Before we talk about Port Canaveral cruise ships, here’s a bit of background about Port Canaveral. Port Canaveral saw 4.1 million cruise passengers in 2003, setting a new record that year. Some 4.5 million revenue cruise passengers climbed aboard Port Canaveral cruise ships in 2006, and today Port Canaveral is the second busiest cruise port in the world — Miami Florida is the first. Port Canaveral is known as a leading Port of Call for ships coming from the northeastern part of the country.
Port Canaveral cruise ships belong to some of the top cruise lines in the world including Carnival Cruise Lines, Disney Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, Princess Cruise Lines, Sterling Casino Lines, and SunCruz Casinos. Port Canaveral cruise ships offer 3-day, 4-day and 7-day cruises to exotic destinations in the Caribbean and the Bahamas. Gaming cruises also leave Port Canaveral twice daily and three regular Port Canaveral cruise ships stop at Port Canaveral for longer stays so passengers can enjoy a variety of Space Coast and Central Florida attractions.
Port Canaveral cruise ships include but are not limited to Carnival’s Glory and Royal Caribbean Internationalâ€™s Mariner of the Seas. These Port Canaveral cruise ships are two of the largest class of super mega-ships in the world today, each capable of accommodating more than 3,600 passengers. Additionally, Port Canaveral is homeport to the two largest gaming ships in the world including Sterling Casinoâ€™s Ambassador II and Sun Cruzâ€™s Sun Cruz VII.
Other Port Canaveral cruise ships include Disneyâ€™s Magic, Disneyâ€™s Wonder, Carnivalâ€™s Sensation, and Royal Caribbeanâ€™s Sovereign. All Port Canaveral cruise ships travel to the Bahamas and the Caribbean year round.
Once you have decided to book a cruise on one of Port Canaveralâ€™s cruise ships, the next step is getting there. Youâ€™re in luck on this one because Port Canaveral is also a popular pick for convenience. Port Canaveral is just east of Interstate 95, which is the main north-south highway on the east coast. It is less than an hour from the Orlando International Airport, via car, motorcoach or van. Cruise passengers can also save themselves the stress of driving by opting for the Car-Train from Virginia, which ends in Sanford, Florida, roughly 45 minutes from Port Canaveral.
For complete driving directions from just about anywhere in North America visit: http://www.mapquest.com.
For more details on the Orlando International Airport visit their website at: http://www.orlandoairports.net
For more details about taking the train visit Amtrak’s website: http://www.amtrak.com/trains/autotrain.html