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Port of Miami

Sailing from Miami? There's plenty of before (or after) cruise activities!

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Port of Miami
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The Port of Miami is the busiest cruise port in the world. In 2009, the port handled over four-million cruise passengers who chose among three, four, seven, ten or eleven-day cruises bound for popular ports in the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe and the exotic Far East.

Presently, eight cruise lines sail from the Port of Miami — Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises, Royal Caribbean International and Windjammer Barefoot Cruises.

One of the port's most exciting cruise opportunities is aboard the new Freedom of the Seas which began sailing from the port in May (2006). The Royal Caribbean's $800-million, 4,370-passenger mega ship provides a truly unique cruise experience.

Things to Do Before or After Your Cruise

There are a wide array of things to do and see before you embark on your cruise (or after you disembark). Nearby Bayside Marketplace offers a great place to spend time, whether you have an hour or a day. Waterfront shopping, entertainment and great dining opportunities all combine for a unique one-stop-fits-all approach to spending time before or after a cruise.

Ocean Drive makes the perfect starting point for a 10-block stretch of pastel hotels, cafes, shops, restaurants and clubs. A welcome center offers tours of the trendy Art Deco District that includes buildings from the 1920s to 1930s or pick up a cassette to aid your own exploration of the area.

If you want to plan more than a day to stay and play, tucked in and around Miami and its beaches are some of the best hotels, many with spectacular waterfront views. And, just minutes away from the port are two attractions worth the visit. Parrot Jungle Island located on 18.6 acres between downtown Miami and South Beach is home to more than 3,000 exotic animals and 500 species of plants and Miami Seaquarium which has been providing 50 years of entertainment to South Florida.

Of course, let's not forget about the beach... white sand, warm sun... what a perfect way to begin or end a vacation!

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