Key West (Florida)

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Key West cruise port

Bahamas - Caribbean - Bermuda

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2022-05-23 16:31

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Key West is an island, city and cruise port in the Florida Strait (within Monroe County, Florida USA) with population around 25,000. Key West City includes also the nearby islands Dredgers Key, Fleming Key, Sunset Key and also Stock Island's northern part.

The port is located approx 150 mi (240 km) from Miami FL and just 90 mi (145 km) from Havana Cuba. As cruise port, Key West has 2 ship docking piers. The first/principal (Fisherman Wharf) is within walking distance from downtown. The second (Outer Mole Pier) is a free trolley bus ride away from downtown.

In mid-July 2020, to the November ballot was added a referendum (3 proposed amendments) to limit the number of big-sized cruise ships calling at Key West. The ballot's amendments restricted the ship's size (max passenger capacity 1300), limited the number of disembarking tourists (max 1500 per day) and also gave priority to newer and safer liners - more environmental (engines, technologies) and with fewer accidents (especially onboard illness outbreaks) and better VSPs (CDC vessel sanitation records).

  • According to a CLIA commissioned study conducted in August 2020 (CLIA-Cruise Lines International Association), the industry's economic impact for Key West is that ~7% of the island's total spending is from cruise ship tourists who contribute ~USD 73 million of the island's total ~USD 1,2 billion annual visitor spending.
  • In November 2020, Key West's residents voted the three proposals and effectively banned the large cruise ships, including from the fleets of Carnival, Royal Caribbean, NCL, MSC.
  • In late April 2021, Florida Senate passed (in a 25 to 14 vote) the "Senate Bill 426" that could overturn Key West's initiative to limit cruise shipping. The bill (aka "State Preemption of Seaport Regulations") was introduced by Jim Boyd (Senator of District 21). In the bill he indicated that allowing each port city in Florida to impose its own rules on the port's maritime activities could result in "abrupt changes in the supply lines bringing goods into and out of this state", thus disrupting the state's economy. However, to become a law, Bill 426 must pass Florida's House of Representatives.
  • On June 29, 2021, Florida's Governor Ron DeSantis signed "Senate Bill 1194 (2021)" (aka Transportation Bill). The Bill contains various transportation-related (road, airports, seaports) provisions but also doesn't allow ballots/referendums (conducted by local municipalities and counties) to impact the state's seaport businesses. "[the Bill] Provides that with respect to any port that has received or is eligible to apply for or receive certain state seaport funding, a local ballot initiative or referendum may not restrict maritime commerce in such port based on specified but unlimited factors. These provisions apply retroactively and prospectively, prohibiting, rendering void, and preempting to the state any conflicting initiative or referendum".
  • Since July 1, 2021, Key West's ban on cruise liners is a history.

In 2019, the cruise port handled 417 ship calls and nearly 965,000 passengers.

Key West (Florida) cruise port

On December 1, 2017, RCI-Royal Caribbean added a 5-night itinerary on Empress of the Seas visiting Key West and Havana (overnight). For summer season 2018, Empress OTS had scheduled roundtrips to Cuba from Tampa FL with a series of 4-5-night itineraries to Key West, Mexico (Costa Maya, Cozumel) and Cuba (Havana). For winter season 2018-2019, the ship was homeported in Fort Lauderdale.

On November 27, 2018, upon leaving Key West, due to heavy winds, the luxury liner Silver Spirit collided with The Fisherman Wharf (aka Mallory Pier/at Mallory Square). The ship departed the berth at ~6:30 PM and started to turn around when strong winds stopped it and pushed it back towards the dock. The crash resulted in minor hull damages and no injuries, but the concrete structure sustained damage that left the berth unusable (remained closed until May 2019). Berth damages were estimated ~USD 0,5-0,75 million. Silversea agreed to pay for the repairs plus ~USD 50,000 reimbursement (for not-received passenger fees during the restoration period).

The Caribbean island Key West was initially called "Bone Key" (Cayo Hueso) honoring the Indian skeletons found by the Spaniards on its shores when they landed here for the first time in the 16th-century. The USA bought Cayo Hueso from Spain in the early-19th-century, and eventually, the name was Americanized to Key West. Today, the island is best-known with its pleasantly warm weather and great beaches, architecture, historical sites, easily-traversed streets lined with restaurants, bars, nightclubs, shops, galleries, theatres, museums. Cruise ship tourists may easily explore the downtown on foot and see Duval Street, Mallory Square, visit the Aquarium, Mel Fisher Museum, Audubon House, Hemmingway's House. A quick tour is offered by the Conch Train.

The island is one of nearly a thousand coral islets (Florida Keys archipelago) stretching southward from Miami. Key West is directly linked to mainland-USA (Miami) via Overseas Highway (113 mi / 182 km long US Route 1). Overseas Highway is part of US Highway 1 (serving East Coast USA) that has total length 2369 mi (3813 km), starts in Key West and ends in Fort Kent (Maine, at the USA-Canada border).

US Highway 1 connects most large US East Coast cities (Miami, Jacksonville FL, Raleigh NC, Richmond VA, Washington DC, Baltimore MD, Philadelphia PA, NYC, Boston MA) and is the USA's longest south-north route linking Southeastern US to New England.

Key West cruise terminal

Most cruise ships in Key West dock at The Fisherman Wharf (aka Mallory Pier/Mallory Square). Alternatively, the cruise port has two more berths - Outer Mole Pier (Truman Waterfront Park) and Margaritaville Resort (near Mallory Square).

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.

9 May, 2022
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Dream10:0018:00
10 May, 2022
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Glory08:0016:00
16 May, 2022
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Equinox08:0017:00
23 May, 2022
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Dream10:0018:00
24 May, 2022
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Conquest07:0013:00
30 May, 2022
Celebrity Cruises Cruises cruise lineCelebrity Equinox08:0017:00

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