Cruising 101: A Look at Convenient Departure Cities Across the Country

Your best locations to start your next vacation are closer than you think.
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If you think the only way to catch a cruise is to hop on a plane first, think again: Royal Caribbean ships sail from destinations all around the U.S., so travelers can find a port within driving distance of home. Take our newest port—Terminal A in Miami—for example. Opened on November 8th, this port is the largest in the U.S. and home to two of our world-class Oasis ships. The new LEED certified facility makes sailing out of Florida and accessing the Caribbean quick, easy, and convenient. There’s also Port Canaveral near Orlando, and Tampa on the western side of the state, plus Fort Lauderdale toward the southern tip for even more options.

With the Caribbean beckoning, there are ample Eastern Caribbean itineraries setting sail from Terminal A that stop in St. Maarten, St. Thomas and the new Perfect Day at CocoCay, Bahamas. Western Caribbean-bound ships sail to Labadee, Haiti, another one of our private island destinations; Falmouth, Jamaica; and Cozumel, Mexico; or you can really escape with an epic, 14-night itinerary that heads to Malaga and Barcelona, Spain, or a 16-night adventure sailing to Copenhagen, Denmark.

Keep reading to learn more about our departure cities and take the airport out of your travel plans.


For travelers based anywhere from Portland, Maine to Philadelphia, a departure city is just shy of a two-hour drive away. From Boston, for example, vacationers can take five- and seven-night cruises to Bermuda or sail to Canada to take in fall foliage and renowned seafood.

Vacation-goers in the New York metropolitan area can head to Cape Liberty, New Jersey via car or PATH train, then hop on a four-night Bermuda cruise, a range of Canada and New England sailings or 11-night Eastern Caribbean cruises with stops in Puerto Rico and St. Maarten. Best of all, two ships, Adventure of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas, are scheduled to sail from New York City’s backyard next month, giving you nearby options to book your next vacation.

Find a cruise departing from the Northeast here.


A bit further south, Baltimore offers easy access for Marylanders and everyone in the D.C. metro area. This departure city features cruises visiting many of the same destinations as Cape Liberty, but include added options with nine-night Southeast Coast and Bahamas sailings that visit Orlando and Miami, Florida before heading to The Bahamas, where you can enjoy historic architecture, rum tasting and, of course, beautiful beaches.

Explore itineraries heading to warm waters from Baltimore here.

Southern Coast

Besides the state-of-the-art ports in Florida — Port Canaveral, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, and our newest port, Terminal A, in Miami — which offer cruises, sailing everywhere as near as Cuba on four- through eight-night trips to as far as Europe, Royal Caribbean also sails out of several other locations along the Southern Coast of the U.S.

New Orleans has weeklong Western Caribbean cruises and Bahamas itineraries for anyone in the Pelican state, reaching destinations like Cozumel, Mexico and Nassau, Bahamas; and Galveston, Texas offers four-, five- and seven-night Western Caribbean sailings, plus an extraordinary, intercontinental trip to Spain with a stop in Azores, Portugal along the way.

You can discover your next escape departing from the southern U.S. here.

Pacific Northwest

In the Northwest, the Port of Seattle offers three- and four-night itineraries into British Columbia, a weeklong jaunt down the West Coast to San Francisco, and seven-night cruises to the wonders of the Last Frontier (from the wildlife of the Inside Passage to Skagway, Alaska). Seattleites seeking sunshine can even book a 21-night Transpacific Hawaii cruise with visits to marquee destinations, including Honolulu; Suva, Fiji and Sydney, Australia.

A short drive north to Vancouver, British Columbia offers vacationers the chance to sail seven- and 11-night sailings to the Hubbard and Dawes Glaciers, as well as nine- to 19-night cruise tours. The latter is an extended vacation on land before or after your cruise, which includes stops in Denali National Park, a Tundra Express train ride and more. It’s the perfect opportunity to explore the wonders of Alaska’s interior.

Check out cruises sailing from the Pacific Northwest to glaciers or idyllic Hawaiian islands here.

Southern California

Last but not least, Californians near Los Angeles and San Diego have a rare chance to book a 16-night Panama Canal adventure, which includes time in New Orleans and Miami, but also a chance to walk across suspension bridges in a cloud forest in Puntarenas, Costa Rica or experience Colombian folk culture in Cartagena.

Take advantage of a cruise from Southern California and search for your options here.

Found a departure city near you and ready to set sail? Check out our itineraries and book an unforgettable trip.