The Port Canaveral cruise facility rank as the world’s second-busiest port for leisure cruise embarkations. For 2019, Port Canaveral saw more than 4.6 million passengers embarking on their cruise vacations, trailing only Port Miami’s 6.8 million.
Port Canaveral Parking
The facility is adding more terminals and cruise ships, and Cape Canaveral and the surrounding region have been developing new attractions in a bid to become a more well-rounded destination in its own right. Port Canaveral attractions include restaurants that offer live music and outdoor seating, Jetty Park (with almost five acres of sandy beaches and fishing spots) and the Exploration Tower, which is a seven-story landmark for the area that serves as a fun and interactive that pays tribute to the heritage of the Space Coast.
Port Canaveral is located about 45 minutes from Orlando. Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, Norwegian Cruise Line and Disney Cruise Line are the major lines sailing regularly from the port terminals.
For cruisers who will be driving to the port in their own vehicles, we offer you the complete guide to parking at Port Canaveral.
Parking at the Port
Port Canaveral features official parking facilities directly adjacent to each of the passenger cruise terminals. These lots are quite pricy, at $17 a day (for cars, trucks and RVs). They also offer accessible parking spaces. Reservations are not required, and spaces are located close to the terminal, so there is no shuttle service.
You simply park and walk your bags to the terminal, or drop off your luggage and cruise companions at the terminal entrance before you go park.
Off-Site Lots and Shuttle Service
Cruisers also can find plenty of options for parking through private companies that offer convenient off-site parking facilities, as well as shuttle service to and from your terminal.
Park Port Canaveral has the closest lot to the cruise terminals. Its air-conditioned shuttles can pick you at your car and drop you and your luggage off after a five-minute drive (1.5 miles away). Park Port Canaveral takes online reservations and charges about $10 a day for parking. Parking is in an outdoor lot with 24-hour security.
Park N Cruise offers parking services for Port Canaveral for $10.95 a day when you book online to reserve your spot. This cruise parking facility (located two miles from the port) runs complimentary shuttles to the cruise terminals every hour on the hour beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 1 p.m. on embarkation day. This is a gated parking lot with 24-hour video surveillance. Park N Cruise offers a 10 percent discount for military members and veterans, as well as 5 percent discounts for AARP, AAA and other members.
GoPort, which features a list of hotel options that include parking (see section at bottom of this article), also offers its own cruise parking package that includes the parking when you pay for shuttle service to and from the terminal. For $55 and $5 for each additional rider (up to six total travelers), you can one of the best deals out there for parking, especially if your cruise lasts a week or longer.
The parking facility is paved, lighted and gated. You get to keep your keys, and the air-conditioned shuttle ride takes about five minutes to get you to your ship.
CruiseTime Parking and Shuttle is located about 10 miles from Port Canaveral, and the company offers parking spaces for $8 a day. There is shuttle service from the 24-hour secured lot to and from your ship, dropping you off and picking you up right at the boarding area. Up to four passengers per vehicle can join the shuttle for no added fee. Additional travelers beyond four people pay $5 each.
Lots of Honor is a parking facility that gives discounts and special consideration to military members, veterans, first responders and their families. Lots of Honor is located about six miles from the cruise terminals, and drivers pay $10.95 a day to park vehicles. The special rate for veterans and first responders is $7.95.
The shuttles are air conditioned, and the facility offers secure, fenced-in and well-lit spaces with 24t-hour monitoring.
528 Port Cruise Parking in Cocoa is about a 15-minute ride to Port Canaveral. The facility offers easy access, right off the I-95 expressway. This parking option also features a free shuttle service for up to four people. Additional riders in your party pay $6 each roundtrip.
This is among your most affordable parking options, with rates at $6.95 per day for your vehicle.
Hotel Parking Options
Dozens of regional hotels offer a “Snooze, Park and Cruise” package for Port Canaveral.
The program works like this: For example, you might book a one-night stay at Holiday Inn Orlando Airport (about 45 minutes from the port) or Best Western Space Shuttle Inn in Titusville (about 27 minutes from the port). With your park and cruise package, you get your hotel stay for one night, a parking place for one vehicle and transportation to and from the cruise port.
A complete list of the Port Canaveral area hotels offering cruise parking hotel packages is available at GoPort.com.
Hotel cruise parking can be a fantastic deal if you are planning to come in to the region a day early to take advantage of all the attractions and activities available in Orlando and the surrounding area. The packages start around $130 and average about $160. Not bad for a place to rest and refresh after your drive to town, as well as getting transfers to and from the port.