Miami

Hip art galleries and trendy restaurants
The Design District
Take a stroll on Miami Beach

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Miami/Florida

Long beaches and glamour

MSC Cruises shore excursions can be a clever option to see Miami. It’s a city of wildly diverse districts, jigsawed into a vast urban corridor from two technically separate cities: mainland Miami and the huge sand bar known as Miami Beach.

If you’re sticking to the most popular areas in Miami Beach and downtown, though, you can zip around easily by bus and on foot. During an MSC cruise in the Caribbean most people spend their time in South Beach, a fairly small area at the southern end of the sand bar, where you’ll find many of Florida’s leading art galleries, trendsetting restaurants, and much of its boisterous club scene. 


Heading north, Central Miami Beach was where 1950s screen stars had fun in the sun and helped cement Miami’s international reputation as a glamorous holiday spot. Surprisingly few tourists venture beyond Miami Beach, and so miss out on some of the most enticing parts of the city. 


Tucked away in the Miami-Dade Cultural Center are the city’s excellent history and art museums, while Bayside Marketplace is the staging post for boat tours of Miami’s most exclusive offshore keys. To the north sits the city’s buzziest neighbourhood, the strip of land along and around Biscayne Boulevard, known as the Biscayne Corridor; it includes the dazzling Performing Arts Center, the art galleries and showrooms of Wynwood and the Design District, and even the grubby but thrilling immigrant neighbourhood known as Little Haiti


The first of Miami’s Cubans settled southwest of downtown, just across the Miami River, in Little Havana. This is still one of the most intriguing parts of the city, rich with Latin American looks and sounds, though it’s less solidly Cuban than it used to be.

Must see places in Miami

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  • MIAMI CITY TOUR – ENDING AT MIA AIRPORT

    CITY TOUR

    MIA02

    Enjoy a visit of Miami, the city-symbol of Florida and Miami Beach and its Art Deco District. Sightseeing tour by bus passing by main districts and streets. Free time for shopping at Bayside Marketplace, time permitting. Please note: The tour is proposed only to guests disembarking with flights from Miami airport after 4:45 pm.
      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        5 h

      • Adults£42.00Price per person

      • Children£39.00Price per person

    • MINI CITY TOUR MIAMI AND DOLPHIN MALL: ENDING AT MIA AIRPORT

      CITY TOUR

      MIA03

      Enjoy a panoramic discovery of Miami Beach and Miami ending with the visit of the Dolphin Mall. Free time for shopping in one of the biggest shopping mall of Miami. The tour will end at the airport in Miami. Please note: This tour is only proposed to guests disembarking with flights from Miami airport after 4:45 pm.
        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          5 h

        • Adults£45.00Price per person

        • Children£42.00Price per person

      • EVERGLADES TOUR – ENDING AT MIA AIRPORT

        NATURAL WONDERS

        MIA01D

        This excursion provides a unique way to see how Florida appeared thousands of years ago. Enjoy an interesting airboat ride through this wide area. The tour offers great photo opportunities. Free time at the gift shop. The tour will end at the airport in Miami. Please note: This tour is proposed to guests disembarking with flights from Miami airport after 4 pm. Wheelchair bound guests who wish to participate should inform the Excursion Office 48 hours prior. To book and prepay this tour before your cruise, please use code MIA01D if you will be disembarking in Miami.
        • Limited seats

        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          4 h

        • Adults£52.00Price per person

        • Children£49.00Price per person

      • EVERGLADES TOUR – FOR IN TRANSIT GUESTS

        NATURAL WONDERS

        MIA01T

        This excursion provides a unique way to see how Florida appeared thousands of years ago. Enjoy an interesting airboat ride through this wide area. The tour offers great photo opportunities. Free time at the gift shop. The tour will end with the return at your ship. Please note: Wheelchair bound guests who wish to participate should inform the Excursion Office 48 hours prior. To book and prepay this tour before your cruise, please use code MIA01T if you will be in transit in Miami.
        • Limited seats

        • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Easy

        • Duration
          4 h

        • Adults£52.00Price per person

        • Children£49.00Price per person

      • HOP ON HOP OFF MIAMI CITY TOUR - FOR IN TRANSIT GUESTS

        SCENIC ROUTE

        MIA04

        Make every moment of your holiday count – even when you’re in transit – on a tour that offers you a chance to explore Miami via one of three possible routes and with the greatest possible freedom of movement. Your first stop after leaving the pier will be Miami’s Big Bus Central Station, from where you can then take either the Beach Loop, City Loop or Uptown Loop on the open-topped hop-on/hop-off double-decker bus. During the 90-minute loops (Beach Loop and City Loop), you’ll be able to get on and off at any of the 20 stops to do your own thing. With buses running at approx. 15-30-minute intervals on the Beach Loop, at about 30-minute intervals on the City Loop, and about 45-minute intervals on the Uptown Loop, you’ll remain free to plan your outing to suit your personal schedule, returning to the cruise terminal at your own discretion. The 60-minute Uptown Loop highlights the historical Overtown area as well as Wynwood, Midtown, the Design District and more! Each of the available bus routes start and end at Miami’s Big Bus Central Station at the Bayside Marketplace, from where a shuttle bus will then return you to the ship. Please note: this tour is only available for guests who are in transit in the port of Miami. Return transport to the cruise terminal will be via shuttle bus.
          • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

            Difficulty Level
            Easy

          • Duration
            2 h

          • Adults£35.00Price per person

          • Children£32.00Price per person

        • HOP ON HOP OFF MIAMI CITY TOUR-FOR DISEMBARKING GUESTS

          SCENIC ROUTE

          MIA05

          If you’re disembarking in Miami, why not spend a few hours soaking up the city’s inimitable Art Deco charm on a tour that lets you decide what you want to see from the comfort of an open-topped hop-on/hop-off double-decker bus? A short drive from the cruise terminal will take you to Miami’s Big Bus Central Station, from where you can then enjoy one of three possible bus routes: the Beach Loop, the City Loop or the Uptown Loop, each of which lasts between 60 and 90 minutes from start to finish. You’ll be free to hop off and on again at any one of the 20 stops along each route, with buses running at intervals of about 15 to 30 minutes on the Beach Loop, about 30-minute intervals on the City Loop and about 45-minute intervals on the Uptown Loop. All routes end at the Big Bus Central Station at the Bayside Marketplace. Return whenever you like to suit your flight schedule and catch the shuttle to your respective airport, with some lovely memories to take with you as you fly home. Please note: this tour is available (1) for guests booked on flights departing from Miami International Airport after 2 pm to destinations within the USA or after 3 pm to international destinations, (2) for guests booked on flights departing from Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after 2.30 pm to destinations within the USA or after 3.30 pm to international destinations and (3) for guests with a reservation at a local hotel for an extended stay. Upon completion of the tour, shuttle buses from the Bayside Marketplace to Miami International Airport depart every hour between 11:45 am and 4:45 pm. Shuttle buses to Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport depart from the Bayside Marketplace at 12:00 noon and 2.00 pm. For guests booked into a local hotel for an extended stay, a taxi service is available at additional expense. Luggage can be picked up at Central Station at any time between 10:30 am and 4:45 pm.
            • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

              Difficulty Level
              Easy

            • Duration
              3 h

            • Adults£42.00Price per person

            • Children£29.00Price per person

          The excursions in the programme above are intended to provide MSC Cruises guests with an idea of the different tours which can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
          Shore excursions programmes and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
           
          Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

          Reach the port

          Port of Miami

          This section contains information on how to reach the port.

          Cruise Terminal:

          1015 North America Way
          Miami, FL 33132

          Reach the port by

          • Car

            Port Miami is known worldwide as the “Cruise Capital of the World” and is in close proximity to Fort Lauderdale (23 miles north), West Palm Beach (71 miles north) and Orlando (238 miles north).

             • If using a GPS device, enter 1015 N. America Way, Miami, Florida 33132 as the address of your destination. Once at the Port's bridge, turn off your GPS, stay in the left lane and follow the signs to your designated terminal. 

            • If you are traveling from the north on I-95 South, take exit 3B to Bayside. Head south to Northeast 5th Street and turn left. Fifth Street will lead onto the Port Miami Bridge. Continue over the bridge and follow the signs to your designated terminal.

            • If you are traveling from the south, take I-95 North and exit at Northwest 2nd Street. Head straight on to NW 5th Street and turn right. Fifth Street will lead onto the Port Miami Bridge. Continue over the bridge and follow the signs to your designated terminal
            Car
          • Plane

            Miami International Airport (MIA): 8 miles / 13 km to Port Miami

            Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood International Airport (FLL): 26 miles / 42 km to Port Miami

            PUBLIC SERVICES: Taxis are easily available from each airport.
            Plane

          USA

          The land of opportunity
          The land of opportunity

          The undeniable protagonists of the Caribbean Islands are their crystal-clear waters.

          Undertaking a voyage to the USA, which includes these magnificent, uncontaminated locations, is a unique experience. Miami, the Bahamas, the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are the stops of this excellent MSC cruise. You embark in Miami, Florida. A large, multicultural metropolis that has seen a lot of Latin influence over the centuries, its most photographed and visited location is South Beach. Fashionable locales, elegant boutiques, characteristic cafés and historical buildings: here, the past, the present and the future blend in an unmistakable mix of rhythms and frenzy. In the Caribbean Sea, Charlotte Amalie, the capital of the US Virgin Islands, is an enchanting location of luxuriously green hills, small pure-white dwellings, a sea rich in colourful fish and breath-taking sunsets, similar to the Bahamas, an island chain consisting of about 700 islands of pink sand surrounded by transparent waters north of Cuba.

          San Juan, the populous capital of Puerto Rico, on the other hand, will enchant you with its skyscrapers and its old city encircled by magnificent buildings constructed during the colonial period.