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Cruises to Jacksonville

Jacksonville (Photo:Sean Pavone/Shutterstock)

About Jacksonville

Jacksonville offers a great blend of outdoor appeal. It's got terrific beaches -- in fact, some 21 miles worth begins just a dozen miles from downtown. Other attractions include golf courses and hiking and cycling trails. The city's cultural scene is vibrant. Jacksonville is also a great family destination because so many of its attractions are kid-friendly.



And, finally, Jacksonville (and surrounding areas like St. Augustine) boasts something that few Florida ports of call can -- there's a lot of nearby history.

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Carnival Elation
Carnival Elation

5 Night
Bahamas CruiseDetails

1,097 Reviews
Leaving:Jacksonville
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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Carnival Elation
Carnival Elation

5 Night
Bahamas CruiseDetails

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Leaving:Jacksonville
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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Carnival Elation
Carnival Elation

5 Night
Bahamas CruiseDetails

1,097 Reviews
Leaving:Jacksonville
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
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Carnival Elation
Carnival Elation

7 Night
Exotic Eastern CruiseDetails

1,097 Reviews
Leaving:Jacksonville
Cruise Line:Carnival Cruise Line
Jan 14, 2023
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Bahamas CruiseDetails

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Bahamas CruiseDetails

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Bahamas CruiseDetails

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Amelia Island , Fl RoundtripDetails

11 Reviews
Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
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Amelia Island , Fl RoundtripDetails

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Cruise Line:American Queen Voyages (formerly American Queen Steamboat Company)
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More about Jacksonville

Why go to Jacksonville?

Pros:

Great beaches, golf courses, huge shopping centers and an overall kid-friendly atmosphere

Cons:

It's tough to get around to all the sights without a car

Bottom Line:

If you can't find it in Jacksonville, there's nearby access to St. Augustine and Amelia Island

Jacksonville Cruise Port Facilities?

You'll need a car for this port, but within a very short drive are fast-food places and nearby Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park is a good place to roam among the oak trees and Civil War relics, if you have extra time on your hands.

Good to Know?

As with any big city -- and Jacksonville is very large geographically -- use common sense to keep safe. Don't flash valuables or walk around alone at night. Locals suggest avoiding the northwestern area of the city at night.

Getting Around?

Parking: There is a parking lot that lies adjacent to the Dames Point terminal and parking fees are on the Web site). As an option, those who plan to spend a pre-cruise night or two in the city should check out hotels that offer cruise packages which include free or discounted parking for the length of your cruise and transfers to the cruise terminal.



Taxis: Taxis line up at the cruise pier.



Rental Cars: Because Jacksonville and its neighboring sites-to-see are so spread out -- at 840 square miles, Jacksonville is geographically the largest city in the continental U.S. -- this is a good place to have a car handy. Budget, Avis and Hertz are among companies with rental facilities at the airport.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Currency is the U.S. dollar, and ATM's are readily available.

Language?

English is spoken.

Where You're Docked?

Jacksonville Cruise Port Address:
9810 August Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32226

Ships currently dock at Jaxport's Dames Point Cruise Terminal (9810 August Drive), although the city is looking to build a new cruise port. Dames Point is about a 15-minute drive from downtown, and even closer to the airport.


Jacksonville Cruise Reviews
To me Jacksonville port is one of the better ports.Read More
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cruisr with me
We got a great deal for this cruise because we cruised before with Carnival in New Orleans. The port was great getting there and the parking. The embarking and disembarking was chaos. Read More
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amygirl472
Jacksonville is a big city and has been trying to improve their tourist value. There are many things to do, but we really didn't spend too much time looking around. The port area is almost primitive compared to otherRead More
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