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Cruising from Port Canaveral | Travel Guide

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Cruising from Port Canaveral? With continuous terminal upgrades and close proximity to many of Florida’s most sought-after attractions, it’s no surprise this port has become a hot spot for hosting the industry’s newest and most innovative cruise ships.

Although you may be tempted to hold off on your pre and post cruise arrangements until closer to your sail date, remember that preparation is key for a seamless vacation. With cruising back in full swing and Florida being a popular destination during peak travel seasons, hotels can sell out quickly. This can leave you with limited options and paying premium pricing.

However, making arrangements doesn’t have to be stressful, time-consuming, or costly —  especially when you know what to expect. So spare the time researching and allow us to break down the ins and outs of sailing from Port Canaveral for you.

In this guide to cruising from Port Canaveral, we answer the most frequently asked questions regarding your cruise travel arrangements. Use this index to jump between answers at your convenience:

TIPS FOR FLYING IN WHEN CRUISING FROM PORT CANAVERAL

Which airport do you fly into for Port Canaveral?
Where should you stay when flying in for your Port Canaveral cruise?
What hotel should you book when flying in for your Port Canaveral cruise?
What’s the easiest way to get to Port Canaveral when flying in the morning of your cruise?

TIPS FOR DRIVING IN WHEN CRUISING FROM PORT CANAVERAL

Where should you stay when driving in for your Port Canaveral cruise?
What hotel should you book when driving in for your Port Canaveral cruise?
Where do you park when cruising from Port Canaveral?

TIPS FOR FLYING IN WHEN CRUISING FROM PORT CANAVERAL

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Which airport do you fly into for Port Canaveral?

The most popular airport to fly into for Port Canaveral cruises is the Orlando Airport (MCO). It is located about 45 minutes from the cruise terminals and offers the most flight options compared to the Sanford Airport (SFB) and Melbourne Airport (MLB). 

Orlando Airport (MCO)
Travel Time to Port Canaveral: 45 minutes
Distance to Port Canaveral: 45.6 miles

Many Port Canaveral cruisers choose to book a flight from the Orlando Airport because of its direct highway access to the cruise terminals and vicinity to Orlando’s popular attractions. This airport also offers a better local hotel selection and more economical transportation options.

Sanford Airport (SFB)
Travel Time to Port Canaveral: 65 minutes
Distance to Port Canaveral: 66.2 miles

Though certainly not the closest airport to Port Canaveral, the Sanford Airport offers some of the cheapest airfare. To get the best value, just make sure your flight savings outweigh the costs of any other necessary travel arrangements.

Melbourne Airport (MLB)
Travel Time to Port Canaveral: 50 minutes
Distance to Port Canaveral: 27.4 miles

The Melbourne Airport is actually the closest to the cruise terminals, however, travel time is often longer than traveling from the Orlando Airport due to local traffic. If you’re absolutely set on staying near the coast, this is the airport for you.

Where should you stay when flying in for your Port Canaveral cruise?

Now that you have an idea of which airport you should fly into for your Port Canaveral cruise, it’s time to figure out where you want to stay. Feel free to skip this section if you plan on flying in the morning of your cruise.

Staying at a hotel in Orlando is the most convenient option when cruising from Port Canaveral – especially for late flight arrivals. Not only will you be able to relax in your room shortly after landing, but you won’t have to worry about making the 45-mile ride to the port until the day your ship embarks. If you choose to arrive a couple days prior to your cruise, you’ll also be able to take advantage of the famous theme parks, shopping outlets, and restaurants in the area. 

Alternatively, if beaches, wildlife, aquatic activities, and the Kennedy Space Center are more up your alley, opt to stay near the coast in the Port Canaveral, Cocoa Beach, Melbourne, or Titusville area. Keep in mind, this is only recommended for early morning flight arrivals or travelers with additional days to explore before their cruise. (For more ideas about things to do near Port Canaveral, check out this article.)

What hotel should you book when flying in for your Port Canaveral cruise?

With an area in mind of where you want to stay before (or even after) your cruise, the next step is reserving accommodations. To save time and money, consider booking a bundle that includes a hotel stay and all the necessary transportation needed in between. A Fly Snooze Cruise package includes everything from hotel accommodations to airport transportation and cruise transfers for every member of your party. It’s truly the easiest way to take care of your travel needs ashore all in one simple step.  With so many hotels to choose from, we’ve narrowed it down for you.

Here are the top 10 Fly Snooze Cruise packages booked by Port Canaveral cruisers:

Hampton Inn Orlando Airport (Gateway Village)

Holiday Inn Orlando Airport

Marriott Lakeside Orlando Airport

Country Inn & Suites Orlando Airport

Courtyard Marriott Orlando Airport

Hampton Inn & Suites Cape Canaveral

Homewood Suites Cape Canaveral

Home2 Suites Orlando Airport

Cambria Hotel Orlando Airport

DoubleTree Orlando Airport

View a full list of hotel options for any kind of budget here

What’s the easiest way to get to Port Canaveral when flying in the morning of your cruise?

When it comes to reliability, affordability, and most importantly convenience, shared shuttles are the best way to travel between the airport and ship terminals when cruising from Port Canaveral.

However, cruise lines tend to overcharge for this type of transportation. With a company like Go Port, you can book the same quality cruise transfers at a highly-discounted rate. They also have greeters available at the airport and port to guide you as well as complimentary luggage assistance – so all you have to worry about is enjoying the ride.

Other options to consider: Ride-share services can leave you victim to surge pricing, while only catering to a limited amount of luggage and passengers. Rental cars can get pricey, especially when you consider the addition of gas and tolls. It’s also a hassle to pick-up and return your vehicle at each location.

Remember it’s essential to pick a flight that lands before 11:30 AM to avoid missing your ship departure – the earlier the better!

TIPS FOR DRIVING IN WHEN CRUISING FROM PORT CANAVERAL
driving in for port canaveral cruise

Where should you stay when driving in for your Port Canaveral cruise?

Driving in a day or two before your Port Canaveral cruise gives you extra time to enjoy the amenities the Sunshine State has to offer. Feel free to skip this section if you plan to drive in the morning of your cruise.

Driving down I-95 to your cruise? You’ll want to stay in the Port Canaveral, Cocoa Beach, or Titusville area featuring easy access to the Kennedy Space Center and beaches on the coast. 

If you’re driving up I-95, staying in Melbourne is on your way to the port, by the beach, and offers plenty of shopping and dining nearby.

After a long road-trip down I-75, making a stop in Orlando on your way to Port Canaveral is a great option. There’s endless entertainment options, shopping, and restaurants open late to keep cruisers busy.

What hotel should you book when driving in for your Port Canaveral cruise?


The key to making your cruise vacation seamless when driving in is booking a hotel and parking bundle. A Snooze Park Cruise package includes everything you need — from hotel accommodations to parking for the duration of your cruise and complimentary shuttle transfers for your entire party. It’s the most efficient way to take care of all your travel needs ashore in one easy-to-book step when cruising from Port Canaveral.

Here are the top 5 Snooze Park Cruise packages booked by Port Canaveral cruisers:

Hampton Inn & Suites Cape Canaveral

TownePlace Suites Titusville

Holiday Inn Titusville

Fairfield Inn & Suites Titusville

Embassy Suites Orlando Airport

View a full list of hotel options for any kind of budget here

Where do you park when cruising from Port Canaveral?

Go Port’s Parking Plaza is located just a few minutes from Port Canaveral’s cruise terminals. Their pre-arranged packages include parking for the duration of your sailing and cruise transfers, all for one low price. Unlike other lots, they offer payper-stay not pay-per-day rates, making it the best value.

Other options to consider: Parking directly at the port may be convenient, but it will cost a pretty penny and you might risk the lot being full upon arrival. While booking in advance is available at other off-site lots, their pay-per-day rates can add up quickly.

Set Sail Stress-Free When Cruising from Port Canaveral

Thanks for reading! This guide to cruising from Port Canaveral is brought to you by Go Port — a one-stop shop for Port Canaveral cruisers, making travel arrangements ashore simpler than ever before. By partnering exclusively with brand-name hotels and reliable transportation providers, Go Port takes the guesswork out of booking hotel, transportation, and parking packages to complement your cruise.

For any questions or booking inquiries please contact info@goport.com with your travel request.

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