Port Canaveral is located along Florida's Space Coast, where you can find NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Because of the port's proximity to the tourist mecca of Orlando (about a 45-minute drive), cruises from Port Canaveral are quite popular year-round. If you are taking a cruise from Port Canaveral, you can conveniently fly into Orlando International Airport. Since this area is home to many theme parks, including Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld, many out-of-state travelers opt to stay a few days in Orlando before and/or after their cruise. Many Bahamas & Florida cruises include Port Canaveral in their itinerary.
By far, the Caribbean and Bahamas are the most often offered cruise destinations when it comes to cruises starting in Port Canaveral, Florida. Among the cruise lines that offer cruises leaving from Port Canaveral are Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Disney Cruise Line, MSC Cruises, and Carnival Cruise Line. Disney Cruise Line offers fantastic packages that combine their cruises with land stays at their famous and fun-filled resorts in nearby Orlando, creating a truly magical vacation!
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Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
These cruise lines enhance what mainstream cruise lines typically offer, by providing their guests with higher quality service and cuisine, along with more spacious public spaces and accommodations.
Depending on the cruise line, the ships in this class range in size from small to very large.
These cruise lines appeal to a more discerning traveler, and are typically more expensive than mainstream cruise lines, but more affordable than the luxury lines.
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Port Canaveral, along with a brief description:
♦ Orlando Theme Parks
Travelers often combine their cruise from Port Canaveral with a land package at one (or more) of Orlando’s many theme parks and resorts, which are about a 45-minute drive from the port. Among the great theme parks you can visit are Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Orlando, and SeaWorld. Orlando is a great place to take your family, or even for adults who wish to relive their younger years. There are some adult-only venues at a couple of these resorts. For instance, CityWalk at Universal Studios is filled with great restaurants, bars and nightclubs that are open to adults (21 and over) only after 9 pm.
♦ Kennedy Space Center
Located on Merritt Island, Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is where NASA launches its space shuttles. This is one of Florida's most popular tourist attractions, as there is a wonderful facility for visitors to tour. This venue is open year-round (except on certain holidays and launch days). Among the many attractions at KSC are an IMAX® theater, the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame® and the Shuttle Launch Experience.
♦ Coca Beach
This classic beach town is located just minutes from Port Canaveral, and is a great place to relax at before and/or after your cruise. Among the many things to do at Cocoa Beach are taking part in water sports (such as deep sea fishing and parasailing), dining, golfing, shopping, enjoying the great nightlife, or simply relaxing under the sun at the beach.
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