A public benefit City department providing maritime, real estate services, and management of infrastructure to enhance the local economy, providing recreational opportunities for its citizens, and at the same time protecting both our heritage and the marine environment for future generations.
History of Port of Key West
In 1969 the Port of Key West received its first regularly scheduled cruise ship; it was the SUNWARD. She called on Key West once a month. The Sunward moored at either the Navy's Mole or Pier B facility. Records indicate that between 1969 and 1984 the Port of Key West received 266 port calls. In 1999 fiscal year 415 cruise ships called on the Port of Key West allowing 597,009 passengers to experience Key West's charm, many making return trips to complete their Key West experience.
It wasn't until 1984 that the City Commission, at the recommendation of City staff, made improvements to the City-owned Mallory Dock, making it a full cruise ship docking facility.
The Port of Key West now consists of three docking facilities: Mallory Square Dock, Pier B (privately owned) and the Navy Mole.
A schedule indicating when a particular cruise ship will be calling on Key West is available at both the Port Office, and online. The schedule is subject to changes due to the weather and other unforeseen circumstances. If you wish to meet a friend traveling to Key West on a cruise ship a simple phone call to the Port office will provide you with the information that will insure you have a pleasant visit.
Please note: Schedules are subject to change based on weather and other unforeseen circumstances. Please contact the Port Office to verify arrival and departure times at (305) 293-6439.
Docking Legend: M = Mallory Square, OM = Outer Mole, B = Pier B, A = Anchorage, FT = Ferry Terminal
Tons per Ship
0 - 30,000 - $ 0.55 per foot
30,001 - 40,000 - $ 0.01 per foot
40,001 - 50,000 - $ 0.0090 per foot
50,001 - 60,000 - $ 0.0080 per foot
60,001 - 70,000 - $ 0.0070 per foot
> 70,000 - $ 0.0065 per foot
RESTRICTED ACCESS PASS (MUST BE APPLIED FOR IN PERSON)
In accordance with Florida State Statute 311.12 (2), new policies for public pier access, when cruiseships are in port, are to be followed. These instructions are for receiving a restricted access badge. This permits the applicant to enter the ship's restricted access area. This includes the dock area of the ship and the gangway. This badge does not allow the applicant to board the ship. The following is a list of items that must be provided for the issuance of a restricted access badge:
Completed badge application; Please note that a felony conviction or Probation/Parole within the past seven years will prevent the issuance of any access badge.
- Valid photo I.D. issued by a State Department of Motor Vehicles and an original Social Security.
- Letter from employer authorizing applicant as designee to obtain access for business purposes and please be very specific as to the nature of your business in the cruise ship area.
- Copy of occupational license from business being represented and a copy of contract with Cruise Line.
- Processing fee payment in the form of check or money order made out to "City of Key West" in the amount of $50.00. Please note that a returned check is grounds for immediate revocation of badge.
- Fill out the access badge application completely. An incomplete application will be not be approved.
- Obtain fingerprints at the Port Operations Office at #3 East Quay Road, Key West, Fl 33040 (end of Southard Street / Truman Waterfront by appointment only (305-293-6439). The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation will perform a fingerprint- based criminal history check. The results should take about 24-48 hours.
Once the above steps are completed the Port Operations office will contact you so that you may obtain your restricted access badge.
Badge renewals are issued Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM in the Port Operations office.
Please note that this badge is valid only when a ship is in port.