Florida residents who love cruising have a lot to be excited about. The Sunshine State boasts a wide selection of ports, each offering various cruise lines to choose from. With so many options available, Floridians are in luck when it comes to planning their next cruise vacation.
Florida boasts a total of five ports, including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Jacksonville, and Palm Beach. For Floridians, there is a wide range of cruise lines to choose from, including Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, and Viking Ocean Cruises, among others.
Florida has a variety of ports that cater to different cruise options and levels of activity. While some ports are busier and offer more choices, there is one specific port that currently only serves one cruise line. However, it is possible that this situation could change in the future.
Jaxport, located in Jacksonville, is known for its association with the Carnival cruise line. The port primarily offers trips to the Bahamas, which can be a delightful experience for travelers. However, those seeking more diverse options will be pleased to learn that a new possibility may be on the horizon.
According to Yelpers, this port has received a rating of 3.3 out of 5 stars, with many reviewers noting that the lines are not as bad as some other ports. One reviewer, Ashley, mentioned the following:
“This port makes things so easy when getting on a cruise and leaving a cruise. They are veteran-friendly and provide free parking for disabled veterans who have disabled veteran plates or placards for their vehicles. The port employees were very friendly and eager to help. You don’t have to go far from the parking lot or the drop-off point to the port entrance. Very organized. I enjoyed going out of here versus Port Canaveral or Miami.”
A potential new cruise line is rumored to be considering Jaxport as its next destination, according to a report by The Jacksonville Business Journal in late January of 2024. The Jacksonville Port Authority has been approached by an unidentified cruise line, expressing interest in bringing its services to Jaxport. Board members are eagerly anticipating a meeting in February to further explore this opportunity.
Cruise Hive has pointed out some “clues” that suggest the cruise line in question is Norwegian Cruise Line. The website noticed that a landing page on Norwegian Cruise Line’s website mentioned that Jacksonville was “coming soon.”
Action News Jax also observed and speculated on the same thing.
As of now, it is crucial to emphasize that the information provided by Cruise Hive and ABC News Jax is purely speculative. No official announcements or statements have been made regarding this matter. It is also worth noting that Jaxport’s board has not yet approved any new cruise lines.
I am not associated with Jaxport, Carnival Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, or any other cruise lines.