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5 Reasons to Arrive Early for Your Cruise

Cruisers sailing from Port Canaveral love to arrive before their cruise departure. Why? Well, it’s not just about cruising through check-in – it’s about making sure you don’t miss the boat! 

No one wants to start their vacation stressed, and if you plan to arrive the morning of your cruise, you may find yourself in that state of mind. Keep reading for the top 5 reasons why arriving early to the Port Canaveral area is the secret sauce to an epic cruise experience.

1. Avoid Travel Hiccups

Trust us, you don’t want to drive in the morning of your cruise departure. In the event there is bad weather, an accident, or heavy traffic, you don’t want to risk any delays prohibiting you from arriving at Port Canaveral on time. 

Also, as one of the world’s busiest ports, there will be an influx of traffic leaving the port, as well as arriving, creating congestion at the port. Why sit in traffic when you can be in the comfort of your hotel room? Or catching a hearty breakfast in the lobby or nearby place? 

Many area hotels offer Stay & Cruise Packages, which include overnight parking for the duration of your stay, guest room accommodations, and round-trip transportation to/from Port Canaveral. 

And for those flying into Orlando International Airport, you don’t want to risk flight delays the morning before your flight. We recommend checking out our guide to flying before your cruise here and exploring our Fly, Stay & Cruise Packages, which include round-trip transfers to/from Orlando International, guest room accommodations, and transfers to Port Canaveral.

2. Find Your New Favorite Beach

By arriving even one day early, you can explore the area’s beaches. Just a stone’s throw away, Cocoa Beach is the real deal—a laid-back beach town with small waves and a ton of things to do. 

Cocoa Beach proudly claims the title of Small Wave Capital of the World. Dive into surfing lessons or give boogie boarding a shot. No board? No problem! Cocoa Beach Surf Company has your back with board rentals starting at just $15 for four hours. They’ve got you covered for wetsuits, beach chairs, and umbrellas too, in case you’re not in the mood to lug your beach gear around.

Oh, and for the safety-conscious beach bums, there are four Cocoa Beach access points where lifeguards keep a watchful eye: Alan Shepard Park, Lori Wilson Park, Minutemen Causeway, and Cocoa Beach Pier.

3. Space Odyssey Awaits

No trip to the area is complete without a visit to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. It’s located just a quick 13 miles away from Port Canaveral. Brace yourself for a journey that spans the history, present, and future of space travel. Get up close and personal with the iconic space shuttle Atlantis, check out the launch pads, and immerse yourself in the incredible story of humanity in space, complete with the Saturn V rocket from the Apollo Era.

Here’s a cool tidbit: in 2023, they hosted a whopping 72 rocket launches, and get this – there are just as many lined up for 2024! Don’t miss out – keep tabs on the Kennedy Space Center events calendar to catch the next launch.

4. Discover Natural Florida

The surroundings of Port Canaveral boast one of the most diverse ecosystems in the Western Hemisphere, offering a haven for nature enthusiasts. With winding waterways, incredible wildlife, and the sprawling Canaveral National Seashore, the opportunities for exploration are boundless.

Embark on an airboat adventure along the St. Johns River, where encounters with alligators, snakes, and various wildlife await. Opt for a Space Coast Eco Tour along the Intracoastal Waterway to catch glimpses of manatees, dolphins, and an array of wading birds. 

As for the Canaveral National Seashore, it stands as the longest stretch of undeveloped Atlantic coastline in Florida, housing a myriad of plant and animal species. Keep an eye out for nesting sea turtles from May 1 through October 31 for a truly enchanting experience in this natural wonderland.

5. Savor Local Flavors

Nestled in The Cove at Port Canaveral, you’ll find a culinary haven offering some of the finest dining experiences on Florida’s Space Coast. Perched by the water, these restaurants offer panoramic views of cruise ships setting sail and fishermen hauling in their day’s catch. Each spot boasts a unique menu, with a common thread weaving through – a focus on delectable seafood and showcasing unmissable local cuisine. The likes of Grills, Fishlips, and Rusty’s take it up a notch with live music on special nights, creating the perfect ambiance to kick off the excitement for your upcoming travels.

Plus, we take a look at 5 brunch spots you can’t miss the morning of your cruise departure here. And if nightlife and entertainment are something you’re searching for, be sure to check out our suggestions here. There are many opportunities throughout Florida’s Space Coast to relish the local flavors, be it through mouthwatering dishes, signature cocktails, or artisanal craft beers. You don’t want to miss it!

In conclusion, choosing to arrive early to Florida’s Space Coast for your Port Canaveral cruise is not just a travel strategy; it’s a gateway to a seamless and enriching cruise vacation experience. Give us a call today to learn more about our Stay & Cruise Packages. 

Booking your pre-cruise stay on Florida’s Space Coast doesn’t have to be a hassle. Trust our team at Sail Port Canaveral to find the best price and accommodations for you.

CALL US TODAY!  321.783.8655

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