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10 best cruises leaving from miami

Discover the world’s best tropical destinations on cruises out of Miami.

By Amanda Mesa | Published on July 19, 2019

From pristine beaches to tropical jungles, Miami cruises can take you to the best Caribbean destinations. Start your cruise vacation in one of the world's best party cities, then set sail from the Port of Miami to The Bahamas, Mexico, Puerto Rico and beyond on weekend getaway cruise or a longer Caribbean adventure. Whether you’re looking for last minute affordable cruises or getting a head start on planning the ultimate family vacation, Royal Caribbean offers plenty of thrill-filled cruises from Miami to satisfy every kind of traveler.

1. nassau, bahamas

Nassau is one of the most popular destinations for cruisers, and for good reason. You’ll find yourself smack in the middle of Junkanoo culture when you arrive here, with lots of beautiful beaches and lively bars and restaurants just within reach. The best part? You don’t need a lot of vacation days to cruise to The Bahamas from the Port of Miami. Royal Caribbean offers several weekend getaway cruises to Nassau. From the port’s bustling straw markets to its glitzy casinos, Nassau offers plenty of unique experiences. Venture beyond the city streets and unwind beneath swaying palms on one of its gorgeous beaches. Cross the harbor to Paradise Island for an opportunity to swim with dolphins. If seaside party vibes are more your style, head to Junkanoo Beach and soak up the sunshine to the sound of live music from the shoreside Tiki Bikini Hut. Once you've worked up an appetite, tuck into some local Bahamian dishes like fried conch or johnnycakes, the fried corn cakes that are the local comfort-food staple. You won't want to miss the Spanish, West African and British influences in this mouthwatering cuisine.


Unleash your inner adventurer on a Miami cruise to Perfect Day at CocoCay in The Bahamas. You’ll find endless things to do at this Royal Caribbean private destination, from chasing thrills on the tallest waterslide in North America, to soaring above the island on a helium balloon ride. No matter what your idea of the ultimate beach day, Perfect Day at CocoCay offers something for everyone.

Perfect Day at CocoCay has become one of the top-rated ports among cruise guests, so it should come as no surprise that Royal Caribbean now offers more sailings from Miami, Florida to this one-of-a-kind destination than ever before. Whether you’d rather spend the day unwinding on the beach at tranquil Chill Island, or testing your courage on the adrenaline-amping rides at Thrill Waterpark, this private island destination was designed to cater to all kinds of visitors. There are also lots of complimentary dining options onshore serving up beach day favorites like BBQ, burgers, crisp salads, and tasty tacos.

A favorite destination among Royal Caribbean cruise guests, this private island has everything you need to enjoy the ultimate beach day. Soak up the sun and unwind on the white-sand beaches of Chill Island. Chase thrills down the tallest waterslide in North America at Thrill Waterpark. Scope views from up to 450 feet above land in a helium balloon ride. And get a taste of Bora Bora in the first Floating Cabanas in The Bahamas. Whatever kind of vibe you’re looking for on your Miami cruise to the Caribbean, you’re bound to find it at Perfect Day at CocoCay.

3. labadee, haiti

Adventure abounds in Labadee, also a Royal Caribbean private destination. You can set your own schedule in this tropical paradise, whether you prefer to go zip-lining over the ocean or unwinding in a breezy beachside bungalow.

When you take a Miami cruise to Labadee, you’ll find lots of different ways to spend your day. Looking for a rush? Brave the longest over-water zip line in The Caribbean, known as Dragon's Breath Flight Line, to score breathtaking views of Labadee from 500 feet above the ground. Or get your adrenaline pumping on the Dragon's Tail Coaster, where you'll race down a mountainside at 30 miles per hour. If relaxing is more your vibe, recharge in the shade of a private bungalow overlooking Columbus Beach. But don't forget to refuel at Dragon's Rock Cafe, Labadee Cafe or Columbus Café — each serves BBQ and rum-based cocktails. See what Labadee is all about on sailings from Miami, Florida year-round.


Cozumel is where Mexican heart meets Caribbean soul. Explore ancient Maya ruins in Tulum, snorkel the reefs in Chankanaab, or simply stop and take in all the wonder around you on a Miami cruise to Cozumel.

If it's history you're seeking, get a close look at Maya culture at San Gervasio. Dating back to 300 AD, this area is the largest Maya site in Cozumel, and it offers opportunities to see the Yucatan Coast while exploring ancient history. If you're looking to go down under, dive into adventure at Chankanaab National Park, where you'll find everything from snorkeling to scuba diving to swimming with dolphins. Then, set out on a hike through Punta Sur National Park, where you'll trek through sea fan gardens and observe crocodiles in their natural habitat. From exotic wildlife to underwater thrills, Cozumel has it all.


Another can't-miss Mexican hot spot is Puerto Costa Maya. You'll see where the past meets the present when sailing from Miami, Florida to this incredible area of the Yucatan Peninsula. Venture into the jungle and explore the Chacchoben and Kohunlich ruins, or kick back in the laid-back village of Mahahual. Whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation, you’ll find the best of both worlds at Puerto Costa Maya. Cenote scouting is one of the most popular activities in Mexico, and Cenote Azul draws lots of explorers to its turquoise waters. For a greater expanse of sea, grab your snorkeling gear and explore the underwater world of Banco Chinchorra, the largest coral atoll in the northern hemisphere. After, head to Kohulnich and Chacchoben for a glimpse of Mexico’s ancient history. At these thousand-year-old Maya ruins, keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife, like spider monkeys and peccary — a breed of wild pigs that roam here. Adventure is everywhere on a Miami cruise to Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico.


Even though it's close to the Port of Miami, Key West is nothing like the Magic City. Located at the end of the Florida peninsula, it’s is the very definition of laid-back living, a destination bursting with color that’s unlike anywhere else in the state. Pedal past charming homes filled with history on a bicycle tour, paddle board through lush mangroves or go snorkeling along the reefs that ring the coast. No matter what kind of traveler you are, Key West will charm you. For some of the best birdwatching in the country, head to Nancy Forrester's Secret Garden, a haven for rescued exotic birds like macaws and parrots. After, hop on the Conch Train for a lesson in Key West history and local legends as you drive by some of the island's most iconic landmarks. Wrap your day up with a visit to Mallory Square to see live acrobats, dancers and performers.


Find adventure when you visit Belize City on a Miami cruise. From hiking ancient Maya ruins to snorkeling the vibrant Belize Barrier Reef, you’ll find endless ways to soak up all this beautiful destination has to offer. Discover a place unlike any other in the Caribbean, with iconic views, distinctive culture and delicious local cuisine. Be sure to snorkel or dive the Great Blue Hole, a famous undersea sinkhole that is actually visible from space. Seeking some more thrills? Hop on a boat to Shark Ray Alley, a shallow part of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, and snorkel alongside nurse sharks, southern stingrays and colorful coral. If you're looking to get active, trek to the pyramid ruins of the Sky Palace, El Caana, an ancient temple built by the Maya that remains the tallest building in the nation. Between its rich history, friendly culture and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, Belize is a destination you’ll remember for years to come.


If you're looking for island charm, look no further than Oranjestad. Easily reached on a sailing from Miami, Florida, to the capital of Aruba, Oranjestad is full of discoveries. From its picturesque beaches to its colorful Dutch colonial "gingerbread" houses to the recently renovated California Lighthouse, this destination guarantees a unique adventure. Hop in a high-tech submarine and travel 150 feet below the sea to discover the island’s vibrant marine life, including stunning tropical fish, lively coral reefs and historic wreck sites. For panoramic views of the windward coast, visit the California Lighthouse. To spot local plants and wildlife, take a beautiful coastline drive through rocky Arikok National Park. And if you’re looking to taste the flavors of the island, sample some delicious and nutty Dutch cheeses, Venezuelan empanadas, or salty, fresh fish.


A favorite vacation destination among celebrities, Grand Cayman strikes the perfect balance between glamour and easygoing island life. Get there on a Caribbean cruise from the Port of Miami and walk the Seven Mile Beach, swim with stingrays on a snorkeling safari or treat yourself to a little retail therapy at some of the best designer shops in the world. Whatever you're looking to do, Grand Cayman has it. There are so many reasons why Grand Cayman is a stop on some of the best cruises from Miami. It’s one of the few places where you can swim with sea turtles at the Cayman Turtle Centre, or glimpse exotic birds at the Caribbean Aviary. For sun-soaked fun, head to any of Grand Cayman’s iconic beaches, known for their sparkling blue waters and bright white sand. Many are also peppered with restaurants, bars and upscale resorts, so it's no wonder that Grand Cayman tops many lists of the world’s best beaches. With beautiful shores and wonderful wildlife, George Town is the place to be.


You’re sure to feel irie (local slang for "pleasing") when you visit Falmouth, Jamaica on your sailing from Miami, Florida. Head to Chukkah Beach for some horseback riding, or experience high tea at the Good Hope Estate. And whatever you do, don't forget to try some jerk chicken and rum cake while you're here! Falmouth and the surrounding areas offer many different kinds of adventure. Swim beneath towering waterfalls at Dunn's River Falls, or take a dip in the natural pools surrounding the falls. The rivers here are perfect for tubing, and river cruising is the best opportunity to take in all the natural beauty that Jamaica has to offer. Just a few miles from Falmouth, Burwood Beach is a quiet and secluded stretch of shoreline that's perfect for a quiet escape. Cruising from the Port of Miami to Jamaica is all about being on or near the water, so be sure to pack your bathing suit. Whether you're looking for a pristine beach and crystalline waters or undersea adventures and sky-high thrills, you'll find it all when you head to the Caribbean on a Miami cruise. As the gateway to paradise, Miami has you covered on your next trip, so be sure to pack a swimsuit, some hiking boots and sunglasses — you’re going to need all three on this vacation.


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