Port Canaveral holds the well-deserved title of the world’s most popular cruise port. It is the home to Carnival Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Lines, making is the world’s second busiest cruise port. Let’s not mince words: Orlando is ‘the travel destination’ on this side of the hemisphere. While half of the Europe is still shaking off the remnants of a Game of Thrones style winter, the Orlandoans are enjoying a balmy 73 degrees, soaking in the sun, perfecting their tan. No wonder Port Canaveral keeps expanding to cope with ever increasing number of tourists coming in from all over the world to see what all the hoopla is about. It’s only when they step out of their cruise liner that they discover that 3 days are woefully insufficient to experience everything Orlando has to offer.
First of all, let’s talk about your port of call, i.e. Port Canaveral. Let us give you the low-down on Port Canaveral without further ado. Not only is Port Canaveral tporthe surfing capital of the Atlantic, it’s also a launching pad for all the shuttle and rocket launches (Hello NASA fans!) It’s also the largest scallop fishery in the world and a refuge to more endangered species than any other place in the world. By any objective standard, Port Canaveral offers access to more family-friendly attractions and theme parks than probably any other cruise port in the world. Even if you’re traveling alone or as a couple, it’s hard to pass up on the Orlando experience because there’s simply so much to do. Even walking around looking at things is fun!
What a lot of folks don’t know about Port Canaveral is that it’s not plagued by the massive crowds that South Florida is known for. And nature lovers would be pleased to know that it’s Orlando’s top beach where you can see dolphins, loggerhead turtles, manatees, and walk for miles on golden sands. It is, dare we say, simply epic!
Here’s another little nugget of information that ought to make your experience more fun. Port Canaveral is smack dab in the middle of Florida’s Space Coast. If you’ve got a young budding astronaut in the family, prepare for them to shriek with delight when they find out that you can meet actual astronauts. We have the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame couple of miles from the visitors’ center where you can see the largest collection of astronaut memorabilia in the world.
Port Canaveral is something known as a ‘turnaround port’. Tourists sailing from here have itineraries that range from 3 to 7 days but the port’s proximity to Orlando and associated attractions such as Universal Studios, Disney World theme park and Seaworld, to name a few, means families usually choose to have a pre- or post-cruise mini-vacation in Orlando almost as a ritual.
If this is your first time in Orlando with your family, as a couple or as an individual, please feel free to call our toll-free number and our travel concierge will help you with trip planning.