Port of Miami
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  • GrinAnn G
    Kingsley, Michigan1 contribution
    Port of miami...construction
    The Royal Caribbean Terminal was great. Minimal waiting. Friendly staff. But getting to the port!!! Construction all around took us over an gour to go from South Beach across causeway to terminal (about 4 miles). Plan accordingly!
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written February 22, 2023
  • frequent1
    Groveland, California1,495 contributions
    Easy in easy out
    Getting to and from the port was relatively easy but only because we had a reverse commute. We almost missed the ship due to United Cancelling a flight but luckily we made it. The port was easy to navigate and the boarding terminal was easy to get to and to depart from. We had no issues with Uber getting us to the airport and it was way cheaper and faster than the norwegian tour buses.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 14, 2023
  • Usia2014
    Calgary, Canada1,885 contributions
    Well organized port
    We disembarked from our cruise and found the lines moved quickly and efficiently in the terminal. The port staff had things well organized. Outside, it was easy to get to the taxi area to catch a ride to the airport. Our ride cost much less than what the cruise ship bus shuttle quoted us; plus we didn’t have to wait for 40 other passengers to fill the bus before it could leave. The taxi got us to the airport in less than 20 minutes.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 12, 2023
  • CBivins
    Richmond, Virginia17 contributions
    Parking in Miami Port
    We parked here. It was fine. However, we left from one area and came back into another area. We chose not to wait for the shuttle bus. it was steaming hot walking back to our parking area.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 8, 2023
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia17,648 contributions
Jan 2020
There's no other city in the world from where so many cruise lines depart. The port of Miami is strategically located on Dodge island between Miami and Miami beach.
On sailing dates it's a super busy and pretty much confusing place, but overall it works well. I see people here complaining about lines and waiting time, but for me it was understanding.
On our sailing date, 5 or 6 mega ships were departing each carrying 4.000+ passengers, that's 20.000+ people - this cannot be handled in minutes. After all we waited around hour and a half to board.
TIP 1: For cruising passengers, most rent a car agencies offer free shuttle from MIA airport to the port if renting with them (my fav is Alamo). Starting point at MIA is on the 4th floor of the rent a car center, for starting point at the port look for signs or ask someone of the port staff. You need your rent a car contract to board.
TIP 2: Best pics of Miami port are from the MacArthur cswy connecting the city with Miami Beach (TO Miami Beach direction). Look there're no bycicles and stop quickly in the bike lane - see my pics.
Written February 4, 2020
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btang287
Quincy, MA19 contributions
Feb 2020
This is the cruise port for a few cruise lines. It includes but not limited to NCL, Royal Caribbean, MSC, etc. It was extremely busy in early morning until around 1 pm, when cruise passengers disembarking and embarking the cruise ships. There were private cars, buses, taxi, etc. tried to drop off or pick up their passengers and got out of the port.
Written February 26, 2020
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Suellen T
Perth, Australia788 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
Had to catch a couple of cruise ships from this port recently and it was a good experience — at least those parts of it that were in the Port’s control. It wasn’t fun to spend a couple of hours waiting to board with no information, but that was not the port’s fault. I got to experience two different terminals. I arrived at one very early and spent a few hours waiting outside. There were tables and chairs and lots of port personnel around, so it felt safe and comfortable. The staff even suggested some good nearby places to go for breakfast. The new RCCL terminal was very big and easy to transit through... lots of staff around. The only issue at the older terminal we went through (C I think but not sure) was that they used baggage carousels like in airports and it took me a while to find my bags! I think there were six or seven ships in port each day we were there — so lots to see... and the surroundings are gorgeous. It’s easy to get to the port and there are special capped cab fares from the airport, so it was relatively straight forward and easy to move through.
Written January 7, 2020
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maiagaia
Macomb, IL233 contributions
Apr 2022
We recently had our first cruise since February 2020. Our cruise with Royal Caribbean, Terminal G, was leaving on April 23, 2022. We arrived at the Terminal on a pretty tight schedule. We had one bag with a weight of 34 pounds; we were dropped by the transfer bus right next to the porters responsible for loading our bag.

We wheeled the bag up to the cart and my husband had $2 out for handling this one bag. The head baggage handler, an extremely large man, immediately started haranguing my husband about how he, my husband, had " to show much more gratitude than that." My husband then pulled out a $5 and this man tried to take both the $5 and the $2. My husband said "No way."

No one from the cruise ship was there supervising and our fear was that somehow our bag would not make it on the ship if we did not cave in to this bullying.

We forwarded this incident on to Royal Caribbean immediately post cruise. Furthermore, my husband attempted to contact the Port of Miami directly with no results so far.
Written May 16, 2022
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DVJjvd
Brampton, Canada129 contributions
Feb 2020
This port caters to cruise traffic and is well setup to do the job. Our ship docked beside a pier which was conveniently located such that we did not have a long walk to check into customs. There is a luggage carousel available where your baggage comes just like at an airport and then you line up to be processed. The whole process did not take much time and once we were through there were a group of people to assist in organizing taxis.

We did not wait long before a txi came to take us to the airport. Flat rate- $27US. No hassle. A refreshing change from the muck one goes through at Toronto where you are catured by a monopolistic taxi service and pay q normal taxi would cost. The ride is only about 15 minutes long . The driver was great.
Written February 11, 2020
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Allen B
Muskegon, MI1,146 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Road signs to find the correct parking area were lacking. Once parked we needed to cross the street from the garage to the terminal with the stopping of traffic by a crossing guard. This guy thought he was the king of Miiami. We were sure he waived us into the crosswalk after cars had stopped, but all of a sudden he went crazy. He started waving his hands at us and yelling. We stopped and he stood facing traffic, the took his right hand and again made a wave gesture to us. We made a step and again he went nuts. Third time, same gesture but we crossed without incident. The people in the cars looked amazed and one lady looked like she was video taping what this guy was doing

Once across, we were shown where to stand for Royal Caribbean. We waited in a line for about 10 minutes and then they opened a second line. Everybody behind us jumped over and made it in before we did.

Upon our ships return, we were supposedly picked at random for a customs search and question session that took 45 minutes. Random? Bull. It is discrimination because 2 guys traveled together.
Written May 24, 2022
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Arielfl
Coconut Creek, FL1,604 contributions
Jul 2022
I always enjoy finding a historical marker so I can learn a little more about the history of an area. The Port Miami historic marker is located in front of Bayside and at the entrance to the port, at the intersection of Biscayne Boulevard U.S. 1 and Port Boulevard. Marker F-818 was erected in 2014 by Florida East Coast Industries, Florida East Coast Railway, Foreign Affairs Center, Inc., Florida Trade Association and the Florida Department of State.

After reading the marker I learned that the history of Port Miami goes back to 1895 when local land owners Julia Tuttle and and William and Mary Brickell convinced Henry Flagler to bring the railroad to Miami. The area was unincorporated and had only 300 residents when the first passenger train arrived in 1896. The original Port of Miami was where Maurice Ferré Park now sits. After making a channel, Flagler began offering passenger service between Miami and Key West in 1897. Flagler also owned a steamship company, Peninsular and Occidental (P&O) which provided shipping service between Miami, Grenada, and Nassau. In the early 1900s, Government Cut was dredged along with a new channel to what is now called Bicentennial Park in downtown Miami. This new access to the mainland created the Main Channel which greatly improved the shipping access to the new port.

After World War II Port Miami experienced a boom due to its proximity to the Caribbean and South America. A port expansion resolution was adopted by the city of Miami on April 6, 1960. The port was moved to Dodge Island which was created from three historic islands Dodge, Lummus and Sam's Islands which were combined into one. The port was formally named Dante B. Fascell, in honor of 19-term Florida Congressman Dante Fascell, Port of Miami is also now known as the "Cruise Capital of the World" and "Cargo Gateway of the Americas." The port is connected to Downtown Miami by Port Boulevard, a causeway over the Intracoastal Waterway and to the Watson Island via the Port Miami Tunnel. It is the largest passenger port in the world and one of the largest cargo ports in the United States. Over 5.5 million people a year pass through the port as they board such cruise lines as Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Disney, and MSC. The port provides hundreds of thousands of jo\bs and it positively impacts Florida's economy by providing over 40 billion dollars each year.
Written July 15, 2022
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Usia2014
Calgary, Canada1,885 contributions
May 2023
We disembarked from our cruise and found the lines moved quickly and efficiently in the terminal. The port staff had things well organized. Outside, it was easy to get to the taxi area to catch a ride to the airport. Our ride cost much less than what the cruise ship bus shuttle quoted us; plus we didn’t have to wait for 40 other passengers to fill the bus before it could leave. The taxi got us to the airport in less than 20 minutes.
Written June 12, 2023
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Ms.Lewis
Miami Beach, FL142 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
MSC Cruises Ship 🚢 at the Port of Miami ..This ship requires that All passenger have their Shots..We must show proof card or records and passport in order to cruise.All passengers my has copiers of their Cruise paperwork..All employees are wearing 😷and following the Guidelines.The port employees are wearing masks and helping customers with luggage.The Port has many different Ships Departure out of Miami ..Customers can be dropped off,use Taxis ,Unber ,Lyft and Use Shuttle Busesto and From the Port.Customers can get Testing completed at the Port for a Fee of $80-$110 each person.
Written April 10, 2022
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Tamara Tas
1 contribution
Jul 2022
We went to a cruise 7 nights the 23rd of July, from Miami to the Caribbean. What a bad organisation to do the check in, we were waiting in the sun, sweating almost 3 hours to get on the cruise, terrible and I was sick because of the heat, there were few dispensers of water, totally empty. Was really insane.
The cruise were full around 5,000 passengers but I think that they did not well prepared, not happy with the check in.
They need to be well organised to get a lot of people in.
Thanks
Written August 24, 2022
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