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Port Canaveral, Florida

Royal Caribbean cruise ship from Port CanaveralCruise from Port Canaveral, Florida

Located in central Florida, Port Canaveral is close to one of the most popular vacation destinations in the United States. Various amusement parks, beaches, and other attractions make a pre- or post-cruise trip perfect for the whole family. Several major cruise lines such as Carnival, Disney, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean leave from Port Canaveral, Florida.

Traveling to and from Port Canaveral

For those that need to fly into central Florida for cruises that depart from Port Canaveral, Orlando International Airport (MCO) is the closest option.  It takes just under an hour to travel the 45 miles to the pier.  Shuttles services from the airport to the pier run about $25 pp.

Gated, 24-hour surveillance parking is available for cruise passengers that are driving to the pier.  The cost is $15 per day due at the time of entry and Visa and Mastercard are accepted.

Kennedy Space Center in Port Canaveral, FloridaPre and Post Cruise Options in Port Canaveral

Central Florida is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the country!  Maybe it’s the great weather, or maybe it’s just that there’s so much to do, but add a cruise to the mix and it’s a vacation nothing short of amazing!

Orlando Theme Parks: Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, and Discovery Cove!  What a line-up of attractions in the nearby Orlando area. What a combo vacation…a few days in one of these exciting parks and then some R&R cruising the Caribbean!  This vacation certainly has something for everyone.

Kennedy Space Center: A wonderful way to learn about our space program. Walk through the Rocket Garden, featuring eight massive rockets from past eras. The Visitor’s Center has an IMAX Theater, which shows 2 different movies, and the actual Mercury Mission Control Room from the 1960s.  There are hand-on exhibits and even a shuttle simulator. What a great way to spend the day.

Cocoa Beach: Miles of beautiful beaches perfect for catching some rays, building sand castles and searching for seashells! Cocoa Beach provides some of the best surfing on the east coast. How about taking some surfing lessons! And at the Cocoa Beach Pier you’ll find lots of restaurants, bars and shops.

Port Canaveral Cruise TerminalMerritt Island Wildlife Refuge: Guests can enjoy fishing, hunting, and boating. View wildlife along the Black Point Wildlife Drive, a seven-mile one-way self-guided auto drive tour. There are waterfowl, wading birds, shorebirds and you will likely see alligators sunning themselves on the banks. River otters, bobcats, various species of snakes, and other wildlife may be visible as well.  There is also a manatee observation deck.

Brevard Zoo: Their mission statement is “Wildlife Conservation through Education and Participation”. The zoo is home to over 480 animals, representing 130 species. Although somewhat small size wise, this zoo is big fun! The little ones especially enjoy feeding the deer and giraffes.

For more information on cruises from Port Canaveral, please call Direct Line Cruises at 1-800-352-8088.

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Driving Directions to the Port Canaveral Cruise Pier

Port Canaveral Cruise Ship Terminal Address:
Cruise Terminal # 10
9005 Charles M. Rowland Drive
Cape Canaveral, Florida
Parking at Pier: $15.00 per day for cruise passengers.

General Directions:
From Orlando International Airport (46 miles):
•Take Airport Exit 1A to SR 528 Beach Line Expressway East.
•Remain on SR 528 East all the way to Port Canaveral.
•Upon approaching the port area, follow the signs indicating Port Canaveral “A” Cruise Terminals.

From I-95:
•From North or South on I-95 take the SR 528 Beach Line Expressway East.
•Remain on SR 528 East all the way to Port Canaveral.
•Upon approaching the port area, follow the signs indicating Port Canaveral “A” Cruise Terminals.

More About Port Canaveral, Florida


Port Canaveral is the major deep water point of entry for central Florida. Operating since the first half of the 20th century, the port originally started as a location for commercial fishing and later expanded to cargo. During the second half of the century, Port Canaveral became a crucial location in the U.S. space program. Cruising from the port took off in the 1970s, with major cruise lines beginning to use Port Canaveral as a home port in the early ’80s. In 1982, the area’s first dedicated cruise port opened. In the present, Port Canaveral is one of the most trafficked cruise ports in the world, seeing roughly 4 million passengers per year.

Why only depart from Port Canaveral? With so many attractions just a short drive away, a one-day post- or pre-cruise trip is an absolute must! Central Florida is known as the surfing capital of the Atlantic, and close by are various amusement parks, including Disney World, Universal Studios, and Sea World; the Kennedy Space Center; Cocoa Beach; and Brevard Zoo.

If you are traveling to Port Canaveral from out of the area, the Orlando International Airport is less than an hour away from the terminal. Parking is available for those deciding to drive. Cars at the port are kept in a gated lot with 24-hour surveillance.


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