Top 5 Key West Excursions [For Royal Caribbean & Carnival Cruises]

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Key West Excursions For Royal Caribbean and Carnival Cruises

Are you coming to Key West on your next Carnival or Royal Caribbean cruise? Whether it is your first time to Key West or you have been here before, there are tons of excursions you can do during your short stay on the island!

With a rich history, great good, and one of a kind bars, Key West will surely be one of your favorite stops on your next cruise.

Our guide below covers Royal Caribbean Key West excursions as well as Carnival Key West excursions.

What To Know About Key West Excursions

As with any shore excursion, you will have the option to book directly with your cruise line or book direct with the tour operator. Either way, be sure to book early to ensure that you secure your date and time.

If you book directly with the operator, be sure that they offer the following:

  • A cruise ship excursion friendly tour
  • You will be picked up and dropped off at the cruise terminal
  • A promise that you will not be late when returning from the tour

Also, it is always wise to call the excursion operator to ensure they will offer you a top-notch tour service and get you back to the boat on time. Furthermore, be sure to look at their reviews to ensure they provide a legitimate service!

Whether you are booking a Royal Caribbean Key West excursion or Carnival Key West excursion, be sure to check with the excursion operator directly.

Take Your Own Key West Excursion

Key West is a fantastic destination, and one of the safest cities in the USA. So don’t be afraid to explore the city on your own. Just walking down the quiet streets (or the loud ones) is an excellent experience in itself.

If you choose to do it yourself, be sure to check out the following:

Walk / Bike / Golf Cart Around & Make Your Own Key West Excursion

One of the most fun things to do in Key West is to get outside and explore. There are so many options to choose from! One of the most popular things to do are grab a bike and hit the street. Also, golf cart rentals are a fun way to keep your group together as you hop around from place to place.

Along the way, be sure to check out:

  • Southernmost point – this is the southernmost point in the USA. It offers excellent views and gets you that classic Instagram photo!
  • Hemingway House – If you get a chance, take a quick tour of the famed authors home. For cat lovers, this is a must!


There are so many unique stores in Key West, offering some fantastic opportunities to purchase one of a kind gifts. Be sure to check them out as you walk off the cruise ship and on Duval street!


Eating outside listening to some live local music is a must-do while in Key West. Even if you are there for the day, it is a great way to pass the time! I would recommend a few spots, but there are so many I can’t!

Check out some of the top reviewed restaurants on your favorite app!


It’s no secret that Key West likes to party. While in town, stop at a few of the iconic bars and order your favorite drink or try a local favorite!

If you are cruising, this is a great way to save some money and get your drink on while enjoying some of the most famous bars in the world!

The Top Key West Excursions For Royal Caribbean & Carnival Cruises 

Lagerhead Cycleboats

We are biased, but we genuinely think our Cycleboat is one of the best excursions you can take! It truly is a full Key West experience from start to finish! 

Our 2.5 hour Key West booze cruise allows you to get out on the water and party like a local. Oh, did we mention that you don’t have to pedal and that drinks are included?

  • Cost
    • $59 Per Person
  • What’s Included
    • Drinks – All included! 
    • Music – play your music on our iPad
    • Cups
    • Ice & Coolers
    • Restroom

Check out our guide to Key West boat tours.

Dry Tortugas National Park

If you have a chance and your cruise ship has enough time, take a boat ride over to Dry Tortugas National Park – you will not be disappointed! 

Offering an amazing historical experience along with some world class snorkeling, Dry Tortugas is one of our favorite Key West excursions.

While you will miss everything in town, you can always come back and see the rest of Key West! 

World Famous Tour Conch Train

Since 1958 the Conch train has been entertaining visitors to Key West. This iconic tour is a great way to sit back / relax and enjoy the history of Key West on a fully narrated tour.

With reasonable rates and multiple tours leaving all day long, there isn’t much of a reason not to try this Key West excursion. 

After all, you can’t have over 15 million customers and be doing something wrong!

  • Cost
    • $180 Per Person 
  • What’s Included
    • Breakfast / lunch
    • Fully narrated tour
    • Snorkeling equipment 
    • Beach walk
    • Entrance to the fort

Dolphin Watch with Snorkel Stop

Have a family, want to see the nature scenes that Key West has to offer?

Be sure to check out this excursion!

With a 98% success rate in seeing Dolphins and other wildlife, this excursion is sure to be exciting and fun.

  • Cost
    • $78 Per Person 
  • What’s Included
    • Everything is included!
      • Drinks – alcoholic and non 
      • Snorkel gear
      • Captain and Crew

Check out and book the tour here!

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