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Fort Lauderdale Cruises

Well-tended golf courses, idyllic beaches, and a system of canal waterways to rival Venice make Fort Lauderdale an exciting destination. It’s often associated with university-aged Spring Breakers, but Fort Lauderdale attracts families with young children, urban sophisticates, and mature sightseers alike. You’ll want to spend most of your time here on its scenic urban beaches, rimmed with outdoor cafes, souvenir stalls and lively bars. Yachts pull in and out of the harbour, while chic restaurants open frequently along its Las Olas Boulevard, the main drag for dining and shopping.

Fort Lauderdale

What You Need To Know About Fort Lauderdale

What are the can’t-miss sights in Fort Lauderdale?

Florida may be ringed with impressive beaches, but the ones in Fort Lauderdale are some of the most idyllic. Head to the central part of town to admire the sea view. For shopping and dining, Las Olas Boulevard is the place to go. You can take a boat tour of the Intracoastal Waterway, or take a horse-drawn carriage ride around town. Test your luck at the Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino, or enjoy a moment of serenity in the beautiful surroundings of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park. Here you can cycle around its pathways or enjoy a peaceful hike near the beach.

How can you reach Fort Lauderdale from the cruise terminal?

Port Everglades is one of the largest on the East Coast, and you’ll share the port with commercial ships. This sprawling port complex is divided up into sections to make navigation more convenient. Upon arrival, you’ll have the option of shuttle service between your terminal and Fort Lauderdale Airport or the city centre hotel of your choosing. Public buses stop at the 17 th Street entrance, ferrying passengers to the beaches and downtown area. There’s also a Sun Trolley service to the beach, and a bevy of car rental services on hand if you’d rather drive yourself around.

Parking facilities around the cruise terminal

Onsite parking is available for cruise passengers in the Midport and Northport Parking Garages. It’s recommended to use these official parking facilities, because they’re patrolled by security and well- lit for those arriving in the evening. Northport Garage offers 2,500 spaces, serving Cruise Terminals 1 and 2 as well as the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Centre nearby. Midport Garage offers 2,000 spaces, and services Cruise Terminals 19, 21-27, and 29. There are also surface lots close to the terminals which are useful when the main garages are full! Rates are the same for both.

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If you see nothing else in Fort Lauderdale, be sure to enjoy its amazing beaches. Fort Lauderdale Beach is the main option, lined with restaurants and hotels. Hollywood Beach is another popular choice for all ages, notable for its ‘Broadwalk’ promenade. For something a bit less crowded, you can visit Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, or watch the cruise ships go by at John U. Lloyd Beach State Park. Do you want to enjoy a truly local attraction? The Jungle Queen Riverboat has been navigating the waterways in town for decades, combining sightseeing with fine dining and unique entertainment. You might even see an alligator show, while enjoying an all-you-can-eat buffet. Just outside of Fort Lauderdale in Delray Beach you’ll find one of the nation’s sole museums dedicated to Japanese culture, the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens. It’s the perfect venue for finding your moment of zen, with koi-filled ponds, Zen gardens, and fragrant pine forest walks. Like many Floridian destinations, Fort Lauderdale’s a great place for shopping and you’ll have a wealth of malls to choose from. For upscale shops like Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, visit Galleria Mall. The Festival Flea Market Mall is a bit more chaotic, jam-packed with flea market stalls selling just about everything under the sun.


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