Navigating the Port Canaveral Cruise Ship Terminals
Port Canaveral is ranked as the busiest cruise port in the world and serves as a popular homeport for world-class cruise ships. The port is also famous for its waterfront dining, rocket launches, and other attractions unique to Florida’s Space Coast. Whether you are embarking on a cruise or just paying the port a visit, here is everything you need to know about navigating the Port Canaveral cruise terminals.
Port Canaveral is divided into two sections by the shipping channel. The northern end of the channel is home to Cruise Terminals 5, 6, 8, and 10. These terminals are easily accessed after turning off FL-528 E toward Port Canaveral/North Cargo Piers.
Cruise Terminal 5
Cruise Terminal 5 is home to Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas and Jewel of the Seas.
Norwegian Cruise Line
The Norwegian Prima also sails from this Terminal 5.
The Marella Discovery sails from Terminal 5.
Cruise Terminal 6
Carnival Cruise Line
The majority of Carnival’s ships make use of Terminal 6 with the Carnival Magic, and Carnival Freedom sailing from this location. The Carnival Vista will join the fleet in the fall, as well as the Carnival Glory in spring of 2024.
Note: Carnival’s newest ship, the Mardi Gras, is sailing out of Cruise Terminal 3 on the B side, which was specifically built to accommodate her.
Cruise Terminal 8
Disney Cruise Line
With the theme parks close by, it comes as no surprise that three Disney ships call Port Canaveral home. The Dream, Fantasy, and new Disney Wish currently dock at Cruise Terminal 8.
Cruise Terminal 10
Norwegian Cruise Line
Cruise Terminal 10 is primarily utilized by Norwegian Cruise Line’s ships. The Escape currently sails from this terminal. The Getaway will begin sailing from this terminal in April of 2023 and the Jade and Epic will join them in 2024.
The MSC Divina and MSC Meraviglia set sail from Terminal 10 also. The MSC Seaside will join them for part of 2023 as well, followed by the Seashore in November.
The majority of Port Canaveral’s dining and entertainment is located on the south side of the channel with Cruise Terminals 1, 2, and 3. These terminals are easily accessed by following FL-528 E and taking the George King Blvd exit.
Cruise Terminal 3
Carnival Cruise Line
One of the port’s most impressive additions, the newly-constructed Cruise Terminal 3, was built specifically for the Mardi Gras — Carnival’s newest and largest ship. The Carnival Liberty also sails out of this terminal.
Cruise Terminal 1
Cruise Terminal 1 was made to handle some of Royal Caribbean’s biggest cruise ships. Harmony of the Seas, Wonder of the Seas, and Independence of the Seas currently sail from this terminal. Adventure of the Seas and Allure of the Seas will be joining the fleet in the fall of 2023. Voyager of the Seas will sail from this terminal as well in 2024.
Port Canaveral Hotels, Transportation, and Parking
Are you cruising from Port Canaveral? Trying to find transportation on embarkation or debarkation day can be super stressful with surge pricing, difficult to navigate terminals, and many people trying to book making it difficult to secure a ride. This plus the cost of hotels can make your pre & post embarkation very expensive. That’s why we suggest bundling your transportation and hotel stays with Go Port. Their Fly Snooze Cruise packages include airport pick-ups, hotel stays and transportation to Port Canaveral, making navigating the Port Canaveral terminal a breeze! Book Fly Snooze Cruise here.
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Dining & Entertainment
Cruise Terminal B is home to The Cove as well as Port Canaveral’s restaurant and retail area. Eateries such as Rusty’s Seafood and Oyster Bar, Seafood Atlantic, and Grills Seafood Deck and Tiki Bar offer classic seaside meals, drinks, and live music. The Cove offers both indoor and outdoor seating with tiki bars for guests to enjoy sail-aways.
Port Canaveral’s Exploration Tower can also be found in Cruise Terminal B. This seven-story icon features indoor and outdoor observation decks, interactive exhibits, a leisure and recreation theater, café, and gift shop.
Jetty Park, located near Cruise Terminal 3, offers cruisers 4.5 acres of sandy beaches perfect for viewing rocket launches and sail-aways. This family-friendly park also features a concession stand for food, bait, and tackle. A fishing pier, pavilion rentals, and a playground area are also available on-site.