The Complete Guide to Cruises Leaving the Port of Miami - The Points Guy (2023)

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when you lovecruise, you are probably familiar with PortMiami. It is the busiest domestic port in the United States, with more than 5.5 million passengers embarking each year (based on 2018/2019 statistics).

It's the perfect place to set sailCaribbean, Panama, Mexico and beyond.twenty two cruise linesSail from PortMiami so you'll have no trouble finding a ship and itinerary that works for you. Getting to the port is easy - with bothMiami International Airport(MIA) and Fort Lauderdale (FLL) close to the airports, and there aremany points hotelsfor a stay before or after your cruise.

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Navigating Miami is a rite of passage and the journey truly is one of the best in the world. When your ship sails in time for sunset, the city's skyscrapers and golden beaches sparkle and wish you a safe journey.

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The port consists of nine cruise terminals: Terminals A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H and J.Disney is going on a cruise soonof a new terminal (K), such as Virgin Voyages (V).

We will talk next about parking lots and port squares. (You can download a PDF herePort of Miami map.)

Pro Tip:If anyone in your party needs a wheelchair to access the ship from the cruise terminal entrance, please call the cruise line in advance to arrange this or ask your travel agent if necessary.

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Who leaves PortMiami?

Home to many major cruise lines and with a capacity of 34 ships, PortMiami is the gateway to Mexico, the Caribbean, the Bahamas and beyond. The cruise capital of the world offers a wide range of cruise ships, from economy and family cruises to luxury cruises.

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The following cruise lines have ships in PortMiami: Azamara, Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Viking and Virgin Travel. It is also a port of call for AIDA, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, Hurtigruten, P&O Cruises, Phoenix, Princess Cruises, Saga, Scenic, Seabourn, TUI, Windstar Cruises and Amadea.

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nearest airports

ANDMiami International Airport (MIA)It's a short trip, depending on traffic, 20 to 40 minutes from the cruise port.Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)it's an alternative and takes about an hour to drive to PortMiami from there.

Thousands of airlines fly to MIA, including American, Delta, Frontier, Sun Country and United. If you prefer to fly FLL, your options are Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, American, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Silver Airways, Southwest, Spirit and United.

There are sometimes opportunities to purchase a free airline ticket when flying to these airports. Think Frontier newspaperFriends fly for freeÖKids fly for freeOffers if you are an airline memberdiscount cave. Or, sign up for the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® Credit Card and receive an Companion Certificate to commemorate the card's anniversary. The certificate allows one companion to fly for US$121 (price from US$99 and tax from US$22). You can also bring a companion for free (actually just the ticket tax cost) if you have them.Southwest Companion Pass.

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Outbound flight schedules don't always line up perfectly with your cruise line's disembarkation schedule, so you may have time to kill at the airport.

Be sure to bring a credit card with airport lounge access as a perk. Chase Sapphire Reserve offers guests access to Priority Pass Lounges andparticipating restaurantswhile the American Express Platinum Card® opens the door toAmex Centurion Salon is MIA.

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How to get to the port

cruise ship transfers

You can often book a transfer between the airport and the cruise terminal (or your hotel) directly with your cruise line. This is sometimes reserved for travelers who purchased their flight on the cruise line, but you can call and ask if you can purchase à la carte transfers. For example,Carnival Cruise Lineoffers transportation between MIA ($16.99 per person) and FLL ($31.99 per person) and PortMiami on the day of departure.

hotel transfers

If you're staying at a hotel near the airport (like the Hampton Inn & Suites Miami-Airport South-Blue Lagoon), they may offer free shuttle service. Other hotels may offer free or paid shuttle service from the hotel to PortMiami. Inquire when making your reservation. For example, the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Miami Brickell Downtown offers shuttle service to PortMiami for $8 per person.

Independent services of vans and cars.

There are also a variety of local companies that operate shared and private van and limousine services from MIA and FLL to area hotels and the port. Look for providers like Port of Miami Shuttle, GO Airport Shuttle or Metro Shuttle Service. Prices vary depending on whether you choose a shared or private tour, the number of passengers in your group, and the type of vehicle you want (e.g. sedan, SUV, van, etc.).

Nationally known services, such as Groundlink, also offer pick-up and drop-off in private cars. The fare from MIA to PortMiami is approximately $70 for a standard three-passenger vehicle. Add $20 if you need a children's car set. A 10-passenger van costs $144.

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Taxis and ride-sharing services

Calling a taxi to take you to PortMiami is easy and costs a flat rate of $27 USD. Taxi ranks are located on the Arrivals (ground floor) level of the airport (outside of baggage claim). If going anywhere other than the port, the metered fare is $6.90 for the first mile and $2.40 for each additional mile. Wait time is $0.40 per minute.

Ride services like Uber andLyftare also an option. A pool Uber from MIA to PortMiami can cost as little as $6, UberX can cost around $11, and UberXL can cost around $21. Premium cars and SUVs can range from $30 to $50, and all prices may vary during traffic or peak demand. The FLL Uber ride will be more expensive: around $30 via Pool, $36 via UberX and $70 via UberXL. Premier and SUV cards range from $80 to $160 FLL.

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MIA public transport

JuntaMetrorail Orange Line(look for Metrorail station signs) to downtown Miami in less than 30 minutes. The fee is $2.25 per person. It's about a 1.5-mile walk from the Freedom Tower station to the port, so consider taking an Uber or taxi from there. or take thismiami bungCoral Way route (free) to the port. With this handy device, you can track the car's location in real time.interactive map.

FLL public transportation

lead toTri-Rail Pendlerschienefor MIA ($3.75 per person on weekdays and $5 per person on weekends). Then take the Metrorail Orange Line ($2.25 per person) and head downtown to Freedom Tower Station. Finally, hop on the free Coral Way Trolley and disembark in PortMiami.

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port parking

There are four parking lots and a handful of spaces where you can park if you're driving to PortMiami. If you are driving a large vehicle (RV or trailer), head to Parking Lot 2 (opposite Terminal E) which has extra-large seating. Additional fees apply (see below). On the day of shipment, garages and parking lot number 2 are open from 6:00 am to 5:00 pm and are staffed by a parking attendant. M. at 5:00 p.m. M.

You can leave your luggage at the terminal before parking. There is also a free shuttle service from each car park to the terminal. Security patrols in all car parks and car parks.

All cruise terminals have dedicated parking spaces starting at $22 per night. Royal Caribbean's Terminal A depot charges a higher fee of $25 per day, and vehicles over 20 feet (eg large trucks, RVs, and RVs) incur an additional $22 per day. Those with a handicapped parking permit or sign receive two hours of free parking, after which standard parking fees apply.

Please note that cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and major US traveler's checks are accepted, but debit cards are not accepted. However, Garage J is prepaid only (payable on arrival) and vehicles must have a special sticker during the cruise.

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Where to stay near the port

This is The Points Guy, and luckily there is no shortage of points hotels in Miami. Your hardest task is deciding which one is best for your needs. That depends on how long you're staying, what you want to see while you're in town, and how many hotel points you have to spend.

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Miami/Brickell Downtown

For a quick night before a cruise, we like the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Miami/Brickell Downtown (38,000 to 60,000 Hilton Honors points per night).

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It's in a fantastic location with easy access to the free Metromover which takes you to places like the Bayside Marketplace (which is also just a short walk away). The hotel has several on-site restaurants and is close to many others, as well as a shuttle service to the port for $8 per passenger. and the currentfree breakfastIt's a great way to start the day and accompany you until you board the ship and enjoy a leisurely lunch before setting sail.

Purchase the Hilton Honors American Express Aspire Card and earn 150,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on card purchases in the first three months of membership. You also get it for freeDiamond-Hilton-Status, a $250 Hilton Resort Credit, and aWeekend night rewardwith the new card and again on each card renewal anniversary. The card comes with an annual fee of $450 (see Pricing and Fees).

Hilton Aspire Amex card information has been independently compiled by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been verified or provided by the card issuer.

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JW Marriott Miami

In the same neighborhood as the Hampton Inn, you'll find the full-service luxury hotelJW Marriott Miami. It's a category 5 property, which means you can book a 35,000-point night or aAnnual Award Night Certificate(worth up to 35,000 points) like those you receive in your card renewal month with your Marriott Bonvoy Boundless Credit Card or Marriott Bonvoy Business® American Express® Card during standard dates.

Com base no seu status elite no Marriott Bonvoy,You may be entitled to a complimentary breakfast at this hotel.

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A familiar Miami Beach

Once you've chosen a South Beach hotel, take a lookA familiar Miami Beachin the Hyatt Unbound Collection. It's a bargain at just 15,000 World of Hyatt points per night (or a Hyatt Category 1-4 award certificate.). Even the 710-square-foot Superior Confidante Suite, with a corner balcony and expansive Atlantic views, only costs around $385 on some reasonably high winter dates.

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Transferring Chase Ultimate Rewards Pointsto your Hyatt Account or top up your World of Hyatt Points balance with the World of Hyatt Credit Card Welcome Bonus. Earn 30,000 bonus points after you spend $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months of opening an account. Plus up to 30,000 additional bonus points when you earn a total of 2 bonus points for every $1 spent on purchases that normally earn 1 bonus point, up to $15,000 within the first 6 months of account opening.

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Where to buy near the port

If you need to stock up on last-minute cruise supplies, PortMiami is close to two major malls, Bayside Marketplace and Brickell City Centre.

Bayside Marketplace (401 Biscayne Blvd.) is an oceanfront outdoor shopping and entertainment complex that is bursting with energy and offers breathtaking views of Biscayne Bay and the cruise port. If you're leaving Miami for the first time, a visit to the market is a must. In addition to shopping and live entertainment, the waterfront market has several restaurants including Hard Rock Cafe, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and Segafredo. Here you can also book sightseeing tours and even an exciting speedboat ride if you're in town before or after your cruise.

If you're already in port and want to do some last-minute shopping at the Bayside Marketplace, hop on the free Coral Way Trolley and get off at the Biscayne Blvd stop. outside of. You can also walk to the mall; it takes about 15 minutes from the port.

From Downtown Miami and the Brickell District, take the free Inner Loop Metromover to the Bayside stop.

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If you're thinking about luxury shopping, head to the Brickell City Center (701 S. Miami Ave.), where four floors and more than 120 stores are dedicated to luxury brands and brands. Saks Fifth Avenue is 107,000 square feet! There is also a dinner theater, CMX. For restaurants, there are many to choose from. We like Luke's Lobster, Pubbelly Sushi, and Quito la Huella (organic farm to table).

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To get to downtown Brickell, take the free Metromovers Brickell Loop and get off at the Brickell City Center station. Or take a free Miami Trolley: the Brickell Trolley if coming from the south or the Biscayne Trolley if coming from the north.

where should we eat

Restaurants near PortMiami are numerous and offer a variety of international cuisines. Versailles in Little Havana is a 15-minute taxi ride from the port and is a local legend, serving excellent Cuban cuisine. For affordable Italian food, head to Macchialina in Miami Beach (a 12-minute cab ride), and for some Peruvian food, CVI.CHE 105, about 10 minutes from the port, has great reviews online and is well worth your while. to try. Of course, for modern American fare, there's the Rusty Pelican with great views of the Miami skyline (15 minutes from the port).

places to watch

Miami is a major urban center and gateway to some of Florida's most pristine wildlife sanctuaries. You could spend weeks here and still not see everything. This is where you should start if you want to add some time to your cruise.

Playa Sur

You cannot visit Miami without spending time in South Beach. You've seen it on TV and heard it from your friends; Now it's your turn to explore the neighborhood on your own. Stroll down Ocean Drive and get lost in the Art Deco Historic District, or enjoy the shops, restaurants and galleries at the famous Lincoln Road Pedestrian Mall. For the perfect selfie with Miami as your backdrop, head to South Pointe Park and Pier, where you can see not only South Beach, but Fisher Island, PortMiami and Downtown Miami. This is also the place to experience Miami's best nightlife.

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Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

About a 10-minute drive from the harbor is the Frost Museum of Science (1101 Biscayne Blvd.). Here, kids and the young at heart can marvel at the 500,000-gallon aquarium, kids' touch tanks, and 250-seat 3D planetarium. There are also exhibits on the solar system, physics of flight, biology, light and lasers, and much more. Tickets are $27.95 for adults, $18.95 for 3-11 year olds. Entrance is free for children under 2 years old. (Ticket prices are a few dollars more if you buy them on site instead of online.)

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Perez Kunstmuseum Miami

Adjacent to the Frost Museum of Science, the Perez Art Museum (1103 Biscayne Blvd.) features modern and contemporary art exhibits. Admission is $16 for adults and $12 for seniors 62 and older and children ages 7-18. Children under 6 years old are admitted free. Free guided tours of the museum are also offered daily. Then, take time to admire the museum's sculpture garden and enjoy views of Biscayne Bay.

Wynwood Arts District

ANDWynwood Arts DistrictIt's a great place to visit if you're into art and have curious kids. This is basically an open-air museum with an array of colorful murals. As you stroll and discover the neighborhood's art, stop at craft breweries, art galleries and trendy restaurants and cafes.

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

If you have time in Miami and want to enjoy the great outdoors, look no further than Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park (1200 Brandon Blvd., Key Biscayne); open from 8 am to 5 pm until sunset. Located at the tip of Key Biscayne, it's 400 acres of wilderness surrounded by miles of beach. You can rent bicycles ($9/hour) to explore the trails, swim, and visit an early 1820s lighthouse. Admission is $8 per car (2-8 people), $4 for a car with one person and $2 for pedestrians or cyclists.

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final result

Miami is a vibrant city that caters to a wide range of interests and is well worth spending time here before and after your cruise or as part of a port of call excursion.

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Editorial disclaimer: The views expressed in this document are those of the author alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.


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