Miami day cruises launch off from the port of Miami. This port is not only the largest in America, but also one of the largest in the world, with ships belonging to scores of cruise companies launching from here every day. A cruise in Miami may consist of a daylong sightseeing tour or a romantic Miami dinner cruise. Or it may be the first leg of a leisurely and luxurious cruise to the Caribbean or the distant shores of Europe.
Miami day cruises take you around the shores of this magnificent city, before invariably heading out to Biscayne Bay. Going on a cruise in Miami is synonymous with traveling through Biscayne Bay, which is the lagoon that tapers into the port of Miami. The bay is about 40 miles long, and a cruise along its length affords an absolutely magnificent view of downtown Miami’s eye-popping skyline.
Located along the shores of the Bay are beautiful beaches, several artificial islands, and the mansions of the rich and famous. In particular, the so-called Millionaires Row is a famous celebrity hangout, and a glimpse from afar of how the moneyed live is part of almost any cruise in Miami. Millionaires Row includes, among others, the homes of singers Julio Iglesias and Gloria Estefan, locations where the movies Scarface and The Addams Family were shot, and the former living quarters of that infamous gangster of yesteryear, Al Capone.
Other popular destinations for Miami day cruises include the island of Brickell Key and the district of Little Havana, with Calle Ocho and its vibrant community of Cuban expatriates a perennial favorite among cruisers.
Apart from the Miami day cruises, cruise ships also offer themed cruises: You can go on a day-long party-boat cruise, a speedboat cruise, or a gondola ride on the calm waters of the Bay. However, the most popular of these themed cruises are far and away the dinner cruises. The exclusive Miami dinner cruise has a lot to offer to those who want to float by the brilliant lights of the city by night while enjoying sumptuous dinner. A typical Miami dinner cruise aboard a luxury yacht includes everything from kebabs and salmon to expensive wines. One can enjoy the view from with air-conditioned dining salons or choose to eat out in the open deck under starlight, while gentle balmy breezes blowing from the Atlantic.
In addition, there are tour packages around Miami that combine transportation on land and water; these are particularly great if you want to experience large parts of this interesting and varied city, as opposed to just seeing its attractions from afar on the ocean. A word of warning though: Such cruises get booked up quickly, so it’s worth either booking in advance, possibly through your Miami hotel, or checking to see if a cruise is included in your Miami vacation packages.
For visitors to Miami, a cruise offers a great opportunity to get away from the bustle of the city. As such, cruises here have become extremely popular, and you don’t just have to be in the city to enjoy one. There are also cruises to and from Miami from nearby Fort Lauderdale, which means it’s possible to take advantage of accommodations away from the city and yet still enjoy a memorable cruise in Miami.