Key West (Florida)

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Key West cruise port

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Bahamas - Caribbean - Bermuda

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2020-08-11 12:18

min: 84 °F (28 °C) / max: 86 °F (30 °C) 85°F
29.3°C
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Min / Max Temperature86 °F / 30 °C
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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) that could eventually limit the number of big-sized cruise ships calling at Key West. The ballot's amendments would restrict the ship's size (max passenger capacity 1300), limit the number of disembarking tourists (max 1500 per day) and also give 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). In 2019, the cruise port handled ~400 ship calls and 1,2+ million 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 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 MayaCozumel) and Cuba (Havana). For winter season 2018-2019, the ship was repositioned to homeport Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale).

On November 27, 2018, upon leaving Key West, due to heavy winds, the luxury liner Silver Spirit collided with The Fisherman Wharf (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) honouring 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 (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)
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