A cruise from Florida isn’t just convenient (thanks to the ports being close to two international airports), it’s also the gateway to some of the most beautiful islands in the world. If you want to capture the beach life vibe before your cruise vacation, taking a cruise from Florida with Celebrity to exciting destinations like the Caribbean, Bahamas, and Panama Canal can’t be beat.
On a Caribbean cruise from Florida, you can visit an array of exotic and exciting islands, whether you’re looking for a quick weekend getaway to the Bahamas or a much-needed long cruise lasting anywhere from 5 to 14 nights. Zipline over rainforest canopies in St. Maarten, hike to waterfalls in Jamaica, tapas taste in Puerto Rico, meander down white sand beaches in the Virgin Islands, and snorkel in some of the clearest water in the world to see stingrays, reef sharks, eels, and a variety of tropical fish.
Our cruises from Florida don’t just sail to the Caribbean. You can also sail through the incredible Panama Canal on a cruise between Florida and Southern California, and visit incredible ports of call in Central and South America along the way.
When taking a Caribbean cruise from Florida, you get the added bonus of seeing some of the best places in Florida, either as your embarkation port or as a port of call. You’ll get to experience some of the state’s top attractions and activities, which will make any Caribbean cruise just that more memorable.
Enjoy the exciting Florida beach life while in Miami and Fort Lauderdale before your cruise departs. Jet ski, windsurf, scuba dive, or paddle board around the Atlantic Ocean. You can also head a short distance inland to the Intracoastal Waterway to do some kayaking.
With a fun party vibe found among the beach-adjacent clubs and bars, Miami Beach is a whirlwind of a destination that finds visitors losing their inhibitions while also enjoying a soak in the ocean. Take a walk along Ocean Drive admiring unique Art Deco architecture and Latin influences of this exciting neighborhood.
Key West is the southernmost city of Florida and it has an alluring beach vibe with a lively atmosphere along Duval Street. Visit the old haunts of Ernest Hemingway, grab a slice of Key Lime Pie, and take a photo op with the buoy marking the southernmost point of the continental U.S.
We offer Bahamas, Panama Canal and Caribbean cruises from Florida that sail out of Miami and Fort Lauderdale, both of which are major cities on the east coast of Florida.
The largest cruise ports in Florida, Miami and Fort Lauderdale, are embarkation ports where you’ll board your cruise. These cities offer a wide range of things to see and do, so be sure to book an excursion after you disembark at the end of your sailing.
Cruises also visit Key West as a port of call, which is the gateway to the gorgeous Florida Keys archipelago and its myriad of beaches and mangrove forests. From white sandy beaches and exotic wildlife to Latin flair and historic architecture, you’re in for a host of experiences and activities when you book a Caribbean cruise from Florida for a warm weather vacation.
Shore excursions in Florida will whisk you away on adventures in national parks and tours of vibrant cities. Cruises from Florida also give you a chance to experience the wonders of the state after your cruise thanks to shore excursions that combine a tour or activity with an airport transfer afterward.
Head to one of Florida’s top attractions, Everglades National Park, famous for its swampy terrain and the wildlife – particularly the alligators – hiding among its tall reeds. After your boat ride ends, visit an alligator farm where you’ll learn more about the creatures of the Everglades.
The Florida Keys are beautiful both on land and under the sea. Experience the underwater world of the Florida Keys on a snorkeling excursion out of Key West. You’ll glide across the sparkling turquoise water on a catamaran cruise with stops at some of the best snorkeling spots in the Keys.
One of the most interesting aspects of visiting Miami is the architecture and culture. On a city tour of Miami, you can learn about the Art Deco Historic District, walk around the Little Havana neighborhood, and see the beautiful coastline and music-filled bars of South Beach.
Due to the mild nature of the Caribbean’s weather, you can find Caribbean and Bahamas cruises that sail from Florida any time of the year.
However, the potential of rain is something to keep in mind when packing for your Caribbean cruise from Florida. In the summer months, rain is commonplace in Florida, though it’s usually a short burst that can be refreshing among the humid heat. Winter sees less rain, but you’ll still likely want a poncho or light rain jacket on hand. Besides that, warm weather clothes with light layers should keep you adequately covered during your time in Florida – and don’t forget your bathing suit!
You also may think you shouldn’t forget your passport if sailing to the Caribbean from Florida, but if you’re on a closed loop itinerary from the U.S. – meaning one that starts and ends in the same U.S. port – you actually don’t need a passport if you’re taking a cruise and have other proof of citizenship such as certified copy of your birth certificate and driver’s license (and if you’re only visiting Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, the Bahamas, or Bermuda on your ports of call). Things can change, though, so always double check well in advance of your cruise departing what IDs, visas, or other documents you’ll need in order to board your cruise.