Cruise Ship Embarkation Port Profiles

Profiles of cruise ship embarkation ports located around the world including terminal and parking information, and a preview of what to do around the area.

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Jacksonville Events

Freedom Trail Tours

February annual event. Located at the Excelsior African American Cultural Museum, St Augustine. Absorb some history on the Freedom Trail, with a narrated tour of St Augustine's Civil Rights landmarks.

Camp Milton Civil War Re-enactment

Annual event in February. The park holds a re-enactment of the events leading up to the Battle of Olustee with soldiers and women dressed in period garments.

The Sack of St Augustine 

March annual event. Experience a day in history courtesy of the Historic Florida Militia, as they stage a re-enactment of the Sack of St Augustine complete with pirates, townspeople, garrison soldiers, Native Americans and black powder weapons. The sack took place in 1668, when Captain Robert Searle and his buccaneers came from Jamaica to loot the royal coffers of this Spanish town. The buccaneer encampment, where visitors can experience authentic 17th-century arms, equipment and food, is located at the Fountain of Youth Park. 

Jacksonville Jazz Festival

Annual April event. The Jacksonville Jazz Festival is a celebration of jazz with performances at the Florida Theatre, Ritz Theatre and Metropolitan Park. It coincides with three sister events, the Great American Jazz Piano Competition, the 38 Degrees Latitude Wine Tasting Experience and Art at the Met. 

Jacksonville Film Festival

Annual event in May. Features a variety of independent films, documentaries, and shorts screening at seven historic venues in the city.

World of Nations Celebration

Annual event in May. The Spring Music Fest is a free concert Memorial Day weekend that is sponsored by the city that features some of today's most popular artists.

July 4th Freedom, Fanfare & Fireworks Celebration

One of the nation's largest fireworks displays, held at Metropolitan Park and on the surface of the St. Johns River.

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Port of Jacksonville, FL

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Jacksonville is located in the First Coast region of northeast Florida and is centered on the banks of the St. Johns River, about 25 miles (40 km) south of the Georgia border and about 340 miles (547 km) north of Miami.

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The city has a total area of 874.3 square miles, making Jacksonville the largest city in land area in the contiguous United States.

Jacksonville operates the largest urban park system in the United States, providing facilities and services at more than 337 locations throughout the city. Jacksonville gathers significant natural beauty from the St. Johns River and Atlantic Ocean and many parks provide access for people to boat, swim, fish, sail, jet ski, surf and waterski. Several parks around the city have received international recognition. 

Terminal Information

JAXPORT

9810 August Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32226
Website link here

The cruise terminal building and berth for the cruise ship is a "restricted area" as defined by the Seaport Security Act, F.S. 311.12. Entry into the cruise terminal building is restricted to authorized cruise ship's personnel, JAXPORT operations staff and passengers holding tickets for that particular cruise.

However, vehicle access for passenger drop-off at curb side to the terminal is unrestricted.

There is not a restaurant in the cruise terminal. There are vending machines with water, soda and snack foods. Restaurants located nearby are located at the Airport, Downtown and in the Regency areas.

Parking is $15 per day per passenger vehicle ($60 for a 4-day cruise and $75 for a 5-day cruise), and $25 per day for oversized recreational vehicles ($100 for a 4-day cruise and $125 for a 5-day cruise). An oversized recreational vehicle is any vehicle that takes up more than one regular sized parking space. Cash or major credit cards are accepted. The parking lot is well lighted, fenced and patrolled by JAXPORT security 24 hours per day. The lot is located adjacent to the terminal building, requiring only a short walk. No reservations are required for parking. The terminal opens to embarking passengers at 12 noon. Prices subject to change.

Things to do and see

City Center

The city center includes the Jacksonville Landing and the Jacksonville Riverwalks. The Landing is a popular riverfront dining and shopping venue, accessible by River Taxi from the Southbank Riverwalk.

Northbank Riverwalk

The Northbank Riverwalk runs 2.0 miles (3.2 km) along the St. Johns from Berkman Plaza to I-95 at the Fuller Warren Bridge while the Southbank Riverwalk stretches 1.2 miles (1.9 km) from the Radisson Hotel to Museum Circle.

Veterans Memorial Wall

A tribute to local servicemen and women killed while serving in US armed forces. A ceremony is held each Memorial Day recognizing any service woman or man from Jacksonville who died in the previous year.

Treaty Oak

A massive, 250 year-old tree at Jesse Ball Dupont Park in downtown. Office workers from nearby buildings sit on benches to eat lunch or read a book in the shade of its canopy.

St. Augustine

Founded in 1565 and showcases almost 500 years of American history. Henry Flagler transformed the town into one of Florida's earliest resorts. Tour the heart of the city by exploring the 11 pedestrian-only blocks of the city's historic district, Link to the Lighthouse and Museum website here.

Camp Milton

In 1864, Camp Milton was a key Confederate installation aimed at blocking Union advances toward Baldwin, a supply center and rail head.  Camp Milton served as a base for skirmishes between the 8,000 Confederate troops and 12,000 Union soldiers in Jacksonville, about a dozen miles to the east. Admission is free. Open 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Park includes interpretive center, bike paths, nature trails, and historical markers.

Kingsley Plantation

The oldest remaining plantation house in Florida located on the shore of the Fort George River at the northern tip of Ft. George Island at Ft. George inlet east of Jacksonville off A1A. 

Anastasia Island 

Home to more than 85 historic sites. Website

Castillo de San Marcos

Built in 1695, is the nation's oldest masonry fortress.

Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

Located on the riverfront.

Amelia Island

Island River Cruise link here.

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