Ships currently dock at Jaxport's Dames Point Cruise Terminal (9810 August Drive, www.jaxport.com), although the city is looking to build a new cruise port. Dames Point is about a 15-minute drive from downtown, and even closer to the airport. Most bigger cruise ships do not dock here because of height restrictions. A new cruise port is being planned.
The transfer from Jacksonville airport takes about 15 minutes and costs $30 by taxi. Parking is $15 a day.Hotels near the Cruise Terminal
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Located along the scenic St. Johns River, Jacksonville is a thriving port town and one of the Southeast's major cultural, commercial, industrial and financial centers. As the largest city in land area in the U.S., Jacksonville offers a wealth of attractions and recreational opportunities.
A predominant waterfront gives convenient access to boat cruises, riverfront boardwalks, fish camps, and offshore fishing. For sports fans, Jacksonville is the home of the NFL Jaguars, as well as college football's Gator Bowl Classic. Golfers can hit the links on a number of premier courses, including The Players Championship Course (TPC) in Ponte Verda.
Other points of interest include: Jacksonville Landing, a waterfront marketplace with unique shops and restaurants; the Jacksonville Zoological Gardens; plus a number of local museums and historical sites. And don't forget, the golden sand of Jacksonville Beach is just a short drive away.
The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens is a museum located in Jacksonville, Florida. It was founded in 1961 after the death of Ninah Cummer, who bequeathed her gardens and personal art collection to the new museum. The Cummer Museum has since expanded to include the property owned by Ninah's brother-in-law, but it still includes her original garden designs and a portion of her home with its historic furnishing. The museum and gardens attract 130,000 visitors annually.
MOCA Jacksonville, a private nonprofit visual arts educational institution and cultural institute of the University of North Florida, serves the community and its visitors through exhibitions, collections, educational programs, and publications designed to enhance an understanding and appreciation of modern and contemporary art with particular emphasis on works created from 1960 to the present.
Unless you want to spend a lot of time waiting for buses, a car is a must to fully experience Jacksonville; due to Jacksonville's size and low density, most destinations are not within walking distance of each other. It is with 758 square miles the largest city on mainland USA.
It pays to compare your cruise line shore excursions here.
The official U.S. currency is the United States dollar (symbol: $). ATM's everywhere.
Major credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard are widely used and accepted, even for transactions worth only a few dollars. In fact, in some cases, it may be the only way to make a transaction. Note to overseas visitors: Prices of goods and services always seem lower than they really are, as taxes and gratuities are seldom included.
Most states have a sales tax, ranging from 2.9% to nearly 10% of the retail price; 4-6% is typical. Sales tax is almost never included in posted prices (except for gasoline, and in most states, alcoholic beverages consumed on-premises), but instead will be calculated and added to the total when you pay.
Tipping in America is widely used and expected. While Americans themselves often debate correct levels and exactly who deserves to be tipped, generally accepted standard rates are:
The U.S. has no official language at the federal level, but English is by far the standard for everyday use. Several states have declared their official state language as English. Spanish is also official in the state of New Mexico, where it is widely spoken; French is official in Louisiana and the Hawaiian language is official in Hawaii, but neither approaches the use of English and are official for primarily historical reasons.
In major metropolitan areas like New York and Los Angeles, many drugstores and supermarkets are routinely open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, while department stores, shopping centers and most other large retailers are typically open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and often with shorter hours on Sundays - generally 11 a.m. or noon to 5 or 6 p.m. On holidays, the tendency is to remain open (with the exception of the most important holidays like Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day where stores are generally closed)
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