EP 21 Florida Cruise Ports Are The Best

Zee Michaelson Travel

May 31 2022 • 33 mins

Port Canaveral (Orlando region)

Let’s start with the home port that is closest to us…. Port Canaveral voted the Best Cruise Homeport in the United States of 2021 and comes out over other nearby Florida ports.  The Florida cruise port is the second busiest in the world, with multi-day embarkations and catering to some of the largest cruise ships from the largest cruise lines in the world. The port has already welcomed the new Terminal 3 to cater to Carnival’s new LNG-powered mega-ships, resulting in increased capacity.  LNG is the Natural Gas type…more echo friendly…

Port Tampa Bay

There has never been a better time to cruise from Port Tampa Bay. Port Tampa Bay works closely with cruise line partners, service providers and government agencies to establish protocols to ensure a safe and healthy environment for the return of cruising to Tampa. It cannot be denied that Port Tampa Bay is a consistent source of vacation travelers seeking exotic locations. Excellent terminal facilities; close proximity to numerous Caribbean destinations; proximity to one of the country’s top-rated airports; and a host of popular tourist attractions are some of the reasons Port Tampa Bay is a favorite point of departure for cruise vacationers. Not to mention, passengers can also enjoy an exceptional experience on the front or back end of their cruise vacations—with Tampa Bay’s vibrant nightlife, white sand beaches, outdoor activities, museums, restaurants, and proximity to six of the top ten theme parks in the nation, there is no shortage of things to see and do. However, at the moment you will not find the mega ships leaving Tampa.  Due to some of the heights of the ships cannot get in and out of the port due to Tampa Bay bridge.

Port of Miami

Known as the “Cruise Capital of the World”, Miami cruise port is the largest and busiest in the world and is part of Port Miami’s 518-acre site. It makes sense to know which cruise terminal your cruise will depart from, and what amenities are available.  Port Miami cruise terminals are among the best and most modern in the world. They have to be, as they need to accommodate over 6.8 million cruise passengers and their luggage in a speedy, secure and efficient manner! The port deals with 55 different cruise ships from 22 different cruise lines each year.
Every Miami cruise terminal has parking, special facilities for disabled travelers, lounges, check-in desks, security checks, and must be able to deal with thousands of taxis, shuttle buses, and other vehicles delivering excited cruisers to the correct ship.

Port Everglades… (Fort Lauderdale)

Port Everglades, located in Greater Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Florida, is ranked third among cruise ports worldwide and has more homeported cruise ships than any other port.  And yes, I have sailed out of Fort Lauderdale.  I have to say it was a little easier than Miami.

Jaxport in Jacksonville

The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) and the Port of Fernandina, the area’s two deep-water ports, continue to set records with recent highlights and activity to remain globally competitive. Even though you can catch a cruise ship from here.  JAXPORT is Florida’s No. 1 container port complex by volume, offering worldwide cargo service aboard the world’s major shipping alliances with direct service to Asia, Europe, Africa, South America, the Caribbean and other key markets.

Port of Palm Beach. Now I have to say I have not heard of this Port