What are the three biggest cruise ports globally?

The three biggest cruise ports in the world are all in Florida. They are Miami, Port Canaveral and Port everglades. It is very convenient living close to all three port. Most of my cruises are taken from these 3 ports. I know that my local port Port Canaveral is expanding every few years. Now we are getting the Oasis next winter. How often do you cruise out of these ports?

Tags: Port Canaveral Biggest cruise ports globally Port of Miami Port Everglades

11 Answers

Not very often, hoping that changes real soon.

We cruised from Canaveral - once, Ft. Lauderdale - once, and Miami a few times. Other take off points have been San Juan (2-3), NYC/Bayonne (4), Boston (3), Barcelona (1), and Copenhagen (1). Upcoming cruises have us departing from Ft Lauderdale again, Los Angeles (2), and Whittier, AK. I'm sure I am missing a couple. We are equal opportunity cruisers but prefer departure ports with lots of experience with departing cruises.

Question is which would be the 4th largest? Never been into or out of Canaveral, but many times Lauterdale and Miami.

And one time, we embarked at Tampa Bay.

I ported in and out of Miami on an Eastern Caribbean cruise. We ported in Fort Lauderdale at the end of a transatlantic out of Rome. If I lived in Florida I would take a lot more Caribbean cruises.

The port I have used most is the Ports of Los Angeles. I think a lot of us cruise addicts use our local ports the most as it keep the price low not having air travel or a hotel the night before or after. Us California folks do Mexico the way Floridia does the Caribbean for a quick cheap get away. Florida is lucky to have the busiest ports so you get lots of competition to keep prices down and have a selection of lines and ships. Since the issues in Mexico got worse in about 2011 RCI pulled out of the So Cal market. Carnival has come back and now we have the 3, 4 and 7 night Mexico cruises on Carnival and a few Princess cruises a year out of Los Angeles. It is a shame Los Angeles is a nice port, close to the freeway and airports and has lots of parking for the locals.

Yes, I do feel lucky to have a variety of ports that we can drive to, that keep the cost of cruising costs down. It IS much more convenient to sail from a local port. The only trouble that usually the ships keep going to the same destinations. We are all lucky that there are so many different ports from which to choose.

I have sailed out of Miami once in '96 and will sail out of Canaveral in 59 daysBig Smile

Since I hate flying, Florida is a 3-4 day drive, as opposed to Houston only being about 5 hours. I just wish they had something other than Western Caribbean sailing out of Houston.

I have the same problem with my local port of Port Canaveral. Ships here only go to the Caribbean or Bahamas. I have been to all the islands already. I now have to look further afield to another port for different itineraries. Luckily for me, Fort Lauderdale had HAL ships going on Grand Voyages or World Voyages without involving any long overnight flights so that is what I am booking now. It hard to find a FL port with cruises to Bermuda. Maybe one cruise line goes once a year. We need more variety. I now am looking at river cruises.

How long does it take from the ship port to Ft Lauderdale Airport?

I am trying to get the earliest possible flight on Sunday Nov 15 from Ft Lauderdale to CA.


It it should take you about 15 minutes tops. The airport is really close. Without traffic, it would be 10 minutes. There should be little traffic on a Sunday. Have a wonderful cruise in November. Don't forget to post a review.

I have to agree that Carnival needs to offer more cruises out of NO and Galveston to the eastern Caribbean, I don't understand how they can offer cruises out of Florida to the same ports in the western Caribbean as they offer from NO and Galveston but nothing heading to the eastern Caribbean.

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