Miami is known as the "Cruise Capital of the World," as cruises from Miami are quite abundant. Many cruise lines feature a wide range of cruise ships that depart from Miami, to many destinations (Caribbean, by far, being the most commonly offered one) and for a variety of durations year-round. This diverse city enjoys great weather all year long and is home to great beaches, hotels, shopping, art galleries, bars, nightclubs and much more! While the majority of cruises that include Miami depart from Miami, there are some that include Miami as a destination port in their itinerary.
Being such a popular cruise port, many cruise lines offer cruises that leave from Miami. Among the excellent options are premium brand Celebrity Cruises, mainstream brands Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Disney Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Line and MSC Cruises, deluxe brand Oceania Cruises, as well as luxury brands Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Crystal Cruises and Seabourn Cruise Line.
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise that includes Miami, FL. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
The following cruise lines offer cruises sailing to Miami, FL. Select a cruise line to view the upcoming cruises that visit Miami, FL:
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
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 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.
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 are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Miami, along with a brief description:
♦ South Beach
This is one of the most popular areas in all of Miami. Filled with great restaurants, bars, nightclubs, spas, retail stores and hotels, South Beach is a trendy, walking-friendly, artsy and quite lively place. It would be a shame to miss checking this area out before and/or after your cruise. South Beach is also a great place to go to the beach to take in some sun, play a game of beach volleyball at, or enjoy the ocean.
♦ Duck Tours Miami
If you’re looking for a unique way to see much of the city, you might consider touring Miami on one of these fun vehicles. The entertaining duck tour vehicles are able to travel on both land and water, so it makes for a truly detailed tour of Miami. During a typical Miami duck tour, you'll visit some of the most popular areas of the city (including South Beach, Millionaire's Row and Fisher Island), as well as the homes of many celebrities. These narrated tours are usually 90 minutes in length, making for a great activity to squeeze in before or after your cruise.
♦ Monkey Jungle
Wildlife enthusiasts should consider visiting this interesting 30-acre reserve. This venue is home to almost 400 primates (from around 30 different species), most of which run free throughout the property. Monkey Jungle is typically open daily (9:30 am to 5:00 pm, subject to change), making it a very cool thing to do before or after your cruise.
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