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About Port Canaveral (Orlando)

Port Canaveral, in the center of Florida's east coast, is not only the surfing capital of the Atlantic. It is also home to rocket and shuttle launches, the largest sea turtle nesting area in the country, the largest scallop fishery on the planet and a national refuge with more endangered species than any other.

Even with all of these superlatives, most cruise passengers associate Port Canaveral with Orlando, just 45 miles west -- and with Walt Disney World, Universal theme parks and SeaWorld so close, it would be difficult to find a cruise port anywhere that offers access to more theme parks and family-friendly tourist attractions. But, for those who've already had (or care to pass up) the Orlando experience, Port Canaveral is definitely worth a pre- or post-cruise visit.

The port bills itself as Orlando's closest beach with dolphins, manatees, loggerhead turtles and miles of pristine sand -- minus the crowds that are typical of South Florida. A mile and a half of bike paths run throughout Port Canaveral, as well as three parks, including Jetty Park where camping and fishing opportunities abound. The bustling Cove at Port Canaveral features a variety of restaurants and shops.

But, with Port Canaveral smack in the middle of what's known as Florida's 72-mile Space Coast, the premier attraction is the Kennedy Space Center, where guests can meet and talk to actual astronauts. The U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, six miles from the visitors' center, houses the world's largest collection of astronaut memorabilia, as well as displays, exhibits and tributes to the heroes of Mercury, Gemini and Apollo.

Port Canaveral is primarily a turnaround port, so for the most part, travelers pass through the area on the way to boarding their cruises. Ships based in Port Canaveral sail itineraries that range in length from three to seven days. Considering its proximity to Orlando, it's no surprise that Disney Cruise Line's fleet homeports there, but Carnival and Royal Caribbean vessels also call Port Canaveral home. It's mostly a turnaround port, but some lines (such as Norwegian Cruise Line and Seabourn) make regular port calls there throughout the year.


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  • 3 Night
    Cruise to Port Canaveral (Orlando)

    Leaving:
    Port Canaveral
    Visiting:
    Nassau, Perfect Day at CocoCay ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    3 Night Cruise to Port Canaveral (Orlando) Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Port Canaveral (Orlando)
    • Day 2
      Nassau
    • Day 3
      Perfect Day at CocoCay
    • Day 4
      Port Canaveral (Orlando)
    Ship Details

    Mariner of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Something surprising to see or do around every corner, no shortage of action onboard

    Cons

    Some specialty dining reservations were impossible to come by due to the short sailings

    Bottom Line

    Activity-filled, weekend-friendly itineraries and great food make an ideal sailing

    Reviews

    Mariner of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    5.0/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining5.0
    Service4.5
    Value5.0

    Fresh off a massive $120 million renovation that introduced a number of new features to the shi...

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    perodise
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Rather cruise with Celebrity
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    Jennaveeve20
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Terrible pick any other cruise line
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      Still water, coffee, and tea
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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Port Canaveral (Orlando)

    Leaving:
    New York
    Visiting:
    Port Canaveral, Great Stirrup Cay ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Port Canaveral (Orlando) Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      New York (Manhattan)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Port Canaveral (Orlando)
    • Day 4
      Great Stirrup Cay
    • Day 5
      Nassau
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      New York (Manhattan)
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Bliss - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Gorgeous ship with excellent food and lots of live music

    Cons

    Many of dining venues and activities cost extra

    Bottom Line

    A sophisticated ship that offers plenty of fun activities like go-karts and water slides

    Reviews

    Norwegian Bliss Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.5
    Service4.5
    Value3.5

    Norwegian Bliss is a beautiful vessel with a refined feel you don't normally expect to find on ...

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    Eve4567
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    Could be WAY better
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    Paulgormley
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Interesting choice of islands to visit
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    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 5 Night
    Cruise to Port Canaveral (Orlando)

    Leaving:
    Port Canaveral
    Visiting:
    Costa Maya, Cozumel ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    5 Night Cruise to Port Canaveral (Orlando) Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Port Canaveral (Orlando)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Costa Maya
    • Day 4
      Cozumel
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Port Canaveral (Orlando)
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    Norwegian Sun - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Refurbished spaces boast clean, modern design; a plethora of tasty dining options abounds.

    Cons

    Buffets are often congested and signage is lacking; there are no water slides/water parks.

    Bottom Line

    Great overall experience with tons of dining and activity choices and itinerary options.

    Reviews

    Norwegian Sun Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins3.5
    Dining4.0
    Service3.5
    Value3.5

    Built in 2001, Norwegian Sun underwent a three-week bow-to-stern renovation in May 2018, which ...

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    FairyGodmother55
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    Seas were rough, but what a blast!
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    tysver
    Sail Date Feb 2020
    The Highs and Lows of the Sun
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Port Canaveral (Orlando)

    Leaving:
    Bayonne
    Visiting:
    Port Canaveral, Perfect Day at CocoCay ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    7 Night Cruise to Port Canaveral (Orlando) Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
    • Day 2
      Cruising
    • Day 3
      Port Canaveral (Orlando)
    • Day 4
      Perfect Day at CocoCay
    • Day 5
      Nassau
    • Day 6
      Cruising
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Bayonne (Cape Liberty)
    Ship Details

    Oasis of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    Packed with activities, restaurants and bars, Oasis is manageable despite its size.

    Cons

    Mall-like interior means it's hard to see the ocean; expect lines at popular venues.

    Bottom Line

    Innovative and energetic, Oasis appeals most to active cruisers and families.

    Reviews

    Oasis of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining4.0
    Service4.0
    Value3.0

    One of the largest ships in the world, Oasis of the Seas makes an impression even before you board...

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    The Beautiful South
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Mind blowing in some areas, dissapointing in others
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    Suzishoney
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    A BIG, Beautiful ship
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    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 15 Night
    Cruise to Port Canaveral (Orlando)

    Leaving:
    San Antonio
    Visiting:
    Coquimbo, Arica ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    15 Night Cruise to Port Canaveral (Orlando) Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      San Antonio (Chile)
    • Day 2
      Coquimbo (La Serena)
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Arica
    • Day 5
      Cruising
    • Day 6
      Pisco
    • Day 7
      Lima
    • Day 8
      Cruising
    • Day 9
      Cruising
    • Day 10
      Cruising
    • Day 11
      Panama Canal
    • Day 12
      Puerto Limon
    • Day 13
      Cruising
    • Day 14
      Cruising
    • Day 15
      Cruising
    • Day 16
      Port Canaveral (Orlando)
    Ship Details

    Norwegian Star - Norwegian Cruise Line

    Pros

    Refurbs have kept original Freestyle ship modern

    Cons

    Constant upcharges may turn some cruisers off

    Bottom Line

    Star provides some of Norwegian's most popular features, on a smaller ship

    Reviews

    Norwegian Star Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.0/5
    Cabins4.0
    Dining3.0
    Service4.0
    Value4.0

    Norwegian Star underwent a refurbishment in summer 2018 during which it received the Sky Hi...

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    CarolatSea
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Exceeded expectations
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    wildrover59
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    South America 4 January 2020 Cruise
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
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    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

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  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Port Canaveral (Orlando)

    Leaving:
    Port Canaveral
    Visiting:
    Perfect Day at CocoCay, Cozumel ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Royal Caribbean International
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    7 Night Cruise to Port Canaveral (Orlando) Route (Royal Caribbean International)
    • Day 1
      Port Canaveral (Orlando)
    • Day 2
      Perfect Day at CocoCay
    • Day 3
      Cruising
    • Day 4
      Cozumel
    • Day 5
      Roatan
    • Day 6
      Costa Maya
    • Day 7
      Cruising
    • Day 8
      Port Canaveral (Orlando)
    Ship Details

    Harmony of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

    Pros

    One of the largest cruise ships in the world offers plenty of choice

    Cons

    Can feel crowded and busy, despite clever design to combat congestion

    Bottom Line

    Fantastic ship for families and those looking for great entertainment and activities

    Reviews

    Harmony of the Seas Reviews

    Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
    Overall
    4.5/5
    Cabins4.5
    Dining4.0
    Service3.0
    Value4.0

    You would be hard pressed to take part in everything on offer on the 5,479-passenger Harmony of...

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    SuperCruiser Man
    Sail Date Dec 2019
    This Ship is Extraordinary!
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    ruthiegolfgirl
    Sail Date Jan 2020
    Fabulous Ship
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    What’s included in My Cruise Fare?

    • Cabin
      Room with bed and private bathroom
    • Port Taxes & Fees
    • Service Gratuities
    • Most Onboard Entertainment
    • Kids Club
    • Shore Excursions
    • Wi-Fi
    • Spa Services
    • Select Dining
      Main dining room and/or buffet
    • Specialty Alternative Dining
    • Room Service
    • Butler Service
    • Basic Drinks
      Still water, coffee, and tea
    • Soft Drinks
      Soda and Juice
    • Alcohol
      Beer, wine, and spirits
    • Specialty Coffee Drinks
      Including smoothies and blended drinks
    • Specialty Fitness Classes

    ** inclusions in your cruise fare are based on Cruise Critic’s editorial expertise and not provided by the individual cruise lines. When you book with one of our cruise partners, please be sure to check their site for a full disclosure of all applicable fees. Cruise Critic does not guarantee any specific rates, prices, or amenities included in the fare. Inclusion items in the fare may change at any time and fees may apply for additional items.

  • 7 Night
    Cruise to Port Canaveral (Orlando)

    Leaving:
    Port Canaveral
    Visiting:
    Tortola, St. Thomas ... see more
    Cruise Line:
    Norwegian Cruise Line
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    7 Night Cruise to Port Canaveral (Orlando) Route (Norwegian Cruise Line)
    • Day 1
      Port Canaveral (Orlando)