Best for three-night cruises from Port Canaveral: Royal Caribbean
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Orlando may be best known for Disney World, but Carnival and Royal Caribbean offer veritable theme parks at sea — without the sweaty, claustrophobic atmosphere. Norwegian cruise line delivers a relaxed, classic cruising experience while Disney delivers its trademark magic above the waves.
Here’s our pick of the best cruises from Port Canaveral:
If you've got extra time to spare, consider its 20-day Panama Canal cruise, which visits Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Guatemala among other gorgeous tropical ports. After greeting the stars and stripes in San Diego, you'll officially disembark in Seattle.
When choosing cruises for this list, we looked at the quality of routes available from each cruise line, prioritizing well-paced itineraries with port stops at key destinations around the region.
We also considered dining onboard, weighing the number, variety and overall quality of restaurants against passenger reviews. Finally, we weighed cabin amenities against each price point, looking for cruise lines that are known to deliver the highest value.
Additionally, we sought out customer reviews on travel websites and personal travel blogs, considering first-person experiences and each company’s overall reputation.
Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Norwegian cruise line all compete for the cheapest cruises from Port Canaveral. Budget shoppers should compare prices between the three to find the best deal based on your desired destination. If money is your bottom line, avoid Disney Cruise Line, which tends to be much pricier.
The good news is that cruises depart from Port Canaveral all year round, so matter when your boss green-lights those vacation days, there’ll be a voyage waiting for you.
This means that the best time to cruise from Port Canaveral comes down to price. The cheapest time to sail is usually January or February, with rates spiking through June and July. Avoid the end of November and December, as fare gets pricey for holiday cruisers. Steamy August tends to be cheaper, as do quiet September and October, when kids are back in school. Keep in mind that mid-August through late October are also peak hurricane season — though most cruise lines will let you reschedule in the event that a storm actually encroaches.
Florida is beloved for many reasons — sunshine, miles of gorgeous beaches — but it’s not known for having good public transportation. If you’re coming from Orlando International Airport (MCO), your best bet at a quick and easy arrival is to take an Uber, Lyft, Taxi or shuttle. Here, we’ll compare the costs of all your options:
Uber/Lyft. It’ll cost you about $63 to catch an Uber, and between $77 to $84 to ride with Lyft from MCO to Port Canaveral.
Taxi. While taxis are available at the airport, it’ll likely cost upwards of $100 one way.
Shuttle. Overall, the cheapest way to get from Orlando’s airport to Cape Canaveral is via shuttle, as round trip fare is cheaper than what you’d pay for Taxi, Uber or Lyft one way.
If you’d rather drive yourself, there’s plenty of secure, patrolled parking located directly next to each cruise terminal. No advance reservation is necessary, though you’ll need to know which terminal you’re departing from to figure out which parking structure to choose. Parking costs $17 per day, including days of arrival and departure.
Cape Canaveral is your passage to nonstop amusement at sea. Don’t forget to check for deals and discounts before booking to make sure you get the best price.
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