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Port Canaveral

WELCOME

AAA/AAA associate Chris Wellner for AAA

WELCOME Whether you’re a cruise novice or a veteran, you’ll find that Port Canaveral at Cape Canaveral is easy to navigate as both a point of embarkation and a port of call.

Port Canaveral also offers convenient parking and less traffic than other ports. You can get a bite to eat, rent a charter boat or see live entertainment at The Cove at Port Canaveral, a commercial area not far from the cruise terminals. The Cove has several restaurants including some waterfront locations, a barbecue place and a bakery. There’s also an artisan marketplace at The Cove that runs several days a week.

Port Canaveral began as a military and commercial site in the 1950s and then grew in importance when Kennedy Space Center was built in the 1960s. Commercial cruises began sailing from the port in the early 1980s.

The port has since grown into one of the country’s busiest, with passenger, cargo and military vessels navigating in and out of the area.

With more than 2 million cruise passengers per year and another large passenger cruise terminal opening, this bustling Florida vacation origin and port of call may soon pass Miami as the U.S.'s busiest cruise home port.

GETTING TO THE PORT

DriveAAA/AAA associate Chris Wellner for AAA
Because of Port Canaveral’s central location in Florida, many cruise passengers drive. If you do, don't plan to arrive before your boarding time, because you'll just have to wait in the terminal. The boarding time window is listed on your boarding pass.

As you drive to Port Canaveral, follow the lighted overhead road signs to find your ship. Terminals 5, 6, 8 and 10 all use Port Entrance A. Terminal 2 and the new terminal opening in late 2014 use Port Entrance B. It's also a good idea to check with your cruise line or AAA/CAA travel agent before your trip to confirm which terminal your ship departs from, as that may sometimes change.

Carnival ships usually leave from cruise terminals 5, 6 or 10.

Disney Cruise Line ships always leave from cruise terminal 8, in a Disney-designed terminal.

Royal Caribbean International voyages most often leave from terminal 10.

The port often has ships come in for the day as port-of-call ships, so it’s best to follow the signs, as ships can be at any of the docks.

If you're using a GPS, use the addresses below for terminals and parking garages. Note that all addresses are in the town of Cape Canaveral, Florida, 32920.

CT2 Terminal - 180 Christopher Columbus Dr.

CT3 Terminal - 220 Christopher Columbus Dr.

CT5 Terminal - 9245 Charles M. Rowland Dr.

CT6 Terminal - 9241 Charles M. Rowland Dr.

CT6 Parking Garage - 9240 Charles M. Rowland Dr.

CT8 Terminal - 9155 Charles M. Rowland Dr.

CT8 Parking Garage - 9154 Charles M. Rowland Dr.

CT10 Terminal - 9005 Charles M. Rowland Dr.

CT10 Parking Garage - 9020 Charles M. Rowland Dr.

AirPort Canaveral is about 45 miles east, of Orlando International Airport, which makes it the most-used airport for cruise passengers. From Orlando International Airport take the north exit. Head east on SR 528 (Beachline Expressway, a toll road).

From the north or south on I-95, take exit 42 to SR 528, and head east.

Port Canaveral is also within easy driving distance from Orlando Sanford, Daytona Beach and Melbourne international airports.

Ground TransportationTo get from the airport to your ship, there are several options.

Take a cab from Orlando International Airport: One-way cab fare is approximately $105 plus tolls. The airport also offers shuttles, which you much pre-arrange yourself. Check www.orlandoairports.net/gt.htm .

You can purchase a transfer voucher in advance from the cruise line. The cost varies. You’ll meet a cruise line representative at baggage claim, get your luggage from the carousel and then be escorted to a waiting motor coach.

Make sure your bags have been tagged with the luggage tags you received from the cruise line in your documents, so they’ll be delivered to the correct cabin when you arrive at the port. Don’t forget to keep a day bag with you with your cruise documents, money, ID and any medications you may need.

If you’d like to go for a swim or take photographs of a bon voyage party, keep your camera or swimsuit because it often takes several hours for luggage to be delivered to staterooms.

Rental CarsAAA/AAA associate Chris Wellner for AAA
Major car rental agencies are available at the airport and at Port Canaveral. AAA/CAA members save with AAA’s preferred relationship with Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty. Your travel agent can book your car for you, or you can visit us at AAA.com to make a reservation.

You can get a shuttle to or from the pier to the rental locations, so you don’t need to take a cab to the rental pickup location.

Taxis at the PortPort-of-call passengers looking for nearby restaurants and attractions can also take a cab. The closest area, called The Cove, is about 2.5 miles away, but there's no safe walkway to get there. Cab fare from the port to The Cove is about $8.

The official taxi provider for the port is 888 Taxi. They’ll be lined up in a queue outside the terminal to serve port-of-call passengers. If you’d like to use a different company, you can do so, but you’ll have to call them.

A full list of shuttles and taxi companies is online at //portcanaveral.com/cruising/groundtransport.php .

PARKINGAAA/AAA associate Chris Wellner for AAA
Parking at and around the port is pretty easy. You can choose the garage or lot at your cruise terminal, or you can use an off-site operation with a shuttle. All parking at Port Canaveral is gated well-lighted.

Insider tip:

Drop off your luggage and any passengers at the terminal first – then park your car. Remember to keep your parking vouchers and cruise documentation with you – the parking lots are only for cruise passengers. Then you can meet your party to check in at the terminal.

If you decide to fly in the day before your cruise, ask your AAA/CAA travel agent about hotels that offer “park and cruise” specials, where parking is included in the rate.

There is secure parking available adjacent to all of the piers, but the largest (5, 6, 8 and 10) have both garages and uncovered lots. The ship will return to the same cruise terminal for disembarkation.

Terminals 2, 3 and 4 have only surface lots. Access them via port entrance B.

Insider tip:

The port has negotiated special pricing with many area hotels for a substantial discount on at-the-port parking: If you stay for one night before the cruise at an approved hotel, you’ll be issued a Port Canaveral voucher for a 40 percent discount for parking.

Parking RatesFees are charged by the length of the cruise; the cost ranges from $60 to $150 for 3-day to 9-day cruises. Cash, Visa, MasterCard and U.S. traveler’s checks are accepted. Disney Cruise Line offers preferred parking closer to the cruise terminal for an extra $20.

Free parking at the port is available with an exemption form for those who have vehicles with special equipment for the physically challenged. For details, go to portcanaveral.com/cruising/parking or call (800) 983-2435.

Payment is usually required as you park—not when you leave. You can also prepay at www.portcanaveral.com . So have your cruise documents and any vouchers ready as you pull into the lot.

Other Parking OptionsOff-site parking for people who drive directly to the port (without a hotel stay) is also available. Check with your AAA/CAA travel agent for the best options. You’ll park in those lots and then take a shuttle to the cruise terminal, just like parking in long-term parking at the airport.

PORT FACILITIESAAA/AAA associate Chris Wellner for AAA

Internet AccessFree Wi-Fi is available in Cruise Terminal 6.

ATMsIf you need cash cash for tipping the port's baggage handlers or for fun money in the islands, there’s an ATM on the east side of Cruise Terminal 6. This is also convenient for passengers departing from terminal 5. There's a Wells Fargo ATM on George King Boulevard on the south side of the port near The Cove's shopping/dining district port entrance B. Most cruise ships also have ATMs.

Food in TerminalsTerminals don’t have snack bars or cafés; however, each terminal has vending machines with snacks and soft drinks. There also are several restaurants within a 5-minute drive of the terminals.

WeatherAverage highs for Port Canaveral are between 70 and 87 degrees. Lows are between 57 and 77. It's most important to check the weather for the ports of call on your cruise. Florida’s weather can be unpredictable so it’s best to check the weather forecast closer to your trip.

Local TaxesIf you plan to do shop in Central Florida before or after your cruise, here's how the sales tax breaks down:

Orange County (Orlando) and Volusia County (Daytona): 6.5 percent; Brevard County (Melbourne and Port Canaveral) and Seminole County (Sanford): 6 percent.

STAY, PLAY AND EATPort Canaveral is a great destination to explore on its own. The Space Coast is known for its beaches, and of course, for the Kennedy Space Center. There are plenty of places to shop and explore, too.

Whether you come early, stay after your cruise or the port is a stop on your itinerary, the following listings will help you on your way.

THINGS TO DO

GEMsCourtesy of Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Your space odyssey starts at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, where you’ll explore the past, present and future of the U.S. space program.

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Space Mirror Memorial

Other AttractionsAAA/AAA associate Chris Wellner for AAA
Near Port Canaveral you’ll find miles of peaceful, unspoiled barrier beaches, and great places to explore things on land, sea and even space.

Canaveral National Seashore

Eastern Florida State College Planetarium & Observatory

Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral

Jetty Park

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

Insider tip:

The space shuttle program is no longer, but did you know that rockets still deploy navigation satellites or deliver cargo to the International Space Station? Go to www.nasa.gov/missions/schedule to see if there’s a launch when you’re there. There are plenty of viewing areas outside of Kennedy Space Center, including Jetty Park, and free places too, like the banks of the Indian River, the Cocoa Beach Pier and most beaches south of Port Canaveral.

SHOPPING

Cape CanaveralAAA/AAA associate Chris Wellner for AAA
The closest shopping to the port is at The Cove, an open-air marketplace at the port that has the look and feel of an art festival; artists and vendors sell wares from white-tented booths on select days of the week.

The Cove

670 Dave Nisbet Dr.

Cape Canaveral, FL 32920

(321) 394-3405

Cocoa BeachAAA/AAA associate Chris Wellner for AAA
In Cocoa Beach, 6 miles south of the port, a stop at Ron Jon Surf Shop is a must-do. From bikinis, beach toys and boards to sandals, sunscreen and sarongs, this multilevel megastore of surf holds everything you need for the beach.

Ron Jon Surf Shop

4151 N. Atlantic Ave.

Cocoa Beach, FL 32931

(321) 799-8888

If you need a last-minute prescription refill or other toiletries, the closest pharmacies like CVS are nearby.

CVS

4292 N. Atlantic Ave.

Cocoa Beach, FL 32931

(321) 784-0503

Cocoa VillageAAA/AAA associate Chris Wellner for AAA
In the town of Cocoa, about 15 miles west of the port, the charming Cocoa Village has dozens of colorfully painted shops clustered just west of Riverfront Park and the Indian River. You’ll find art galleries, gift shops, clothing stores, antique emporiums and gourmet food shops accented by towering oak trees, overflowing flower boxes and wood park benches.

Cocoa Village

Brevard Ave. and Oleander St.

Cocoa, FL 32922

(321) 631-9075

TitusvilleDowntown Titusville, about 24 miles north of Port Canaveral, offers a quaint shopping district with boutiques, antique stores, salons, galleries and eateries. When hunger pangs strike, take a seat at one of several cute cafés.

Downtown Titusville

Main St. and S. Washington Ave.

Titusville, FL 32796

(321) 267-8563

NIGHTLIFE

Cocoa BeachAAA/AAA associate Chris Wellner for AAA
Amble along the Cocoa Beach Pier (5 miles south of the port) until you reach the Mai Tiki Bar at the very end. Order your favorite tropical concoction, then kick back and enjoy the salty air and ocean breezes.

Or, step into Nolan’s Irish Pub, a laid-back establishment with inviting Irish décor and welcoming bartenders to quench your thirst after a long day.

Mai Tiki Bar/Cocoa Beach Pier

401 Meade Ave.

Cocoa Beach, FL 32931

(321) 783-7549

Nolan’s Irish Pub

204 W. Cocoa Beach Cswy.

Cocoa Beach, FL 32931

(321) 783-8499

TitusvilleIn Titusville, nightlife options consist mainly of pubs and sports bars. Dave’s Downtown Lounge serves up craft beer and mixed drinks, with live music and dancing on the weekends. Let your hair down with the regulars at the Shamrock and Thistle Pub; belt out tunes with a karaoke machine, play darts or rock out to local bands.

Dave’s Downtown Lounge

345 S. Washington Ave.

Titusville, FL 32796

(321) 385-3283

Shamrock and Thistle Pub

2035 Cheney Hwy.

Titusville, FL 32780

(321) 385-9611

CHILD'S PLAYNeed something more than the hotel pool to entertain the kids? Two places offer non-stop fun: River Lanes Family Entertainment Center features bowling and an arcade, and Traxx at Jungle Village has go-cart racetracks, batting cages, laser tag and miniature golf.

River Lanes Family Entertainment Center

Traxx at Jungle Village

8801 Astronaut Blvd.

Cape Canaveral, FL 32920

(321) 783-0595

HOTELSAAA/AAA associate Chris Wellner for AAA
Whether you’d rather stay super close to the port or spend time at a place right on the beach, there's a variety of places where you can settle in before or after your cruise. If you’d rather bunk near Kennedy Space Center, there are options for that as well. Here are some suggestions:

Near the PortAAA/AAA associate Chris Wellner for AAA

Country Inn & Suites By Radisson–Port Canaveral

Residence Inn by Marriott Cape Canaveral Cocoa Beach

Royal Mansions Oceanfront Condominium Resort

Hampton Inn Titusville/I-95 Kennedy Space Center

Fairfield by Marriott Titusville/Kennedy Space Center

DININGAAA/AAA associate Chris Wellner for AAA
The Cove dining area at Port Canaveral offers several seafood favorites and a barbecue restaurant. Nearby Cocoa, Cocoa Beach and Titusville offer other culinary options as you’re touring those areas.

For seafood, southern or Italian treats, try one of these:

Cafe Margaux

Dixie Crossroads Seafood Restaurant

Grills Riverside Seafood Deck & Tiki Bar

Kelsey’s Restaurant & Pizzeria

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