Best Florida Cruises: Our Top 9 Trips from the Sunshine State - The Points Guy (2023)

Cruises from Florida are the most popular option for travelers looking to set sail from the United States. He was in Miami just this yeardethroned as the busiest cruise ship port in the world- replaced by rival Florida homeport, Port Canaveral.

Cruises from Florida not only allow you to see some of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean and Bahamas, but also allow passengers to experience some of the biggest and best cruise ships currently sailing. The largest floating cruise ship,royal caribbeanWonder of the Seas, sailing from Port Canaveral; Family rival Disney Wish, Disney's newest cruise ship in the past decade, also has homeports in Florida.

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Families planning a multigenerational getaway, couples looking for a child-free vacation, and groups of friends looking to have a good time can find the perfect ship and itinerary departing from one of six Florida ports of departure.

To give you an idea of ​​the variety of options available in the Sunshine State, here are our picks for the best cruises from Florida.

Čudo mora al Caribe Occidental

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miracle of the sea, Royal Caribbean's flagship and the largest cruise ship in the world, departs weekly from Port Canaveral (the closest cruise port to Orlando). The ship sails seven-night Western Caribbean itineraries, stopping at tropical destinations such as Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico; Roatan, Honduras; and a private cruise ship island in the Bahamas,A perfect day at CocoCay.

While the islands offer plenty of fun in the sun, the ship itself is packed with plenty of activities for the whole family. Siblings or parents and children can race each other to the bottom of the twin water slides, named Typhoon and Cyclone. If you'd rather stay dry, jump on the Ultimate Abyss Tunnel Slide, where riders will descend 10 stories of darkness before crashing to the bottom on the ship's walkway.

Children from 6 months to 17 years have their own parties with special programs supervised by fun counselors. While the children play with their new friends, the adults can relax on the glass sun terrace, relax on the soft deckchairs or in the bubbling jacuzzi.

When it's time to gather for a meal, it will please every palatemason jar, one of Royal Caribbean's newest restaurants that highlights Southern comfort food. The menu is full of delicious dishes like fried chicken, gumbo and po'boys that will leave you completely satisfied. Brunch here is accompanied by live country music.

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Freedom of the seas in the Bahamas

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Royal Caribbean loyal cruisers or those looking to test the brand's waters without committing to a seven-night voyage can enjoy short three-night voyages aboard Freedom of the Seas from Miami.

Quick trips take you to Nassau and a Perfect Day on CocoCay, and a day on Royal Caribbean's beautiful island is reason enough to book this cruise. At this private Bahamian beach resort, boaters can slide down the waterslides at Thrill Water Park, rent a beachside cabana for a combination of shade and sun, or float in the sheltered lagoon. A barbecue lunch is included, and passengers can use their beverage package on board.

The 4,635-passenger ship offers entertainment around every corner. Challenge each other to a game of mini golf, show off your skills on the FlowRider surf simulator, or flex your muscles on the climbing wall. Entertainment on Freedom of the Seas ranges from iconic Royal Caribbean ice skating shows to live music in the pub. Pool parties, outdoor movies and laser tag are also included in the cruise price.

With so much to do on board, along with short sailing times, cruises on this ship can have a distinctive atmosphere of fun. There's a reason charter company College Party Cruise uses Freedom of the Seas for their March Spring Break trips.

No cruise is complete without great food, and this ship offers 11 different restaurants with dishes such as Italian, Mexican and Japanese.

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Carnival Excitement in the Bahamas

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Carnival Elation is unique in that it is the only ship of any cruise line to depart from Jacksonville. Their four- and five-day trips to the Bahamas stop in Nassau and another, different destination. Choose from a cruise to Bimini, Freeport, Half Moon Cay or Princess Cay; the last two areprivate beachesoperated by Carnival Corporation.

The 2,606-passenger cruise ship is one of theCarnival Cruise LineThe smallest and oldest ships. On the intimate ship, you will get to know the crew and other cruisers. Popular hangouts include Carnival favorite Alchemy Bar, where you can order cocktails from a vintage drugstore-themed bar.

For alfresco dining, head to Guy's Burger Joint, created by celebrity chef Guy Fieri. Order a full burger and perfectly golden fries, then head to the Lido Deck near the pool for people-watching.

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There is still plenty of fun on this little boat. Cruisers can frolic in WaterWorks, a family-friendly water playground, or head to the adults-only Serenity Retreat for a more tranquil experience. Punchliner Comedy Club hosts various comedians who will make children and adults laugh all night long. See a live production in the main cinema or sing with a pianist in the popular Piano Bar.

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Mardi Gras Carnival in the Eastern Caribbean

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If you'd rather try one of Carnival's newer and larger ships, you can sail from Port Canaveral on the line.Mardi Gras. His Eastern Caribbean voyages visit island destinations such as St. Thomas, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Grand Turk. Mardi Gras itineraries of six to eight nights provide a good combination of days at sea at the beginning and end of the voyage.

The impressive ship is known for its party atmosphere, which is accentuated by an area on board that is themed after the French Quarter of New Orleans. Here, guests will find Emeril's Bistro 1396, a tribute to NOLA cuisine developed in collaboration with celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse. Don't miss the Brass Magnolia and Fortune Teller bars, which start hopping as the sun goes down.

The Ultimate Playground on the ship's upper deck is where adrenaline junkies and sports fans will want to hang out. You'll get all the thrills with a ride on BOLT, the first roller coaster at sea, or take a spin around the high rope course. If you prefer to stay on the ground, mini golf and a full-sized basketball court await.

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The magic of Disney in the Bahamas

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When the summer of 2024 comes.disney magicwill set sail fromdisney cruise lineFlorida's newest homeport, Fort Lauderdale. Shorter three- and four-night Bahamas cruise itineraries include a visit to Nassau and Castaway Cay, Disney's stunning private island orLighthouse Point, Disney's new island destination. Itineraries longer than five nights include a stop at both private beaches or a double swim at Castaway Cay, along with a day in Nassau.

The Disney Magic is one of Disney's smallest ships, but fans love it for its intimate size and less crowds. Beloved Disney characters like Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse welcome you on board with hugs and photos as you sail.

Guests rotate each night between the ship's three dining rooms, including Rapunzel's Royal Table, inspired by the Disney animated film "Tangled." There is also the Animator's Palate, a tribute to Disney's animation studios. You'll have the same servers at all restaurants, so they know your family and your dietary preferences. At night, the Walt Disney Theater presents Broadway-caliber shows like "Tangled: The Musical."

Families looking to spend some time apart will love that Disney has a kids' club where younger guests can enjoy fun activities under the watchful eye of the ship's young staff. The Oceaneer Club has themed areas such as Andy's Room from Toy Story and Tinker Bell in Pixie Hollow. Kids can also take superhero lessons from Thor. Oceaneer Lab offers baking classes inspired by "Ratatouille" and sessions where kids learn to draw their favorite Disney characters.

Adults can use their free time to enjoy a meal at the adults-only Italian restaurant, Palo, or relax at the ship's many bars and live music venues.

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Prefer sailing on a newer Disney ship? ConfirmDisney wish, with three and four night sailings from Port Canaveral to Castaway Cay and Nassau.

Netherlands, America, Rotterdam to the southern Caribbean

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Dutch Americais known for its elegant ships and longer itineraries, such asRotterdamSouthern Caribbean options from nine to 16 nights from Fort Lauderdale. The fleet's newest ship, Rotterdam, sails to Curacao, Bonaire, Aruba and Half Moon Cay on nine-day voyages, while longer 16-day voyages include Grand Turk, the Dominican Republic and Key West.

With only 2,668 guests on board, Rotterdam is cozy and charming with a touch of luxury. The ship doubles up with live music; the live band plays all the rock hits in the Rolling Stone Rock Room, while the eight-piece band gets everyone on their feet when they play R&B favorites in the B.B. King's Blues Club. For all daily activities, the competition is on board.canchas de pickleball, where cruisers can take lessons or play in tournaments against their peers.

Expect impeccable dining at specialty restaurants such as Rudi's Sel de Mer, a French-inspired restaurant by Dutch American chef Rudi Sodamin; Canaletto, an Italian bistro offering all the classics; and Tamarind, where guests can sample regional dishes from China, Japan and Southeast Asia. For snacks during the day, don't miss the so-called Dutch pancake snacksMini Dutch Pancakesor fries with peanut sauce.

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Norway's Encore al Caribe Oriental

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If you're looking for a one-week cruise from Miami, consider continuing your sailingnorwegian encoreto the Dominican Republic, Santo Tomas and Tortola. Each island offers spectacular sandy beaches that give way to sparkling blue seas, plus opportunities for water sports, museum visits and hikes to lush mountain peaks.

The itinerary also includes a stop atNorwegian Cruise LineGreat Stirrup Cay Private Island. There you can enjoy a relaxing day at the beach, where the only thing you have to worry about is getting back to the boat from the auxiliary dock in time.

On board, slide downEncore Speedwayin a go-kart, play laser tag in the Atlantis-themed arena, frolic in the AquaPark, or experience virtual reality gaming inside the Galaxy Pavilion. For a quieter party, purchase a pass to the Vibe Beach Club, an adults-only haven with lounge chairs, umbrellas and specialty food and drinks. The pass is valid for the entire cruise, so you can come and go as you please.

There is a wide variety of dining options, including free and chargeable restaurants. Head to the local bar and grill for classic pub food and cocktails on tap. If you're willing to pay more for a meal, Q Texas Smokehouse is worth a stop. The à la carte restaurant serves authentic Texas barbecue and all the classic trimmings. After dinner service, the restaurant turns into a country dance club with a live band and an open dance floor.

Celebrity Apex in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

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celebrity cruisescelebrity vertexsail from Fort Lauderdale to some of the most picturesque islands in the Caribbean. From November 2023 to April 2024, Apex will offer one-week cruises to Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, St. Thomas and the Dominican Republic. Two days at sea give you time to relax and have fun on board.

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What makes this itinerary special is that it includes all-board time in San Juan and St. Maarten, allowing guests to see the islands as they come alive in the glow of the sunset.

Celebrity Apex dio jecelebrity cruises' A superior class of boats, with outstanding features such as superior design and modern accessories. One of the highlights of Apex is the Magic Carpet, a hanging lounge that hangs over the side of the ship. When you find yourself by the pool terrace, you can stop for a cocktail; when it is at water level, it serves as a platform for easier boarding of the dinghy.

There are many elegant places to relax with your companions. Enjoy a kebab or flatbread pizza among the live plants in the ship's rooftop garden, then watch the sun sink into the sea at the aptly named Sunset Bar. Take a dip in the martini-shaped jacuzzi on the pool deck, or take a dip on a rainy day in the adults-only covered sundeck.

With 29 different food and beverage options on Apex, passengers will never be bored at mealtime. The special gastronomic offer includes Le Grand Bistro, inspired by a traditional Parisian boulangerie-patisserie, and Eden Restaurant with a tasting menu of international dishes.

If you don't want to spend the extra money on food, stick to the ship's four themed main dining rooms and the Mast Grill, which serves juicy burgers and hearty salads. Oceanview Cafe serves breakfast and lunch a la carte, while dinner has a rotating menu with an international twist.

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Grimizna dame is Virgin Voyages to Key West in Bimini

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Climb aboard Virgin Voyages' adult-only shipthe crimson ladyfor Fire and Sunset Soirees cruises to Key West, Florida and Bimini, Bahamas from Miami. Four-night cruises are great for cruisers who want to try it outmaiden voyageor those who want an extended weekend.

You can book a tour of Key West, but it's easy to explore on your own. Take a tour bus ride or walk along Duval Street and the old town. For local fare, stop by D.J.'s Clam Shack for fresh seafood or Garbo's Grill for Korean BBQ beef tacos. Both were featured on the Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives." Enjoy key lime pie on a stick before returning to the ship.

In Bimini, head straight for Virgin's exclusive beach resortbimini beach club. Here you can enjoy a swim in the pool, a Caribbean themed lunch and beach games.

Scarlet Lady is a playground for adults. Spa Redemption is a relaxing retreat where you can reserve some time to enjoy a thermal suite or try a couples massage. For a permanent reminder of your cruise,get tattooed in Squid Ink. The ship is known for its creative theater shows and lively nightlife. Head to The Manor for comedy and drag shows and late-night entertainment. Don't miss Virgin's vibrant Scarlet Night, culminating in an epic pool party.

All restaurants serving tables on the Scarlet Lady are included in the price of the cruise. You won't find a traditional main dining room. To ensure your preferred meal time, please book your dinner via the Virgin Voyages app as soon as possible. Not-to-be-missed restaurants include Extra Virgin for Italian food; The Wake, a haute cuisine steakhouse; and Gunbae, a Korean barbecue restaurant where you start your meal with a drinking game.

The point

From a week-long family vacation to a shorter trip for a couple or group of friends, you can find cruises from Florida that will meet the wants and needs of every traveler. Older but intimate ships, newer mega-ships and everything in between leave the Sunshine State for destinations in the Caribbean and Bahamas.

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Whether you choose one of our favorite itineraries or find an itinerary that best suits your needs, you can't go wrong with a cruise outside of Florida.

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What is the best month to cruise out of Florida? ›

To avoid the busy season, the best time to go on a Caribbean cruise is from November to early December.

What is the best amount of days for a cruise? ›

If you're bringing the whole family, a 5 or 7 day cruise might be the best way to make sure everyone has an awesome getaway. And for those lucky folks with even more time to spare, a cruise of 10 days or more will give you an incredible experience of all the best things a cruise has to offer.

Where do you feel the most on a cruise ship? ›

Best Cruise Ship Cabins for Motion Sensitivity

Avoid cabins near the front (bow) or back (stern) and on decks higher than the middle deck of the ship. So, on a ship with fourteen passenger decks, your best options are below deck seven. If you have motion sensitivity, avoid interior cabins.

Where do most cruises depart from Florida? ›

Miami and Fort Lauderdale are the most active of the ports, with several cruise ships departing or returning in a single week. In addition to being a homeport, Port Canaveral, located one hour from Orlando, is also a port of call on cruises that depart from other areas of the United States.

What is the least expensive time of year to go on a cruise? ›

The best time of year to book a cruise is often January through March. During this period — also known as wave season — industry-wide sales occur and the price of that cruise you've been dreaming of may drop significantly.

How much money should I take on a 7 day cruise? ›

As a general rule, plan to have $50 to $100 each day in the local currency. Also, you may want to bring an extra $20 a day for tipping crew members. Make sure to include smaller bills for tips. Fifty to a hundred dollars a day should be enough to cover small purchases, tips and snacks at each port.

What day of the week is the cheapest to book a cruise? ›

There's No Best Day to Book

Cruise lines generally release their lowest fares when itinerary schedules are first published, and then run sales every so often to encourage bookings. As cabins fill up, the prices go up.

What are the safest months to go on a cruise? ›

  • Best Time to Cruise Alaska: June - August. ...
  • Best Time for a Canada & New England Cruise: Mid-September - Mid-October. ...
  • Best Time to Cruise Europe: April - Mid-June and September - October. ...
  • Best Time for a Mediterranean Cruise: April - June and September - October. ...
  • Best Time to Cruise European Rivers: May - September.

Where is the safest room on a cruise ship? ›

If seasickness is a worry of yours, the best way to avoid that is getting a room in the center of the ship. As cruise ships tend to bob on waves and slightly roll from side to side, the heart of the ship is its only part that stays virtually in the same place.

What's the best deck to stay on a cruise ship? ›

If you're after views, the best room on a cruise ship will be a balcony cabin at the ship's rear end. Aft balcony accommodations at the ship's corners are also the largest and often give more outside area than conventional balcony cabins, allowing you to enjoy both the beautiful views and the extra space.

Is it worth it to upgrade to a balcony on a cruise? ›

Balcony cabins on cruise ships are more spacious due to the outside space. They have spectacular ocean views, fresh sea air, and a private seating area. Although these cabins are more expensive, the rewards of a private balcony sometimes outweigh the cost. If it fits within your budget, balcony cabins are worth it!

What is the best cruise port in Florida? ›

Set on Biscayne Bay, PortMiami is known as the “Cruise Capital of the World," and is served by cruise lines like Disney, Carnival, Azamara, Norwegian, and more. Port Canaveral on the eastern Florida coast in Cape Canaveral and Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale are the next busiest ports respectively.

What is the busiest cruise port in Florida? ›

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. — Port Canaveral is now the world's busiest cruise port, with 4,072,396 multi-day passengers setting sail in 2022, according to the Florida Ports Council.

What is the easiest cruise port in Florida? ›

These are Miami's cruise port, Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, and Port Canaveral in Orlando. The port in Tampa is also an easy starting point for people living on the Gulf Coast, and for residents of northern Florida, cruises embark from the port in Jacksonville.

What is the most popular cruise ship line? ›

The 10 Most Popular Cruise Lines Around The World 2023
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  • Celebrity Cruises. ...
  • Carnival Cruise Line. ...
  • Norwegian Cruise Line. ...
  • MSC Cruises. ...
  • Holland America Cruise Line. ...
  • Cunard.
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How do you not spend a lot of money on a cruise? ›

By examining each one carefully for your vacation preferences, you can avoid wasting money and save your spending for only the very best options.
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  8. Shopping Tours.

How can I make my cruise more affordable? ›

  1. Work out your budget.
  2. Look out for deals.
  3. Book at the right time.
  4. Pay in installments.
  5. Cruise from your local port.
  6. Choose a guaranteed inside cabin.
  7. Don't pay full price for kids.
  8. Look Out for Onboard Packages & Deals.
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What are the most expensive months to go on a cruise? ›

The most popular time to cruise is during summer when it's warmest, kids are out of school, and holidays like Christmas and New Year's Eve. Due to supply and demand, these are the most expensive times to travel. So, if you have to ability to cruise in the shoulder season and can take a drop-and-go, you can save money.

How much money should you carry on a cruise? ›

Most guests bring $50-$120 cash per day to spend during the cruise. You will have many opportunities to purchase duty free goods, take exciting shore excursions, buy local souvenirs, play your chance in the casino, or enjoy some pampering in the spa.

How much weight does the average person gain on a 7 day cruise? ›

From what I can gather, the average weight gain on a weeklong cruise ranges from 5-10 pounds. That's quite a bit depending on your size. 10 pounds on a 150-pound person is 6.7% of total body weight which can have a significant effect on blood sugar, blood pressure, and blood lipids.

How much clothes should I bring on a cruise? ›

Casual Looks: Pack at least 4 pairs of shorts, 5 – 7 t-shirts, 3 pairs of pants, 3 skirts, and a couple of day dresses. Dinner Attire: Bring enough smart-casual looks for 7 nights.

Do cruises get cheaper the closer they get? ›

Cruise prices do not get cheaper closer to the sailing date in all cases. Cruise prices are usually the cheapest furthest from the sailing date when first launched or 60-90 days before the cruise sets sail. The prices of some cruises will decrease last minute but this doesn't always happen.

Is it cheaper to call and book a cruise? ›

Travel agents can get better deals on cruises

Their service to you is usually free, though some may charge first-time clients a minimal fee. It's worth it. In addition to sharing their expertise, the agent may have negotiated group space at lower rates with the cruise line, which may save you money on the cruise fare.

Do I need a passport for a cruise? ›

Do I need a passport? We recommend that everyone taking a cruise from the United States have a passport book. Though some “closed-loop” cruises may not require a U.S. passport, we recommend bringing yours in case of an emergency, such as an unexpected medical air evacuation or the ship docking at an alternate port.

What time of year should you not take a cruise? ›

Hurricane Season

Storms in August and October have a moderate risk of developing into hurricanes while September has the highest risk of all. For these reasons, September is the worst month of the year to take a cruise.

Is there a high risk of getting COVID on a cruise ship? ›

The risk of a COVID-19 outbreak is higher when a lot of people share a common space, like a cruise ship. Most cruise lines have dropped vaccination and testing requirements. Consider your risk level based on your health status before booking a cruise, and take precautions while on board to avoid getting sick.

What time should you get off a cruise ship? ›

On voyage-conclusion days, also called turnaround days, passengers are asked to vacate their cabins between 8 and 8:30 a.m. so stewards can begin cleaning them for the next round of cruisers. Everyone from the cruise that's ending must be off the ship between 9 and 10 a.m. in most cases.

What is the best balcony on a cruise ship? ›

Rear-facing balcony cabins are among the best balcony cabins on any ship. Often, their balconies are bigger than balconies on side-facing cabins and they also feel quiet. There are far fewer balcony cabins at the back of a ship than on the sides of a ship, so you don't hear a lot of noise from your neighbors.

What cruise line has the safest record? ›

Viking Ocean Cruises – When it comes to passing CDC inspections, Viking Ocean Cruises takes the top honor. With five ships, every Viking cruise ship scored well on their latest inspections. Three ships — Viking Sea, Viking Sky, and Viking Star — scored a perfect 100.

Is it better to be in the front or back of the ship on a cruise? ›

The back of the ship tends to be considered the next best cabin position after midships. Whilst the front of the ship gets the most movement the back also does get some. Whilst it's nowhere near as bad as the front of the ship, you may still notice some movement in rough seas.

What are the best rooms on a cruise ship to avoid seasickness? ›

To reduce motion sickness, choose a stateroom in the middle of the ship on a lower deck. You will feel any sway of the ship less in this section. Although it may seem counterintuitive, if you're worried about seasickness on a cruise, book a stateroom with a window or a veranda.

Can you sleep on the deck of a cruise ship? ›

Can You Sleep on a Cruise Ship Balcony? There are no rules that say that passengers on cruise ships can't sleep on their balconies. That said, cruise lines do generally advise against it. Despite this many people enjoy sleeping on their balconies and you won't have any problem doing so if you want to.

How many decks are on the Carnival Sunshine? ›

Carnival Cruise Line Carnival Sunshine
Carnival Sunshine
Capacity3,006 passengers
2 more rows

Can people see you on cruise balcony? ›

At first glance, there's no one around to see you if you end up getting down on the balcony. But don't think that it is ultra-private. On most balconies, there are gaps at the bottom and top of the dividers separating your space from the adjacent cabins.

What is guaranteed balcony on cruise? ›

So instead of requesting and being assigned a specific cabin on a specific deck you are booking a Guaranteed cabin category. So, 'Guaranteed Inside' means you will be guaranteed an inside cabin, somewhere on the ship. 'Guaranteed Balcony' means you will be guaranteed a balcony cabin, somewhere on the ship and so on...

What does a free room upgrade mean on a cruise? ›

An upgrade is essentially the same as booking a guarantee cabin — a type of room where your cabin category is guaranteed, but your specific room location is not. You agree to let the cruise line pick your cabin in exchange for giving you a discount on that room.

What month is best for Florida cruise? ›

In our opinion the best time for a cruise out of Miami would be from the end of February to Early May when you can experience Miami's best weather. The period is marked by a lot of sunshine and the chance for rain is low. Another perfect time is from early November to the start of December.

What is the biggest cruise ship arrives in Florida? ›

BROWARD COUNTY, FL -- Port Everglades once again welcomes the largest cruise ship in the world. Royal Caribbean International's Wonder of the Seas docked at her homeport, Port Everglades, this weekend for her inaugural season beginning March 4.

What is the most important port in Florida? ›

Port Tampa Bay is the largest Florida port by tonnage and land.

What is the most popular cruise port in the US? ›

1. Port of Miami. Known for its pristine beaches, bayside markets and vibrant nightlife, Miami is the Cruise Capital of the World and welcomes the biggest passenger ships on its nine modern cruise terminals.

Do I need a passport for a cruise leaving from Florida? ›

DOS recommends that everyone taking a cruise from the United States have a passport book in case of emergency, such as an unexpected medical air evacuation or the ship docking at an alternate port. Note: Baptismal papers and hospital certificates of birth are not acceptable.

Do any cruises stay in port for more than one day? ›

Sometimes, overnights will occur during the middle of a cruise. Other times, overnight stays are offered at a cruise's embarkation port just after you board, or at a ship's last port before you disembark the following day.

Do I need a passport to cruise from Florida to the Caribbean? ›

Do you need a passport for a Caribbean cruise? If you are cruising to the Caribbean, you will need to enter with either your U.S. passport book, passport card, Trusted Traveler card (Nexus, SENTRI, or FAST), or an enhanced driver's license.

What is the best month to go on a cruise ship? ›

December through April are the driest and most comfortable months, while late summer and fall are typically the cheapest due to the rar, but real threat of hurricane season. If you can go on a Caribbean cruise between mid-November and early December, or in April, you might be able to experience the best of both worlds.

What months are hurricane season for cruises? ›

Hurricane season in the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean officially runs from June 1 through November 30. Although the exact paths and initial development of individual hurricanes are hard to predict, the season is generally busiest between mid-August and mid-September.

What is the least expensive month to cruise? ›

Traditionally, the cheapest months to book a cruise have been January, February, and March, which are also known as "wave season." The trio of months often welcome industry-wide sales that can extend further than just a reduction on cruise fares.

What months have the best weather for cruising? ›

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  • Best Time for a Canada & New England Cruise: Mid-September - Mid-October. ...
  • Best Time to Cruise Europe: April - Mid-June and September - October. ...
  • Best Time for a Mediterranean Cruise: April - June and September - October. ...
  • Best Time to Cruise European Rivers: May - September.

What is the best side of a cruise ship to stay on? ›

starboard side of the ship is best to stay on. Your decision will depend on a variety of factors, from your stateroom type to your cruise itinerary. Here are helpful tips for choosing which side of the ship will suit you best.

How many nights should you take on a cruise for the first time? ›

A week or so is the sweet spot for most first-time cruisers, which will offer three to six ports. Three-day sampler itineraries won't allow you to explore more than one or two destinations, and you can't decompress as thoroughly, either.

What months are the most expensive to cruise? ›

The most popular time to cruise is during summer when it's warmest, kids are out of school, and holidays like Christmas and New Year's Eve. Due to supply and demand, these are the most expensive times to travel. So, if you have to ability to cruise in the shoulder season and can take a drop-and-go, you can save money.

What month is worse for hurricanes? ›

The official hurricane season for the Atlantic basin is from June 1 to November 30, but tropical cyclone activity sometimes occurs before and after these dates, respectively. The peak of the Atlantic hurricane season is September 10, with most activity occurring between mid-August and mid-October.

How far in advance should I fly in for a cruise? ›

Please ensure your flight arrives no later than four (4) hours before your cruise departure time. This should provide enough time to travel to the cruise terminal and check-in for your holiday of a lifetime.

What day of the week is cheapest to book a cruise? ›

There's No Best Day to Book

Cruise lines generally release their lowest fares when itinerary schedules are first published, and then run sales every so often to encourage bookings. As cabins fill up, the prices go up.

What do cruises do in bad weather? ›

If a storm is threatening the area a ship was scheduled to sail to, cruise lines will reroute the ships if the forecast is severe enough. While cruise ships can typically "outrun" most storms, passengers may still experience rough seas as their ship skirts the edges of a storm.

Should you fly in a day early for a cruise? ›

It's best practice to fly into the cruise port the day before your cruise departs, which ensures you can still get to the ship even if you experience travel delays or cancellations. It's also less stressful for everyone when you fly the day before. Nobody wants to be a ball of nerves at the start of vacation!

What happens if a hurricane comes while on a cruise? ›

So what happens if there is a hurricane or tropical storm during the same dates as your cruise? First you need to know that cruise lines do everything in their power to make sure the “cruise goes on”. Only in rare cases will the cruise actually be cancelled by the cruise line.


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