Day of Embarkation at the Port of Miami
We recommend that you arrive in Miami the day prior to your departure (or earlier). This will help you to avoid missing the cruise due to any flight delays, lost baggage or other problems that could occur. If you plan to arrive to Miami on the date of departure, please note the following port arrival times:
Port/Terminal Arrival Time
Boarding is scheduled to begin as soon as the previous cruise clears customs. We expect this to begin around 12 pm (noon), however, it could be later. You should plan to arrive at the Port of Miami no earlier than 11:30am. This will help you avoid a long wait in the terminal prior to boarding.
All passengers must be on board the ship no later than 2 hours prior to sailing (3 pm). No Exceptions!
Miami International Airport (MIA) is approximately 10-miles (20 minutes) from the Port of Miami cruise terminals, and Fort Lauderdale International (FLL) is 25-miles (45 minutes).
Approximately 8 miles from Miami International Airport (25 minutes, longer at rush hour)
Approximately 25 minutes from the Ft. Lauderdale Airport (45 minutes, longer at rush hour).
Port of Miami
1015 N. America Way
Miami, FL 33132
If using a GPS, enter “PORT OF MIAMI” or the address: 1015 N. America Way, Miami, Florida 33132. Once at the Port's bridge, turn off your GPS, stay in the left lane, and follow the signs to designated terminal (looks for the signs leading to the Norwegian Sky).
Norwegian Shuttle Transfers - Airport 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. NCL transfers are NOT available to/from your hotel.
Taxi & Other Shuttle Service
Taxis/Uber/Lyft are always available. Miami International Airport: Approximately $20 each way. Fort Lauderdale International: Approximately $50 each way.
If you are parking at the port, drop off your party at the bag drop area (with baggage) and let them check the bags with the porters. The designated driver should proceed to the parking garage, park the car and return to his/her party at the terminal.
Parking at the Port of Miami is approximately $20 per day (subject to change), and full payment is due upon entering the port parking area. All parking lots accept U.S. Dollars or credit card.
Arrival at the Cruise Terminal
Checking Luggage: You may check your luggage with the porters outside of the cruise terminal, and your bags will be delivered directly to your cabin. Each piece of checked luggage must have an affixed luggage tag, listing the ship, your name, and cabin number. Additional luggage tags can be obtained from the porters if necessary. It is customary to tip the porters $1-$2 per bag. Up to two checked bags (50lbs or less) are allowed per guest.
Carry-On Bag: Be sure to bring a carry-on bag for items you may need prior to receiving your luggage, which may not arrive until the early evening.
- Carry on your:
- Passport/Identification- You will need them to check-in
- Boarding pass- You will need it to check-in
- Money/Credit Cards- You will need a Credit Card to set up your on-board spending account
- You should also consider carrying on other essential items or valuables you may need during the first day on the ship, such as medications, sunglasses, sunscreen, cameras, cell phones, etc.
NOTE: DO NOT PACK YOUR PASSPORT OR CRUISE DOCUMENTS IN YOUR CHECKED LUGGAGE. Carry on your Boarding Pass, eDocs, passport or birth certificate, Government issued photo ID, and other relevant identification.
What Not to Pack: No illegal substances, no alcohol (except those allowed by NCL below) or non-alcoholic beverages, “unsealed” food, weapons, or pets. The use of illegal drugs is strictly prohibited onboard Norwegian Cruise Lines. All US and International laws pertaining to drug use should be respected, and will strictly be enforced.
Bringing Alcohol on board: From NCL: “Please note that with the exception of Wine and Champagne, all guests are prohibited from bringing alcohol on board our ships. If you purchase any alcohol at one of our ports-of-call or in our onboard shops, we will safely store your purchase(s) and either on the final night of the cruise or the morning of debarkation it will be available for pick up in a designated area. Wine & Champagne Policy Guests may bring bottles of wine and champagne on board. A corkage fee will be charged according to bottle sizes noted below. 750 ml Bottle: $15.00 1,500 ml Magnum: $30.00 Wine or champagne sent directly to the ship by travel agents, friends, family, etc. or from another retail source, are subject to the same fees. Box wines are not allowed on board.”
Checking-In at the Cruise Terminal
After going through security, you will proceed to the check-in desk. At that desk, you will present your passport (or birth certificate and Government Issued Photo ID) and your Boarding Pass to an NCL agent. In addition to checking you in for the cruise, the agent will take your form of payment (credit card or cash deposit) for all of your onboard charges.
You will then be presented with your Norwegian Cruise Card, which serves as both the key to your cabin door, identification on the ship, and your onboard charge card. You will use this card to pay for everything you purchase onboard the ship such as merchandise, duty-free items, spa services, shore excursions, etc. The card will also be your form of ID to get on and off the ship. You should carry this card with your as ALL times.
If you lose your cruise card, please visit the Reception Desk (Deck 5) immediately to get a new one. Keep your card away from water and cell phones as it can get demagnetized and stop working.