Port Canaveral Cruise Terminals

Port Canaveral Cruise Terminals

Video with aerial views of the Port Canaveral Cruise Terminals:

How Busy are the Port Canaveral Cruise Terminals?

It is a good idea to check for festivals or other events at the Port before hitting the road! Also, the new big ships (Oasis, etc.) have changed the traffic patterns at the Port. When these ships are in, expect traffic delays around the terminals where they dock between 11am and 12:30pm. Give yourself at least 30 minutes extra to arrive and check in for these big boats!

But rest assured, on many days you will find the opposite – smooth driving with minimum wait.

Where will my ship dock at Port Canaveral?

Ship and Terminal Schedule can be seen here. Look towards the bottom of the page.

Grills from the Majesty
Grills Restaurant viewed from the stern of the Majesty (click to enlarge)

Where is my ship now?

The map below shows the locations of cruise ships around Florida and nearby countries!
Click on the “FILTER” icon and deselect all others to ONLY display cruise ships.

Cruise Ships = GREEN ICONS
On occasion the map does not center on Port Canaveral! When that happens simply scroll around until you see Florida then zoom until you find Port Canaveral!

 


Port Canaveral Map and Areas for Visitors

In this section we take a pictorial look at Port Canaveral supported by  Google Maps!

Port Canaveral
Port Canaveral (click to enlarge)

Port Canaveral handled almost 5 million cruise passengers in 2015, making it the 3rd busiest cruise port in the world! A few times a year (when 7 ships are in Port) it moves more than 30,000 passengers in single day!

Plans are underway to expand its capabilities to handle larger ships, 8 million passengers by 2020 and an increase in general tourism.

Today the Port is a fun area to visit even when not cruising. The Cove area with its restaurants and fishing charters are particularly popular but there are much more to see and do!

Lets look at the following areas of the Port:

  • Cruise Terminal A
    • Pier 5
    • Pier 6
    • Pier 8
    • Pier 10
  • Cruise Terminal B
    • Pier 1

Approaching Port Canaveral

As you approach Port Canaveral from the west or the south, the road signs direct you to Cruise Terminals A and B. Cruise Terminals A is North of the harbor basin (left in the picture above) and Cruise Terminal B is to the South (right in the picture above).

The road signs also have electronic information boards to guide you to your ship!

Port Canaveral Ship Signs
Port Canaveral Ship Signs

As you approach the terminals, you will find navigation to be very easy – Piers 10, 8, 6 and 5 are part of the Terminal A complex while piers 1 and 3 are part of Terminal B.

Port Map and Cruise Terminals

Port Canaveral Terminals
Port Canaveral Terminals (click to enlarge)

This aerial photo shows the two cruise terminals and respective piers.

In each photo below you can see the ship, the terminal building and the covered and open-air parking lots. It shows how close to the ship you can park and how far you may have to walk.

NOTE – When you arrive at a cruise terminal there will be several employees to direct you! They make the process very easy. Just ask if you are unsure about where to go or what to do next. 

Parking Rates:

Parking is $17 USD per day, including day of arrival and day of departure.
Rates are subject to change by the Port Authority.

Cruise Duration                 Regular and Oversized Vehicles
3 day cruise (3 nights/4 days)                  $ 68 USD
4 day cruise (4 nights/5 days)                  $ 85 USD
5 day cruise (5 nights/6 days)                  $102 USD
6 day cruise (6 nights/7 days)                  $119 USD
7 day cruise (7 nights/8 days)                  $136 USD
8 day cruise (8 nights/9 days)                  $153 USD
9 day cruise (9 nights/10 days)                $170 USD
13 day cruise (13 nights/14 days)            $238 USD
14 day cruise (14 nights/15 days)            $255 USD

Cruise Terminal A

The north side of the basin is called Terminal A and it is accessible via the Canaveral Lock Lifting Bridge. No walking is allowed across the bridge.

Unfortunately the bridge isolates Terminal A from the rest of the Port making it rather boring when compared to Terminal B! It has no restaurants or bars.

Cruise Terminal A is home to 4 cruise terminals and several ships. It also welcomes visiting cruise ships.

Terminal A-5: Mostly used by Carnival

port-canaveral-terminal-5
Terminal 5 is on the right, with cruise terminal 6 on the left (courtesy Port Canaveral)
Terminal 5 - Taxis and Rental Cars
Terminal 5 – Taxis and Rental Car Shuttles (click to enlarge)
Terminal 5 - Arrival after Customs
Terminal 5 – Arrival after Customs. Note the bridge and ramp above to check-in
Terminal 5 - Pay Station
Terminal 5 – Pay Station (pay after the cruise before driving away)
Terminal 5 - Carnival Airport Bus
Terminal 5 – Carnival Airport Bus
Terminal 5 - Transportation Shuttles
Terminal 5 – Transportation Shuttles

Here are some notes to help you navigate Terminal A-5.

  • The cruise terminal operates on two levels. Security and check-in are on level 2 while customs at the end of your cruise is on level one (ground floor)
  • The parking garage is connected to the cruise terminal via an elevated walk bridge. This bridge is on the second level of the garage (one level above ground). You enter the terminal on the second floor via this bridge or via a ramp from the luggage drop-off area
  • To park, the idea is to drive into the garage on the ground level, then drop your luggage with the porters before circling around and up to park on levels 2 or 3. There are elevators and stairs.
  • When you enter the garage to park (not drop your luggage), you take a parking ticket from the machine. At the end of your cruise you have to visit a pay station BEFORE returning to your car and exit the garage.  Credit cards only.
  • If you arrive via shuttles or bus, you hand your luggage to the porters then walk up the ramp to the second floor to check in. You can also use the garage elevator.
  • After the cruise, there are signs and manned stations to assist you. Porters can help with your luggage and there are stands for taxis, cruise line buses, off-site parking shuttles , car rental shuttles and airport shuttles.
  • Usually,  the signs point LEFT for taxis, Carnival buses and rental car shuttle vans. To the RIGHT are hotel shuttles, off-site parking vans and other transport. BUT – PLEASE ASK someone if you do not see your ride immediately!
  • If you did not prebook airport (Orlando and Melbourne) transportation, you can buy tickets ($36 and $40 respectively) at the Carnival station (they wear red shirts) or talk to vendors who have shuttles waiting nearby. Uber and Lyft are also very popular and highly recommended.

NOTE – while you can arrange last-minute transportation as you exit the cruise terminal, we strongly recommend you plan ahead and book BEFORE you cruise. It makes for a more relaxing cruise.

Terminal 5-Walk Ramp
Terminal 5-Walk Ramp to check in – note the bridge from the parking garage in the back
Terminal5-Parking Directions
Terminal 5-Parking Directions (click to enlarge)

Terminal A-6: Mostly used by Carnival

Port Canaveral Terminal A-6
Port Canaveral Terminal A-6
Terminal 6 View
Terminal 6 View – Parking on left, Terminal to the right
Terminal 6 - Parking Garage
Terminal 6 – Parking Garage. Note you have to drive to the right and turn left to enter
Terminal 6 - Transportation
Terminal 6 – Transportation (click to enlarge)
Terminal 6 Directions
Terminal 6 Directions (click to enlarge)

Here are some notes to help you navigate Terminal A-6.

  • You enter and exit the terminal on ground level. No outside ramps.
  • The parking garage is NOT connected to the cruise terminal. It is a short walk (partially covered) across the road.
  • To park, the idea is to drive up to the terminal entrance then drop your luggage with the porters before circling around and park in the garage. There are elevators and stairs to walk back down to ground level to check in.
  • When you enter the garage to park, you take a parking ticket from the machine. At the end of your cruise you have to visit a pay station BEFORE returning to your car and exit the garage.  Credit cards only.
  • If you arrive via shuttles or bus, you hand your luggage to the porters then walk into the terminal to check in
  • After the cruise, there are signs and manned stations to assist you. Porters can help with your luggage and there are stands for taxis, cruise line buses, off-site parking shuttles, car rental shuttles and airport shuttles.  PLEASE ASK someone if you do not see your ride immediately!
  • If you did not prebook airport (Orlando and Melbourne) transportation, you can buy tickets ($36 and $40 respectively) at the Carnival station (they wear red shirts) or talk to vendors who have shuttles waiting nearby. Uber and Lyft are also very popular and highly recommended.

NOTE – while you can arrange last-minute transportation as you exit the cruise terminal, we strongly recommend you plan ahead and book BEFORE you cruise. It makes for a more relaxing cruise.

Terminal A-8: Disney

Port Canaveral Terminal A-8
Port Canaveral Terminal A-8. Note the parking garage and preferred parking in the middle
Disney Terminal 8 - Views
Disney Terminal 8 – Views. Luggage Drop on the right, then Park on the left
Terminal 8 - Arrival
Terminal 8 – Arrival. Note the bridge from the parking garage on the left

Here are some notes to help you navigate Terminal A-8.

  • It is a multi-level cruise terminal with two entrance areas. You enter on level 1 (ground) and from the parking garage on level 3, and exit the terminal on ground level.
  • The parking garage is connected to the cruise terminal. It is a short covered walk  across the bridge from level 3 of the garage.
  • There is a preferred surface parking lot (more expensive) between the garage and the terminal but, frankly speaking, your car will thank you for parking out of the Florida sun in the garage! You save almost no time by parking in the preferred space.
  • To park, the idea is to drive up to the terminal entrance then drop your luggage with the porters before continuing and park in the garage to the left. There are elevators and stairs to walk back down to ground level to check in but most will use the level 3 bridge.
  • When you enter the garage to park, you pay at the machine (attendants will assist you).  Credit cards only.
  • If you arrive via shuttles or bus, you hand your luggage to the porters then walk into the terminal to check in
  • After the cruise, there are signs and manned stations to assist you. Porters can help with your luggage and there are stands for taxis, cruise line buses, off-site parking shuttles, car rental shuttles and airport shuttles.  PLEASE ASK someone if you do not see your ride immediately!
  • If you did not prebook airport transportation (a must for Disney Buses $35 each way), you can talk to vendors who have shuttles waiting nearby. Uber and Lyft are also very popular and highly recommended.

NOTE – while you can arrange last-minute transportation as you exit the cruise terminal, we strongly recommend you plan ahead and book BEFORE you cruise. It makes for a more relaxing cruise.

Terminal A-10: Mostly used by Norwegian Cruiselines

Port Canaveral Terminal A-10
Port Canaveral Terminal A-10
Terminal 10 - Parking and Flow
Terminal 10 – Parking and Flow

Here are some notes to help you navigate Terminal A-10.

  • You enter and exit the terminal on ground level. No outside ramps.
  • The parking garage is NOT connected to the cruise terminal. It is a rather long walk (partially covered) across the road.
  • To park, the idea is to drive up to the terminal entrance then drop your luggage with the porters before circling around and park in the garage. There are elevators and stairs to walk back down to ground level to check in.
  • When you enter the garage to park, you take a parking ticket from the machine. At the end of your cruise you have to visit a pay station BEFORE returning to your car and exit the garage.  Credit cards only.
  • If you arrive via shuttles or bus, you hand your luggage to the porters then walk into the terminal to check in
  • After the cruise, there are signs and manned stations to assist you. Porters can help with your luggage and there are stands for taxis, cruise line buses, off-site parking shuttles, car rental shuttles and airport shuttles.  PLEASE ASK someone if you do not see your ride immediately!
  • If you did not prebook airport (Orlando) transportation, you can buy tickets ($29) at the Norwegian station or talk to vendors who have shuttles waiting nearby. Uber and Lyft are also very popular and highly recommended.

NOTE – while you can arrange last-minute transportation as you exit the cruise terminal, we strongly recommend you plan ahead and book BEFORE you cruise. It makes for a more relaxing cruise.

 

Cruise Terminal B

Cruise Terminal B is home to 2 cruise terminals and several ships. It also welcomes visiting cruise ships:

Terminal B-1: Royal Caribbean

Port Canaveral Terminal B-1
Port Canaveral Terminal B-1

 

Grills-Terminal Free 3 hour Parking
Grills-Terminal Free 3 hour Parking

Here are some notes to help you navigate Terminal B-1.

  • You enter and exit the terminal on ground level. No outside ramps.
  • The parking garage is NOT connected to the cruise terminal. It is a very short walk (covered) from the garage.
  • To park, the idea is to drive up to the terminal entrance then drop your luggage with the porters before circling around and park in the garage. There are elevators and stairs to walk back down to ground level to check in.
  • When you enter the garage to park, you pay at the machine. Credit cards only.
  • If you arrive via shuttles or bus, you hand your luggage to the porters then walk into the terminal to check in
  • After the cruise, there are signs and manned stations to assist you. Porters can help with your luggage and there are stands for taxis, cruise line buses, off-site parking shuttles, car rental shuttles and airport shuttles.  PLEASE ASK someone if you do not see your ride immediately!
  • If you did not prebook airport (Orlando) transportation, you can buy tickets ($37.50) at the Royal Caribbean station or talk to vendors who have shuttles waiting nearby. Uber and Lyft are also very popular and highly recommended.

NOTE – while you can arrange last-minute transportation as you exit the cruise terminal, we strongly recommend you plan ahead and book BEFORE you cruise. It makes for a more relaxing cruise.

Terminal B-3: Under Construction in 2018

Port Canaveral Terminal B-3
Port Canaveral Terminal B-3

Terminal B-2: Victory Casino Cruises, offering 5-hour cruises twice daily at 11am and 7pm