Where do cruise ships depart from in Fort Lauderdale?


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Fort Lauderdale cruise ships depart from Port Everglades, a protected area fronting the Stranahan River and Lake Mabel. The latter empties out into the Atlantic Ocean, providing a deep-water channel for the luxury liners. The port is south of downtown Fort Lauderdale and close to Hollywood, Florida.

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Passengers check in at one of three entrances before entering the terminal area. Several security patrolled parking lots are spaced among the roughly 20 terminals. Shuttles and taxis are available, and many hotels include transfers for cruise passengers in their nightly rates.

The Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is next to the port, convenient for cruise passengers. A number of hotels, such as the Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel and the Holiday Inn Express Ft. Lauderdale Cruise-Airport are within blocks of the piers. Pre and post cruise hotel stays are common, either for recreational purposes or to accommodate passengers arriving on early morning, late evening or red-eye flights.

In 2014, more than 4 million passengers departed Port Everglades on 43 cruise ships sailing under nine cruise companies. Some of the better-known cruise lines include the Holland America Line, Royal Caribbean International, Silversea Cruises, Celebrity Cruises and Princess Cruises. The port was named World's Top Cruise Port in 2010 and 2013 by "Seatrade Insider."

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