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Cruise lines from Miami
Sail away to the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Panama, Mexico and beyond.
The world’s cruise capital is an excellent place to kickoff tropical escapes. Though scrupulous travelers might schedule around hurricane season, Miami sees glorious sunshine an average of 248 days a year — and it only gets better, south of there.
Best cruises from Miami
The Port of Miami, located in Biscayne Bay, happens to be the largest — and busiest — cruise port in the world.
Best for budget travelers: Bahamas Paradise
Best for families: Disney
Best for deals and freebies: Norwegian
Best for longer trips: MSC
Best for luxury travelers: Celebrity
How we chose these cruises
When choosing cruises for this list, we looked at the quality of routes available from each cruise line, prioritizing well-paced itineraries with port stops at key destinations around the region.
We also considered dining onboard, weighing the number, variety and overall quality of restaurants against passenger reviews. Finally, we weighed cabin amenities against each price point, looking for cruise lines that are known to deliver the highest value.
Additionally, we sought out customer reviews on travel websites and personal travel blogs, considering first-person experiences and each company’s overall reputation.
When it the best time to cruise from Miami?
Since Miami is so close to the equator, it offers a temperate climate and pleasant cruise weather all year round.
Still, there are other factors to consider before determining your dates. Here’s what to keep in mind:
- Hurricane season lasts from June to mid-November, but August and September have the highest risk of tropical storms. Check your cruise line’s policies about cancellations due to natural disasters — most offer a full refund, as long as you eventually rebook.
- Off-peak season is from late April to early May and September to early October. You’ll likely find the cheapest prices during these months.
- The hottest month of the year is August — temperatures in Miami hover just below 90°F. And if you’re sailing south, expect it to get even warmer.
Getting to the port for your cruise from Miami
The Port of Miami is located on Dodge Island, just a few miles directly east of downtown Miami.
If you’re flying into the Miami airport, it’ll take you about 20 to 25 minutes by car, depending on traffic. Transportation options from the Miami Airport to Port of Miami include:
- Uber. You’ll pay about $15 for an Uber Pool, and about $18 for an UberX.
- Taxi. Expect to pay a $27 flat-rate fee.
- Shuttles. Most cruise lines offer shuttles to and from the airport for a fee. It’s also common for hotels in the area to offer free shuttles to and from the port. Or, you could research third-party options.
If you’re driving yourself, there are parking lots next to each cruise terminal in Miami. Overnight parking costs $22/night, while short-term parking costs $8.
Get lost at sea on purpose, departing from the cruise capital of the world. Remember to check for cruise deals to find the best prices.
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