The port of Miami is the world's busiest cruise port, with over 4 million cruise passengers passing through their terminals every year. In today's guide we shall look in more detail at Miami cruise terminals.
About Miami Cruise Terminals
With so many people visiting Miami to take advantage of the fantastic cruise opportunities, it's essential that the Miami cruise terminals' facilities are up to scratch!
There are six cruise terminals at the port of Miami, ranging from Terminal A-G with A being the smallest of the Miami cruise terminals. Eight large cruise liners can be docked at the Miami cruise terminals at one time.
Additionally, there are other terminals in the Port of Miami, however these are reserved largely for cargo ships.
All of the Miami cruise terminals offer world-class facilities, with Terminals D and E being two of the most advanced cruise terminals in the world.
Some of the features of the Miami cruise terminals include high-tech security screening, airport-style counters and conveyor belt for baggage, stunning architecture and VIP lounges. All cruise liners are docked against the port so there is no need to be transported to the ship.
Below we shall look at some of the shopping, dining and transportation options at Miami cruise terminals
What Cruises Leave from Miami Cruise Terminals
Over 100 different cruise companies operate from the Miami cruise terminals, so we won't list them all!
However, it is home to eight of the largest and most popular cruise companies in the world that regular have cruises departing from the Miami cruise terminals. These include: Crystal Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Oceania Cruises, Royal Caribbean International and Carnival Cruise Line.
Dining Options at Miami Cruise Terminals
We all need to eat, and often there can be long waits when we are embarking out cruise ship, so fortunately the Miami cruise terminals have a range of dining options to ensure you aren't left hungry!
The best options for dining are outside of the terminals and in the Port of Miami itself. However, there are a range of standard cafes and restaurants at each terminal where you can either buy a light snack or a larger meal.
Some of the most popular dining destinations around the Miami cruise terminals are Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant, Wish, Pizza Rustica and Prime One Twelve.
Shopping at Miami Cruise Terminals
Just like Miami itself, the cruise terminals and the port of Miami offer a fantastic shopping experience.
Within the Miami cruise terminals themselves there are a range of stores where you can stock up on your favorite items before you set sell, or head out to the Bayside Marketplace where you will be welcomed by a spectacular mall and dining area that is accessible from the terminals by foot.
Getting to and from Miami Cruise Terminals
Miami cruise terminals are well connected to transport, and no matter what mode of travel you choose you won't find it difficult to get there.
The port of Miami is just a few miles east of Miami International Airport, and from there you can catch a cab, hire a car or take one of the buses that run from the airport to the cruise terminals. A cab from Miami International Airport to the cruise terminals will cost you a flat fare of $24.
Within the port itself there are several rental car agencies from which you can travel after you have disembarked from your cruise. The agencies are not permitted to have the cars located within the terminal areas, however they offer a shuttle service to your hired vehicle. There are also shuttle service companies that can connect you to greater Miami and the Fort Lauderdale areas.
If you are driving to the Miami cruise terminals then there is plenty of parking. Long-term parking (including overnight parking) costs $20 per 24 hour period, and short term parking is $7. There is a courtesy shuttle service to take you from the car park to your cruise terminal.