If you love tropical cruises or are dreaming of going on one, Fort Lauderdale is a name you should familiarize yourself with since this Florida coastal city is a major hub for cruise ships departing to the Caribbean.
Making this embarkation port, called Port Everglades, even more exciting is the fact that Celebrity Cruises’ newest ship, Celebrity Edge, will be sailing out of Fort Lauderdale on Caribbean itineraries starting in December 2018.
Celebrity Edge has a sleek, modern design with a focus on bringing the outside elements in. This is done with infinity veranda suites, a chic pool deck with panoramic views of the sea, and al fresco dining options, along with many other innovative features. One of these includes the industry-first Magic Carpet, a cantilevered terrace that “floats” between the decks serving as both a waiting lounge for tender boats while in port and a unique oceanview restaurant experience in the evenings. To learn more about the Celebrity Edge and its luxurious features (including some amazing two-story suites with plunge pools), click here.
Another plus of sailing on the Celebrity Edge is getting the opportunity to spend time in beautiful Fort Lauderdale. Here are a few options for experiencing the city before or after your cruise.
Top Things to Do in Fort Lauderdale
Las Olas Boulevard: There’s always something fun or exciting to do along Las Olas Boulevard, a palm tree lined street that stretches through Fort Lauderdale right to the beach. Las Olas Boulevard is home to boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, and many different nightlife options.
Bonnet House Museum: Those who like seeing homes of the past will enjoy a visit to Bonnet House Museum and Gardens. Bonnet House was built in the early 20th century and is full of artwork. The garden is also a big draw for visitors as it is an example of a native barrier island habitat.
Intracoastal Waterway: Fort Lauderdale is home to a series of waterways that gives it the nickname “Venice of America.” A boat ride along the waterways will take you along scenic natural spots and impressive mansions and yachts.
Stranahan House Museum: The Stranahan House Museum is another historic site in Fort Lauderdale that dates back to 1901. It originally served as a trading post and community hall. Later on, the owner lived upstairs and rented out the bottom for restaurants. The home was restored in 1984 and today you can tour it to see it as it was designed in the early 1900s.
Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale: Riverwalk is located in downtown Fort Lauderdale and is a scenic path that takes you along the side of New River past restaurants, historic sites, the marina, and more.
Fort Lauderdale Beaches: Fort Lauderdale has 23 miles of beaches that make for a relaxing place to sit and soak up the sun or partake in fun games or water sports. Some of its famous beaches to check out are Deerfield Beach, Hollywood Beach, Pompano Beach, and the aptly named Fort Lauderdale Beach.
Fort Lauderdale Shore Excursions with Airport Transfers
Celebrity Cruises makes it easy to explore Fort Lauderdale after your Celebrity Edge cruise thanks to shore excursions that drop you off at the airport after a fun day exploring or lounging at the beach.
Fort Lauderdale Land and Sea with Airport Transfer
Get a taste of Fort Lauderdale in more ways than on on a Land and Sea tour. You’ll be taken through the cultural center of Fort Lauderdale where you’ll see the Riverwalk, Las Olas Boulevard, and the Art and Science District. Then you’ll depart on a relaxing Mississippi paddle-wheel style boat through Fort Lauderdale’s unique Intracoastal Waterway. This excursion also includes an airport transfer to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
Everglades Airboat Ride
Glide across the calm, sometimes eerie water of Everglades National Park on an airboat as your guide regales you with the history of the Everglades and points out alligators and other wildlife along the way. This shore excursion also drops you off at Miami International Airport.
Margaritaville Resort with Airport Drop Off
Get some beach time in before your vacation ends with the Margaritaville Resort shore excursion that drops you off via water taxi at the Margaritaville Resort, which has a prime location on Hollywood Beach and its famous boardwalk. After your day at the beach you’ll be dropped off at either the Fort Lauderdale or Miami airport.
Book Your Celebrity Edge Cruise Today
Celebrity Edge’s first sailing will depart December 16, 2018, from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, which will also serve as Celebrity Edge’s homeport. Celebrity Edge will offer two different itineraries from Fort Lauderdale. One will be an Eastern Caribbean cruise that visits San Juan, Puerto Rico; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten. The other itinerary option sails around the Western Caribbean and stops in Key West, Florida; Costa Maya, Mexico; Cozumel, Mexico; and George Town, Grand Cayman. You can visit all ports of call and make your vacation a 14-night one by booking back-to-back sailings.
Bookings are already open for Celebrity Edge, and you can secure your vacation on this innovative ship by visiting www.CelebrityCruises.com/Edge or by speaking with your travel agent. And stay tuned for more Celebrity Edge in the coming years – three sister ships to the Celebrity Edge will be debuting in 2020, 2021, and 2022.