Fort Lauderdale (Port Everglades) Terminal Address
1850 Eller Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Sprawling Port Everglades comprises 10 cruise passenger terminals; each is air-conditioned and offers snack machines on site. Despite its massive size, Port Everglades operates like a well-oiled machine, estimating an average of 45 minutes to one hour from the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport to getting checked in at your terminal.
The port has three entrances: at the 17th Street Causeway, located at Eisenhower Boulevard (Northport, closest to the shops and restaurants); at State Road 84, located off U.S. 1 (Midport, closest to the airport hotels); and at I-595 East (Southport, closest to the airport).
Getting There from the Airport
Getting to Port Everglades from the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport is a breeze. It's less than three miles away, and there's no shortage of taxis at the airport. Most cabs accept credit cards, but be sure to confirm that before accepting a ride.
Driving to Port Everglades from the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood airport takes less than 10 minutes. When leaving the rental car area of the airport, follow signs toward U.S. 1 north. The road will loop around; on the right-hand side, there will be signs for Port Everglades and Eller Drive, which leads directly to the port. Those cruising from terminals one through four can enter the port from the 17th Street Causeway, in which case you'll stay on U.S. 1 north another mile or so before making a right onto 17th Street. Follow this road east, and just before the bridge you'll spot clearly marked signs for the port.
By Airport Shuttle
At each airport terminal, the Go Airport shuttle has a pick-up location with a small stand in front, making it easy to identify. Shared rides in air-conditioned vans cost $11 and run every 15 to 20 minutes. Or, visitors can call to reserve rides in advance to avoid the wait.
Getting There by Public Transit
It's also possible to access the port via the #40 bus from downtown Fort Lauderdale (for those staying in hotels) or the Sun Trolley. However, this is only advised for passengers cruising from Northport, and it's still a bit of a walk from the bus stop to the terminals.
The Northport parking garage is located next to the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center (near the 17th Street entrance) and services cruise terminals 1, 2 (Princess Cruises) and 4. The parking area will soon be expanded to include 4,250 spaces. Cruise terminal 4 also has its own dedicated lot with 172 spaces.
The 2,000-space Midport garage services cruise terminals 19 (Carnival Cruise Line), 21, 22/24, 25, 26 (Holland America Line) and 27. Terminal 18 (Royal Caribbean and Celebrity) has its own 600-space surface parking lot adjacent to the terminal. There is also overflow parking at Terminal 19.
The only terminal where parking is not immediately available is 29, but there's a courtesy shuttle available from the Midport parking garage. Drivers can drop off the rest of their party (with their luggage) and then park the car and take the shuttle back.
All garages and parking lots have parking for disabled passengers with unimpeded access to crosswalks and elevators.
Parking is $15 per day at the port, but many nearby hotels also offer park-and-cruise packages.
There are taxis constantly circling throughout the terminal entrances.
What Time to Arrive
If ships are in port, there are always passengers coming and going, but the best time to arrive is between 11a.m. and 2 p.m. Generally speaking, most ships arrive in port around sunrise (but don't allow passengers to board before 11a.m.) and leave between 4p.m. and 5p.m.
All terminals have separate check-in lines for suite staterooms that are clearly marked on the outside of the entrance. There is also a separate ADA check-in line for those in wheelchairs.
Port Everglades does not keep wheelchairs on hand; contact your cruise line ahead of time to let them know if you'll need a wheelchair for embarkation.
Baggage Pick Up/Customs
All baggage must be brought through the customs area for inspection. Cruisers with Global Entry cards, can skip the line; just look for the Global Entry signs. There are no kiosks, so you must have the card; your passport is not enough. Afterward, passengers can use porter services to deliver bags to private cars, taxis and limousines or to baggage trucks for direct delivery to the airport.
Where to Grab a Bite or Last Minute Essentials
There is a Seafarer's House near Terminal 18, where the ship's crew goes to pick up last-minute items like snacks, socks, shampoo, toothpaste, aspirin, sunglasses and cigarettes. There's also a separate building that that sells electronics like DVDs, cameras, phones, cases, headphones and other accessories.
For general items, a Walgreens is located on the corner of the 17th Street entrance, and other stores like CVS, Publix (grocery) and Ross clothing store are a short cab ride away (or a very long walk). If you're tight on time, the Seafarer's House is your best bet.
There are plenty of dining options on the 17th Street Causeway, including chains like Chipotle and Einstein Bagels, as well as local favorites like Gilbert's 17th Street Grill (for burgers) and Bimini Boatyard (for seafood).
Porters are quick to assist with checking in bags curbside so that they can be processed to your cabin. Be sure to properly label bags with the luggage tags issued by the cruise line.
Where to Sit
Each terminal has between 1,000 and 3,000 seats and can supplement that number with folding chairs during long delays.
There are restrooms on both floors of each terminal, as well as outside, although the locations vary by terminal. There is also a stand-alone bathroom shelter centrally located across from the Midport Parking Garage.
Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the terminals.
Luggage storage is not available.
Watch Out For
The port tries to keep traffic flowing, so friends and family waiting to pick up passengers should do so at one of two cell phone lots: one north of Terminal 18 and one in the Port Administration Building parking lot.
The shops along the 17th Causeway are accessible by foot from Northport, but be sure to bring identification when leaving the port. Midport and Southport passengers are advised to take a cab.