Cruise FAQs

Are there restrictions on what I can bring on my cruise?

Yes, check with your individual cruise line for its list of prohibited items. The U.S. Coast Guard also maintains a list of prohibited items, which can be found on our Security page.  

What documentation will I need to cruise?

It depends on where you are going. Contact your cruise line for required document information specific to your cruise vacation.

Where is Port Everglades located?

Port Everglades is located in the heart of Broward County on the southeastern coast of the Florida peninsula. The port is accessible by car, taxi, ride-share, bus and rail. Proper identification for those 18 and older, such as state-issued driver's license or passport, is required and your vehicle is subject to search.

Port Everglades has three entrances: 

  • Southeast 17th St., located at Eisenhower Blvd.
  • East State Road 84, located off U.S. 1 (Federal Highway)
  • I-595 East/Eller Dr.

The port is easily accessible from I-595, I-95, I-75, U.S. 1 and Florida's Turnpike. 

How far is the airport from the cruise terminal?

The main airport serving Port Everglades is Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), which is located 1.8 miles from the port. Other airports serving the Port Everglades include Miami International Airport (27 miles south) and Palm Beach International Airport (50 miles north).

How much time should I allow for travel between the airport and the cruise terminal?

Allow 45 minutes to one hour for the transfer process if you are flying into Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, which includes:

  • Claiming luggage at the airport
  • Boarding transportation to the port
  • Clearing the security checkpoint at the port's entrance
  • Checking baggage curbside
  • Filling out forms and other documentation inside the cruise terminal

Time allotment for other airports:

  • Miami International Airport: two to three hours
  • Palm Beach International Airport: three to four hours

To expedite the process at the port's security checkpoint have the following out and ready for review:

  • All cruise documents
  • Government-issued photo ID, such as a driver's license or passport, for all cruise guests 18 and older

What do I do with my luggage?

Cruise lines provide passengers with baggage tags prior to departure dates, which includes the passenger's cabin number. Attach the baggage tag prior to arriving at the port. Porters will be available at the front of all cruise terminals to collect baggage, which will then be loaded aboard the ship and delivered to your cabin. If you do not have baggage tags, all porters have additional tags.

If you are driving, be sure to drop off your baggage at the cruise terminal before parking.

What should I keep with me?

Keep all cruise documents, photo identification and proof of citizenship with you. You will be asked to show the documents several times during the check-in process. Keep these items in your carry-on baggage along with medication, valuables, liquids and fragile items.

Should we park first or go to straight to the cruise terminal?

We recommend dropping off all luggage and passengers at the terminal before parking.

Is parking available at Port Everglades?

Yes, parking is available on port property. Most of our lots and garages are just steps away from your terminal. For more detailed information, visit our Parking page.

Is the parking in a secure location?

Yes, all port public garages and surface lots are:

  • Well-lighted
  • Secure
  • Have disabled parking with unimpeded access to crosswalks and elevators

Visit our Parking page for more information.

How and when can I pay for parking?

Payment can be made on-site with cash, credit or debit card. The port has a contactless parking system with payment machines conveniently located on the first floor of the parking garages. We recommend bringing your parking ticket with you on the cruise. By doing this, you will be able to pay for your parking before returning to your car, which will expedite your exit from the facility. 

Can I leave my vehicle in the parking garage/lot after I complete my cruise?

All vehicles must leave the parking area once debarkation activities are concluded on the return morning of the cruise. The parking facilities are not staffed 24/7 or on non-cruise days.

Where do I find transportation when I return from my cruise?

Taxis, ride-sharing, coaches and hotel transportation vehicles are located in designated areas outside the cruise terminal. 

Is there a place at the port to store my luggage?

Due to security regulations, luggage cannot be left or stored at the port.

Is there a lost and found department?

Lost items from the ship or cruise terminals are stored by the individual cruise lines, not Port Everglades. Please contact your cruise line for lost items inquiries.

How do I transfer from one cruise terminal to another if I’ve booked back-to-back cruises?

If sailing with the same line, call that cruise line to make arrangements. For those sailing on different cruise lines, taxi transfers between terminals are possible within the port at a flat rate of $8. There is no negotiated price for ride-share services.

How secure is Port Everglades?

We take a multi-layer approach to security and work with a variety of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and the cruise lines to ensure your safety. At the port entrances, everyone age 18 or older will be asked to present a government-issued photo ID (driver's license or passport). Cruise passengers should also have their tickets available to show the security officer.

What will happen if there is a hurricane in the area?

The main priority of any cruise line is the safety and comfort of its passengers and crew. Cruise cancellations are rare and only occur when it's absolutely necessary. Cruise lines will make every effort to provide their guests with a satisfying cruise experience, as long as it's possible to work around any safety concerns.

In the event of a hurricane, your cruise line will be closely monitoring the situation around the clock. In an effort to minimize the effect on ship departures and schedules, announcements are usually made one or two days in advance of scheduled sailings. The best thing to do is to visit the cruise line's website for the most up-to-date information.

Who can I call for more information?

Contact our Cruise Services team by emailing, or call 954-468-3720.