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The Port Of Miami

PORT OF MIAMI-DADE The Port of Miami continues to build upon its indisputable role as Cruise Capital of the World. Miami offers the most convenient cruising distances aboard the largest year-round home based fleet. With prices to fit all budgets, the port offers a choice of popular three- and four-day cruises, traditional seven-day voyages, and eight- , 10-and 11-day cruises, as well as sailings of longer duration. Ports of call easily reached from Miami extend from the Bahamas to the Eastern and Western Caribbean, Mexico and to Key West — the southernmost city in the continental United States. The port has embarked on an ambitious multimillion dollar redevelopment program. Among the projects scheduled for completion by 2004 are two new cruise terminals, the remodeling of two existing terminals, a new cruise entry gate and two new parking garages.

Additionally, a new passenger access road complex will separate cruise and cargo traffic and enhance safety and security. These exciting projects are designed to accommodate the world’s largest cruise ships with passenger capacity exceeding 3,600.

Among the projects scheduled for completion by 2004 are two new cruise terminals, the remodeling of two existing terminals, a new cruise entry gate and two new parking garages. Additionally, a new passenger access road complex will separate cruise and cargo traffic and enhance safety and security. These exciting projects are designed to accommodate the world’s largest cruise ships with passenger capacity exceeding 3,600.

The Port of Miami, handling over three million passengers a year, provides the ultimate in passenger facilities and gives cruise vacationers the opportunity to conveniently extend their warm-weather vacations into Greater Miami’s tropical tourist mecca. Offering year-round warmth, the port is located in one of the nations’ most fashionable and exciting international cities. At the doorstep to Miami Beach’s popular South Beach area with its must-see Art Deco district, the area is home to world-famous resorts, multicultural dining and entertainment, exciting action in every sport, a full range of parimutuel excitement and a host of popular attractions.

LOCATION A tropically landscaped island setting just across the intercoastal waterway from downtown Miami. The port is a few expressway minutes from Miami International Airport, in close proximity to the area’s famous beaches, resorts and multicultural attractions, and just a shuttle ride from waterfront shopping and dining. LANGUAGE English, with Spanish and other languages frequently spoken. CURRENCY U.S. Dollar.

SIGHTS AND ATTRACTIONS The 18-block Art Deco Historic District (305-672-2014) features hundreds of early 20th-century buildings to be enjoyed on a guided walking tour or self-guided audio tour. Coconut Grove offers waterfront parks from which to spot manatees and other wildlife as well as The Barnacle, the oldest home in Dade County, and Vizcaya Museum & Gardens (305-250-9133), a palatial Italian Renaissance style villa built in 1916. The Kampong (305) 442-7169 is a botanical garden that can be toured by appointment. The Everglades Miccosukee Indian Village (305-223-8380) features a museum, alligator farm and airboat tours of the fabled “sea of grass.” Fairchild Tropical Gardens (305-667-1651) offers 83 acres of plants and trees and is one of the world’s preeminent botanical gardens, featuring narrated tram tours. Miami Metrozoo (305-251-0400) is an entire world of hands-on educational adventure in a sactuary for the rarest of animals.

Miami Museum of Science & Space Transit Planetarium (305-646-4200) offers hands-on exhibits illustrating principles of physics, electricity, light, sound, natural history and astronomy. Miami Seaquarium (305-361-5705) is home to TV star Flipper and Lolita the Killer Whale and features close-up dolphin encounters, animal shows and a chance to see and learn about everything from Nile crocodiles to Florida’s endangered manatee. Monkey Jungle (305-235-1611) is where 400 primates run free in one of the very few protected habitats for endangered primates in the nation. Parrot Jungle Island (305-666-7834) has a brand new home on Watson Island, with tropical gardens, animal interactions, shows and exhibits.

SHOPPING The Downtown Miami Shopping District offers big city shopping, including one of the largest jewelry districts in the U.S. Bayside Marketplace (305-577-3344) is an open-air complex on the waterfront, a short shuttle ride from the port’s passenger terminals. Downtown is also home to the International Arts & Design District, a full square mile of showrooms and antiques and art galleries. Bal Harbour Shoppes (305-866-0311) is a renowned collection of boutiques, department stores and cafes. And Miami Beach shopping is all but defined by the free-spirited South Beach, with its eclectic shops along Washington Avenue and open-till-late boutiques and galleries in the Lincoln Road Shopping District (305-673-7010). Coconut Grove offers a range of shopping and nightlife on brick-lined sidewalks or in the exclusive Streets of Mayfair (305-448-1700) and CocoWalk (305-444-0777). Coral Gables’ Miracle Mile (305-569-0311) offers blocks of shops, galleries and world class restaurants. Dadeland Mall (305-665-6226) boasts Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor plus 175 specialty stores and restaurants.