Ocean Liner

Florida is Main Port for World’s Cruise Industry

Here a quick list of cruise lines and ships that sail out of the Sunshine State.

Ships leave from terminals in Tampa, Jacksonville, Port Canaveral, Fort Lauderdale’s Port Everglades and Port of Miami. In addition, Key West is a top destination. There are also a number of fast ferries, day gambling cruises and traditional ferries to get you out on the water. South Florida and the Miami and Fort Lauderdale area are the headquarters for most of America’s cruise lines.

Some major cruise Lines that serve Florida:

  • Crystal Cruises Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony sail out of Miami with voyages of themes that include Smithsonian sponsorship.
  • Carnival Cruise Lines sails from Tampa, Port Canaveral, Jacksonville, Fort Lauderdale or Miami to Caribbean destinations
  • Fred Olsen Cruise Lines sails occasionally out of Port of Miami with occasional cruises packed with Brits. The ship Balmoral, the former Norwegian Crown, is recently refurbished.
  • Norwegian Cruise Line sails out of Miami, with trips across the Caribbean and inexpensive jaunts to the Bahamas.
  • Oceania Cruises: This luxury line is just a tier below super-luxury, and sails out of Miami.
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises, formerly Radisson Seven Seas Cruises. This is a cruise line operated like an old-line country club. Food is superb and the ship is small, but first rate. You’ll find nice folk on the ship; no yahoos or drinking parties at the pool.
  • Royal Caribbean International: Enchantment of the Seas, Independence of the Seas and Grandeur of the Seas sail out of Port Canaveral in Fort Lauderdale. Majesty of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas sail out of Miami. The shipping line also has trans-Atlantic crossings.

Bahamas Only Cruises

  • Celebration Cruise Line offers cruises from Fort Lauderdale to the Bahamas. It’s a budget cruise, but the Miami Herald says it’s worth it if you don’t need the amenities of a big cruise liner. There is even a two-day cruise.

Other Ferries

  • Key West Express takes passengers from Key West to Marco Island and Fort Myers.

Bahamas Ferries

  • Bahamas Ferries are fast ferries that run between islands in the Bahamas.