Port Canaveral (Orlando, Florida)

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Port Canaveral cruise port

Region
Bahamas - Caribbean - Bermuda

Local Time
19:25 22 Oct 2018

Address
Port Canaveral, 1492 Charles M. Rowland Dr. Port Canaveral, FL 32920

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Port Canaveral (cruise port to Orlando Florida) is the world's second bussiest (after Miami Florida). The homeport is a major touraround port destination (serving roundtrip itineraries) with annual shipping traffic over 4.5 million cruise ship tourists. Port Canaveral is considered a leading USA homeport by all the world’s largest cruise companies - Carnival, Royal Caribbean, NCL Norwegian and Disney,

Port Canaveral (Florida) cruise port to Orlando

Canaveral Port

Cape Canaveral is located on Florida's Atlantic coastline and between Miami and Jacksonville. Orlando City is bounded by Port Canaveral (to the north), Banana River (east), Cocoa Beach (south) and the Atlantic Ocean (to the west).

  • As deep-water cargo port, Port Canaveral has a very high volume of traffic. From a total of 6 million cargo tons moved through the port annually, over 2,7 million tons (3 million short tons) are bulk cargoes. Common cargo includes petroleum, aggregate and cement. The port features hoppers and conveyors for loading produce directly into trucks, as well as bulk cargo containers' facilities. The channel is about 13 m (44 ft) deep.
  • There is 70,000 m2 (750,000 ft2) of covered freight storage capacity. In 2004 Port Canaveral handled 3,600,000 t (4,000,000 short tons) of cargo. It exports fresh citrus and bulk frozen citrus juice is stored in one of the biggest freezer warehouses found in the state. The port also receives salt for water softening, lumber, automobiles, steel sheet and plate. Port Canaveral transships items for sea, air, space and land. Its Foreign Trade Zone is one of the nation's largest general purpose FTZs, more than 13 km2 (5 ml2). Each year the port boosts economy by 1/2 billion dollars.
  • Cruise traffic appeared at Port Canaveral in 1964, with SS Yarmouth Castle, bought recently from Chadade Steamship Company by Yarmouth Cruise Lines. The vessel was American owned, with Panama registration. The ship burnt at sea between Nassau and Miami in 1965, and until the 1980s cruise traffic was limited.
  • A lock was dedicated in 1965, as part of Canaveral Barge Canal. The Port Canaveral Lock is still in use, maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The focus throughout the 1960s-1970s remained shipping and commercial fishing, with three 120 m (400 ft) cargo piers constructed on port's north side in 1976, and succession of warehouses created in the port area.
  • The port has played an important role in support of NASA projects from nearby John F.Kennedy Space Center and during Apollo program, Saturn V rocket's segments transited via the port and lock. The external tanks of the Space Shuttle were floated for each mission into Port Canaveral, and the rocket boosters were towed back via Port Canaveral after being fished from the Atlantic following each launch. In 1965 NASA contributed US$250,000 for lock's improvements.
  • Following the President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration, in the end of January 2017 Port Canaveral officials reported cruise passengers being detained by US Customs and Border Protection. All detainees had to provide background info about them, their families and also their past life in their native countries. Trump's executive order was signed on January 27, and includes a 90-day ban on travel to USA by citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen.
  • Port's statistics showed that just in March 2017, the number of visitng Port Canaveral cruise ship tourists was 469,847. This was the port's 1-month record and a 19% increase over March 2016.
  • In August 2015, Port Canaveral commissioners approved an USD 81 million port development project for upgardes of terminals 5 and 10, aimed at handling larger-sized vessels (details in the "terminal" section below). The project's financing was secured through bank loans and bonds.
  • In FY17 (fiscal year 2017 / Oct 1, 2016 - Sept 30, 2017), the cruise port handled a total of 4,520229 million passengers (6,4% increase over FY16). The number of multi-day passengers (4,234545 million) was a 7,1% increase over 2016.
  • In early November 2017, Royal Caribbean announced the company's decision to homeport here in 2019 the world’s largest passenger vessel - Harmony of the Seas (max capacity 6687 passengers and 2100 crew). Starting May 2019, the Harmony ship offers 7-night Eastern and Western Caribbean roundtrip itineraries. Harmony will replace Oasis of the Seas (re-deployed in 2019 to Miami). Also in 2019, Mariner of the Seas will be homeported here for 3- and 4-night short cruises to Bahamas. The Mariner ship has max capacity 4200 passengers and 1180 crew. The ship first arrived in Port Canaveral in 2003 (inaugural cruise on November 14).
  • In December 2017, Carnival Cruise Lines announced the deployment here of Carnival Elation in 2019. Starting on May 12, 2019, the ship will operate an year-round schedule of 4- and 5-day “long weekend” Bahamas cruises. Departures are on Thursdays (4-day itinerary to Freeport and Nassau) and on Mondays and Saturdays (5-day itinerary to Amber Cove Dominican Republic and Grand Turk Island).
  • In January 2018, was approved the construction of a new multi-purpose cargo ship berth ("North Cargo Berth 8" / abbrev NCB8). By the project was also built a seawall (900 ft / 274 m) and pier extension (100 ft / 31 m) with capacity to handle vessels with LOA length up to 850 ft / 259 m. At the new berth can be handled various heavy project cargoes (including aerospace). Berth's depth is 35 ft (11 m). The USD 17,9 million berth construction contract was awarded to the Tampa-based company Orion Marine Group. The contract includes building the bulkhead, seawall, relieving platform and dredging. Construction works started in March 2018, with scheduled completion by mid-2019.

In the following YouTube video, Carnival ValorCarnival Sunshine and Disney Magic are docked at the port's north cruise terminals. while RCI's Freedom of the Seas is berthed at Terminal 1.

In December 2017, Port Canaveral completed the 6-month long West Turning Basin deepening project, now allowing max draft of 45 ft (13,7 m). Port's containership terminal (North Cargo berths 5 and 6) is operated by GT USA.

  • During the dredging works were removed over 22,3 million ft3 (632,000 m3) of seabed material.
  • For the dredging was contracted the company Dutra Group (based in San Rafael, California). The project's total cost was USD 7,5 million, with approx 2/3 of the cost covered by FDOT (Florida Department of Transportation).
  • Port's entry channel is clear from obstructions like bridges and overhead power lines, as well as from air draft restrictions. West Turning Basin has quay length of approx 600 m (2000 ft) at draft 43 ft - one of East Coast USA's deepest cargo berths without vessel air draft limits.
  • In 2018, two port development projects received funding for maintenance works in the seaport. The contractor is USACE (US Army Corps of Engineers). For the projects were allocated USD 14,76 million (Canaveral Harbor Sand Bypass and jetty upgrades) and USD 1,47 million (Harbor and Locks).

Port Canaveral cruise terminal

Besides being a large cruise port, Port Canaveral is also among USA's (and the world's) largest naval and cargo sea ports. On average, each day 10 cruise vessels enter the port. The following cruise port map shows Port Canaveral port's infrastructure, the location of terminal facilities, connecting roads and transportation links to Orlando City.

Port Canaveral cruise port map (printable)

Port Canaveral is the nearest Disney World city, situated about one hour east of Orlando by car. The Orlando International Airport is 45 miles away. The distance to Tampa is two hours and to Jacksonville – two hours and a half.

There are seven cruise terminals. In a regular use are 4 – numbers 5, 6, 8 and 10. They are newer, located on the north side and larger cruise ships dock there. The south side terminals are older. Gambling ships use terminal 2. Terminal 3 and terminal 4 are used rarely.

The cruise terminal parking rate is USD 15 per day (Port Authority subject to change). There is a parking lot beside each cruise terminal. Port Canaveral offers complimentary cruise parking for disabled Veterans. Approved are waiving cruise parking fees for vehicles with DV (Disabled Veteran) license plates issued under Florida Statutes "s.320.084", "s.320.0842" or "s.320.0845".

North (A Side) Cruise terminals (5, 6, 8, 10)

They are located on the A dock at the north side. Along is the Charles M Rowland Drive.

Port Canaveral cruise ship terminals 5, 6, 10

All are up to date and can handle the biggest cruise ship. Especially for Disney Cruise Line ships was built Cruise Terminal 8.

Port Canaveral Disney cruise terminal 8

  • In 2016, about USD 2,3 million were spent at Terminal 8's renovations. This cruise facility  is used exclusively by Disney ships.
  • Cruise Terminal 10 was reopened on November 19, 2016, following an USD 35 million expansion and upgrade project which took 6 months to complete. Terminal 10 (1994-built) is used by NCL (Norwegian Cruise Line).
  • Renovation works included increasing the size of the two-story terminal building (from 97,050 to 125,825 ft2 / 9016 to 11690 m2).
  • The lower floor's baggage processing area was increased from 42,800 to 64,400 ft2 (3976 to 5983 m2).
  • The upper floor's passengers check-in area was increased from 54,250 to 61,430 ft2 (5040 to 5707 m2).
  • The development project allowed the terminal to handle larger cruise ships (carrying up to 5,500 passengers). Previously, its max capacity was 3,600 passengers. 

Among the major projects of the Cruise Terminal 10 renovations were:

  • USD 25,69 million for terminal renovations, with H.J. High of Orlando as contractor. The downstairs area where baggage processing occurs increased from the previous 42,799 ft2 to 64,396 ft2. The upstairs area where passengers check in increased from the previous 54,249 ft2 to 61,428 ft2.
  • USD 4,48 million were invested into new mobile Passenger Boarding Bridges (by the Spanish manufacturer ADELTE). The new mobile bridge systems replaced the old fixed gangways and provide better flexibility when used by differently-sized cruise vessels that have different heights and boarding door locations.
  • USD 1,79 million were used for the existing cruise pier strengthening. The contractor (Vortex Marine of Oakland, California) used carbon fiber polymer technology to reinforce and extend the pier's life and structural capacity.

In 2016 was completed another (USD 48,38 million) renovation project at Cruise Terminal 5 - used mostly by Carnival Cruise Line. Among the improvements were terminal expansion, pier elongation (by 120 ft / 37 m), new mobile boarding bridges, new parking garage (capacity 1044 cars). The 1991-built cruise terminal 5 now allows berthing of larger ships (with up to 3500 passengers / previously up to 2500). For the project were contracted a total of 87 companies.

South (B Side) Cruise Terminals (2, 4)

They are located on the B dock at the southwest side. Along is the George King Boulevard. They were among port's first cruise facilities and can handle not more than 1900 passengers.

(new) Cruise Terminal 1

On November 5, 2016, in Port Canaveral arrived its ever largest passenger ship - Oasis of the Seas. The mega-liner docked at the new "Cruise 1 Terminal" (inaugurated in December 2014).

  • The facility's main tenant is RCI Royal Caribbean and was designed specifically to handle Oasis-class vessels.
  • The new terminal is sized 188,000 ft2 (17,470 m2) and has a dedicated parking garage with capacity 1007 vehicles.
  • The port development project cost USD 104,6 million.
  • The Oasis ship was homeported here replacing the smaller Freedom of the Seas.

(new) Carnival Cruise Terminal CT3

  • In late April 2017 at Port Canaveral started construction works of a new cruise terminal. The facility is on the site of "Cruise Terminal 3" (port's southern / B side) and west of Jetty Park.
  • On June 7, 2017, engineering and design works for the new terminal were officially approved. Canaveral Port Authority Commissioners approved USD 1.2 million funding for CH2M Engineering’s project management contract. This was the first phase of the 2-year work plan to construct a modern facility with capacity to serve vessels up to 8,000 passengers. At the new passenger terminal can berth even the world's largest cruise vessels of RCI's Oasis-class.
  • CH2M Engineering provided engineering, support services and waterside design for the new Terminal 3.
  • Project's budget (estimated cost) is USD 150 million. Ranked USA's largest single building project, it included demolition of port's oldest terminal, construction of a brand new building, upgrading the existing berth and building a new (adjacent to the terminal) parking garage, roadway and utility improvements. This 20-months long, multi-phased project included 5 separate contracts. Demolition works of the existing Terminal 3 building started in April 2018, at the cost of USD 210,000.
  • Following the building demolition, project's next phases included berth demolition, dredging, dockside construction, building passenger boarding bridges and terminal building, site works, building a covered parking garage (capacity 1800 vehicles).

On August 30, 2018, Canaveral Port Authority (CPA) Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a long-term terminal operation agreement with Carnival Cruise Line, allowing the company to homeport here its newest and biggest liner.

  • Beginning September 1, 2018, the new agreement replaced the old (6-year) one expiring in 2019. The new 25-year primary term has 4 additional 5-year renewal options.
  • The minimum annual revenue from passenger fees (guaranteed by Carnival) was increased from USD 7 million (fixed, per year) to USD 14,5 million (with annual escalators).
  • The new Carnival Cruise Terminal (CT3) is a 2-story building sized 185,000 ft2 (17,190 m2). The new terminal has passenger capacity up to 6500 at a time. Among its amenities are electronic systems to facilitate passenger screening, mobile check-in (for expedite boarding), ATMs, restrooms, waiting and baggage halls, retail shopping area, info kiosks.
  • Projects scheduled completion is late-2019 or early-2020.
  • At the new CT3 terminal will be homeported year-round Carnival's largest vessel (still unnamed) with GT 180,000 tons, LNG-powered, capacity 5286 berths (max passengers 6500).

Port Canaveral tours, shore excursions, hotels

City Tours and Shore Excursions

  • Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center: NASA’s base where Apollo missions have been launched. Watch a movie at the center of IMAX, learn the space exploration future at the Exploration Space show, go to the Apollo Center and the LC39 Gantry or try the Shuttle Launch Experience.
  • US Astronaut Hall of Fame: 5 miles away from the Kennedy Space Center. Honor the American astronauts, watch the Science On A Sphere show, try the Sigma 7 Mercury rocket or a real training for astronauts.
  • Jetty Park: park at the coastline with a beach, camping and a playground, picnic areas and pavilions. Enjoy the amazing marine traffic view from the pier, favorite place for fishermen and tourists. You can have a coffee, eat or buy something at the Cove Waterfront area, located between the park and the port.
  • Cocoa Beach Pier: dating since 1962, Space coast best-known landmark located 4 miles away ftom Port Canaveral. It offers bars, souvenir shops, restaurants, live music and lively beach.
  • Orlando Amusement Parks: enjoy the attractions Walt Disney World , Disney/MGM Studios, Universal Studios, Sea World of Florida and much more.

Port Port Canaveral cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Port Canaveral, Orlando, Florida. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

DayShipArrivalDeparture
6 October, 2018
Saturday
Disney Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineDisney Fantasy15:00
6 October, 2018
Saturday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Breeze16:00
7 October, 2018
Sunday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Liberty16:00
7 October, 2018
Sunday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineOasis Of The Seas16:00
8 October, 2018
Monday
AIDA Cruises Cruises cruise lineAIDAluna08:0014:00
8 October, 2018
Monday
Disney Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineDisney Dream15:00
8 October, 2018
Monday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineEnchantment Of The Seas16:00
11 October, 2018
Thursday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Liberty08:0016:00
12 October, 2018
Friday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineEnchantment Of The Seas07:0016:00
12 October, 2018
Friday
Disney Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineDisney Dream07:0015:00
13 October, 2018
Saturday
Disney Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineDisney Fantasy07:0015:00
13 October, 2018
Saturday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Breeze08:0016:00
14 October, 2018
Sunday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineOasis Of The Seas06:0016:00
14 October, 2018
Sunday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Liberty08:0016:00
15 October, 2018
Monday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineEnchantment Of The Seas07:0016:00
15 October, 2018
Monday
Disney Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineDisney Dream07:0015:00
15 October, 2018
Monday
TUI Cruises Cruises cruise lineMein Schiff 608:0018:00
16 October, 2018
Tuesday
Holland America Cruises cruise linems Veendam08:0017:00
18 October, 2018
Thursday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Liberty08:0016:00
19 October, 2018
Friday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineEnchantment Of The Seas07:0016:00
19 October, 2018
Friday
Disney Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineDisney Dream07:0015:00
20 October, 2018
Saturday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineAdventure Of The Seas07:0019:00
20 October, 2018
Saturday
Disney Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineDisney Fantasy07:0015:00
20 October, 2018
Saturday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Breeze08:0016:00
21 October, 2018
Sunday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineOasis Of The Seas06:0016:00
21 October, 2018
Sunday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Liberty08:0016:00
21 October, 2018
Sunday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Sunshine16:00
22 October, 2018
Monday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineEnchantment Of The Seas07:0016:00
22 October, 2018
Monday
Disney Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineDisney Dream07:0015:00
22 October, 2018
Monday
AIDA Cruises Cruises cruise lineAIDAluna08:0014:00
23 October, 2018
Tuesday
Holland America Cruises cruise linems Zuiderdam08:0019:00
23 October, 2018
Tuesday
Norwegian Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineNorwegian Escape13:0021:00
25 October, 2018
Thursday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Liberty08:0016:00
26 October, 2018
Friday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineEnchantment Of The Seas07:0016:00
26 October, 2018
Friday
Disney Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineDisney Dream07:0015:00
27 October, 2018
Saturday
Disney Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineDisney Fantasy07:0015:00
27 October, 2018
Saturday
TUI Cruises Cruises cruise lineMein Schiff 608:0018:00
27 October, 2018
Saturday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Breeze08:0016:00
28 October, 2018
Sunday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineOasis Of The Seas06:0016:00
28 October, 2018
Sunday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Sunshine08:0016:00
28 October, 2018
Sunday
Carnival Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineCarnival Liberty08:0016:00
29 October, 2018
Monday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineEnchantment Of The Seas07:0016:00
29 October, 2018
Monday
Disney Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineDisney Dream07:0015:00
29 October, 2018
Monday
Crystal Cruises Cruises cruise lineCrystal Symphony08:0018:00
29 October, 2018
Monday
Royal Caribbean Cruises cruise lineAnthem of the Seas12:0021:00
29 October, 2018
Monday
Norwegian Cruise Line Cruises cruise lineNorwegian Gem13:0021:00

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