Fort Lauderdale, set in the south of sunny Florida is known as the ‘Venice of America’ due to its expansive canal system and historic river fronts. Fort Lauderdale is famous for its beaches, arts, shopping and culture – and of course constant tropical climate!
The city truly is an abundance of beauty and chosen by many as their favourite holiday destination due to its famous beaches, luxurious hotels, range of shopping and amazing choice of restaurants. Having become one of the busiest cruise ports in the world there is now a wide range of cruise lines and itineraries available here. With the port being so convenient to get to and so close to the main tourist spots it is a perfect destination to be explored before or after your cruise.
The port itself, named Port Everglades is literally across the road from Fort Lauderdale airport and a taxi fare from here to the port takes around 10 minutes and should cost no more than $15, however also conveniently reached from Miami International airport by a taxi will take around 40 minutes and cost no more than $40. Most cruise lines offer transfers to and from both airports and almost all the surrounding hotels will provide shuttles.
Made up of several terminals Port Everglades is very well sign posted and make boarding your cruise ship very easy. There are spaces for taxis and transfers to drop you right outside your ship and porters to help you with your luggage.
Port Everglades also boasts the world’s largest cruise terminal, Terminal 18, which was opened in November 2009 especially to serve the Oasis of the Seas and the Allure of the Seas, the largest ships in the world. Terminal 18 was designed to allow guests to check in and board the ship in 15 minutes.
There is no better place to enjoy the sunshine and warm climate that Fort Lauderdale has to offer than by appreciating its 23 miles of stunning beaches. The beaches will be an easy walk from most hotels and offer a clean, safe and friendly beach atmosphere. Some of the most popular beaches include Las Olas Beach, Pompano Beach and Hollywood Beach.
The Everglades have increasingly become one of the most popular things to do when people visit Florida. Covering 1.5 million acres of swamps and sub-tropical jungles, the Everglades National Park is one of the rarest public parks in the United States. As you travel through the park you will come face to face with many unusual and endangered species including the famous American Crocodile.
Shopping is a huge attraction in the Florida area and Fort Lauderdale in particular has everything from boutiques to large American style malls. One not to miss is Sawgrass Mills, which is the world’s largest discount and entertainment mall. Other popular shopping destinations include The Galleria mall and Las Olas Blvd.
Many of the most popular cruise lines now sail from Fort Lauderdale offering a wide range of different itineraries including