office, community center and bank. The house is positioned at 335 Southeast 6th Avenue, around 2 miles north west of the cruise port.

Museum Of Art Fort Lauderdale
Fort Lauderdale’s Museum of Art is the custodian of a magnificent collection of paintings by the well known early 20th century American artist William Glackens. After taking in the art displays, don’t forget to browse the museum’s bookstore.

Fort Lauderdale History Center
The Fort Lauderdale History Center tells the history of the local community from the pioneers of Fort Lauderdale to the citizens of the present day. Structures that form the center are over 100 years old and include the King-Cromartie House, the Philemon Bryan House and the New River Inn.

Museum of Discovery and Science
Spend a day of discovery investigating numerous absorbing interactive displays at the city’s Museum of Discovery and Science. Check out Florida Water Mysteries, Prehistoric Florida and Otters at Play at the EcoDiscovery Exhibition. Set your watch by the Great Gravity Clock, the largest kinetic energy installation in Florida. Climb into a garbage truck and explore with Harry The Heap, the recycling robot. Be astonished by the miracle of the human body, at the Powerful Pulse and Powerful Heatlh Team exhibits.

South Beach Park
At the southern end of Fort Lauderdale’s lovely beaches you’ll find South Park Beach, a favorite expanse of golden sand. Visitors to the beach can participate in a wide choice of activities like swimming, volleyball, fishing, rollerblading, snorkeling and jet skiing. Many shops, restaurants and bars line busy Las Olas Boulevard, which intersects with Highway 1A behind the beach.

4) Traveling To Port Everglades

By Car

Eller Drive, the 17th street causeway entrance at Eisenhower Bvld and SE 24th street all have security gates which access Port Everglades. It is mandatory to have valid ID, such as a passport or driver’s license, to be allowed into the port.

From I-95
Take exit 26 to I-595 East, signed Port Everglades. Keep going for just over a mile next take exit 12B. Follow Eller Drive to the I-595 East port security gate.

From West on I-75
Follow exit 19 to I-595 East. After 12 miles along I-595 take exit 12B for Port Everglades. Keep going on Eller Drive to the I-595 East entrance to the port.

From The Airport

The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport is is positioned just over a mile away from Port Everglades. Transfer is convenient by taxi or shuttle bus.

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