Taking a cruise from Port Canaveral? As one of the busiest cruise ports in the world, it’s a popular point to sail to the Bahamas and the Caribbean. That’s why all the major cruise lines sail from Port Canaveral, giving plenty of options for your trip.
The biggest negative about Port Canaveral is its location. Situated about 45 minutes from the Orlando airport you have to find transportation to the port before you can start your trip. The good news is that a number of companies have sprouted up offering shuttle services from the Orlando airport to Port Canaveral. As well, a few hotels in Cocoa Beach (the town next to the port) also offer shuttle services from the airport.
Once you are near the port, there is no shortage of hotels that offer shuttles to the cruise terminal. While many of these shuttles are included with parking packages, you can request a ride anyway. It may cost a nominal amount ($6-10) but is well worth it.
Below, we’ve arranged two groups for cruise passengers. The first are hotels in the area with shuttle service to the Orlando airport. The second are hotels that offer transport to the cruise terminal.
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Port Canaveral Hotels with Airport Shuttles
Comfort Inn & Suites Port Canaveral
Situated in the heart of Cocoa Beach, the Comfort Inn is right near the water and only a 10-minute ride to the cruise terminal. In other words, the location is ideal for anyone wanting to spend some time in the area before their cruise. The hotel offers a Fly, Snooze & Cruise package that runs as low as $195 per night. This includes a standard room, along with round-trip transport from the Orlando airport to and from the hotel. It also includes a shuttle round-trip to the cruise ship.
Courtyard by Marriott Cocoa Beach
This hotel offers a great location between the main road through Cocoa Beach and the beach itself. Guests are only about 10 minutes from the port and a short distance away from restaurants and things to do. Like the Comfort Inn, the Courtyard offers a Fly, Snooze & Cruise package with prices around $225 for a Saturday night stay. The package offers transport from the airport to the hotel and then to the cruise port. After your cruise, you’ll be given a ride back to the airport.
Best Western Cocoa Beach
Within walking distance of the Cocoa Beach Pier (and a Publix grocery store for any last minute needs), the Best Western is just about 4.5 miles (< 10 minutes) from the cruise terminal. The hotel offers a shuttle from the Orlando airport as part of a package, along with a ride to/from the cruise terminal. You have to call the hotel to book the deal: 321-783-7621 Ext. 2490.
Econo Lodge Hotel Port Canaveral Area
Looking for an affordable option? The Econo Lodge offers a package that starts at just $180 and includes transportation to the hotel from the airport. On the day of your cruise you’ll have a shuttle ride to the cruise terminal, as well as transport back to the airport when you debark from your trip. Service to other area airports like Sanford and Melbourne is also available. Note that the Econo Lodge is on Merritt Island — between the mainland and the beach and about 20 minutes from the cruise port. Call 321-735-8831 to book.
Port Canaveral Hotels with Port Shuttles
While only a few hotels offer packages with shuttles from the Orlando airport to Port Canaveral, many more offer parking packages with shuttles to the cruise terminal. If you like, you can arrange your own transportation to the area and then hop on one of these shuttles to and from the cruise port.
Since most people book parking packages, you might have to pay a small fee ($5-10) to take the shuttle without the package. Simply inquire with the hotel when you arrive.
Note: If you don’t plan to park a car during your cruise, don’t book a parking package just for shuttle access. It’s much more expensive.
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson
Rate: $152 per night | Distance to port: 2 miles
Homewood Suites by Hilton Cape Canaveral-Cocoa Beach
Rate: $160 per night | Distance to port: 2 miles
Radisson Resort at the Port
Rate: $175 per night | Distance to port: 2.5 miles
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Cocoa Beach
Rate: $160 per night | Distance to port: 4.5 miles
La Quinta Inn Cocoa Beach
Rate: $115 per night | Distance to port: 7 miles
Four Points by Sheraton
Rate: $139 per night | Distance to port: 5.5 miles
Keep in mind this list isn’t exhaustive. If you find a different hotel that you like, simply ask if they offer shuttle service to Port Canaveral. Odds are they do.