Cruise Ship Embarkation Ports

A profile of cruise ship embarkation ports located around the world including terminal and parking information, and a preview of what to do around the area.

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Hurricanes

Florida is situated in an area prone to hurricanes.  From June to November, the country may experience strong winds and rains as a result of hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico. 

In the event of a tropical storm or hurricane alert, Shipdetective will post NWS updates and information for travelers on our Tropical Storm Update page

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Getting around Miami

Miami lacks comprehensive public transportation, but there are economical ways to get around. You can't miss the big blue Super Shuttle vans from the airport to the beach and Miami hotels, $20 plus tip. The Tri-Rail is a convenient, affordable way to navigate the region, with stops including area airports, Fort Lauderdale, Delray Beach, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach. One-way fares are $2-$5.50, all-day $4 weekend fare.

If you're in Downtown, the Metromover is an automated monorail that you can ride for free. It also makes a good vantage point for photo buffs to capture the skyscrapers. If you're out and about in Coral Gables you can take advantage of the recently launched free shuttle service.

Taxis are widely available if you prefer not to rent a car. A ride from the airport to the beach can cost about $30-35.

If you want to cruise Ocean Drive in style you can hire a Harley-Davidson from Peterson's (19400 NW 2nd Avenue), from $100 a day. But before you hop on that hog, a word of caution: Miami's motorists have been named the most aggressive in the U.S. for the last two years.

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PortMiami (Port of Miami)

Terminal Info   Beaches   Things to do    Events

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Port of Miami is the number one cruise/passenger port in the world and is known for accommodating the largest volume of cruise ships in the world.

An international center for popular entertainment in television, music, fashion, film, and the performing arts, Miami also has a powerful influence internationally. The city is also home to the largest concentration of international banks in the United States, as well as home to many international company headquarters, and television studios.

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Terminal Information

Port of Miami Map PDF

Terminal Location

Dante B. Fascell PortMiami
1015 North America Way, Miami, FL 33132
Tel: 305-371-7678.  Port of Miami official website

Passenger terminals D and E are ultramodern, three-story buildings and each terminal has features and amenities such as a VIP lounge, a high-tech security screening facility for embarkation, airline counters, and an airport-style conveyor baggage system.  As embarking passengers enter the spacious ticketing area, they will be standing in front of an uninterrupted 300-foot long and 85-foot high glass wall facing the cruise ship.

Disembarking passengers will go through a One Stop Federal Multi-Agency Facility that brings under one roof the earlier functions of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Beaches

South Beach

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The South Beach section of Miami Beach is a major entertainment destination with hundreds of nightclubs, restaurants, hotels and boutiques.

Crandon Park Beach

6747 Crandon Boulevard, Key Biscayne, FL

The Crandon Park Visitor and Nature Center is located on the breathtaking barrier island of Key Biscayne, with the Atlantic Ocean on the east side and Biscayne Bay to the west. The hours of operation are Monday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors to the park can explore the various ecosystems of the Key including the dunes, mangroves, and coastal hammock and seagrass beds; and observe herons, ospreys and many brilliantly colored butterflies.

Matheson Hammock Beach

9610 Old Cutler Road Miami, FL

It's a great beach for beginners, or those who simply enjoy a peaceful practice session. Matheson Hammock Park is a lovely scenic park with an unusual feature--a man-made atoll pool, which is flushed naturally with the tidal action of nearby Biscayne Bay. Its tranquil breeze-swept beach is a haven for families who enjoy its warm, safe waters and beautiful waterside views. Matheson is also a prime spot for Kite-Boarding. Its active breezes and calm shallow waters make launching easy. The park also has a full-service marina, snack bar and restaurant built into an historic coral rock building, picnic pavilions and nature trails. Matheson also contains a sailing and power boat school.

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Things to do

Everglades Alligator Farm

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Everglades Safari Park

The best way to see South Florida's alligator-infested waters is riding an airboat through the Everglades. About 35 miles south of Miami in Homestead.  Website

Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

Extensive collection of rare tropical plants.  Verandah restaurant and garden cafe. 10901 Old Cutler Road. Website

Golfing

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Lincoln Road

An open-air pedestrian mall, considered South Beach's premiere shopping area. It is home to many restaurants and several night clubs, such as Score and Funktion, as well as many retail outlets.

Miami Beach Art Deco District Walking Tour

The Design Preservation League offers walking tours of the Art Deco District. This ninety-minute walking tour provides an introduction to the Art Deco, Mediterranean Revival, and Miami Modern (MiMo) styles found within the Miami Beach Architectural Historic District. Explore hotels, restaurants, and other commercial structures with a visit to a number of interiors. All tours are $20.00 or $15.00 for seniors, veterans and students. 1001 Ocean Dr. Prices subject to change.

Miami Art Museum

Unique collection of different cultural traditions of South Florida. 101 W. Flagler St. Website

Miami Seaquarium

Marine Park located on Key Biscayne. Website

Miami Metro Zoo

Located in South Miami just right off I-75 and a short drive from the Florida Turnpike. Website

Shark Valley Tram Tours in Homestead

A two-hour guided tram ride with wildlife viewing and a stop at the Shark Valley observation tower for a panoramic view of the Everglades costs $15.25 ($9.25 for ages 3-12).  Website

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Events

Holtz Children's Hospital Beaux Arts Festival of Art

Free Annual Event

University of Miami   Daily 10am-5pm
Holtz Children's Hospital Beaux Arts Festival of Art is Miami's oldest juried fine art show. The annual two-day festival on the grounds of the University of Miami campus features over 250 artists and includes entertainment and food stalls. Holtz Children's Hospital Beaux Arts Festival of Art showcases 11 artwork media including ceramics, jewelry, mixed media, oil & acrylics, photography and watercolor and wood. The festival presents US$20,000 in cash awards.   Beaux Arts Website

Miami Art Deco Weekend

January annual event

Miami Beach's Art Deco district dives back into its era of pastel design for the Art Deco Weekend every January. An afternoon procession snakes through the old centre. Jazz is replaced by R&B, reggae and even the lambada as more than 500,000 people swap their collecting for celebrating.  Miami Design Preservation League Website

Calle Ocho Street Festival

March annual event

Miami's annual Cuban carnival is one of the world's largest street parties. Calle Ocho spreads over 23 blocks of Little Havana and completely fills the main street with Latin music, dancing and entertainers. Thirty stages at intersecting avenues blast out salsa, merengue, pop and Caribbean music to more than a million people. Numerous vendors sell food from the Caribbean and beyond, and a mini children's festival takes up the four blocks from 4th Avenue to 8th Avenue, with stilt walkers, face painters, fun food, magicians and rides.

Miami Carnival

Annual October event

Mask-Querade/Black Tie Gala, the Kiddies Carnival, and the Kings, Queens and Individuals Competition, Steelband Panorama, and a Calypso/Soca Competition.

 

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