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6 Reasons to Stay at an Orlando Airport Hotel Before Your Cruise

Universal Studios, Cambria Orlando Airport Hotel, and Carnival Cruise

Embarking on a cruise from Port Canaveral is an exciting adventure, but it often starts with the logistical challenge of getting to the port itself. Most importantly, it involves ensuring you arrive at your ship on time and catch your return flight home. For those flying into Orlando, staying the night near the airport offers numerous advantages, especially when you choose a hotel and transportation package tailored for cruisers. Go Port partners with over 30 hotels close to the airport, providing a Fly Snooze Cruise package that simplifies your travel. This package not only combines airport pickup, hotel accommodations, and round-trip cruise transportation in one seamless booking, but also offers significant savings. Staying at an airport hotel with a Go Port package allows you to enjoy nearby attractions, shopping, and dining with the money saved, or you can choose to stretch your budget further on your cruise.

Here’s our list of the top 6 reasons to book a Go Port package staying at an Orlando Airport hotel before your Port Canaveral Cruise:

  1. Proximity to the Airport
  2. Wide Variety of Dining Options
  3. Entertainment & Attractions Galore
  4. Last-Minute Shopping Opportunities
  5. Extended Hours of Operation
  6. Save with Go Port

1. Proximity to the Airport

The first and most obvious advantage is the proximity to Orlando International Airport (MCO). After a long flight, the last thing you want is another lengthy commute. Staying at an airport hotel means you’re just a 5-minute ride away from relaxation. Included in your Fly Snooze Cruise package is direct airport to hotel transport, ensuring you can reach your accommodations quickly and comfortably. By staying at an Orlando Airport hotel you can avoid the lengthy commute to Port Canaveral right after flying, allowing you to rest and recover so that you are ready for your cruise the next day.

2. Wide Variety of Dining Options

Margaritaville at City Walk in Orlando, Florida
Traveling can certainly work up an appetite, and many Orlando Airport hotels not only feature convenient on-site restaurants but are also positioned close to a diverse array of dining options. Whether you’re in the mood for quick bites right after your flight or prefer exploring unique, Orlando-exclusive eateries and world-famous restaurants, the area around the airport has it all.

Restaurants Near Orlando Airport Hotels

  • Easily Accessible: Near the Orlando Airport, you can easily access popular dining spots like Bonefish Grill, Longhorn Steakhouse, Miller’s Ale House, and Texas Roadhouse, all within a 5-10 minute ride from local hotels.
  • Only in Orlando: Orlando features exclusive dining experiences at local favorites like The Boathouse at Disney Springs, Cafe Tu Tu Tango, and The Polite Pig, each offering unique menus and atmospheres.
  • World-Famous: Orlando is home to world-famous restaurants like Margaritaville, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., and Planet Hollywood, where guests can enjoy themed dining experiences and iconic memorabilia.

3. Entertainment & Attractions Galore

Walt Disney World entrance sign in Orlando, Florida
Orlando is not called the entertainment capital of Florida without reason. If you have some extra time before your cruise, why not enjoy some of what the city has to offer? From world-famous theme parks to vibrant live music scenes and attractions, there’s no shortage of things to do.

Things to do in Orlando

  • Theme Parks: Orlando, home to Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld, is the theme park capital of the world. These world-class parks are just a short ride from Orlando International Airport (MCO).
  • Attractions: Beyond theme parks, Orlando offers a variety of attractions such as ICON Park, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, mini-golf courses, escape rooms, and more, all conveniently located close to the airport.
  • Night Life: Orlando’s nightlife scene caters to all tastes. It features lively bars and live music venues such as House of Blues, Ole Red, Howl at the Moon, and Señor Frogs.

4. Last Minute Shopping Opportunities

World Of Disney at Disney Springs
Orlando’s shopping and retail centers are just around the corner from Orlando Airport hotels. These opportunities are ideal for picking up last-minute cruise essentials like swimwear, formal attire, or tropical-themed outfits. Also, shopping in Orlando allows you to enjoy Florida’s tax advantages on many consumer goods, potentially saving you money as you shop.

Places to shop in Orlando

  • Florida Mall: The Florida Mall, located just a short ride from MCO, offers a vast selection of retailers, dining options, and entertainment. It is perfect for picking up last-minute items or indulging in some retail therapy.
  • Outlets: Looking for the best deals? Orlando International Premium Outlets and Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets offer big savings on designer brands and are about 15 minutes from Orlando International Airport (MCO).
  • Disney Springs: Disney Springs is an iconic shopping destination in Orlando, offering an array of retail stores, from exclusive Disney merchandise to well-known brands. This shopping area, combined with entertainment and dining, creates a fun outing for all ages.

5. Extended Hours of Operation

One significant advantage of staying in Orlando, as opposed to near Port Canaveral, is the extended hours of operation for many businesses. Unlike the quieter beachside or port areas, Orlando thrives well into the night. This means that dining, shopping, and entertainment options stay open late, giving you the flexibility to enjoy your evening no matter when your flight arrives.

6. Save with Go Port

Hyatt House Orlando Airport and on-site restaurant
Go Port’s Fly Snooze Cruise package is tailor-made for Port Canaveral cruisers flying into Orlando (MCO). This comprehensive package includes airport pickup, hotel accommodations, and transportation to and from your cruise terminal, all coordinated into a single reservation. This streamlined service not only saves you money but also aligns perfectly with your cruise schedule, ensuring you arrive at your terminal on time without any stress.

Featured Orlando Airport Hotel & Transportation Packages

  • DoubleTree Orlando Airport: This hotel offers comfortable accommodations, warm chocolate chip cookies upon arrival, and easy access to the airport and nearby attractions. *Packages starting at $202
  • Cambria Hotel Orlando Airport: The Cambria offers sleek, contemporary accommodations with the convenience of an on-site restaurant. Guests can enjoy delicious food without leaving the comfort of the hotel. *Packages starting at $211
  • Hyatt House Orlando Airport: The Hyatt House provides spacious, residential-style rooms and a convenient on-site restaurant, providing guests with easy access to delicious dining. *Packages starting at $263

See our complete list of Orlando Airport Hotel and Transportation Packages to fit any budget.

Go Port Shuttle Bus from Orlando International Airport to Port Canaveral

Additional Packages for Flexible Planning

  • Post-Cruise Fly Snooze Cruise: This package is designed for those looking to book a room after their cruise before heading home. A Post-Cruise Fly Snooze Cruise package includes airport pickup, cruise transportation, and a post-cruise hotel stay. *Packages starting at $202
  • Hotel to Cruise Transportation: This option is perfect for travelers who have already booked their hotel but need reliable transportation directly to their Port Canaveral cruise terminal. $39.99 per traveler
  • MCO to Cruise Transportation: This package is for those flying in on the same day as their cruise. Go Port offers direct transportation from MCO to all Port Canaveral cruise terminals. $29.99 per traveler

Discover Go Port’s packages to fit any travel itinerary.

Booking an Orlando Airport hotel before your cruise offers numerous benefits that can enhance your overall experience. From the sheer convenience of location to the enjoyment of local attractions, dining, and shopping, it makes perfect sense to start your cruise with a relaxed and fun-filled day in Orlando. With Go Port’s Fly Snooze Cruise package, you can enjoy a seamless and carefree transition to your cruise, ensuring your vacation starts on the right note. Ready to make your Port Canaveral cruise ship arrival and departure easy, affordable, and stress-free from start to finish? Book your Go Port Package at an Orlando Airport hotel and take full advantage of these perks!

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