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About Miami

Even though Miami is, arguably, one of the best city beaches in the US, even on a sun soaked day you'll find plenty of room to lounge on South Beach. Done with the sun? Take a stroll along Ocean Drive and admire the colourful Art Deco architecture.

In The Wolfsonian you'll find a historical treasure trove of American and European decorative art from 1885 to 1945, while a trip outside the city offers the opportunity to visit the Everglades, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Home to 14 rare and endangered species, explore the 'river of grass' on a traditional airboat.

 

Shore excursions in Miami

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Everglades Adventure

Activity low

Duration: 3½ hours

Explore the natural wonder of the Everglades by airboat. Informative and fun, this tour takes you deep into the Everglades.

Upon arrival at the Everglades, you’ll board your airboat for a 60 minute journey through this unique eco-system. With a flat bottom and large driving propeller at the stern, the airboat is able to skim the surface of the shallow waters and traverse this fascinating area. The native Seminole Indians gave the name ‘Sea of Grass’ to this region covered with sawgrass.

Within the Everglades, you’ll see a vast array of wildlife including alligators, exotic birds and native fish while gliding over an endless river of grass. The area is known for its rich bird life of large wading birds like the Roseate Spoonbill, Wood Stork, Great Blue Heron and a variety of egrets. Throughout the journey, your experienced guide will introduce you to the unique eco-system of the park. This amazing area is also the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles live side by side.

Following your airboat ride, you’ll have a little free time to enjoy the surrounds before the return drive to the pier.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and airboat. Passengers must be able to negotiate 1 large step down to board the airboat. A gift shop and restrooms are available at the airboat facility. Please note airboat engines may be loud and foam earplugs will be provided. The airboat ride may feel chilly due to the wind and a jacket or jumper is recommended.

Free Time at South Beach and Art Deco District

Activity lowShopping

Duration: 4 hours

Enjoy a scenic drive to Miami Beach, admire the Art Deco District, and then head off to explore on your own.

Enjoy a brief South Beach orientation, as your guide points out the areas of interest, which you may wish to visit during your free time. Admire the marvellous architectural style of Art Deco, dating back to the early 1900’s; once predominant all over Miami.

Then it’s time to enjoy this vibrant City on your own. Why not take a leisurely stroll along South Beach, and sample some of the fabulous cuisine in one of the many beautiful restaurants along Ocean Drive. Alternatively, browse the boutiques and shops along Lincoln Road.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. The drop off point will generally be on Ocean Drive and 5th Street, however during inclement weather this will change to Collins Avenue and Lincoln Road. There will be around 2¾-3 hours of free time.

Miami by Land and Sea

Activity low

Duration: 4½ hours

Enjoy the best of both worlds, by land, the highlights of Miami and Miami Beach and by sea, cruise Biscayne Bay.

Sit back and relax as you embark on a scenic drive passing through the heart of downtown Miami and the Financial District along Brickell Avenue, with its towering skyscrapers alongside magnificent old bayside mansions. You’ll then explore Miami’s Cuban heritage, as you travel along Calle Ocho to the area affectionately known as Little Havana. Have your camera at the ready, as you take in the glitz and glamour of South Beach and the unique Art Deco District.

Upon arrival at Bayside Market Place, your mode of transport changes, as you hop aboard the Island Queen for a 1½ hour leisurely cruise. View the Port of Miami, the ‘Cruise Capital of the World’ where you will have an excellent photo opportunity of your ship. You’ll then sail to Fisher Island for a closer look at the multi-million dollar homes owned by the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Boris Becker and Paul Newman. Cruising by Star Island, peek into the garden of Rosie O'Donnell and Gloria Estefan's estates. Another popular property to look out for is the honeymoon cottage of Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher. As you make your way back to Bayside, savour the spectacular famous Miami skyline.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and boat. There are approximately 3 steps to board the Island Queen. The tour itinerary may operate in reverse.

Miami Highlights and Art Deco Walking Tour

Activity medium

Duration: 4 hours

Discover the delights of the Art Deco District on foot and capture Miami’s highlights by coach.

Embark on a panoramic drive passing the Freedom Tower where thousands of Cuban refugees were processed in the 1960’s and early 70’s. As you enter the heart of the city, you’ll make your way along Brickell Avenue, Miami’s financial and commercial district. Next you’ll travel to the eclectic village of Coconut Grove known for its fine restaurants, quaint cafés and fabulous shopping. Continuing west, you’ll enjoy a scenic drive through the peaceful, tree-lined streets of Coral Gables, an exclusive historic community in which developer and visionary George Merrick created unique themed villages. Be sure to have your camera ready as you pass a number of architectural treasures such as the Biltmore Hotel, The Colonnade and City Hall. Before crossing the Causeway, look out at ‘Little Havana’ the centre of the Cuban community.

At South Beach you’ll continue your tour on foot. The Art Deco District has over 800 Art Deco style buildings. With your knowledgeable guide, you’ll stroll amongst the largest collection of Art Deco architecture in the world. Admire the crisp geometric lines and patterns, vibrant colours and simple yet sophisticated shapes that dominate the magnificent hotels and apartments that date back to the ‘Roaring Twenties’.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The walking tour is approximately 45 minutes and the terrain is flat and paved.

Miami Sunset Helicopter Tour

Activity low

Duration: 2½ hours

A once in a lifetime opportunity to capture the electric city of Miami and admire the sunset from the air!

Enjoy a scenic drive to the heliport, where upon arrival you’ll be briefed on your flight experience. Once on board your helicopter, it’s time to get ready to take to the skies for a trip of a lifetime!

Sit back and admire the stunning sandy coastline of Miami as you fly over the north Miami beaches and all the way down to the famous South Beach. Peer down and capture the neon coated avenues of South Beach ahead and admire the Atlantic Ocean on one side and Biscayne Bay on the other. Your flight will take you over Fisher Island and the Inner Waterway, heading back north and up through the central area of Miami’s downtown district.

Your trip will encompass many more wonderful views for you to enjoy, before finally landing back at the Heliport.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus and helicopter. This tour has limited places and early booking is advised. All passengers must take photographic identification. This tour is non-refundable once booked. Children must be 3 years and over. There is a strict weight restriction of 20 stone per person and a recommended height of no more than 6 feet and 4 inches. Your weight and height will be requested on board and must be accurate, as this determines the helicopter configuration. If a passenger is over the stated restrictions they will be charged for an additional seat. The helicopter seats 4 passengers, with 1 front seat and a row of 3 in the rear. Seating is allocated on the day and preferences cannot be made. Total flight time is around 20 minutes. This tour is subject to the weather conditions on the day. Passengers must be able to negotiate steps on to and off the minibus and a high step onto the helicopter. Bags are not permitted on board and there are no lockers, however such items may be stored at the heliport reception if required. Cameras, recorders and mobile telephones are permitted. A visible sunset cannot always be guaranteed.

Miami Sunset Helicopter Tour
 

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