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Arriving & Departing

Port Everglades boasts more cruise lines, more sailings and more itineraries than any other port in the world. But it's the world-class services and facilities that make it smooth sailing for the cruise-bound. Cruise guests enjoy:

  • 9 spacious, air-conditioned cruise terminals 
  • Snack machines, restrooms and seating areas in terminals
  • Secured parking in two parking garages with 4,500 spaces and two gated surface lots within walking distance to the terminals
  • Free cell phone waiting lots on weekends for people picking up debarking guests
  • Efficient drop-off areas and parking ramps
  • Covered walkways
  • Elevator/escalator access to gangways
  • Shuttle service from parking garages to select distant terminals
  • Vehicle-to-ship porter service for baggage
  • Easy access to local transportation: airport, highway, buses, taxis, rental cars
  • Conveniently located next to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
  • Ideal for a post-cruise vacation in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area 

Prepare for a pleasant voyage from Port Everglades by following a few simple travel tips.

Departing Passengers (Embarkation)
  • Call ahead. It's a good idea to contact your cruise line before arriving at Port Everglades to verify your schedule and terminal information. This is especially important if severe weather threatens.
  • Cruise lines ask that you board at least two hours prior to departure. However, most do not begin check-in before 11 a.m.
  • Bring a government-issued photo ID. Everyone in the vehicle that is 18-years-old and older must show ID at the security checkpoint.
  • Keep identification and cruise documents handy -- do not pack them in your luggage.
  • Assist security. Heightened security measures at the Port help ensure your safety. Please cooperate with security personnel to expedite boarding.
  • Weapons of any type are not permitted inside the port
  • Tag your luggage. Complete and affix the luggage tags provided by your cruise line before you give your luggage to porters for delivery to your stateroom.
  • Carry valuables. Carry on any valuables, breakables, personal items and medications, along with your photo ID and cruise documents.
  • Follow signs. Directional signs with ship names and terminal assignments are updated daily.

Returning Passengers (Disembarkation)

  • Await shore leave. Passengers are typically not allowed ashore until several hours after the ship's arrival time. 
  • Wait for a call. People coming to pick up returning cruise guests on weekends may park for free in our cell phone waiting lot at the Port Administration Building, 1850 Eller Drive, just past the security checkpoint at the I-595 entrance to the Port and at the lot north of Cruise Terminal 18.  Paid parking is also available in the Parking Garages.
  • Visit U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Upon arrival in port, all baggage is brought to the Customs area for inspection.
  • Consider porter service. After inspection, you may use porter services hired by the cruise lines to deliver your bags to private cars, taxis, and limousines or to baggage trucks for direct delivery to the airport. Tipping is optional.
  • If you have a late flight, extend your vacation with a tour of Greater Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, FL.  Most of the cruise lines offer post-cruise shore excursions that take care of your transportation and luggage.