One of the benefits of living in Florida, aside from all that year-round sunshine, is the fact that residents in the sunshine state are closer than anyone else to the greatest selection of cruise options in the world.
If you are a resident of Florida or a nearby state, you can drive to your cruise ship, which likely makes the prospect of taking a cruise vacation cheaper and more convenient. Yeah, we’re all a little bit jealous.
Florida Cruise Port Parking
When you drive, though, you’re going to need a place to park your vehicle. So, we’ve tracked down your parking options and the Florida cruise ports. Here is the Cruise Addicts guide to parking at Florida cruise ports. Most of these options allow you to pre-plan and often make a reservation so you know the price of parking and you have a reserved parking space. You can also choose to pay via debit or credit card in advance.
Miami is the busiest cruise port in the world, with dozens of cruises departing and arriving each week. The port, accordingly, offers plenty of secure parking at its on-site parking garages and open parking lots. The parking facility also offers a complimentary shuttle service to your cruise terminal. But these spaces come at a hefty price: $22 a night as of 2019. All PortMiami garages and Lot E accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or any major U.S. Traveler’s Check. However, No debit cards are accepted but, credit cards are welcomed.
You can find better prices at the several parking lot facilities in proximity to the port to help you save money.
Premier Cruise Parking
Premier Cruise Parking is located about a 10-minute drive from Port of Miami and offers i a very nice indoor parking garage and rooftop parking along with a free shuttle for up to four passengers per car. The cost is about $10 a day, and you can reserve a spot online with a deposit and pay the rest in cash when you park. We have used this service several times and would recommend it.
Best Cruise Parking
Best Cruise Parking also offers a free shuttle service for up to four people to the port and can be booked online for your cruise. You can self-park your vehicle at the lot, which is located less than two miles from the port. Prices are in the $9 per day range and fluctuate a bit based on the time of year when you are cruising.
Miami Parking Lots
Miami Parking Lots offers parking facilities at four gated and secure locations within a 12-minute drive to your cruise terminal. Prices start at $8 per day and include a shuttle ride for up to four people (extra riders $5 each).
Other nearby facilities with similar pricing that offer courtesy shuttles include Prestige Easy Park, Jetport Park and Ride Center of Miami, and Safe Cruise Parking.
The ‘Cruise Capital’ of the World
Port Miami is known as the ‘Cruise Capital’ of the World. The cruise terminal offers cruises from the following cruise lines who home port ships in Port Miami.
- Celebrity Cruises
- Oceania Cruises
- Regent Seven Seas Cruises
- Royal Caribbean
- Norwegian Cruise Line
- Disney Cruise Line and
- MSC Cruises
- Virgin Voyages
With so many cruise lines homeporting here you cruisers have a great selection of different cruise lines and cruise ships to choose from. Many of their cruise lines homeport their newest cruise ships in Port Miami.
This port is located about 10 minutes or 8 miles away Miami International Airport (MIA). You can easily find Taxi’s, Rideshares or a shuttle bus as needed. The convivence of the close proximity between the airport and cruise port can be very.
Port Everglades Parking
This cruise port in Fort Lauderdale is almost as busy as the one in Miami, and it also has convenient and secure parking garage facilities right at the port. Passengers can use the Northport Parking Garage, Midport Parking Garage or Midport Surface lot. All three spots cost $15 a day and offer shuttle service for up to four people (additional riders pay $8 each).
Lower-cost options exist with parking companies fairly close to the port.
Gold Coast Cruise and Fly Parking features valet and shuttle service at its lot, which is located 10 minutes from Port Everglades. The cost is about $11 a day, and you can book online.
The Rodeway Inn and Suites hotel offers parking and shuttle service less than two miles from the port with no overnight stay required. Rates are about $10 a day depending on cruise season.
Quick Park, Park 24/7, Park Safe Cruise, and Park By the Ports all offer cruise parking and shuttle service for $10 a day or less and within a 15-minute drive to your ship.
We also recommend this article Complete Guide to Fort Lauderdale Everglades Local Hotels and Cruise Port Parking.
Port Canaveral Parking
This cruise facility serves the Orlando and Cocoa Beach areas in Florida. And like the other ports in Florida, Port Canaveral ranks as one of the busiest in the world. Accordingly, parking at port in the designated areas comes with higher prices. Port Canaveral parking costs $17 a day, and you walk a short distance to your ship.
Off-site parking companies offer lower prices and shuttle services. We’ve found a few good options to consider to help you save money.
Go Port Canaveral
Go Port Canaveral offers a great deal, especially for longer sailings. The company has parking rates of $9.95 per person for its shuttle service, but the parking space is free. Reserve early as the 150-vehicle lot (6 miles from the port) sells out quickly.
Park Port Canaveral
Park Port Canaveral is $11 a day with a prepaid reservation. The fenced and secured facility is three miles from the port and features a free shuttle service.
Another option is checking nearby hotels that may offer Park-and-Cruise packages. These packages often include a nights stay, breakfast, shuttle service to and from the cruise terminal and parking during your cruise. These packages normally are a great overall value.
Cruise Lines Served
The Port Canaveral cruise terminal offers cruises from Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line and MSC Cruises.
Airport & Walt Disney World Located Nearby
This port is located about 1 hour or 60 miles away from both Walt Disney World and the Orlando International Airport (MCO). Both have many shuttle buses and rideshare opportunities if you are visiting the port from these locations.
Other nearby Port Canaveral cruise parking facilities with similar prices ($8 to $11 a day) and amenities: Canaveral Cruise Parking, 528 Port Parking, Park N Cruise, Cruise Time Parking and Shuttle, and Lots of Honor.
Port Tampa Bay Parking
The port facility offers ample, secure and hassle-free parking on-site. The cruise facility parking structure is part of Channelside Bay Plaza right across the street from the piers. The plaza features shopping dining and entertainment options. The price is $15 a day for parking at the port (promotional rates offered), and port passes can be purchased online.
Parktologists offers discount cruise parking and shuttle service. The secure lots are located a half mile from the piers, and prices range about $10 a day after taxes and fees. This option and others can help you save money.
Park 4 Cruise
You can buy parking passes online for the Park 4 Cruise lots. Prices range between $6 and $9 a day for the two lots, each located less than a half-mile away from your ship. Shuttle service is included in the rate.
More Parking Options
Other parking options for the Port of Tampa Bay include 717 Parking Enterprises and 241 Car Services.
Nearby hotels may offer Park-and-Cruise packages, where you can stay overnight before your cruise and then a shuttle takes you to the cruise port on the morning of your cruise. These can be a great value for those wanting to extend their vacation.
The Port Tampa Bay cruise terminal offers cruises from Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line and Carnival. With this many cruise lines you will have a great selection of cruise ships to take a cruise on. This port is located only about 10 minutes or 10 miles away from Tampa International Airport (TPA).
Making reservations online often allows you the choice of payment type to use a credit or debit card online. However, When booking things at the garage you may be limited.
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