Key West cruises appeal to a wide variety of people, but is specifically a direct target for both cruise ships and artists. Also known as the Conch Republic, Key West has a flavor entirely its own and with this appeal draws thousands of people via cruise ships ready to debark and explore. When visiting other parts of Florida such as Port Canaveral, Miami, or Fort Myers, it’s simple to book a cruise down to the tip of the Florida Keys and enjoy a tour around one of the most famous cities in the United States.
There are scores of cruise itineraries to choose between that either solely visit Key West or include the city on a larger agenda. Some popular stops on cruises that sail to Key West include Miami, Nassau, Grand Turk, Cozumel, and Cococay. Other popular stops include New Orleans, Freeport, and Fort Lauderdale, which conveys just how many combinations are possible. Cruises can be anywhere from a one-day shore excursion cruise to a seven-night-plus open ocean adventure.
There are three specific docks welcoming Key West cruises. At the north end of Duval Street near the Westin Key West Resort & Marina is Pier B, the usual docking spot for both Norwegian and Disney cruises. Liberty Cruise Line and Carnival Cruises both dock at Mallory Square, just a stop north from the Westin. This stop is convenient for shore excursions because of the close proximity to the Key West Aquarium, Clinton Square Market, the Key West Museum and several other main attractions. The final dock is The Mole along the Truman Waterfront and the closest docking location at Fort Truman. The Bone Island Shuttle or Old Town Trolley is the only way back and forth to the dock, which is a highly protected security area that requires photo I.D. for clearance for all cruise ship passengers.
Key West shore excursions are tons of fun with a huge list of activities, things to do, and places to visit. Local guides offer an array of choices like snorkeling, jet-skiing, parasailing, and glass bottom boat rides. There are sunset and dinner cruises, town ours, biplane rides, and dolphin adventures. Most shore excursions for Key West cruises are anywhere from 1.5 hours to six hours, leaving plenty of time to enjoy a nice meal or grab a cold drink before heading back to the dock.