Part of the Florida Keys, Key West is a popular port visited on many (usually Caribbean) cruises. It's known for its diving, snorkeling, nightlife, history, and more. Visit some of Florida’s finest beaches and taste some famous rum while exploring the lively port.
Cruises to Key West are available year-round, with over a dozen cruise lines to choose from! Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line, and MSC Cruises all among the most popular mainstream cruise lines with sailings traveling to Key West. For a more premium experience, Celebrity Cruises and Holland America Cruises also stop at Key West on voyages embarking from Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, and Tampa Bay. If seeking a luxurious experience, you’re in luck! Crystal Cruises and Seabourn also travel to Key West as part of their extensive World Cruises.
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The following cruise lines offer cruises sailing to Key West. Select a cruise line to view the upcoming cruises that visit Key West:
Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Key West, along with a brief description:
Hemingway Home & Museum
Tour the home of famed author Ernest Hemingway, who resided in Key West while writing A Farewell to Arms. You don’t need to be a literature buff to enjoy this museum. Hemingway once owned dozens of cats, including Snow White, a polydactyl feline. Descendants of that six-toed cat are among the 60 cats housed in this estate. The Hemingway Home is open daily, and walk-in visits are welcome.
Mallory Square is the perfect spot from which to pack the quintessential Key West experience into one fun day! There are plenty of wonderful shops and restaurants along with bars, museums, gardens, and much more. You can also watch the sun go down at Sunset Celebration, one of the most popular attractions in all of Key West. This plaza is conveniently located right by the cruise port in Key West’s storied Old Town.
Key West is the southernmost city of the contiguous United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii). This fact is commemorated with a monument, erected in 1983 but recently refurbished following damage from Hurricane Irma, at the corner of South and Whitehead Streets. Take a picture next to the replica anchored buoy to celebrate the geographical quirk.
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