Before You Board

Flights, Parking, Port Information, What to Pack...

What time do I need to be on the ship?

Please arrive at the Port of Miami on Monday, between 12:00PM – 3:00PM EST

Due to new government regulations requiring cruise lines to submit final departure manifests at least 60 minutes prior to sailing, guests are requested to complete Online Check-in no later than 2 days prior to their cruise. Guests who have not filled out their Online Check-In must arrive at the port two (2) hours prior to sailing. Please note: All guests must be checked-in and be onboard the ship no later than 3:00 PM EST (two hours prior to the departure time) or they will not be permitted to sail.

Flights & Transfers


Need to book your flight to Miami? We can help you find the cheapest flights available here:


We recommend that you arrive at Miami International Airport (MIA) or Ft Lauderdale Airport (FLL) no later than 10:30 AM on the day of sailing. Boarding time is between 11:30 AM – 3:30 PM. If you arrive at the port after 3:00 PM you will risk not making it on the cruise. All passengers must be checked-in and on the ship by 3:00 PM.


Return flights should be arranged to leave Miami International Airport (MIA) or Ft Lauderdale Airport (FLL) after 12:30 PM. Although we will be back in Miami around 7:00 AM, the debarkation and custom’s process might take some time.

Transportation from the Airport to the Cruise Port:

Please make sure you are at the port in time when arranging transportation from MIA or FLL to the Port of Miami.

You have several choices, please see below:

1. Taxi service (or Uber, Lyft, etc…):

Miami International Airport: Approximately $20 each way.
Ft. Lauderdale Airport: Approximately $50 each way. (Rates subject to change)

2. Shuttle Service Companies:

– Super Shuttle
– Go Airport Shuttle

3. Norwegian Cruise Line Shuttle Transfers:

Norwegian offers round-trip shuttle service from Miami / Ft. Lauderdale Airports to the Port of Miami. These transfers can be purchased after you have received your NCL reservation number. NCL Transfers are $15 per person each way from MIA and $20 per person from FLL.
For more information about Norwegian Shuttle Transfers, please call their Reservations Department at 800-327-7030. You’ll need your NCL reservation number and flight information available to purchase the transfers.

Travel Time To/From Airports: 

Miami International Airport: 10 miles, approximately 20 minutes.
Ft. Lauderdale Airport: 25 miles, approximately 45 minutes (Travel times depending on traffic conditions)

Hotels in Miami


We recommend that you consider coming in a day early before the cruise or staying one or two days after the cruise to experience all that Miami has to offer. Arriving a day early also helps reduce the chance of missing the ship due to unexpected flight delays or cancellations.

There are many hotels near the port (Downtown Miami area) including:

  1. Holiday Inn Port of Miami-Downtown
  2. Hilton Miami Downtown
  3. Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay
  4. Hampton Inn & Suites- Miami Brickell/ Downtown
  5. Doubletree Grand Hotel Biscayne Bay

Driving and Parking

Port of Miami

Are you planning on driving down to Miami? Good choice! Please read!


Don’t miss the boat! We recommend that you plan ahead to be at the port by noon. If you arrive at the port after 3:00 PM you will not make it on the cruise (and there are no refunds!).


You have two choices for parking:

Port of Miami: Convenient / Higher Prices – Pricing is $20 per night ($80) – Safe, convenient, and you can walk right up to the ship.

“Park and Cruise” Company: Lower prices – Approximately $10 per night – These companies are close to the port and will shuttle you to and from the port. We are not affiliated with any 3rd party companies, but you may Google search for “Port of Miami cruise parking” to find some options.

Port of Miami Information

Port of Miami

Port Address:
1015 North America Way
Miami, FL 33132

FT LAUDERDALE AIRPORT: 25 miles (45 minutes)

For Parking information at the port, please visit their website:


What to Pack

Bathing suit and sunscreen are obvious – Here’s a few recommendations:

  • Pack everything you need for the first day in a small carry-on bag (change of clothes, bathing suit, sandals, toiletries, etc…). You might not get your checked bag until 7:00 PM on the first day.
  • Pack a couple of casual outfits (don’t forget shoes) for dinner, the nightclub and other venues.
  • Don’t forget your sandals and a cover-up/t-shirt.
  • Bring a small beach bag for when we get off the ship.
  • Bring some cash for when we’re off the ship in Nassau.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Bring some sneakers if you want to go to the gym, rock-climbing, etc…
  • You are allowed to bring champagne/wine (corkage fees apply at the port).
  • Leave your alcohol at home. They will check your checked baggage and will confiscate any liquor they see.
  • Passport, ID, travel documents.

If you forget anything, there are shops on-board.