Port Canaveral is gearing up for the most innovative ships to take on the high seas in 2023. With cruising back and better than ever, you can anticipate brand new sailings, the industry’s first-ever floating racetrack, as well as thrilling itineraries. Discover the best cruises out of Port Canaveral for 2023 and begin planning your ultimate vacation today!
Royal Caribbean Wonder of the Seas
Royal Caribbean is debuting Wonder of the Seas as the largest ship in the world, coming to Port Canaveral in November 2022. You will be left in awe by this gem! She is part of the award-winning Oasis Class, bringing adventures to new heights. This ship is truly “wonder”-ful, with new features such as a completely redesigned pool deck with more ways to soak up the sun than ever before, and immersive experiences. The AquaTheater adds spectacular entertainment to the line-up with stunning ocean views and a dramatic new backdrop that will keep you at the edge of your seat. Be sure to check out the all-new Wonder Playscape, an underwater world featuring slides, climbing walls, and games where imaginations can soar. Don’t forget returning fan favorites like the FlowRider surf simulator and the 10-story tall Ultimate Abyss slide. The Wonder also introduces the first-ever Suite Neighborhood. This concept, located in the ship’s most prime location, combines five-star dining at the exclusive Coastal Kitchen with ocean views at the crystal-clear plunge pool, as well as private cocktail bars. VIP experiences at the Star Suites, Sky Suites, and the groundbreaking new Ultimate Family Suite are intended to elevate your stay. The biggest ship in the world means even bigger flavor. From contemporary Mexican cuisine at Sabor, Teppanyaki at Izumi, to Italian at Giovanni’s Table, there’s a restaurant for every taste onboard Wonder of the Seas. Good ol’ Southern hospitality meets reinvented country classics, bayou staples, and bold BBQ at the Mason Jar. If you can’t decide between these delicious options, you are always welcome to eat like royalty at the beautifully upscale main dining rooms aboard. Wonder of the Seas sails to the Bahamas, Eastern Caribbean, Western Caribbean, and also visits Royal Caribbean’s private island, Perfect Day at Coco Cay, on select cruises.
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The Norwegian Prima will make Port Canaveral her home in December 2022 as the first of Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL) newest class of ships. Norwegian designed this ship to elevate expectations, with a focus on innovative design, the latest technology, and top-notch amenities. NCL is known for their stellar entertainment, with the Norwegian Prima’s groundbreaking transformational theater and nightclub being no exception. This three-level venue has the ability to seamlessly convert from an elaborate performance stage to an extensive dance floor with customizable seating and a massive LED screen. Here you will have the joy of experiencing Broadway-caliber performances of the Tony-nominated musical “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical,” which is based on her rise to becoming the Queen of Disco, interactive live game shows like “The Price is Right LIVE on NCL,” and even a full-scale disco. “Light Balance Universe,” a golden buzzer winner on “America’s Got Talent,” will be performing onboard with high-energy choreography and acrobatics combined with a multisensory light show. However, the biggest showstopper aboard the Norwegian Prima will be the Prima Speedway, the largest and first-ever go-kart track at sea. The racetrack spans 1,378 feet and has 14 sharp turns. Adding to the adrenaline rush, the Prima features the first free-fall slide in the world, coincidentally called The Drop, as well as dueling slides named The Rush that measure 10-stories down the side of the ship. The Norwegian Prima has exclusive quarters known as The Haven, complete with premium perks like a luxurious lounge & bar, sun deck, infinity pool, outdoor sauna, cold room, and 24-hour butler service. The main dining room, Hudson’s, offers breathtaking views and a mouth-watering menu, while the other main dining room, Commodore Room, is a bit more upscale. Guests are welcome to take advantage of the open-air marketplace buffet at the Surfside Café or satisfy every craving at the Indulge Food Hall – offering 11 diverse culinary venues: Coco’s, Q Texas Smokehouse, Starbucks, Seaside Rotisserie, Nudls, Tamara, The Latin Quarter, Tapas Food Truck, Garden Kitchen, Just Desserts, and Just Ice Cream. For specialty dining, Los Lobos will satisfy your Mexican cravings with a modern twist to traditional flavors or indulge in The Local Bar & Grill American classics and frozen cocktails with incredible views in a relaxed beachy atmosphere. Adults are sure to soak up the sun at Vibe Beach Club, a private (18+) retreat with infinity hot tubs and a full-service bar. Finally, end the evening by taking in the open seas with a drink in hand at the Observation Lounge — a contemporary and spacious bar with floor-to-ceiling windows. Norwegian Prima sails to the Caribbean and visits Norwegian Cruise Line’s private island, Great Stirrup Cay, on select cruises.
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Carnival Mardi Gras
Earlier last year, Carnival Mardi Gras brought a new level of innovation to Carnival Cruise Line. She is known for her many “firsts” — Carnival’s first XL-Class ship, the first roller coaster at sea, and the first cruise with an eco-friendly fuel source. Additionally, she sports an entirely different look and layout compared to previous ships in her fleet. Port Canaveral built a two-story Terminal 3 that is their largest facility to date to house the Carnival Mardi Gras. The ship offers Zones — six distinct themed areas with brand-new experiences for food, drink, and fun. The six Zones include the beautiful three-deck Grand Central atrium, the big and easy French Quarter, the chill Summer Landing, the flavorful La Piazza, the fun-filled Lido, and the Ultimate Playground. Dining highlights include celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans inspired restaurant, Emeril’s Bistro 1396, as well as Shaq’s chicken joint fittingly named Big Chicken. And if you aren’t feeling too “chicken,” you can take a ride on the BOLT, the Ultimate Sea Coaster, where you control the speed of your vehicle up to 40mph. Another Mardi Gras exclusive is Family Feud Live, where teams of five can participate in the iconic game show on an authentic set or watch from the audience instead for just as much fun. Carnival Mardi Gras sails to the Bahamas, Eastern Caribbean, and Western Caribbean, visiting Carnival’s private island Half Moon Cay, on select cruises.
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The Disney Wish started sailing from Port Canaveral in June 2022. This is a fantastic option if you’re looking for a summer or fall cruise. She is Disney’s newest and largest ship, known for her interactive activities and dining experiences. At “Avengers: Quantum Encounter” cinematic dining experience, Marvel fans can meet Ant-Man and the Wasp while they participate in Avengers missions and eat Marvel-inspired cuisine ranging from all-American favorites to rich African dishes. Or you can join “Arendelle: A Frozen Dining Experience” to witness Elsa and Olaf’s exciting performances while enjoying hearty Norwegian fare. Disney storytelling also comes to life with the immersive family game, Disney Uncharted Adventure — where cruisers can use their smartphone to find missing clues with the help of Captain Mickey and other Disney characters to solve puzzles and save the day! Cruisers of all ages can make a splash at AquaMouse, Disney’s first-ever attraction at sea, that combines a water coaster and animated short stories for a one-of-a-kind ride. When it comes to adults-only endeavors, prepare to blast off to the lively Star Wars Lounge, raise a toast at the Viking Bar, or delight in innovative international cuisine at Enchanté by Chef Arnaud Lallement, inspired by Lumiere from Beauty and the Beast. Disney Wish cruises to the Bahamas and visits Disney Cruise Line’s private island, Castaway Cay, on select cruises.
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MSC Meraviglia is one of the largest MSC cruise ships providing European-inspired cruise vacations for families and foodies at a great value. Meraviglia’s two-deck central promenade is covered by a stunning LED dome with a lively design lined with boutiques, sun loungers, restaurants, and bars. She embodies Italian glamor with signature MSC touches such as the Swarovski crystal staircases. The ship’s clever design features the deck plan that keeps most cabins separate from public areas. This means it would never get too stuffy on board because there is always a spot nearby to escape the hustle and bustle. Unlike on other ships, there are hundreds of staterooms not directly above or below busy and loud venues like restaurants, theaters, and dance clubs — making the living areas quieter. The panoramic Horizon pool that transforms into an outdoor dance floor at night, a high-tech theater, two Formula 1 race car simulators, and an exclusive Yacht Club considered a “ship within a ship” are just a few extraordinary features onboard. Kids can enjoy the amusement area connected to an outdoor water park and attend special events hosted by LEGO. Since the Meraviglia is heavily influenced by Italian cuisine, you’ll find some of the best gelato and specialty coffee creations onboard. Discover the 12 dining venues, ranging from a 20-hour buffet to teppanyaki, sushi, and Eataly, a modern casual Italian eatery with a boutique marketplace to bring part of your dining experience home with you. MSC Meraviglia sails to the Bahamas, Caribbean, and Mediterranean, visiting MSC’s private island, Ocean Cay, on select cruises.
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Best Cruises Out of Port Canaveral Travel Tip
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