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Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port

Port Everglades
Port Everglades. Credit: Wikimedia / Jonathan Palombo Photography
The Port Everglades cruise terminal is not located in the Florida Everglades, but rather in Fort Lauderdale. The alligators are relieved.

The port is one of the top three cruise ports in the world, according to the Broward County Port Everglades Department. It supports 10 cruise lines, 44 ships, nine terminals and more than 4 million cruise passengers a year.

Caribbean cruise visitors will find that reaching the port and starting their vacation is fairly simple because the port, airport and major highways are all close together.

Nearby Attractions

Families with time on their hands may want to visit the Museum of Discovery and Science at 401 SW Second Street in Fort Lauderdale. The museum has a variety of special and permanent exhibits as well as an Imax movie theater.

Beach lovers may want to visit John U. Lloyd Beach State Park at 6503 N Ocean Dr, Dania Beach, about eight miles south of the port. (Be sure not to go during rush hour traffic.) The park offers swimming, surf fishing, canoeing, nature study, boating and picnicking.

The 35-acre Bonnet House at 900 Birch Road is a museum and garden on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It is located six miles north of the port.

Terminal Location and Directions

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is the main airport serving the cruise port. It is located less than two miles away.

Numerous car rental agencies are available at the airport in its Rental Car Center. It takes about 45 minutes to transfer from the airport to the cruise port.

Other airports serving the Port Everglades include Miami International Airport (27 miles south) and Palm Beach International Airport (50 miles north).

For taxis, expect to pay between $10 and $15 for transportation between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Port Everglades. Expect to pay about $18 to $20 for a taxi ride between the port and downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Transfers are usually included for anyone who has bought an air and sea travel package.

Broward County Transit offers local bus service. The Tri-Rail commuter train is available in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.

Terminal Parking

Parking is available for cruise passengers in the Northport and Midport Parking Garages and the Northport and Midport Surface Lots, according to the Broward County Port Everglades Department.

Garage and surface parking rates are the same. Car fees have a daily maximum of $15 at the time of this writing. Pay with cash or major credit card.

The Northport Parking Garage services Cruise Terminals 1, 2 and 4. The Northpoint Surface Lot is dedicated to terminal 4.

To reach them, turn south on Eisenhower Boulevard from 17th Street Causeway or travel east on State Road 84, enter the Port and turn left at Eisenhower.

From I-595, go east all the way into the Port. Follow the signs for Terminals #1, 2 & 4 and/or the Convention Center.

The Midport garage services cruise terminals 19, 21, 22/24, 25, 26, 27 and 29. To reach it, take I-595 east into the Port. Continue east to the garage on the left side of the street.

The Midport Surface Lots service Cruise Terminal 18. Parking Lot #19 is located between terminals 18 and 19 and is used when the parking lot at Cruise Terminal 18 and the Midport Garage are full. The entrance is on SE 19th Street.

The port authority recommends dropping off luggage and passengers at the terminal before going to park. Try to arrive after 11 a.m. or at least two hours before departure.

Local Weather

Fort Lauderdale is a tempting place to visit during the summer for its beaches, but summer also is a time of heavier rains than usual.

Rainfall averages eight inches in June, dips in July and climbs again until reaching another high point of eight inches in September.

The dry season goes from November through April, although daytime temperatures drop into the upper 70s Fahrenheit. May is a good month to visit for a combination of warm temperatures and low risk of rain.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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February 17, 2020
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