Caribbean Cruises
From Florida

There are more Caribbean cruises from Florida than from any other state in the United States or from any other cruise departure port elsewhere.

You may even call Florida the "hot-spot" for Caribbean cruise departures.

The Caribbean remains the hottest destination for cruise travel and Florida is the place from which to catch your next luxury cruise ship to fun in the Caribbean fun.

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Reasons For Many Caribbean
Cruises From Florida

Unlike any other state, Florida holds many advantages which have resulted in the majority of Caribbean cruises sailing from the Sunshine State.

A. Florida's Proximity to the Caribbean - The most obvious reason is that Florida is the closest state to the Caribbean, which includes fun-spots like The Bahamas, Jamaica and Puerto Rico.

While one may have to fly from far to board a Caribbean cruise from Florida, once there you are not far from the islands most visited by Caribbean cruise lines. 

B. Florida's Geographical Layout - Have you noticed? Florida is almost completely surrounded by water. Consequently, the state is a prime location for several Caribbean cruise ports and therefore many cruise sailings.

There are five major cruise ports offering Caribbean cruises from Florida. These Caribbean cruise ports are:

1. Jacksonville Cruise Terminal in the northeast;

2. Port Canaveral in the east;

3. Port Everglades (Ft. Lauderdale) in the southeast;

4. Miami Cruise Port in the south; and,

5. Tampa Cruise Terminal in the southwest.

All five Florida cruise terminals together produce 100's of Caribbean cruises from the Sunshine State each year.

C. Florida's Infrastructure - The state is highly developed with 100's of miles of highway roads and many frequently flown international airports.

The large number of airports, conveniently located near to cruise ports, provide for easy access and therefore many Caribbean cruises from Florida.

D. Prevalence of Family Attractions - Florida may be dubbed as one of the major "family-attraction spots" in the world.

As a result of the large number of family-friendly attractions in Florida, many people travel to the state not just to board a Caribbean cruise, but also to enjoy the attractions before or after a cruise. 

Attractions in Florida include

*Walt Disney World

*Universal Studios

*Kennedy Space Center

*Busch Gardens

*The Holy Land Experience

*Wet 'n Wild

*Sea World

With so many attractions in the Sunshine State, can you see why thousands book Caribbean cruises from Florida?

My family at Disney's Magic Kingdom

Caribbean Cruise Lines
Sailing From Florida

Florida is such a magnet for Caribbean cruise sailings that all the major cruise lines have departures from the state. 

Caribbean cruise lines sailing from Florida include: Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, and Royal Caribbean International.

Additionally, the world's biggest cruise ships sail from ports in Florida.

Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas and Wonder of the Seas; Disney Dream and Disney Wish; Carnival's Celebration and Mardi Gras; MSC Seascape and MSC Seaside; Norwegian Joy and Norwegian Encore; and the Enchanted Princess and Sky Princess all sail from Florida ports.

Let us now look at some cruise itineraries from Florida ports to the Caribbean.

Disney Ship in Port Canaveral

Sample Of Caribbean
Cruises From Florida

Florida Ports

Cruise Lines




Carnival is currently the only cruise line sailing from Jacksonville.

It offers 4-day and 5-day cruises to the Bahamas.

Port Canaveral

1. Carnival

2. Disney

3. MSC Cruises

4. Norwegian

5. Royal Caribbean

1. Carnival offers short cruises to The Bahamas and longer cruises to the Eastern and Western Caribbean, with some sailings to the Southern Caribbean.

2. Disney offers short cruises to The Bahamas and longer cruises to the Caribbean.

3. MSC Cruises offers short cruises to The Bahamas and longer cruises to the Eastern and Western Caribbean.

4. Norwegian offers long cruises (7-days plus) to the Eastern and Western Caribbean.

5. Royal Caribbean offers short cruises to The Bahamas plus longer cruises to the Eastern and Western Caribbean and even to Bermuda.

Ft. Lauderdale

1. Celebrity

2. Holland America

3. Princess Cruises

4. Royal Caribbean

1. Celebrity offers long and short cruises to The Bahamas and Caribbean.

2. Holland America offers long cruises to the Caribbean.

3. Princess Cruises offers longer cruises to the Caribbean.

4. Royal Caribbean offers longer cruises to the Caribbean.


1. Carnival

2. Celebrity

3. Disney

4. MSC Cruises

5. Norwegian

6. Royal Caribbean

1. Short and long cruises to The Bahamas and Caribbean

2. Short and long cruises to The Bahamas and Caribbean

3. Short sailings to The Bahamas and Caribbean

4. Long cruises to the Caribbean

5. Short sailings to The Bahamas and long cruises to the Caribbean

6. Short Bahamas cruises and longer sailings to the rest of the Caribbean


1. Carnival

2. Celebrity

3. Norwegian

4. Royal Caribbean

1. Short and long Caribbean sailings

2. Longer Caribbean itineraries

3. Longer Caribbean itineraries

4. Short and long Caribbean sailings

Which Florida cruise port is closest to an airport?

Port Everglades or the Ft. Lauderdale Cruise Port is the closest to an airport - The Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport.

How far is Port Canaveral from the Orlando Airport?

Port Canaveral is about 45 minutes from the Orlando Airport.

What is the easiest way to travel from the Ft. Lauderdale or Miami Airport to the cruise port?

The easiest and least expensive way to travel from the Ft. Lauderdale or Miami Airport to the respective cruise port is generally by rideshare.

What's the least expensive way to travel from Orlando Airport to Port Canaveral?

Try one of several shared shuttle services to travel from the Orlando Airport to Port Canaveral.

Booking Caribbean
Cruises From Florida

Now that you have an idea which cruises are available from the various Florida cruise ports, you also need to know how easy it is to book Caribbean cruises from Florida.

You have several options from which to choose:

1. Call your Travel Professional to book your cruise.

2. Visit our website, (Petes Travel Center) and book it there.

3. Call the respective cruise line to book.

I have given you a sampling of the cruise sailings from Florida to the Caribbean. There are others - some shorter and others longer.

But whatever kind of cruise ship vacation you seek for your family, you will find many exciting Caribbean cruises from Florida - the Sunshine State! 

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