Port of Miami Guide

A Guide to Miami Cruise Port

A Guide to Miami Cruise Port

Port of Miami cruise shipsSailing to or from Miami is an unforgettable experience with stunning beaches and exciting attractions.

The city is a world class destination for you to enjoy before or after you set sail on your cruise. Iconic views at Miami Beach, lively South Beach, pristine Everglades National Park, bustling streets in Little Havana, beautiful architecture in the Art Deco Historic District, and much more await you.

With more than 20 cruise lines berthing 55 ships, PortMiami is one of the world’s leading cruise destinations. More than 6.8 million cruise passengers traveled through the port in 2019.

Cruise ships sail to points across the Caribbean, the Bahamas, Mexico and other thrilling ports from South Florida’s cultural and economic center.

Easily accessible from Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, the port is minutes from Downtown Miami and major interstates.

If you are planning a pre- or post-cruise stay in Miami, there are plenty of hotels close to the Port of Miami that cater to virtually any taste and budget.

Read also: Where should I stay for a cruise from Miami ?

Miami Cruise Terminals

Modern and efficient, the future 11 cruise terminals at PortMiami are designed for quick boarding and disembarkation. Many have undergone extensive renovations, while others will be updated to offer a better travel experience for cruise passengers. Passenger drop-off is offered in front of each terminal, and parking is also available at the port.

Opened in 2018, Terminal A is home to Royal Caribbean Cruises and is the largest cruise terminal in the United States. The iconic sails of Terminal G make it an instantly recognizable landmark in Miami, and the terminal also serves Royal Caribbean. Terminal J is a boutique facility that caters to luxury cruises and smaller ships.

Moving from Terminal F, MSC Cruises will sail out of a newly designed Terminals AA/AAA by 2022. Carnival’s ships are based at Terminals D and E, and the newly renovated Terminal F from 2022. Norwegian Cruise Line operates out of Terminals B and C., while the new Terminal K will be the base for Disney Cruise Line. Terminal V is expected to open in 2021 for Virgin Voyages.

Miami has several cruise terminals and they are:

  • Terminal AA/AAA – MSC Cruises (2022)
  • Terminal A – Royal Caribbean | The Crown of Miami
  • Terminal B – Norwegian Cruise Line | The Pearl of Miami
  • Cruise Terminal C – Norwegian, Disney Cruises
  • Terminals D & E – Carnival, Princess Cruises, P&O, Holland America Line
  • Terminal F – Carnival Cruises (2022)
  • Terminal G – Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises
  • Terminal J – small vessels and luxury cruises (Oceania Cruises, Regent Seven Seas)
  • Terminal K – Disney Cruise Line (2023)
  • Terminal V – Virgin Voyages | Palm Grove (2021)

Miami Florida cruise terminal
Port of Miami

Getting to Miami Cruise Port

PortMiami sits across from Miami’s soaring skyline and south of scenic Biscayne Bay. The sprawling port is connected to the city via Port Boulevard and is easily accessible from any destination in and around Miami. Interstates 95 and 395 are less than five minutes away, and Miami International Airport is about a ten-minute drive from the port.

Driving

If traveling to the cruise terminals at PortMiami by car, you can use the following address on your GPS: 1015 North America Way, Miami, FL, 33132. Signs will guide you to cruise terminals and parking lots, which are close to all terminals.

From Miami International Airport (7 miles):
Estimated Driving Time: 20 minutes (depending on traffic)

– Via Port Tunnel: Get on FL-836 E in Miami from Miad Cir

– Continue on FL-836 E and keep left to continue on I-395 E. Then keep right to continue on MacArthur Causeway and use the left 2 lanes to take the Miami Beach exit.

– Continue onto Port Miami Tunnel and use the left lane to continue toward Port Blvd. Use the left lane to turn slightly left onto Panama Way and use the left lane to turn slightly left onto N Cruise Blvd. Then turn left onto Europe Way and follow the signs to your pier terminal.

From Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (26 miles):
Estimated Driving Time: 45 minutes (depending on traffic)

– Get on I-95 S in Dania Beach from Terminal Dr, Perimeter Rd and FL-818 W/Griffin Rd

– Follow I-95 S to Port Miami Tunnel in Miami. Use the left 2 lanes to take exit 2D toward I-395 E/Miami Beach

– Merge onto MacArthur Causeway and use the left 2 lanes to take the Miami Beach exit towards Port of Miami Tunnel and follow the signs for your pier terminal.

Cruise line transfers

Many cruise passengers arrive and depart by air. Most cruise lines provide shuttles for passengers arriving from across the U.S. and beyond at Miami International Airport. These transfers can be arranged in advance online or by calling to the cruise line (2 to 4 days prior to sailing depending on which cruise line).

Note: These shuttles are mainly only available on the day of embarkation or disembarkation. As it’s recommended to arrive at least 1 day before your voyage, this option is not suitable for most cruise passengers.

Cruise line transfers are not cheap at are charged per person. Currently for example Norwegian charges $16 per person for a transfer from the airport to the Port of Miami. Carnival Cruises charges $16.99 for a one-way transfer. Other and cheaper options include taxi, Uber or Lyft. An Uber or Lyft is mostly the cheapest way to get to your departure terminal.

Taxi – Uber/Lyft

There is a flat fare of $27 (current in July 2020) to PortMiami if you opt for a taxi from the airport.

In addition to taxis, ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft are available from points across the city and surrounding area. It basically means you use a very simple smartphone app to request a ride, and your driver uses his/her personal vehicle. These are great hassle-free options to get to your cruise terminal and are often more comfortable than a cab.

Prices of Uber/Lyft start around $20 from Miami airport to cruise port and even less for a shared pool ride. The cost of UberXL is approx. $41 while Premier and SUV cars run around $50 to $90. Prices can vary during traffic delays or high-demand times.

These rates are per car or taxi, not per person.

Public Transportation to Port of Miami

If you prefer to use public transit, you can use Metrorail’s Orange Line from Downtown Miami. You will then need to transfer to the Metromover of City of Miami Coral Way Trolley from the Government Centre Metrorail/Metromover Station.

You can download the Go Miami-Dade Transit app and guide to help you plan your journey by bus, train or mover car from anywhere in the city.

Trains also bring cruise passengers to and from Maimi. Virgin Trains USA (formerly operating as Brightline) connect Miami with Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Orlando in the near future. Comfortable express trains depart from and arrive at Virgin MiamiCentral in Downtown Miami.

Amtrak train services from New York City, Washington, Richmond, Savannah, Orlando and other cities across the Eastern Seaboard operate from Miami Station, which is close to the Tri-Rail/Metrorail Transfer Station.

Hotels with Free Shuttle

As flight delays can always happend due to bad weather or cancelations we can recommend to book a stay at a hotel at least for one day ahead of your cruise. Some hotels close to the port offer a shuttle service for a small fee and some airport hotels such as the Comfort Suites hotel offer a complimentary shuttle service from the airport and to Miami cruise port.

At some properties you can even leave your car parked at the hotel to avoid costly port parking.

Similarly, there are rental car companies that provide courtesy shuttles after you drop off your vehicle.

Private Transportation to Miami Cruise Port

A variety of companies provide private transportation between Miami Airport and the Port of Miami cruise terminals. They offer drop-off or pick-up service between the International Airport and the cruise port. These shuttles can also be booked for getting you to/from a hotel to the terminal and airport. It’s a stress-free way to travel in comfort as driver will be waiting for you and will drop you off at your destination.

Check fares for Private Transportation to Cruise Port

How to get from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport to Miami Cruise Port

Anybody looking to travel the 30 miles from Fort Lauderdale airport (FLL) to Miami’s Cruise Port will be well served by a fantastic transport nexus specifically tailored to the bustling cruise network. But with so many transportation options available, it’s good to have in mind what each one offers, so that you can plan accordingly. Whatever transportation you choose, its best to allow at least 45 to 60 minutes for you journey from the airport to your Miami hotel or cruise terminal.

Cruise Line Transfer

Reserving your airport transfer through the cruise line promises a level of convenience, comfort and assurance that other options might not meet. You will often be greeted by cruise company representatives, conducted to a comfortable coach, and be safe in the knowledge that if the shuttle is delayed the cruise will not be leaving without you.

The comfort and assurance of the official option does come at a cost however, with many shuttle services costing around $25 to $35 per person. Charges like this may be fine if you are travelling alone, but they soon add up to a large bill if you are travelling with family.

Airport & Private Shuttles

Any airport departure gate will be well served by independent shuttle companies, and in Fort Lauderdale there are plenty of shuttle services catered to cruisers. Opting for an independent airport shuttle service will often be cheaper than a cruise line’s official shuttles. Rather than a coach, expect a minibus, and if travelling alone, expect to share the journey with other cruisers.

Private shuttles are a viable option for small groups, working out around $30 a head, this competes with the official cruise lines’ shuttle services. If you want to upgrade from an economy vehicle to something a little more stylish there are also private car and limo companies throughout the area offering private and stylish transportation between airport and seaport.

Check rates for transfers from Ft Lauderdale to Miami

Hotel Shuttles

The hotels of Fort Lauderdale near the port are well prepared to service cruisers, but often hotels in the area will only provide shuttle journeys to the nearby Port Everglades Cruise Terminal in Fort Lauderdale itself.

If you are looking to travel further afield to the Port of Miami, you may need to make your journey through a private travel service.

Taxis and Uber Journeys

Another form of independent travel between airport and cruise terminal are taxis, which don’t require pre-booking. However, ordering a traditional taxi at the rank right outside the airport can be expensive, with a one-way trip costing at least $72, and these services are less flexible than more recent competitors in the taxi market.

For the best taxi experience consider an established rideshare app like Uber or Lyft. With established pick up and drop off points, and drivers who are familiar with the route and the time it will take, these services are a great reliable way to conduct your journey, with convenient free apps giving you the option of pre-booking your journey, and shared pool rides starting from as little as $32.

Unlike other services, rideshare apps charge for the use of car, not for each passenger, so your money can go a long way if you are travelling in a large party, with 4 people able to make the trip for as little as $40, that’s $10 each. Also, if you want to splash out a bit more, these apps can be used to book a high-end SUV for your journey, providing a costlier but more luxurious travel experience. All payments can be conducted securely through the app via credit card, meaning you don’t need to worry about getting a hold of cash.

Public Transport

Using the train to travel from FLL to the Port of Miami can be an incredibly cheap option, but does require more familiarity with the area, and may be a difficult journey to conduct with large parties bearing lots of luggage.

The journey consists of taking a Tri-Rail train to Miami International Airport (for under $5), before taking the Metrorail Orange Line (at around $2 a head), changing at the Freedom Tower stop to board a free train on the Coral Way Route to reach Port Miami. This journey can cost as little as $6, but requires a bit more work than laying back in a coach, and the extra effort required may not be welcome to those who want to relax as soon as they touch down at the airport, and cut down their journey time.

But for a well-travelled, single passenger or small party, this can be a great travel option at an unbeatable price.

Port of Miami Parking

If you are driving your own vehicle to the port, parking garages and lots are conveniently located at all the cruise terminals. There are designed parking spots in each garage for disabled permit holders, and a wheelchair accessible shuttle connects passengers from their vehicle to their cruise terminal.

If you are driving a recreational vehicle or have a trailer, there are spots for oversized vehicles at Lot 2 close to Terminal E. All parking facilities are patrolled by security.

All parking areas at cruise terminal and Lot 2 are open on cruise days only. Long-term parking states at $22 per night (current in July 2020). On non-cruise days, you will need to contact PortMiami or port security to gain access to your vehicle.

Payment for parking is available using major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. You can also pay using major U.S. Traveler’s Checks or cash. Parking at Garage J is only available on a pre-paid basis.

Affordable short term parking is available at two designated lots. These are great options for friends, family and others if you are being picked up. Cell phone waiting lots are found across from Terminal B and Terminal 2 (POMTOC).

Additional several Miami hotels offer cruise parking for the duration of your voyage. You pay a fee/ night to leave your car at the hotel or book a parking package which includes a night stay, shuttle service and cruise parking.

Read also: Miami Cruise Parking

Best Time to Visit and Cruise from Miami ?

Miami is a year-round destination with plenty to see and do regardless of when you visit. Generally, mid-February through to May are great times to visit the city. The humidity of summer and uncertainty of Hurricane Season have not arrived, and you will find warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine.

If you are visiting Miami Beach, the best time is between March and May. You will find sunny days and comfortable temperatures hovering between the high 70s and low 80s. You also avoid peak season rates common during the winter and summer months with a spring-time visit.

Hurricane season typically runs from the beginning of June until the end of November. Most rain falls on Miami between May and September, while the winter period between December and February are the driest.

Read also: What’s the Best Time for a Caribbean Cruise from Miami ?

Miami Beach aerial view
Miami Beach

Useful Information About Miami for Cruise Passengers

Miami has an extensive public transit system, which connects you to all major attractions in the city. Metrobus, Metrorail, and free trolley buses make it easy to explore Miami without a car. Miami Beach and Downtown are easily explored on foot, although having a car or traveling by taxi and public transit are the best way to get between districts.

Downtown Miami is home to the city’s major attractions and is the commercial hub of the city. From theaters and shops to government officers and corporate headquarters, the district is a bustling part of the city with plenty of hotels and things to do.

To the north is Midtown and the hip Design District, while Cuban culture flourishes with authentic Latin restaurants and shops in Little Havana to the west. Coconut Grove is a lush part of the city with historic sites, fine dining and luxury hotels.

Miami Beach sits on a barrier island east of Downtown Miami. Often thought of as part of Miami, it is a separate and distinct municipality. The popular beach destination on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean is home to several oceanfront resorts, sandy beaches, and colorful South Beach.

Where to stay near the port ?

Downtown Miami and Brickell are the closest neighborhoods to PortMiami with top hotels like the InterContinental Miami, The Gabriel Miami, Hyatt Centric Brickell, Four Seasons, and Kimpton EPIC Hotel.

Hotels with breathtaking views and luxury options abound in Downtown, which is home to popular tourist attractions including Bayside Marketplace, Bayfront Park, Museum Park and Lummus Park. While still very much urban, Brickell offers a more suburban feel. Plenty of hotels are found in the neighborhood, which also offers fantastic dining and shopping at Mary Brickell Village.

Miami Beach and South Beach are unbeatable locations with oceanfront hotels offering idyllic views close to pristine white sand beaches. These diverse areas are home to top dining, from fine dining world class restaurants to delicious dishes at casual beachside haunts.

Lincoln Road is lined with lively bars and is a popular spot to enjoy a walk, and the Bass Museum of Art is also in the area. Favourite hotels close to PortMiami include The Redbury South Beach, 1 Hotel South Beach, The Confidante Miami Beach, The Marlin Hotel, Loews Miami Beach Hotel, The Palms Hotel and Spa, and Hampton Inn Miami Beach.

A hotel close to Miami International Airport is perfect if you have a late flight into the city or are flying out early in the morning. The airport is less than a ten-minute drive or shuttle bus ride from cruise terminals. Also nearby are the peaceful neighborhoods of Coconut Grove and Coral Gables, 15 to 20 minutes south-west of the port.

Coconut Grove overlooks Biscayne Bay while Coral Cables is a picturesque neighborhood with fantastic shops, beautiful mansions and historic sites. Luxurious options include The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove Miami, Biltmore Hotel, Hotel Colonnade Coral Gables, Hyatt Regency Coral Gables, and Hotel St. Michel.

Read also: Best Hotels near Port of Miami

Where to shop near the Port of Miami

If you forgot to pack something or need to do some last-minute shopping, there are two shopping centers close to PortMiami.

Just across from the causeway linking the port with the city, Bayside Marketplace is an open-air shopping and entertainment destination. The waterfront complex overlooks Biscayne Bay and has several dining options and more than 120 shops.

Bayside Marketplace is just a 25-minute walk from the port, or you can hop on the free Coral Way Trolley and use the Biscayne Boulevard stop. It is also close to the Metromover’s Bayside station. Please not the heat/humidity of Miami can be extreme.

Ride sharing options are also available such as Taxi, Uber and Lyft. It’s a $10-12 cab ride and probably $8 or less in Uber.

Brickell City Centre is another shopping destination close to the port. With over 120 stores and services spread across four floors, the shopping center has something for everyone. You can also enjoy a bite at one of several eateries. There is also a dine-in movie theater. The shopping center is served by the Metromover’s Brickell City Centre station as well as the free Brickell Trolley.

Sights to see

Miami and the surrounding area have a lot to offer, from interactive museums and picturesque parks to eye-catching architecture and inviting beaches. Whether you have some time to spare or are looking for attractions close to the city’s cruise terminals, there are fabulous destinations close to PortMiami.

Here are a few great attractions to consider visiting during your stay in Miami:

Bayside Marketplace: With panoramic views of Biscayne Bay, this major shopping and entertainment destination is a great destination for retail therapy and last-minute souvenir shopping. The complex is also a popular spot to grab a bite to eat with Segafredo, Hard Rock Café, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., and other popular eateries. Bayside Marketplace also has a dock where you can book a boat tour of the city.

Frost Science and Perez Art Museum Miami: Located in Downtown Miami, this art and science destination offers fun for all ages with at two unforgettable museums. Frost Science is home to 3-D planetarium and an aquarium with touch-tanks, as well as other mind-bending exhibits. Hanging gardens overlooking Buscayne Bay and a stunning collection of modern and contemporary art are found at Perez Art Museum Miami. Once you are finished explore one or both of these museums, you can enjoy a walk along the bay or relax at a park.

South Beach: One of Florida’s most iconic destinations, South Beach is famous for its lively atmosphere and beautiful sandy beach. Swim in the turqoiuse waters, or rent a paddleboard or kayak to explore the waters off Florida’s magnificent coast. You can also stroll along Lincoln Road, a pedestrian mall lines with buzzing restaurants and bars. South Pointe Park is a fun spot for kits to play in interactive water fountains, while Sunset Harbour is a great place to cycle, shop and eat.

Brickell City Centre: This luxury shopping destination has more than 120 stores. From top fashion labels to the latest gadgets, you will find everything you need. There are also great eat-in restaurants and food halls to enjoy a meal. For film buffs who like to have a cocktail or meal while enjoying a movie, the complex also has a dine-in theater.

Española Way: Located between Washington and Pennsylvania Avenue in Miami Beach, this cobblestone street offers Mediterranean-inspired charm and style. The pedestrian street is home to intimate boutique hotels and welcoming sidewalk cafes, as well as live music and street entertainment. Española Way is a terrific spot to people watch and relax before your cruise or during your stay in Miami.

Read also: Best Things to do Before and After a Miami Cruise

Best ways to get around Miami

Miami is a sprawling city that can be covered by car, public transport, or other options. With neighborhoods spread across an area of about 55 square miles, you can cover more ground when not exploring by foot.

These options are also great solutions to avoid the intense humidity of Miami’s summers.

Car: If you do not have your own car, renting one is a great way to explore Miami. Renting a car gives you the flexibility to visit different parts of the city, from Miami Beach and Downtown to Little Havana and Coral Gables.

Car rental agencies have offices at PortMiami, Miami International Airport, Downtown, and other parts of the city.

Uber and Lyft: Ride-hailing services provide an affordable option to travel between Miami’s neighborhoods.

Uber and Lyft can also be cheaper than a taxi or renting a car, especially if you do not plan to be on the road during your entire stay in the city.

Limousine and chauffeured services: If you are looking for luxury or just want to be pampered, there are limo services from various service providers in Miami.

Rates depends on the type of car or limo you hire as well as how long you plan to use the service.

Public transit: Buses, trains and trolleys connect virtually every part of Miami. Trolleys are free and frequent, while the Metromover gives you easy access to Downtown and Brickell.

Metrorail is a good option for destinations further afield, including South Miami, Coconut Grove and Coral Gables. Buses also link neighbourhoods throughout Miami and Miami Beach.


(Latest update July 13th 2020)

Please contact us if any information is incorrect or not up-to-date.

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