Key West cruise port has 2 ship docking piers. The first one is within walking distance from downtown. The second pier is a free trolley bus ride away from downtown.
The port is located approx 150 ml (240 km) from Miami FL and just 90 ml (145 km) from Havana Cuba. The tropical island city Key West was initially called "Bone Key" (Cayo Hueso) in honour of Indian skeletons that Spaniards found on its shores when they landed here for the first time in the 16th century. Eventually, the name was Americanized to Key West. The U.S. government bought Key West from Spain in the early 1800s. Today it remains a haven for the world-weary with its array of 19th century architecture, balmy weather, and easily-traversed streets lined with restaurants, shops, galleries, theatres, museums, nightclubs and historical sites. The island is one of nearly a thousand coral islets in an archipelago stretching southward from Miami. It's linked to the mainland by Overseas Highway.
Intrigued with its early inaccessibility, renowned movie moguls, artists and writers adopted Key West as their new-found haven including Tennessee Williams, Ernest Hemingway, Gina Ert Frost and James Audubon. President Truman also vacationed here. Tourists may explore the city centre on foot and see Duval Street, Mallory Square, Mel Fisher Museum, the Aquarium, Audubon House and Hemmingway's House. A quick tour is offered by the Conch Train.
- For summer season 2018, Empress of the Seas (RCI) scheduled roundtrips to Cuba from Tampa FL with a series of 4- and 5-night itineraries to Key West, Mexico (Costa Maya, Cozumel) and Havana. For winter season 2018-2019, the ship was repositioned to homeport Port Everglades (Ford Lauderdale).
- On December 1, 2017, RCI added a 5-night itinerary on Empress of the Seas visiting Key West and Havana (overnight).
Highlights: Mallory Square, Aquarium, Museums, Audubon and Hemingway Houses
Key West tours, shore excursions, hotels
City Tours and Shore Excursions
Next are listed the most popular Carnival Cruise Lines tours in Key West, with USD prices per adult:
- catamaran and snorkeling tour ($50)
- Butterfly Conservatory ($40)
- Trolley and Train tours ($30-65)
- History tours ($40)
- parasailing ($90)
- Key West Pub ($40)
- kayaking ($55)
- speedboat ride ($100)
- scuba diving tour ($115)
- biking tour ($45)
- boat rides ($70)
Port Key West cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Key West, Florida. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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