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Spotlight: South Florida

 

The Port of Miami and Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale service cruise ships sailing out of south Florida.  The seven cruise terminals that service passengers sailing out of Miami are among the most modern in the world.  The Port of Miami terminals are designed to move passengers from land to sea as efficiently as possible.

Cruises out of PortMiami sail to the Bahamas, the Eastern and Western Caribbean, Mexico, South America and further locales with transatlantic sailings the first quarter of each year.  Referred to as the “Cruise Capital of the World,” Miami is home-base to five major cruise lines – Carnival Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean Cruise, Oceania Cruises and its sister company Regent Seven Seas Cruises.  The world’s leading cruise port services millions of passengers with forty-two ships a year sailing into and out of Miami’s tropical setting; PortMiami offers a view of the skyline of downtown Miami and waters of Biscayne Bay.

Port Everglades is a little less than thirty miles north of the “Cruise Capital.”  Fort Lauderdale’s cruise port is the world’s third busiest, behind Miami and Port Canaveral, having serviced over 3.4 passengers last year.  The port’s nine terminals offer sailings for the following cruise lines:  Carnival, Celebrity, Costa, Crystal, Cunard, Disney, Holland America, Princess, Seven Seas, Royal Caribbean, Seabourn and SilverSea.

Each of the south Florida cruise ports is located in close proximity to nearby airports. PortMiami is less than ten miles from Miami International, and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport is just a ten minute drive to Port Everglades.  Each south Florida location makes for a great vacation destination prior to and following a cruise.

Miami offers a multi-cultural paradise.  Key Biscayne, the Art Deco of South Beach and Bayside Marketplace are in close proximity to Miami’s port.  Cuban food, music and culture are prevalent throughout the city, especially in Little Havana.  Vacationers can visit trendy South Beach, home to Miami’s nightclub, fashion, dining and people watching by day on the beaches and under the florescent neon lights at night, or historical sites such as the must-see Vizcaya Museum and Gardens on Biscayne Bay.  The city is a vibrant one influenced by Caribbean, Cuban, Latin American and a potpourri of cultures offering activities day and night for all to enjoy.   

Once the hot-spot for Spring Breakers, Fort Lauderdale has changed its reputation to be a quieter one known more for boaters.  The more family-oriented community these days features 23-miles of beachfront and the canals of the Intracoastal Waterways.  The city’s Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District runs along Las Olas Boulevard from the beach to downtown offering an array of dining and cultural options, including the Broward Center for Performing Arts.  Each of the south Florida cities is well worth the time to stay before or after one’s cruise or as a destination on its own.  

We are pleased to serve the PortMiami and Port Everglades out of “home office” in Dania Beach.  Kiosk service is offered for Holland America sailings out of Fort Lauderdale, for those wishing to pick-up his/her mobility equipment before embarking, located curb-side prior to entering the cruise line’s terminal.  While in Miami, Norwegian’s Escape and Getaway provide a similar offering inside Terminal B.  For more information, contact your travel professional or visit us here.

 

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Official News Releases

November 13, 2015
SNG announces Certification Milestone
SNG announces Certification Milestone

2,500 Travel Professionals successfully complete Special Needs Group Certified Accessible Travel Advocates® program!

July 17, 2014
Travel Agent wins free MSC Cruise in Special Needs Group Certification promotion
Travel Agent wins free MSC Cruise in Special Needs Group Certification promotion

Gloria Hallick, ACC of Expedia CruiseShipCenters in Alberta, Canada is the lucky winner of the SNG Certification promotion that resulted in SNG celebrating over 2,000 Certified Accessible Travel Advocates.

July 1, 2014
Special Needs Group® / Special Needs at Sea® Continue Efforts to Provide Awareness for Special Needs Travel
Special Needs Group® / Special Needs at Sea® Continue Efforts to Provide Awareness for Special Needs Travel

Special Needs Group® / Special Needs at Sea® Continue Efforts to Provide Awareness for Special Needs Travel at National Federation of the Blind Annual Convention in Orlando, Fla.

May 16, 2014
Special Needs Group and Sun & Fun Cycles Team Up to Expand Access to Widely Acclaimed Hollywood Beach, FL Broadwalk
Special Needs Group and Sun & Fun Cycles Team Up to Expand Access to Widely Acclaimed Hollywood Beach, FL Broadwalk

Special Needs Group and Sun & Fun Cycles Team Up to Expand Access to Widely Acclaimed Hollywood Beach, FL Broadwalk, Empowering Individuals with Special Needs to Explore Popular Tourist Destination

April 16, 2014
MSC Cruises Partners with Special Needs Group for Agent Education
MSC Cruises Partners with Special Needs Group for Agent Education

Offers Free Cruise for SNG Certified Accessible Travel Advocate® Certification Promotion

Articles

April 29, 2015
SNG Donates a Powerchair to ARC Broward Client

August 25, 2014
Sun Sentinel's Top Work Places for People on the Move Honors Andrew Garnett, President/CEO of SNG

May 6, 2013
Special Needs Group Featured in The Miami Herald
Special Needs Group Featured in The Miami Herald Business Monday

Special Needs Group Featured in The Miami Herald

May 6, 2013
Scooter Donation Helps Improve Teen's Mobility
Special Needs Group Featured in The Sun Sentinel

Scooter Donation Helps Improve Teen's Mobility

May 9, 2011
Demand for Special Needs Equipment on Cruises is Growing
Demand for Special Needs Equipment on Cruises is Growing

As more people with disabilities and special needs opt to take a cruise, businesses are rushing to meet growing demand for ship-board mobility devices.