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Everything You Need To Know About Fort Lauderdale’s Port Everglades Cruise Port

Port Everglades saw more than 3.8 million passengers in 2016. Consistently ranked among the busiest cruise ports worldwide, it offers one of the best starting points for your cruise vacation. Nine different cruise lines and 39 cruise ships port in Fort Lauderdale throughout the year. We’ve compiled this guide to make navigating Port Everglades as easy as possible.

How To Get There

Port Everglades is located within an easy distance of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Shuttles are available if you are traveling directly to the port post-flight. If you are local or are driving yourself, there are three entrances from which to access the port: 17th Street at Eisenhower Boulevard, State Road 84 at Spangler Boulevard and I-595 at Eller Drive. There is a security checkpoint at each entrance, so be sure to have your government-issued photo ID and cruise documents handy.

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There are two parking garages and three surface lots at the port for those who opt to self-drive. All lots are security-patrolled and a disabled parking section is available. The daily fee is a maximum of $15, and $19 for oversized vehicles. There are lower fees for shorter parking, starting at $3 for up to one hour, $6 for up to five hours and an additional dollar for every additional hour up to the daily maximum.

If your cruise terminal is one or two, park in the northport arking garage, and park in the northport surface lot if your terminal is number four. The midport parking garage services cruise terminals 19, 21, 22/24, 25, 26, 27 and 29, and the midport surface lot is best for terminal 18. The rates are the same at all locations. There is a free "cell phone" lot available on weekends for anyone waiting to pick up passengers after disembarkation.

What To Bring

Before you arrive at Port Everglades make sure to pack a government-issued photo ID, either a driver’s license or passport depending on your cruise destination, and cruise documents for each passenger. These are required to pass through the security checkpoints at each entrance. Keep these documents readily available in your carry-on baggage as you will need to present them multiple times before boarding. 

Where To Stay

The Fort Lauderdale cruise port is located close to Fort Lauderdale’s best attractions, and there are a variety of hotel options should you decide to extend your vacation before or after your cruise.

Hotels for convenience:

  • Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Airport & Cruise Port

          400 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach; 954.342.8333; marriott.com

  • Embassy Suites by Hilton Fort Lauderdale 17th Street

          1100 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale; 954.527.2700; embassysuites3.hilton.com

  • Crowne Plaza Hotel & Resorts Fort Lauderdale Airport/Cruiseport

          455 State Road 84, Fort Lauderdale; 954.523.8080; cpftlauderdalecruiseport.com

Click here for a list of luxury hotels in Fort Lauderdale for a complete vacation experience pre- or post-cruise. 


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