Cruise Ships from Port Canaveral - Orlando / Florida Guide
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If you have enough time to combine a cruise with a vacation in a beautiful villa in Orlando, then Port Canaveral is an ideal choice of port to embark from, due to its location just an hour away. Although it does not yet have the range of ships to choose from that are available from either Miami or Fort Lauderdale, its very closeness to both Orlando, and the Space coast, makes it a superb choice. At the moment only three cruise lines have ships which use this as their homeport, but some new and innovative ships are set to join the fleets in the near future.
The first cruise line to recognise the advantages of sailing out of Port Canaveral was Carnival. Two ships homeport here – Carnival Glory and Carnival Sensation. Seven day cruises to the Caribbean are undertaken by Carnival Glory, which is one of the largest ships to sail on the seas, whilst Carnival Sensation does 3 and 4 night cruises to the Bahamas. In December 2009, the new and beautiful Carnival Dream joins the fleet when it arrives at the port. With its sleek Dream-class design and a two-storey spa with oceanfront whirlpools, and numerous recreation and dining options it will be a stunning addition to the ships available.
Of course, some of the most famous ships to use this port are the Disney Cruise Line ships, Disney Magic and Disney Wonder. These offer 3, 4 and 7 night cruises to the Bahamas and the Caribbean, as well as including a stop-over at the stunning private island, Castaway Cay. These two ships will be joined in 2011 and 2012 by two next-generation ships, Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.
Royal Caribbean International have two ships using Port Canaveral as their homeport. RCI are famous for their innovative state-of-the-art recreational facilities, including rock climbing walls, ice skating rinks, water parks and surf simulator machines. Monarch of the Seas, which is the smaller ship, offers 3 and 4 night cruises to the Bahamas and RCI’s private island, Coco Cay. Freedom of the Seas made its maiden voyage from Port Canaveral on May 4th, offers 7 night cruises to the Caribbean.
So if you are considering combining a vacation in Orlando with a cruise to the Caribbean or the Bahamas, then choosing a cruise which departs from Port Canaveral is a great idea. The port is smaller than either Miami or Fort Lauderdale, and it is only just an hour away from the hustle and bustle of the Orlando theme parks. With good road links, excellent parking, and car hire facilities it is certainly worth considering, as it is just a quarter of the distance compared to Miami.
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