to Port Canaveral
One of the qualities which makes Port
Canaveral such an attractive cruise destination is the vast array of
transportation options available. It sits just east of Interstate 95, the
main north-south highway on the east coast, it's less than an hour from the
Orlando International Airport, via car, motorcoach or van, and there's
another different and exciting option, the Car-Train from Virginia which
ends in Sanford, Florida, about 45 minutes from Port Canaveral.
This is a sign that all motorists heading for
Port Canaveral on I-95 really look forward to seeing. As you can see, it's
Exit 205. That means 205 miles north of Miami and if you're heading south
you've driven 177 miles from the Florida/Georgia border. A good rule of
thumb, is that from the Florida border, at average highway speed and a
little construction, you'll arrive in Port Canaveral in about three hours.
FL528 East is not a toll road and it's a very straight shot into the cruise
As you cross the second high bridge over the Banana River
you'll catch the first glimpse of your cruise ship.
That's a very exciting moment, but try to
pay attention to the signs that will direct you to your terminal. Most ships
depart from Terminal A or B and the signs to those terminals are electronic
and will announce which ship is departing on the day you arrive.
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The nearest and most accessible airport, and
principal gateway to Port Canaveral is the Orlando International Airport (MCO).
With more than 48 scheduled carriers arriving and departing, you can reach
Orlando from just about any place on earth.
There are several options when it comes to
getting from the airport to the cruise terminal. Most significantly, all
cruise lines provide some kind of airport transfers with your cruise
tickets. Getting on the right motorcoach is as simple as paying attention.
There is generally a representative from the cruise line or ground
transportation company waiting for your arrival, they'll be easily
recognized by uniform or sign they'll be holding. Just follow their
directions. You'll need to collect your luggage and turn it over to the
ground transportation company.
If you need to make your own arrangements,
there are a number of reputable and experienced companies available to get
you to the port on time. Mears has been moving travelers around the Orlando
area for years, they're the primary transportation company for Walt Disney
World, and they're also available for trips to and from Port Canaveral. At
this writing they charge $25 each way for transferring adults or children to
the ships. Mears is located on the lower level near baggage claim.
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The Auto Train
Just bring your car aboard! Amtrak Auto
and your car, van, motorcycle, or SUV nonstop from Lorton, Virginia — just
south of Washington, DC — to the fun and sunshine of Florida. On board you
can spend time together as a family, free from the stress of I-95. Sit back
and relax in your roomy coach seat or private sleeper. Put your feet up.
Read a book. Let the scenery entertain you.
Your ticket includes a delicious hot dinner
and a continental breakfast. While you're at it, see what's going on in the
bi-level Lounge car. It's the social center of the train where you're bound
to meet lots of interesting people. In the evening, enjoy our feature
movies. By the time you arrive, you'll be in full vacation mode, with plenty
of energy to spare!
For more details
visit Amtrak's website:
On a side note, if
you're planning to stop in Barbados during your cruise
you might consider contacting
Dynamic Limousine for transportation and tours
around the island.