Known as Florida’s “powerhouse port”, Port Everglades is one of the top 3 cruise ports in the world and home to leading cruise lines departing to the Caribbean, South America, Europe, Bahamas and more.
Fort Lauderdale, the “Venice of America”, and nearby Hollywood, have so much to experience that you’re going to want to fly in for your cruise a day or two early. Arriving early also minimizes the risk and stress of getting to the port just before your ship is departing.
Here’s a helpful tip: many hotels in the area cater to cruisers! If you stay at least one night, some offer free or discounted parking during your cruise, and this can save a considerable amount of money over parking at Port Everglades. If you are flying in, finding a hotel with a shuttle from the airport and to the cruise port is ideal. That way you don’t have to worry about how to get to your ship on the day of your cruise.
Check out these helpful insights from cruise experts and a list of hidden gems you can explore pre- or post-cruise.
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