Port of Miami: World's Busiest Cruise Port

Port of Miami Tunnel
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PortMiami is the busiest cruise port in the world. In 2015, the modern port handled nearly 4.9-million cruise passengers who chose among three, four, seven, ten or eleven-day cruises bound for popular ports in the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and the exotic Far East.

Its seven cruise terminals are among the most modern in the world. Each terminal can accommodate large numbers of passengers and include a VIP lounge, a high-tech security screening facility, airline counters, and an airport-style conveyor baggage system.

Presently, 18 cruise lines sail a total of 42 ships from PortMiami. Among them are some of the most popular: Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Fathom Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Virgin Cruises and The World.

One of the port's newest and most exciting cruise opportunities is aboard Norwegian Cruise Line's new build ship, the Norwegian Escape. The ship, which can carry more than 4,200 passengers serviced by 1,731 crew members, was placed into service in October 2015. Also, coming to the port the winter of 2016 is Carnival Cruise Line's largest ship to date, the Carnival Vista.

Port Access

Passengers arriving by taxi, shuttle bus or limousine can be dropped off directly in front of each terminal. Entryways have been designed for quick and easy check-in and boarding.

Passengers driving their own vehicles can take advantage of on-port parking. Passengers with disabilities can make special arrangements for convenient access.

Things to Do Before or After Your Cruise

There are a wide array of things to do and see before you embark on your cruise (or after you disembark). Nearby Bayside Marketplace offers a great place to spend time, whether you have an hour or a day. Waterfront shopping, entertainment and great dining opportunities all combine for a unique one-stop-fits-all approach to spending time before or after a cruise.

Ocean Drive makes the perfect starting point for a 10-block stretch of pastel hotels, cafes, shops, restaurants, and clubs. A welcome center offers tours of the trendy Art Deco District in South Beach that includes buildings from the 1920s to 1930s or pick up a cassette to aid your own exploration of the area.‚Äč

If you want to plan more than a day to stay and play, tucked in and around Miami and its beaches are some of the best hotels, many with spectacular waterfront views. And, just minutes away from the port are two attractions worth the visit. Jungle Island located on 18.6 acres between downtown Miami and South Beach is home to more than 3,000 exotic animals and 500 species of plants and Miami Seaquarium which has been providing 50 years of entertainment to South Florida.

Of course, let's not forget about the beach... white sand, warm sun... what a perfect way to begin or end a vacation!

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