The City of Miami welcomes roughly 10 million visitors per year via plane, train, car, and cruise ship. During fiscal year 2007, 3.75 million cruise passengers passed through the Port of Miami alone. Miami cruise lines include: Carnival Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International. All three major Miami cruise lines offer daily sailings, but Carnival Cruise Lines is headquartered in Miami. This, in addition to many other reasons, means that Carnival Cruise Lines has the most sailings from Miami.
Carnival Cruise Lines currently holds the title as the â€œWorldâ€™s Most Popular Cruise Lineâ€? and it has received numerous awards as well as high rankings throughout itâ€™s 36-year history. The National Association of Cruise-Oriented Agencies (NACOA) named Carnival Cruise Lines â€œCruise Line of the Yearâ€? for three years in a row, it earned â€œbest valueâ€? honors for six years in a row by the World Cruise & Ocean Liner Society, and Carnival received the â€œGold Excellence Awardâ€? by American Express Travel Service.
This Miami cruise line has also received nine platinum awards including: Best Family Oriented Line, Best Bang for the Buck, Best Singles Line, Best Entertainment, Best Childrenâ€™s Program, Best Onboard Activities, Best Disco, Best Casino and Best Tropical Drink in Porthole Cruise Magazineâ€™s â€œ1999 Annual Readersâ€™ Choice Awards,â€? topping more categories than any other cruise line.
Carnival Fun Ships sail to Alaska (Glacier, Northbound Alaska, Southbound Alaska), Bahamas, Canada/New England, the Caribbean (Eastern, Southern, and Western), Europe, Hawaii, Mexico (Baja Mexico, Mexican Riviera), Panama Canal, South America, and special voyages to Bermuda, and Transatlantic sailings.
For more information about Carnival Cruise Lines or to book a cruise visit the official website at www.carnival.com. You can also book a cruise through just about any booking search engine such as Expedia.com or Orbitz.com, or you can contact your local cruise travel agent.
The Port of Miami is located at 1015 N. American Way, Miami, Florida 33132. You can contact the Port of Miami by calling 1.305.347.4800. The Port of Miami is around 8 miles from Miami International Airport. It is also only 25 miles from Fort Lauderdale International Airport. Northbound directions, Southbound directions, and directions from I-95 are as follows:
Directions From I-95: Take I-95 north or south to I-395. Follow the directional signs to the Biscayne Boulevard exit. When you get to Biscayne Blvd., make a right. Go to 5th Street, which converts to Port Blvd. (Landmark: American Airlines Basketball Arena) Make a left and continue over the Port Bridge. Follow directional signs to designated
Southbound Directions: Take I-95 South to Exit 5A (NW 8th Street). Turn east onto NW 5th Street (turns into NE 5th Street). Follow signs with steamship logo to Biscayne Blvd. Port entrance is at Biscayne Blvd. and NE 5th Street.
Northbound Directions: Take US-1 North to I-95 North. Exit at Biscayne Blvd. Proceed north on Biscayne Blvd. to NE 5th Street. Port entrance is at Biscayne Blvd. and NE 5th Street.
Parking fees at Carnival Cruise Lines Port of Miami and parking for all cruise passengers is $12 per day. Parking for visitors to the port is only $5 per day. Forms of payment include: cash and credit cards (Visa or Master Card only). If you are driving an oversized vehicle, be prepared to pay higher parking fees at Carnival Cruise Lines Port of Miami. Depending on overall dimensions of your vehicle, you will pay no less than $24 per day for parking.
Upon arrival at your cruise terminal, you will find postings for established parking rates. The meter starts the day you park your vehicle up until the time you leave. Keep in mind that Parking Garages 5 and 6 are the only garages that accept credit card payments.