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 three 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. Contact your cruise line before arriving at Port Everglades to verify your schedule and terminal information. This is especially important if severe weather threatens.
- Arrive at the Port after 11:30 a.m. to avoid traffic. Cruise lines ask that you board at least two hours prior to departure.
- Bring government-issued photo ID. Anyone18-years-old and older must produce a government-issued photo ID at the security checkpoint.
- Keep identification and cruise documents handy. Put them in your carry-on bag. Do not pack them in your luggage. You will need to produce these documents several times before boarding your ship.
- Assist security. Heightened security measures at the Port help to ensure your safety. Please cooperate with security personnel to expedite boarding.
- Weapons of any type are not permitted inside the port. Cruise guests traveling by car must make arrangements off Port property to store weapons during their cruise vacation.
- Tag your luggage. Complete and attach the luggage tags provided by your cruise line before you give your luggage to porters for delivery to your stateroom. Porters can provide additional tags.
- Carry valuables. Carry on any valuables, breakables, personal items and medications, along with your photo ID and cruise documents.
- Follow signs. Digital directional signs with ship names and terminal assignments are updated daily.
Returning Passengers (Disembarkation)
- Await shore leave announcement. Passengers are typically not allowed ashore until several hours after the ship's arrival time. Most passegers leave the ship between 6:30 and 100 a.m.
- 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 (CBP). Upon arrival in port, all baggage is brought to the Customs area for inspection. Cruise guests enrolled in CBP's Global Entry program should follow the signage directing them to the front of the line for processing. Global Entry is a CBP program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival back in the United States. All applicants undergo a rigorous background check and in-person interview before enrollment. To learn more about the Global Entry program, visit cbp.gov/global-entry/about.
- Consider porter service. After inspection, you may use porter services hired by your 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.
- Extend your vacation. If you have a later flight, extend your stay with a tour of Greater Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood. Most cruise lines offer post-cruise shore excursions that take care of your transportation and luggage.