Best Port Canaveral Cruises for a Sunny Escape in 2021
Posted on February 15, 2021
With cruises on pause for the past year, travelers are long overdue for a much-needed vacation. Throughout the pandemic, cruisers have continued to express pent-up demand and are excited to get back on the high seas as soon as it’s safe to do so. As vaccines roll out across the country, we’re starting to get closer to sailings resuming again. Whether you’re dreaming of the ultimate adventure or a relaxing getaway, we’ve rounded up the top ships you’ll want to sail on this year. Here’s our list of the best Port Canaveral cruises for a sunny escape in 2021.
1. Carnival Mardi Gras
If you’re looking to experience the most anticipated ship of 2021, you’ll want to book a cruise on the Mardi Gras, Carnival’s newest and biggest ship yet. The Mardi Gras has a maximum capacity of up to 6,500 passengers and weighs over 180,000 tons, making her the 9th largest cruise ship in the world. Port Canaveral even constructed a new two-story terminal to welcome her arrival. Her 20 decks with six themed zones are filled with one-of-a-kind features that have set an entirely new standard of innovation for cruises to come. The Mardi Gras will house the first roller coaster at sea as well as Carnival’s largest waterpark, new celebrity chef restaurants, and more. On top of all these incredible new additions, the Mardi Gras will be recognized as the first North-American based cruise line to operate on liquified natural gas which is a more eco-friendly fuel alternative.
Cruiser’s looking for a thrilling experience on a brand-new ship will want to book the Mardi Gras. Her long-awaited inaugural sailing is currently scheduled in May of this year. Sailings include 7-day Western Caribbean as well as 6, 7, and 8-day Eastern Caribbean itineraries with stops in Mahogany Bay, Costa Maya, Cozumel, Grand Turk, Amber Cove, San Juan, Nassau, and St. Thomas. Once you’ve booked your cruise, don’t forget to reserve the best hotel packages, transportation, and parking for the Mardi Gras here.
2. Harmony of the Seas
With adventure-filled itineraries, top-notch entertainment, and thrilling attractions onboard for all ages, Harmony of the Seas is the perfect ship for families and couples seeking the ultimate vacation. She’s truly a floating village as the second-largest cruise ship in the world, accommodating up to 6,780 passengers, and was awarded the title of “Best Cruise Ship” in Travel Weekly’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards. Some of Harmony of the Seas’ top features include the tallest slide at sea spanning 10 stories, three high-speed water slides, a nine-deck-high zip line, an ice skating rink, rock climbing walls, dazzling Broadway performances, and a Bionic Bar where robots serve perfectly-crafted cocktails.
Harmony of the Seas will be sailing from Port Canaveral starting in November 2021. Itineraries include 7-night Eastern Caribbean and Western Caribbean voyages with port stops in Antigua, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, San Juan, Nassau, Falmouth, Labadee, St. Kitts, and Royal Caribbean’s private island, Perfect Day at Coco Cay. Once you’ve booked your cruise, don’t forget to reserve the best hotel packages, transportation, and parking for Harmony of the Seas here.
3. Allure of the Seas
Allure of the Seas is another fan favorite for cruisers seeking an exhilarating adventure with sunny skies. She’s the 4th largest cruise ship in the world measuring a total of 1,181 feet (That’s equivalent to almost 4 football fields!) and has a double occupancy of 5,492 passengers. Not only is Allure of the Seas grand in size, but she’s also one of the most awarded cruise ships. She’s won over 64 titles including Best Large Cruise Ship, Best for Entertainment, Best Individual Ship, and more. Allure of the Seas features a neighborhood concept with seven unique public spaces making it easy for cruisers to get around. Between four pools, ten whirlpools, two surf simulators, two rock climbing walls, sports area, kid’s water park, and ten-deck-high zipline, the activities are endless onboard.
Allure of the Seas will be sailing from Port Canaveral through October 2021. Itineraries include 6 and 7-night Eastern Caribbean as well as 7-night Western Caribbean voyages with port stops in Nassau, Falmouth, Labadee, St. Maarten, St.Thomas, St. Kitts, and Royal Caribbean’s private island, Perfect Day at Coco Cay. Once you’ve booked your cruise, don’t forget to reserve the best hotel packages, transportation, and parking for Allure of the Seas here.
4. MSC Meraviglia
Couples in need of a luxury getaway should consider booking a cruise on the Meraviglia. She’s the second largest ship in MSC’s fleet and the 6th largest in the world. The Meraviglia has earned many prestigious awards since her debut in 2017 and has been recognized for some of the latest advances in customer-centric technology, digital innovations, and new guest experiences. Some of the Meraviglia’s most extraordinary features include a Swarovski crystal-studded staircase in the center of the main atrium, a two-deck promenade equipped with an LED screen dome, an amusement area connected to an outdoor water park, two Formula One virtual reality racing simulators, Cirque du Soleil performances, and more. Over 60% of the ship’s staterooms offer balconies as well. If you’re looking for an even more upscale experience, the Meraviglia offers an exclusive Yacht Club with breathtaking suites that feature 24-hour butler service, private venues like a secluded pool with a sun deck, and sophisticated dining options.
The Meraviglia will be sailing from Port Canaveral starting at the end of November 2021. Itineraries include 3 and 4-night Bahamas cruises as well as 6, 7, and 8-night Western Caribbean voyages with port stops in Nassau, Cozumel, Costa Maya, Belize City, and MSC Cruises’ private island Ocean Cay. Once you’ve booked your cruise, don’t forget to reserve the best hotel packages, transportation, and parking for the Meraviglia here.
5. MSC Divina
The Divina is another great option for couples looking to get some rest and relaxation. It’s combination of leisure facilities, world-class entertainment, and kid’s amenities will keep everyone in the family entertained. Inspired by the glamorous italian actress Sophia Loren, this ship is known for its modern comfort and elegant touches like Swarovski crystal staircases, real stone piazza, and red velvet furniture. Some of the most extraordinary features onboard include an infinity pool in the back of the ship, a pool zone with hot tubs and a retractable roof so you can swim rain or shine, a fully immersive 4D Cinema, Broadway-size Pantheon Theatre, and a Formula One race car simulator. Since the Divina is heavily influenced by Italian cuisine, you’ll find some of the best gelato and specialty coffee creations onboard as well as an Italian Steakhouse. The Divina also offers an exclusive Yacht Club just like the Meraviglia featuring 24-hour butler service as well as other private venues and restaurants.
The Divina will be sailing from Port Canaveral through mid November 2021. Itineraries include 3 and 4-night Bahamas cruises as well as 7-night Western Caribbean voyages with port stops in Nassau, Cozumel, Costa Maya, and MSC Cruises’ private island Ocean Cay. Once you’ve booked your cruise, don’t forget to reserve the best hotel packages, transportation, and parking for the Divina here.
6. Disney Dream & Disney Fantasy
The Dream and Fantasy are ideal ships for families with young children looking to experience the magic of Disney at sea. Both ships are nearly identical with stellar productions, spacious cabins, and meet and greets with all your other favorite characters. Some of their top features include expansive children’s clubs (including a nursery for babies and toddlers), pools for adults and kids, a nightlife district with bars and clubs, an adults-only sun deck, the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for princess makeovers, and an AquaDuck water coaster circling the top of the ship. The Dream and Fantasy also have a live-action Pirate Night show, staged productions with beloved Disney characters and songs, and a fireworks display regardless of which ship you choose to sail on.
If you’re a family with young children looking to create lasting memories, you can’t go wrong with booking a cruise on the Disney Dream or Fantasy. Between the two, these ships offer 3, 4, and 5-night Bahamian, 7-night Eastern Caribbean, and 6 and 7-night Western Caribbean sailings with stops in Nassau, Tortola, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, San Juan, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Falmouth, Costa Maya, and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. Once you’ve booked your cruise, don’t forget to reserve the best hotel packages, transportation, and parking for the Dream and Fantasy here.
Sailing from Port Canaveral in 2021? After booking your cruise, let Go Port make your trip seamless from start to finish. We’ll take care of everything you need ashore from hotel accommodations to transportation and cruise parking so you can make the most of your sunny escape.