Port Canaveral is
home to some of the finest cruise terminals in the
world. Six cruise terminals are in operation, and two
more are on the drawing board.
on Port Canaveral's south side, these were the first
terminals designed and built specifically to accommodate
cruise ships and their passengers. The following ships
cruise from here:
Sterling Casino Lines' Ambassador II
Terminal 8, located in the West Turning Basin between
cruise terminals 5 and 9/10, is the first terminal built
to a cruise line's specifications.
The $27 million
Disney Cruise Lines terminal has a 90-foot high
glass tower. Two escalators carry guests to the second
floor where they step out onto a massive 13,000
square-foot terrazzo map of Florida's East Coast and the
Some of the terminal's
features include a play area, a cafe, and original
murals depicting the Disney Cruise Line experience in a
Cruise Terminal 8 is the exclusive home of Disney Cruise
Lines' first two ships, the
Disney Magic and the
Disney Wonder. The Disney Magic began
sailing on 3- and 4-day cruises to Nassau and Disney
Cruise Line's private island, Castaway Cay, on July 30,
1998, and the Disney Wonder began offering
similar cruises on August 15, 1999. In August, 2000, the
Disney Magic converted to 7-day cruises sailing
to the Eastern and Western Caribbean.
Completed in 1991, Cruise Terminal 5 became Port
Canaveral's first "mega" cruise terminal, designed to
accommodate 3,000 passengers. The two-story triangular
terminal boasts a 30-foot high atrium filled with lush
tropical vegetation, including full-size living trees
and three cascading waterfalls. The two-story design
controls the flow of passengers, with embarking
passengers traveling up and through the glass-enclosed
second-floor lounge, complete with a view of water in
every direction. Disembarking passengers, luggage and
ship's provisions progress through the downstairs areas.
U.S. Customs maintains a separate, secure facility on
the lower floor for baggage processing.
Carnival Cruise Lines'
Carnival Fantasy utilizes Cruise Terminal 5
on Thursdays and Sundays. Norwegian Dawn
also docks here on Tuesdays.
Completed in 1996, Cruise Terminal 9/10 was Port
Canaveral's second ultra modern terminal built to
accommodate more than 3,500 passengers. Located next to
Cruise Terminal 8, Cruise Terminal 9/10 is one structure
designed to accommodate two medium ships or one ship up
to 130,000 gross registered tons. The three-tiered
passenger loading tower includes an elevator and four
escalators and features a hydraulic gangway system
adjustable to the various heights of almost all of
today's cruise ships.
Royal Caribbean International (RCI) homeports the
Sovereign of the Seas at Port Canaveral,
utilizing CT 9/10 on Fridays and Mondays. RCI's
Mariner of the Seas sails on Sundays from this
Carnival Glory sails from CT 10 Saturdays.
here to download a high
resolution .pdf of a detailed map of Port Canaveral
showing all the above terminals and more.