Port Canaveral - The Passenger Terminals - Orlando / Florida Guide
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Port Canaveral boasts six passenger terminals, including one designed specifically for the Disney ships, which embark and disembark passengers from several cruise liners. As the port expands it is beginning to attract many more cruise ships. Whilst not offering the wide range of ships and cruises that Miami or Fort Lauderdale has, it is developing rapidly, mainly because it is so close to the Orlando area, and people can combine a two week visit to Disney and the theme parks with a 3, 4 or 7 night cruise.
The first terminals dedicated exclusively to the cruise industry were Terminals 2, 3 and 4. In total these terminals have nearly 2, 200 feet of continuous dock and can accommodate two large or three medium length cruise ships. Each terminal is capable of dealing with 1, 800 passengers.
Terminal 5 is used by Carnival Sensation, and it can deal with upwards of 3, 000 passengers at one time. It is an elegant triangular building which spans two storeys, and inside it has a 30ft high atrium which is filled with wonderfully lush tropical plants. There are three beautiful waterfalls which continually cascade, making the area feel relaxing and welcoming. There are even real trees, to complete the landscaping. Passengers commence embarkation from a second floor lounge, having been transported up an escalator which leads to the glass-enclosed passenger area. There are wonderful views across the water from every direction, making this a tranquil and comfortable place to begin a cruise. Passengers board via air conditioned boarding ramps and hydraulic gangways.
Cruise Terminal 8 is used purely by the Disney ships, Disney Magic and Disney Wonder. It is a stunning building with a glass and sparkling white facade. The terminal was built for the exclusive use of the Disney ships, so it was custom built and designed to their specifications. Costing $27 million, it boasts a stunning 90 ft glass tower. Guests are transported upstairs, via two escalators, to a stunning lounge area. The floor itself is an amazing 13, 000 sq ft terrazzo map of Florida’s east coast and the Bahamas. On the walls are original murals which depict the Disney Cruise Line experience. This comfortable waiting area includes a play area and cafe.
Cruise Terminal 10 is used by Carnival Glory and Monarch of the Seas, and again, it is a stunning building with huge areas of glass. It was designed for ships up to 130, 000 tons, and there is a three storey passenger loading system. With an elevator, four escalators and a hydraulic gangway system, this ultra modern terminal was built to hold Port Canaveral’s first automated baggage conveyor system. There is a huge 60, 000 sq ft parking garage with six levels, as well as an open air parking area. The car park is unusual in that it has huge murals displayed in front of the structure, making it the largest outdoor art display in this region.
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