Miami, along with Fort Lauderdale, is a major turnaround port for Caribbean cruises. Both cities and their respective airports are relatively close to each other.
Where You're Docked
Miami's seven cruise terminals are located on Dodge Island between Miami and Miami Beach but only accessible from Miami. Port of Miami cruise information with maps, transportation options and info here http://www.miamidade.gov/portmiami Schedules don't seem to be posted online though signage at the port will direct you to your ship. Terminals typically used include Carnival - D and E, Celebrity - G and Royal Caribbean - J. From downtown, taking a taxi is the best option though bus 243 runs during rush hour weekdays. See Local Transportation section below for more details. For crew, there is crew center with free wifi outside the terminals by Seafarers Park.
Getting To/From the Airport
Miami International Airport
Fort Lauderdale Airport
See the Fort Lauderdale Port Guide for info http://cruiseportwiki.com/FortLauderdale
Money and Tipping
MetroMover is a free overhead tram network with a line that loops the downtown core with a connection at Metrorail Government Center Station. Stops on the system include American Airlines Arena, and Bayside Marketplace.
Other transit options include Metrorail and MetroBus. Miami's EASY smart card system requires a payment of $2 for the card or a single use paper ticket for free. Transfers between bus and metro are $0.50 additional. Buses do not issue EASY tickets or paper transfers but you can pay $2 cash for a ride. Transfers with the EASY card are good for one direction and three hours though you need to tap off when exiting stations. If staying a few days or planning to ride the bus, it is better to buy an EASY card. Bus 243 runs from NW 8 St beside Historic Overtown Metrorail Station to the cruise terminals on rush hour weekdays only. Schedule and route map here http://www.miamidade.gov/transit/routes_detail.asp?route=243
Staying in downtown Miami or Miami Beach are both convenient for cruisers though downtown is a bit closer to the cruise port. Search hotels in Miami here
Shopping & Restaurants
Bayside Marketplace - An outdoor shopping mall on the other side of the bridge from the cruise terminals. Restaurants and stores located here include Bubba Gump Shrimp, Victoria's Secret, Hooters, Starbucks, Fat Tuesday and Subway. Located beside MetroMover College/Bayside.
There are several huge malls outside the city including Dolphin Mall west of the airport and Sawgrass Mills. Downtown has a Ross Dress For Less, Marshall's, and a Walgreens Pharmacy all located near East Flagler St and SE 3rd Ave.
Supermarkets - Publix can be found at the south end of downtown by Brickell MetroMover Station or on the north end at Biscayne Blvd at NE 17 St.
11th St Diner in Miami Beach is a recommended restaurant. Try a fritas, a Cuban hamburger with shoestring fries. Recommended are El Mago De Las Fritas and El Rey De Las Fritas.
There is post office at the corner of NW 5th St and NW 2nd Ave.
Try cafes and restaurants for free wifi.
Maps (right-click to save)
PDF port map here http://www.miamidade.gov/portmiami/library/portmiami-map.pdf
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