Port Canaveral Information for Cruisers

Terminal location, parking information, transportation options, things to do, weather, special events


Orlando Weather

Good to Know

Visitors staying near and traveling around International Drive can hop aboard the I-Ride Trolley, a hop-on, hop-off bus route serving the International Drive resort area.

Full list of Orlando area transportation from Visitorlando.com 


Orlando Folk Festival 

Feb annual event at the Menello Museum of American Art, Orlando. The three-day creative festival features storytelling, dance performances, demonstrations and more. Website

Orlando Fringe Festival

May annual event at Loch Haven Park
A 12-day-festival  open to all performers of all ages. Box office proceeds go back to the artists within the Fringe. The Orlando Fringe is the longest running US Fringe festival. Website

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Port Canaveral is within easy driving distance to many spectacular attractions and a stay in nearby Orlando positions you close to the hundreds of amenities. Located on the East Coast of Florida only 45 miles east of Orlando, there isn't a better place to extend your stay a few days. Port Canaveral/Cocoa Beach offers a good amount of amenities considering the area's size.

disney cruise terminalVisitors to this part of east-central  Florida will enjoy a more relaxed pace compared to Miami and Ft. Lauderdale.  The roads are and the roads offer easy access to the terminals.

market place parkAcross from the Port you'll find the Port Marketplace featuring quaint shops and restaurants situated along the waterfront offering great views of the cruise ships.

coco beachCocoa Beach begins where the port ends. You can find hotels and resorts located right on the beach with great views of the shipping channel.


Terminal Information

New Cruise Terminal Opens at Port Canaveral

Posted December 2014

A new cruise terminal has begun operating at Port Canaveral. Cruise Terminal 1, east of the port's Cove restaurant and retail district.

The terminal is designed for maximum flexibility to accommodate the world's largest cruise ships, as well as to allow passengers to board at various locations.

Cruise Terminal 1 is the first of four cruise terminals that Port Canaveral will need by 2022 to handle anticipated growth that is expected to elevate it to become the world's busiest cruise terminal in terms of passenger volume.

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Port Canaveral

Canaveral Port Authority
445 Challenger Road, Suite 301
Cape Canaveral, FL 32920
Phone: (321) 783.7831
Fax: (321) 783.4651

Port Map   Area Map

Port Canaveral is one of the busiest cruise ports in the world with nearly 1.3 million multi-day cruise passengers passing through during 2007. Carnival, Disney, NCL, and Royal Caribbean International, are some of the cruise lines which regularly dock at one of the six cruise terminals.  A world-class deep water port, Port Canaveral also has a high volume of cargo traffic.

Cruise Ships Calling Port Canaveral Home

Enchantment of the Seas and Freedom of the Seas

Carnival Dream, Carnival Ecstasy and Carnival Sensation

Disney Fantasy and Disney Wonder

Cruise Terminal 10

Completed in 1996, Cruise Terminal 9/10 was Port Canaveral's second ultra modern terminal built to accommodate more than 3,500 passengers.

Located next to Cruise Terminal 8, Cruise Terminal 9/10 is one structure designed to accommodate two medium ships or one ship up to 130,000 gross registered tons.

The three-tiered passenger loading tower includes an elevator and four escalators.


Terminal #10: 6-story, parking garage with 24-hour surveillance

Terminal #5: Paved, gated outdoor parking lot with 24-hour surveillance

Full payment due upon entering the parking garage/lot

Accepted forms of payment: U.S. Dollars; U.S. Traveler's Checks; Visa: MasterCard

No advance reservations required

Handicap Parking available with proof of valid permit

Things to do and see

Theme Parks

Walt Disney World   

Universal Orlando

Busch Gardens - Tampa (about an hour drive from Orlando)


Daytona Beach - One of the few places in Florida you can drive and park on the beach.  The area is also know as the home of the Daytona Raceway.

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge (surrounds the Kennedy Space Center).


The Kennedy Space Center - Famous for the Mercury, Apollo and Space Shuttle Missions

St. Augustine - Located about an hour north of Port Canaveral, St. Augustine was founded in 1565 and showcases almost 500 years of American history. Henry Flagler transformed the town into one of Florida's earliest resorts. Tour the heart of the city by exploring the 11 pedestrian-only blocks of the city's historic district, Link to the Lighthouse and Museum website.

Castillo de San Marcos - Built in 1695, this building in St. Augustine is the nation's oldest masonry fortress

For a full list of things to do in the area, visit the Orlando Visitors Center.

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Construction Begins in Port Canaveral

posted January 6, 2014

Port Canaveral has announced that construction has begun on the new estimated $50.5 million Cruise Terminal 1, the first to be located on the south side of Canaveral harbor and that will allow passengers and crew to walk to nearby dining and entertainment options for the first time.  Read more...

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