With ports in many major cities on both coasts and easy access to a myriad of magical island destinations, Florida is a great place to start a cruise adventure. You can set off from ports like Tampa, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Port Canaveral, so it doesn’t matter where you happen to be in the Sunshine State, you’ll never be too far away from a great port and a plethora of super cruise experiences.
Available at a great range of prices and running for different lengths from weekend mini cruises to week-long getaways, Florida cruises have so much to offer. Read on to learn about some of the best cruises you can book from Florida and start planning your next island getaway today.
1.Carnival - 3 Night Bahamas - Carnival Victory
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If you’re looking for a mini cruise from Florida and just need to get away from it all for a few days, the ‘3 Night Bahamas’ cruise from Carnival is a fine option to choose. You can get interior rooms for around $60-70 per night on this cruise, or choose to stop in an oceanview room or deluxe suite for a little extra cash too. Due to its short length, this is an affordable cruise and a fun way to simply spend a long weekend.
You’ll be traveling on the Carnival Victory, which is fitted out with a wealth of on-board services and amenities to make your journey as enjoyable and exciting as possible. From burgers to sushi, there are a lot of great dining spots on board this ship, and you’ll also find some super bars and live entertainment areas, including a comedy club. Families will appreciate the on-board water park area and kids’ clubs too.
This short Florida cruise sets off from the port of Miami and heads straight over to the Bahamas for its single, solitary stop at Nassau, which is the capital city of the Bahamas and home to a lot of great restaurants, landmarks, shops, and more. It’s a wonderful place to spend some time and really soak up the local culture, tasting some stunning cuisine, buying some souvenirs to take home, and relaxing on the soft sands of this Caribbean island paradise.
2.Carnival - 5 Night Eastern Caribbean - Carnival Elation
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Explore the wonders of the Eastern Caribbean islands with this amazing '5 Night Eastern Caribbean' cruise from Carnival. One of the best Florida cruises available right now, this cruise makes two stops in total and is available at some really great prices if you book in advance and choose the right room type, with standard interior rooms available for around $50-60 per night.
For this cruise, you'll be traveling on the amazing Carnival Elation. First launched in 1998, this incredible ship is fitted out with all the features and facilities you could ever need in order to have a wonderful experience each and every day. You'll find awesome dining opportunities at places like the Seaday Brunch, Lido Restaurant, and Blue Iguana Cantina, or can hang out at the Red Frog Rum Bar or Serenity Adult Only Retreat area to enjoy some rest and relaxation. There are also plenty of kid and family-friendly activities too.
This cruise departs from Port Canaveral, which is the main port for Orlando, and leaves all through the year, with departures scheduled for every month from January through to December. This cruise makes two stops at Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic and in Grand Turk Island of the Turks and Caicos Islands, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy some wonderful beach activities, taste some authentic Caribbean cuisine, soak up the local culture, meet some friendly natives, and much more.
3.Norwegian Cruise Line - 7 Night Western Caribbean - Norwegian Jade
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For a more fully-featured and longer-lasting Florida cruise, the '7 Night Western Caribbean' cruise from Norwegian is an excellent option. Offering a full week of enjoyment and amazement at several tropical destinations around the Caribbean Sea, this cruise really lets you make the most of each and every day, with plenty of new experiences just waiting to be enjoyed and savored.
For this cruise, you'll set off on the Norwegian Jade, one of the finest vessels in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet. First launched in 2006, the Norwegian Jade has won awards for its Caribbean cruises and is ranked highly for dining, first-time cruises, romantic getaways, and more. You'll find a lot of fun features and amenities on board this ship, including swimming pools, a therapeutic spa, an enormous casino, lots of clubs, bars, and restaurants, and plenty of family-oriented areas and activities too.
This cruise ships departs from the port of Miami and makes a total of four stops before heading home. The first stop is at the stunning Harvest Caye in Belize. From there, you'll stop off at the luxurious beaches of Costa Maya in Mexico, before spending some time at Norwegian's private Caribbean island, Great Stirrup Cay. Finally, you'll visit Key West in Florida before the cruise comes to a close.
4.Norwegian Cruise Line - 4 Night Bahamas - Norwegian Pearl
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Sailing with Norwegian Cruise Line is always an amazing experience, and you'll get a wonderful taste of all this line has to offer on the '4 Night Bahamas' cruise aboard the Norwegian Pearl. Sailing out of Tampa and making one stop, this cruise offers magical experiences and activities for guests of all ages to enjoy, and is available from as low as $70 per night for a simple interior room.
For this cruise, you'll voyage aboard the Norwegian Pearl. This is a Jewel-class cruise shop that first launched back in 2006 and is beautifully decorated with colorful pearls all down the side. The exterior is flawless, and the interior is even more wonderful. There are no less than 16 different eateries on board, with 15 bars as well as a casino, spa, bowling alley, duty-free shopping areas, and plenty more. It's one of the best ships in Norwegian's extensive fleet and is guaranteed to help you enjoy an amazing cruise experience.
This cruise sets off from the port of Tampa and makes its single stop in Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas. Great Stirrup Cay is actually an exclusive island, owned and operated by Norwegian and available exclusively for Norwegian passengers, so you won't have to worry about big crowds here and can simply live out your island fantasies and feel totally free and relaxed at all times.
4 Best Cruises from Florida