As befitting one of the busiest cruise ports in the world, Port Everglades event venues ring with shouts of "Bon Voyage." With 12 cruise lines and 41 cruise ships, it's a logistically friendly option for groups seeking to incorporate a cruise in a meeting itinerary or incentive program, or to give attendees wide possibilities for a pre- or post-event vacation experience.
An exceptional location plays a key part in Port Everglades' appeal. It's five miles from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and in close proximity to Miami (23 miles south) and West Palm Beach (48 miles north). Major cruise lines sailing from this Hollywood (Florida) port include Carnival, Celebrity, Cunard, Holland America Line, Princess, Royal Caribbean International, Silversea, and Seabourn.
Meeting venues in Port Everglades that are less than a mile from the port include the 384-room Hyatt Regency Pier 66, with 25,000 square feet of meeting space; the 374-room Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, with 10,000 square feet of meeting space; and the 236-room Renaissance Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel, with 10,000 square feet of meeting space.
Off-site venues in nearby Fort Lauderdale abound, with such selections as the Tower Club, an upscale business club/restaurant with 5,000 square feet of function space and spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean; the 4,000-square-foot Josephine S. Leiser Opera Center, where seminars and parties are possible; and Blue Martini-Fort Lauderdale, a posh bar that can handle cocktail parties of up to 1,000.
Before setting sail, numerous entertainment, shopping, and dining possibilities are located within a 15-minute drive from Port Everglades, including gaming at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, shopping at Sawgrass Mills Mall, and Euro-style al fresco dining along Las Olas Boulevard, a thoroughfare lined with bistros, sidewalk cafes, and restaurants.
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