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About Miami

No city in the United States has evolved into as many disparate identities in so short a time as has Miami. A bit more than a hundred years ago this former Spanish settlement, located along the Miami River where it spills into Biscayne Bay (now the center of the city of Miami), attracted neither interest nor population. That's understandable since up until that point, the only way to reach Miami was by boat.

That changed in 1896, when financier Henry Flagler extended his new Florida East Coast Railroad south from its previous terminus at West Palm Beach. By the turn of the 20th century the first of Miami's real estate booms was underway, a pattern that continued unabated right up to the Great Depression. Miami was one of the few places on earth where someone could offer you a get-rich-quick deal on 10 acres of swampland, and there was a good chance that you could actually get rich on it. Many made their fortunes here and left monuments to their achievements in places such as the grand Mediterranean-style estates like Villa Vizcaya and the slew of privately developed islands along the causeways crossing Biscayne Bay.

The city of Miami sits on the Florida mainland. Offshore, due east in the Atlantic, are a series of barrier islands. The southernmost island in the near vicinity is Key Biscayne. Next to the north is Virginia Key, then Fisher Island, and then comes Miami Beach. The body of water between these islands and the mainland is Biscayne Bay. Early on, resort developers looked to the Atlantic Ocean beaches of Miami Beach, beginning their development with the elegant Art Deco hotels at the southern tip, now better known as South Beach. As development proceeded northward its complexion changed, becoming more "high-rise" and grandiose, with amenities geared to a wider range of interests, from yachting to golf.

The 1960s saw another sea change in Miami, generating another boom cycle, brought about by the unlikely combination of the advent of universally available air conditioning and the rise to power of Fidel Castro. As Cuban refugees fled in droves to the U.S., they settled in that part of our country most like their former homeland in climate -- namely, South Florida. Miami, whose tropical temperatures were now tamed by indoor climate control, thus tolerable to an influx of workers, became the gateway to the Caribbean for any number of businesses, which soon rivaled tourism as the keystone industry.

The Caribbean population influx also profoundly changed Miami's personality. It is now largely bilingual, with French and Creole also gaining a foothold with increasing waves of immigration from Haiti. It's hard to walk a block in Miami without coming into contact with Cuban food, Cuban music, Cuban culture. It is a dynamic, vibrant city steeped in multiculturalism. These new Miamians and their businesses have also contributed directly to the revitalization of the mainland portion of Miami, leading to a number of tourist assets along the western shore of Biscayne Bay, such as Bayside Marketplace.

Across the bay is the renovated Art Deco district, including South Beach (SoBe), which has become a mecca in its own right, attracting celebrities and those who follow them, whether it be with camera or with autograph book. SoBe is also home to Miami's nightclub, fashion, music and hip dining scene, and rivals Venice, California as the place to go to people-watch.

Not all is development (or overdevelopment, some would say). Though the seaside corridor has been urbanized almost from the tip of Florida to midway up the coast, there is still much for lovers of nature and the great outdoors. The Everglades are within a half-day's drive to the southwest. Off the Atlantic coast a short distance to the south is the only living coral reef in the continental United States. Birders wax poetic over opportunities to spy tropical shore birds and waterfowl found nowhere else in the States. And where else in the U.S.A. might you have to brake to avoid alligators crossing the road?

Whether Miami is your port of embarkation, debarkation or a port of call mid-cruise, it is unlikely that you will encounter a city anywhere on your travels that appeals to as many tastes: foodie, shopaholic, eco-tourist, golfer, water sportsperson or lover of traditional tourist attractions.


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  • 2 Night
    Cruise to Miami

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Nassau, Miami ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    2 Night Cruise to Miami Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Nassau
    • Day 3
      Miami
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Infinity - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Indoor solarium and pool ideal in bad weather.

    Cons

    Ship appears tired in decor; many dining options carry extra fee.

    Bottom Line

    A comfortable ship with excellent outdoor spaces and a choice of cabins and dining.

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    Celebrity Infinity Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    The 90,940-ton, 2,170-passenger Celebrity Infinity is one of Celebrity Cruises' four vessels kn...

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    karalone
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Very Disappointing
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    JanetAndTony
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Great Christmas Cruise
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Miami

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    San Juan, St. Thomas ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    MSC Cruises
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    7 Night Cruise to Miami Route (MSC Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      San Juan
    • Day 4
      San Juan
    • Day 4
      St. Thomas
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Nassau
    • Day 7
      Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve
    • Day 8
      Miami
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    MSC Seaside - MSC Cruises

    Pros

    Ample outdoor space draws passengers outside to enjoy the ship's Caribbean surroundings

    Cons

    With so many areas dedicated to the outdoors, interior public areas can feel crowded during inclement weather

    Bottom Line

    This bright, elegant and technologically advanced ship is great for North Americans

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    MSC Seaside Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.5/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.5
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    MSC Seaside is lively and fun, incorporating jaw-dropping entertainment, lots of outdoor spaces...

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    cgreg7
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    What a way to celebrate the new year
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    Cruznlegend
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Nickled and dimed
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  • 5 Night
    Cruise to Miami

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Key West, Cozumel ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    5 Night Cruise to Miami Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Key West
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cozumel
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Miami
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    Celebrity Infinity - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Indoor solarium and pool ideal in bad weather.

    Cons

    Ship appears tired in decor; many dining options carry extra fee.

    Bottom Line

    A comfortable ship with excellent outdoor spaces and a choice of cabins and dining.

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    Celebrity Infinity Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    The 90,940-ton, 2,170-passenger Celebrity Infinity is one of Celebrity Cruises' four vessels kn...

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    jrs101
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Mid holiday 4 night.
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    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Nice, short vacation!
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  • 4 Night
    Cruise to Miami

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Freeport, Nassau ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    4 Night Cruise to Miami Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Freeport
    • Day 3
      Nassau
    • Day 4
      Great Stirrup Cay
    • Day 5
      Miami
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Sky - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Jam-packed activity schedule and lively onboard atmosphere

    Cons

    Only sails short, three- to five-night itineraries

    Bottom Line

    Perfectly sized ship for short trips to Bahamas, with fun, festive atmosphere

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    Norwegian Sky Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
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    3.5/5
    Cabins3.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.5
    Value4.0

    Norwegian Sky is not the newest ship at sea, but it packs a big punch with a fun slate of nonst...

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    escapefromnewyork
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Good b/c Inexpensive
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    Sail Date Jan 2020
    An enjoyable and affordable weekend getaway to the Bahamas
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    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 4 Night
    Cruise to Miami

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Key West, Nassau ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    4 Night Cruise to Miami Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Key West
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Nassau
    • Day 5
      Miami
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Infinity - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Indoor solarium and pool ideal in bad weather.

    Cons

    Ship appears tired in decor; many dining options carry extra fee.

    Bottom Line

    A comfortable ship with excellent outdoor spaces and a choice of cabins and dining.

    Reviews

    Celebrity Infinity Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    The 90,940-ton, 2,170-passenger Celebrity Infinity is one of Celebrity Cruises' four vessels kn...

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    RocCruisers
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Do something different for four days
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    Alimck
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Panama Canal Eastbound
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

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      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 2 Night
    Cruise to Miami

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Nassau, Miami ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Celebrity Cruises
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    2 Night Cruise to Miami Route (Celebrity Cruises)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Nassau
    • Day 3
      Miami
    Ship Details

    Celebrity Infinity - Celebrity Cruises

    Pros

    Indoor solarium and pool ideal in bad weather.

    Cons

    Ship appears tired in decor; many dining options carry extra fee.

    Bottom Line

    A comfortable ship with excellent outdoor spaces and a choice of cabins and dining.

    Reviews

    Celebrity Infinity Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    The 90,940-ton, 2,170-passenger Celebrity Infinity is one of Celebrity Cruises' four vessels kn...

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    ATLConsultant
    Sail Date Sep 2019
    Good Cruise Overall
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    chamless
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    Disappointed with Celebrity changes
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 6 Night
    Cruise to Miami

    Leaving:
    Miami
    Visiting:
    Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Carnival Cruise Line
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    6 Night Cruise to Miami Route (Carnival Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Miami
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Ocho Rios
    • Day 4
      Grand Cayman (Georgetown)
    • Day 5
      Cozumel
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Miami
    Ship Details

    Carnival Horizon - Carnival Cruise Line

    Pros

    Activity-packed ship with plenty to do without massive upcharges

    Cons

    Finding a spot for some peace and quiet is tricky

    Bottom Line

    Great value, perfect for families

    Reviews

    Carnival Horizon Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value5.0

    Carnival Horizon is a bold, beautiful ship jam-packed with activities, dining options, and bars...

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    Sagittarius traveler
    Sail Date Nov 2019
    8 Days of Fun
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    swiegner
    Sail D