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With more than 4 million cruise passengers setting sail out of Port Canaveral, it’s a bustling port offering access to the Caribbean and beyond. It is the closest port to Orlando, about 45 minutes from Orlando International Airport and about 10 minutes from Interstate 95.
If you’re planning a cruise from Port Canaveral on Florida’s Space Coast, it’s important to know about the port’s parking options, closest airports, and transportation options. Not to mention, the many hotels that offer Snooze and Cruise Packages for those looking to arrive the day (or days) prior to their cruise departure.
Plus, there are activities and restaurants near the port that you don’t want to miss. In this guide, we’ll take a look at all these important details to help ensure a smooth experience before and after your cruise.
Many Port Canaveral cruisers drive themselves there since the port is easily accessible. The port itself offers parking, and there are independent parking lots nearby. Plus, some hotels offer cruise parking. Regardless of which option you choose, we recommend you book a spot early.
Parking onsite at Port Canaveral is available only directly adjacent to each of Port Canaveral’s cruise terminals. Once you park at your cruise terminal’s designated parking area, simply take a short walk to your ship; no need for shuttles. All parking facilities are convenient, secure, and patrolled 24 hours a day. Please note that no cash is accepted. For the latest daily rate, please click here.
There are many independent parking lots surrounding the port that offer parking at discounted rates such as Port Parking Space and Park Port Canaveral, which is actually the closest offsite parking to Port Canaveral at just 1.5 miles away.
Many hotels in the Port Canaveral area will offer complimentary parking for the length of your cruise as part of their Park, Snooze and Cruise packages. This package typically includes a one-night, pre-cruise accommodation, parking for the duration of your cruise, and shuttle service to the port. Additional nights can be added if you want more time on Florida’s Space Coast.
There are many hotels throughout the area that offer these packages, but here are just a few:
Florida’s Space Coast has a variety of places to spend the night prior to your cruise vacation. There are many hotels in the Port Canaveral area that are less than one mile from the port. Cocoa Beach is another town about 5 miles south that offers beachfront stays with beautiful ocean views.
If you plan to arrive early, it is recommended that you partake in a Snooze and Cruise Package at one of the many hotels. Check out the packages and the hotels here.
Port Canaveral is located in Brevard County on Florida’s Space Coast. The closest major city is Orlando, which is about 45 miles directly west of the port.
There are many ways to get to Port Canaveral from all airports listed above, including shuttles, rideshare services, and taxis. Shuttle services like Cocoa Beach Express cost approximately $50 round trip per passenger. Ridesharing services like Uber will cost $60 to $90+ one way, depending on the option you choose. Taxis will run you about $120 one way.
The Cove at Port Canaveral is the area’s entertainment and dining district. Here you can meet the locals as you sit waterside, enjoy great eats and see boats (or even cruise ships) pass by.
No matter what your interests may be, the Port Canaveral area has something for everyone. From beaches and out-of-this-world experiences to nature and arts & culture, an unforgettable time awaits you.
Ultimately, Port Canaveral offers a great experience for cruisers. There is a range of convenient parking options, a wealth of activities to enjoy before you set sail, and comfortable pre-cruise accommodations via Snooze and Cruise packages.
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