Key West Cruise Ship Info

History of Key West and Cruise Ships

Key West is a Port of Call for several cruise lines, including Carnival and Disney. The first regularly scheduled cruise ship, Sunward, arrived in 1969. Since then, the number of ships to visit Key West has grown exponentially.

In 2020, Key West residents voted to drastically reduce the number of ships that dock in Key West. However, Florida State laws voided that vote. So, the cruise ships are a point of contention for some people on the island. Now, we will just have to wait and see how everything eventually plays out on the political stage. And, with COVID and of course weather that comes up, the schedule for the cruise ships change often.

About Key West’s Cruise Ship Ports

There are three docks that the cruise ships will dock at, and they are listed below. And, depending on which dock your ship moors at, as well as what your last port of call was, it could take you anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes to disembark the ship and get to the downtown area to start enjoying Key West Activities and Key West Attractions. So, this is something that should be considered when making Key West activity reservations.

As of 2022, cruise ships of all sizes will continue to visit Key West. However, only one cruise ship at a time will be in port. The privately run Pier B will host virtually all cruise ships visiting the island. The two city-controlled docks (Outer Mole and Mallory Square) will only host smaller ships with up to a 1300 person capacity. And, only if no ships are at Pier B.

The Outer Mole Pier (OM)  

Truman Waterfront is US Navy property. So, access to this area is restricted and requires all cruise passengers to go through a security checkpoint. But, to make things go smoother, you should make sure to have your ID and cruise card at the ready. And, since this is the closest dock to Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, you can walk right over to the best beach on the island. Or, Historic Tours of America provides free transportation service to and from the cruise ship; this is the only way to get back to the Outer Mole.

Pier B (B)

Located directly in front of the Opal Resort and Marina at Mallory Square makes this is a great starting location to explore downtown Key West. And, no transportation is needed to get to and from Pier B as it is in the middle of it all already.

Mallory Square Pier

Located at Mallory Square right off front street, really close to Duval Street, a great starting point for exploration of the downtown area. And, no transportation is needed to get to and from downtown Key West from this pier.

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Key West cruise ship port at Mallory Square in Downtown Key West

Key West Cruise Ship Activities Advice

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Deep Sea Fishing in Key West is fantastic. Booking fishing charters ahead is the best way to get the best Key West deep sea fishing boats.

Before you even go on your cruise, it is always a good idea to book your Key West Activities with a reputable Key West company and not on the cruise ships. Especially if you plan on going Key West fishing, sight seeing tours, Private boating charters or booking a veteran Key West fishing guide. And, you will save money and get the best services available.

See the Key West fishing report.

Key West Activities – Via Cruise Ship

There are an entire slew of Key West activities that you may be able to do to enhance your visit. But, that all depends on what time your cruise ship docks and departs.

Most Popular Key West Activities – Cruise Ship Visitors

  • Backcountry Fishing Charters – The most popular fishing trip offered in Key West. And, since most of the cruise ships are in port long enough for a 4 hour Key West fishing backcountry fishing charter, this is a great option.
  • Snorkeling And Fishing Adventure Charters – Snorkeling and fishing all in one charter here in Key West. And, you get the most out of you day and your money.
  • Sandbar Excursion – A growing interest in hanging out on the water makes this a popular trip. And, it is private so you can get away from the big crowds of the cruise ship.

Key West Cruise Ship Schedule

2022

AS HINTED ABOVE, THESE SCHEDULES MAY NOT BE ACCURATE. THEREFORE, YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CHECK DIRECTLY WITH YOUR CRUISE SHIP ABOUT ANY CHANGES TO THE SCHEDULE.

August

  • Carnival Dream – 01 Aug 2022 – 10:00
  • Carnival Conquest – 02 Aug 2022 – 07:30
  • Carnival Sunrise – 05 Aug 2022 – 07:30
  • Celebrity Infinity – 07 Aug 2022 – 08:00
  • Celebrity Equinox – 08 Aug 2022 – 08:00
  • Scarlet Lady – 11 Aug 2022 – 08:00
  • Celebrity Infinity – 14 Aug 2022 – 08:00
  • Carnival Dream – 15 Aug 2022 – 10:00
  • Carnival Conquest – 16 Aug 2022 – 07:30
  • Norwegian Sky – 17 Aug 2022 – 07:00
  • Celebrity Infinity – 21 Aug 2022 – 08:00
  • Carnival Glory – 23 Aug 2022 – 08:00
  • Scarlet Lady – 25 Aug 2022 – 08:00
  • Celebrity Infinity – 28 Aug 2022 – 08:00
  • Carnival Dream – 29 Aug 2022 – 10:00
  • Carnival Conquest – 30 Aug 2022 – 07:30

September

  • Carnival Sunrise – 02 Sep 2022 – 07:30
  • Celebrity Infinity – 04 Sep 2022 – 08:00
  • Scarlet Lady – 08 Sep 2022 – 08:00
  • Celebrity Infinity – 11 Sep 2022 – 08:00
  • Carnival Dream – 12 Sep 2022 – 10:00
  • Carnival Sensation – 14 Sep 2022 – 09:00
  • Celebrity Infinity – 18 Sep 2022 – 08:00
  • Scarlet Lady – 22 Sep 2022 – 08:00
  • Celebrity Infinity – 25 Sep 2022 – 08:00
  • Carnival Dream – 26 Sep 2022 – 10:00
  • Carnival Glory – 27 Sep 2022 – 08:00
  • Carnival Sunrise – 30 Sep 2022 – 07:30

October

  • Celebrity Infinity -02 Oct 2022 – 08:00
  • Scarlet Lady – 06 Oct 2022 – 08:00
  • Celebrity Infinity – 09 Oct 2022 – 08:00
  • Carnival Dream – 10 Oct 2022 – 10:00
  • Carnival Conquest – 11 Oct 2022 – 07:30
  • Viking Star – 15 Oct 2022 – 
  • Celebrity Infinity – 16 Oct 2022 – 08:00
  • Scarlet Lady – 20 Oct 2022 – 08:00
  • Celebrity Infinity – 23 Oct 2022 – 08:00
  • Carnival Conquest – 25 Oct 2022 – 07:30
  • Carnival Sunrise -28 Oct 2022 – 07:30
  • Viking Star – 29 Oct 2022 – 
  • Celebrity Infinity – 30 Oct 2022 – 07:00

November

  • Carnival Glory – 01 Nov 2022 – 08:00
  • Scarlet Lady – 03 Nov 2022 – 08:00
  • ms Nieuw Statendam – 04 Nov 2022 – 08:00
  • Celebrity Silhouette – 05 Nov 2022 – 07:00
  • Seven Seas Navigator – 05 Nov 2022 – 08:00
  • Celebrity Summit – 06 Nov 2022 – 07:00
  • Carnival Dream – 07 Nov 2022 – 10:00
  • Carnival Conquest – 08 Nov 2022 – 07:30
  • ms Nieuw Statendam – 11 Nov 2022 – 08:00
  • Celebrity Infinity – 12 Nov 2022 – 08:00
  • Seabourn Quest – 12 Nov 2022 – 08:00
  • Norwegian Sky – 14 Nov 2022 – 07:00
  • Grandeur Of The Seas – 14 Nov 2022 – 08:00
  • Viking Star – 16 Nov 2022 – 
  • Scarlet Lady – 17 Nov 2022 – 08:00
  • Viking Star – 18 Nov 2022 – 
  • Celebrity Silhouette – 19 Nov 2022 – 07:00
  • Celebrity Summit – 20 Nov 2022 – 07:00
  • Carnival Dream – 21 Nov 2022 – 10:00
  • Carnival Conquest – 22 Nov 2022 – 07:30
  • Celebrity Summit – 25 Nov 2022 – 07:00
  • Celebrity Apex – 27 Nov 2022 – 07:00
  • Grandeur Of The Seas – 28 Nov 2022 – 08:00

December

  • Scarlet Lady – 01 Dec 2022 – 08:00
  • Viking Star – 02 Dec 2022 – 
  • ms Nieuw Statendam – 02 Dec 2022 – 08:00
  • Celebrity Silhouette – 03 Dec 2022 – 07:00
  • Celebrity Summit – 04 Dec 2022 – 07:00
  • Carnival Dream – 05 Dec 2022 – 10:00
  • Carnival Conquest – 06 Dec 2022 – 07:30
  • Seabourn Quest – 08 Dec 2022 – 08:00
  • Celebrity Summit – 09 Dec 2022 – 07:00
  • ms Nieuw Statendam – 09 Dec 2022 – 08:00
  • Seabourn Quest – 10 Dec 2022 – 08:00
  • Celebrity Apex – 11 Dec 2022 – 07:00
  • Grandeur Of The Seas – 12 Dec 2022 – 08:00
  • Norwegian Dawn – 12 Dec 2022 – 11:00
  • Scarlet Lady – 15 Dec 2022 – 08:00
  • Brilliance Of The Seas – 16 Dec 2022 – 11:00
  • Celebrity Silhouette – 17 Dec 2022 – 07:00
  • Star Legend – 18 Dec 2022 – 08:00
  • Celebrity Apex – 18 Dec 2022 – 08:00
  • Celebrity Reflection – 19 Dec 2022 – 08:00
  • Seven Seas Splendor – 19 Dec 2022 – 12:00
  • Viking Star – 20 Dec 2022 – 
  • Scarlet Lady – 20 Dec 2022 – 08:00
  • Viking Star – 22 Dec 2022 – 
  • Carnival Conquest – 23 Dec 2022 – 07:30
  • Celebrity Apex – 24 Dec 2022 – 07:00
  • Carnival Dream – 25 Dec 2022 – 10:00
  • Star Legend – 28 Dec 2022 – 08:00
  • Celebrity Summit- 29 Dec 2022 – 07:00
  • Celebrity Silhouette – 30 Dec 2022 – 08:00

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