Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port: Terminals, Getting Around and What’s Nearby

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If you have booked a cruise that departs from Florida, there is a good chance you will arrive at the Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port, also known as Port Everglades. As one of the busiest cruise ports in the world, Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is a convenient departure point for some of the world’s most well-known cruise lines. 

With millions of cruise passengers passing through this busy port every year, it can seem a little overwhelming for first-time visitors, so we have provided this comprehensive guide to Port Everglades and its facilities. We will also give you an overview of the surrounding area so you can make the most of your time in Fort Lauderdale. 

From arrival to departure, this guide will prepare you for a seamless and enjoyable experience, so dive right in!

Port Location and Address

Like the city of Fort Lauderdale itself, Port Everglades is located on the coast of southeast Florida. This strategic location and the proximity to major international airports means it is one of the most popular cruise ports in the United States. It also means the port is one of the main cruise gateways to the Caribbean, Bahamas, Atlantic, and beyond. 

Since it sits directly on the edge of Fort Lauderdale and is within driving distance of Miami, it is incredibly accessible. If you are driving from elsewhere, you can find the port at the following address: 

1850 Eller Drive, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA, 33316 

Terminals and Piers

As one of the busiest cruise ports in the world, it isn’t surprising that Port Everglades needs numerous terminals, but the sheer number of them is really impressive. It is an enormous port complex with eight full-size modern cruise terminals, each with its own cruise ship berth. To get a feel for the layout, look at this overhead port map

This enormous cruise port is constructed along the western side of Lake Mabel and down the upper portion of the Stranahan River. The river also acts as a single entrance and exit point, allowing cruise ships to come and go from the eight sheltered cruise berths when they need to.

Cruise Ships Docked in Fort Lauderdale
Cruise Ships Docked in Fort Lauderdale (Photo Credit: Darryl Brooks)

Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park also acts as a natural land barrier, protecting docked cruise ships from violent ocean waters while in port. 

There are two man-made piers (Pier 1 and Pier 2), but these cater to the shipping yard. On the other hand, the eight cruise terminals line the banks of the channel and Lake Mabel. 

To improve efficiency, cruise lines are assigned a specific terminal. While multiple cruise lines share some terminals, others act as home ports for a particular cruise line. Here is a basic breakdown of the eight terminals that make up Port Everglades: 

The North-Port Terminals:

  • Terminal 1: This terminal is one of the smallest in the port and is dedicated to cruise ships and ferry services that travel directly to the Bahamas. 
  • Terminal 2: Terminal 2 recently underwent a significant redevelopment, a joint operation between the port and Carnival Corporation. The terminal is now operated by Carnival Corporation and acts as a home port for several Princess Cruises vessels. Aside from expanding the terminal to accommodate larger ships, the project included renovating the onboarding services available at the terminal, enabling a more streamlined embarkation process for Princess Cruises passengers. 
  • Terminal 4: Like Terminal 2, Terminal 4 was fully renovated in 2015. It now exclusively serves Carnival Cruise Line vessels and is outfitted with modern facilities. It is also the closest terminal to the port’s Broward County Convention Center, making it easy for passengers to kill time before boarding.
Map of Port Everglades
Map of Port Everglades

Mid-Port Terminals:

  • Terminal 18: Terminal 18 has the widest berth of all the terminals, as it acts as a homeport for Royal Caribbean and needs to cater to some of the world’s largest cruise ships, like the Symphony of the Seas.   
  • Terminal 19: Hosts Holland America Line Vessels and features modern facilities. 
  • Terminal 21: Also operated by Carnival Corporation, Terminal 21 is the primary terminal for cruise ships operating under the Carnival Cruise Line label. 
  • Terminal 25: Terminal 25 acts as a homeport for Celebrity Cruises. 
  • Terminal 26: A secondary terminal for Holland America, it also hosts ships from other cruise lines when required. 
  • Terminal 29: The port’s multi-purpose cruise terminal is shared by Celebrity Cruises, Holland America, Disney Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, and others.  

Port Facilities and Parking

Not only is Port Everglades one of the largest cruise ports on the Eastern Seaboard, but each cruise terminal is equipped with modern amenities and facilities that ensure a comfortable and seamless experience for visiting cruise passengers.

Terminal at Port Everglades
Terminal at Port Everglades (Photo Credit: Solarisys)
  • Wi-Fi Access: Free Wi-Fi is available anywhere in the Port Everglades area. To sign up, you need a valid email address.
  • Restrooms: Numerous restroom facilities are scattered throughout the port, including one at each of the eight terminals.
  • Accessibility: The entire port and each of the terminals are designed to be fully accessible. Elevators, ramps, and wheelchair-friendly restrooms ensure all passengers feel welcome. There is also elevator and escalator access to all of the port’s gangways.
  • Baggage Services: Curbside porter service for baggage is available near the parking area, as well as the drop-off zone
  • Tourist Services: On-site staff and tourist information booths are scattered throughout the port. Cruise lines also have information desks at their respective cruise terminals. 

Parking

The port offers overnight parking, with two covered garages and three gated ground-level lots offering over 5,500 secured and monitored parking spaces.

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Each of the five parking facilities is within walking distance of the terminals, providing straightforward access for those planning to drive to the port. Disabled parking with access to elevators is also available.

Parking Lot at Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port
Parking Lot at Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port (Photo Credit: Solarisys)

Huron Parking Garage is closer to Terminals 1, 2, and 4, while Palm Parking Garage services Terminals 19, 21, 25, 26, and 29. Complimentary shuttle service is provided to Terminals 26 and 29. The outdoor parking lots are also situated just a short walk from Terminals 19, 21, 25, 26, and 29. 

Parking Rates

  • $4 for the first hour and $8 for up to 5 hours. Beyond 5 hours, you are charged the daily maximum rate.
  • $20 daily maximum, which includes overnight parking.
  • $25 per day for oversized vehicles. 

There are also clearly designated drop-off and pickup zones, including a dedicated and sheltered waiting area for those looking to pick up debarking cruise passengers. 

Cruise Lines That Use Port Everglades

Given that Port Everglades is one of the busiest cruise ports in the world, it is a major hub for departures and port-of-call visits. Given its importance to the cruise industry, as well as its strategic location, it is also used as a homeport by some of the biggest names in the industry:

Cruise Ships Departing Port Everglades
Cruise Ships Departing Port Everglades (Photo Credit: Allen Furmanski)

Homeport Cruise Lines

  • Royal Caribbean International
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Holland America Line
  • Princess Cruises
  • Disney Cruise Line
  • Carnival Cruise Line 

Other Regular Visitors

  • Cunard Line
  • Silversea Cruises
  • Viking Ocean Cruises 

Transportation Options from the Port

Traveling from Port Everglades to various destinations in Fort Lauderdale and beyond is incredibly easy, thanks largely to the wide range of transportation options available directly from the port:

Taxis

Taxis are by far the most popular transportation option from the cruise port. Cabs are readily available outside of the airport terminals and offer affordable flat rates for some of Fort Lauderdale’s most frequented destinations. For example, a flat rate of $20 is offered to get to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. 

Cruise Ships Docked at Port Everglades, Florida
Cruise Ships Docked at Port Everglades, Florida (Photo Credit: Darryl Brooks)

Rideshare Services

As mentioned, Fort Lauderdale is a bustling hub for Rideshare apps, including Uber and Lyft. Prices will vary depending on the time of day and demand, so be aware of surge pricing. 

Private Car Services and Shuttles

South Florida Shuttles provides shared and private shuttle buses directly from the cruise port. Rates are as low as $14 per person to destinations throughout Port Lauderdale, Miami, and the surrounding areas. 

Private car services are also available from the port, but they are more expensive. Rates start at $65 for three passengers, but you can arrange your ride ahead of time and select any pickup and drop-off point. 

City Bus

The Broward County Transit System (BCT) Route 1 bus stops outside the port and connects you to the city’s entire bus system. This public transit system is the most affordable option, with one-way fares of $2 and a full 3-day unlimited pass for just $12.

If you want to get around the city in style, you can try out the Sun Trolley, now officially known as LauderGo! It’s a free community shuttle provided by the City of Fort Lauderdale.

Distance from the Airport and Driving Instructions

Given that Port Everglades is just three miles from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), flying into the city and taking a short taxi ride to the cruise port is incredibly easy.

Interstate 595 exit to Port Everglades and the airport
Interstate 595 exit to Port Everglades and the airport (Photo Credit: Khairil Azhar Junos)

While timing can vary depending on how much traffic you encounter, most visitors find they can travel between the airport and the port in less than 10 minutes. Not only is it a short drive, it is a relatively simple one: 

Driving Directions

  • Exit FFL Airport onto US-1 N towards Fort Lauderdale. Continue on US-1 for 2.8 miles
  • Take Miami Rd exit to SE 24th St., then turn left onto Spangler Blvd for 0.7 miles
  • Merge onto Eisenhower Blvd and follow signs for the Port Everglades Cruise Terminals
  • Turn onto Eller Drive, and you will arrive at your destination 

Transportation Options from the Airport

While you can certainly rent a vehicle and drive yourself to the port from Fort Lauderdale’s airport, there are plenty of taxis, ride-sharing services, and shuttles that can provide rapid and affordable transportation between the two: 

Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (Photo Credit: YES Market Media)
  • Airport Transfer Shuttles: Some cruise lines provide complimentary shuttles from the airport to their cruise terminal, but you should check with the line ahead of time to make sure.
  • Independent Airport Shuttle Buses: Services like Go Airport Shuttle and South Florida Elite Shuttle Service offer low-cost, shared rides from the airport to the various terminals at Fort Everglades. Prices sit around $10 to $15 per person.
  • Taxis: By far the most popular transportation option, plenty of taxis operating out of the airport offering a $20 flat rate to Port Everglades. You do not have to book ahead, as there is a designated taxi line where you can wait for a cab.
  • Ride-Sharing Services: Uber and Lyft operate out of Fort Lauderdale, offering a low-cost, on-demand alternative. Both the airport and Port Everglades itself have designated and sheltered rideshare pickup and drop-off locations, so it couldn’t be easier. Just keep surge pricing in mind if you arrive during the busy season.
  • Public Transportation: The Broward County Route 1 City Bus links the airport to Port Everglades, providing a budget-friendly option. 

Getting to Port Everglades from Miami International Airport

The 29-mile drive from Miami International Airport (MIA) to Port Everglades can take as little as 35 minutes if you do not encounter traffic, but you can also take the Tri-Rail train service from MIA.

Best Time to Visit Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale’s busy season aligns with its dry season, which runs from November to late April. Not only are temperatures warm and humidity levels low in Fort Lauderdale, but these months are also the most popular for cruise itineraries throughout the Caribbean and Bahamas, so the port is bustling with activity.

View of Fort Lauderdale from Cruise Ship
View of Fort Lauderdale from Cruise Ship (Photo Credit: Solarisys)

As for seasonal conditions, average temperatures range from 60° to 85°F with dry conditions in the winter and spring. Temperatures rise to between 75° to 90°F in the summer and even into early October. Just be aware that conditions can be incredibly hot and humid from June until August. 

Nearby Attractions

Since Port Everglades is so close to both Fort Lauderdale and Miami, there is no shortage of amenities and attractions you can enjoy before or after your cruise. Here are just some of the highlights: 

Fort Lauderdale Beach

Just 2.5 miles from the port, this pristine, 24-mile stretch of golden sand beach is open to the public. The beach is lined with palm trees and a boardwalk dotted with restaurants and bars. Soak up some sun and splash in the turquoise waters that will make you forget you’re swimming in the Atlantic Ocean. 

Beachfront Avenue in Fort Lauderdale
Beachfront Avenue in Fort Lauderdale (Photo Credit: Todamo)

The Museum of Discovery and Science

Located just a 3.8-mile taxi ride from Port Everglades, the Museum of Discovery and Science is an exciting and educational attraction well worth visiting. Its interactive exhibits and full-size IMAX theater make it a fun experience for visitors of all ages. 

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale

NSU Art Museum
NSU Art Museum (Photo Credit: Felix Mizioznikov)

One of the most visited art galleries in all of Florida, this one-of-a-kind complex showcases over 6,000 original works of art. It’s also only three miles away from the cruise port. The museum hosts weekly events and features a full book store where you can purchase a unique souvenir of your time in the city. 

Las Olas Boulevard

Located roughly three miles from the port, this vibrant street is filled with art galleries, boutiques, shops, and independently owned cafés and restaurants.

It’s a great place to shop and grab a tasty bite. The famous street also stretches to Los Olas Beach, so you can pair a day of shopping with an afternoon of soaking up the sun on the waterfront. 

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
Bonnet House Museum & Gardens (Photo Credit: Brian Logan Photography)

This historic estate is located in the Central Beach neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale, just a six-mile cab ride from the port. Enjoy the calming atmosphere of the estate and its art gallery, as well as the manicured gardens that surround it. A visit will immediately transport you away from the hustle and bustle of a crowded cruise ship. 

Everglades National Park

Although the 50-mile journey might be a bit too far if you are only in port for a day, those looking to do some excursions in the area before or after their cruise will enjoy exploring this natural oasis.

See the wildlife of the Florida Everglades, including alligators and crocodiles, in their natural habitat. With airboat tours, hiking trails, and educational centers, it’s a worthwhile drive for nature enthusiasts. 

Dining Options Near the Port

Within the port complex, there are limited options for food, but just outside, you can find a wide array of casual and formal dining establishments. If you want to try some local flavors and dishes, Fort Lauderdale is known for Italian American cuisine, so watch for pizza shops and pasta restaurants.

Dining Venues Near Port Everglades
Dining Venues Near Port Everglades (Photo Credit: Todamo)

The city also has large Argentinian and Brazilian populations, so consider treating yourself to an Argentine steakhouse, like Argentino Las Olas or Lasso Gaucho Brazilian Steakhouse. 

  • Southport Raw Bar: Located just over 2 miles from port, this is a popular eatery for fresh seafood favorites, as well as pasta dishes and classic breakfasts. Its casual atmosphere and options for outdoor seating give it a uniquely South Florida feel.
  • Carrabba’s Italian Grill: This family-friendly chain restaurant and bar is perfect for fussy eaters and those looking for an affordable meal. The prices are more than reasonable, and the food is great! It’s also just a 0.6-mile walk from the port, so it’s a good option if you are low on time.
  • Joe’s Café: This local favorite offers full American-style breakfasts and classic lunch and dinner staples. Prices are incredibly affordable, and the classic diner feel will make you feel right at home. 
  • Steak 954: If you want to treat yourself, this modern steakhouse is known for its pleasant atmosphere and gourmet steaks. It’s only a 3.5-mile taxi ride from the port, so it isn’t tricky to get to.
  • 15th Street Fisheries: White tablecloths and live music give this Fort Lauderdale staple a formal ambiance. Despite the upscale atmosphere, prices are pretty reasonable, especially given the wide range of fresh seafood dishes available on their menu. 

Shopping Recommendations

Fort Lauderdale is a major shopping hub, with everything from high-end designer stores to low-cost budget outlets; it is a great destination for shopping enthusiasts of all budget levels.

For a mix of everything, we highly recommend visiting Las Olas Boulevard. In addition to designer stores, plenty of specialty shops offer unique gifts and souvenirs.

Shopping at Las Olas Boulevard
Shopping at Las Olas Boulevard (Photo Credit: Brian Logan Photography)

If you need to pick up a few essentials for your cruise, the Harbor Shops Complex is just one mile away from the port. It features some major retailers, like Publix, CVS, and Total Wine.

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If you arrive on a rainy day and want to do indoor shopping, the Galleria at Fort Lauderdale is the city’s premier shopping mall. You’ll find well-known retailers and a full food court with plenty of dining options. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are there free shuttles from Fort Lauderdale airport to the cruise port?

While there is not an official free shuttle, there are plenty of complimentary shuttle buses available for certain visitors. Many of the hotels near the port offer free transportation to and from the port, while some cruise lines, including Royal Caribbean, provide a free airport shuttle for some of their voyages. Just make sure you check with your cruise line ahead of time. 

Can Uber pick you up from the Fort Lauderdale cruise port?

Yes, plenty of Uber drivers are operating in the area, and the Port Everglades has two designated waiting areas for Uber and Lyft pickups. 

How far is the Fort Lauderdale cruise port from the airport?

Port Everglades Cruise Port is roughly a ten-minute, three-mile drive from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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