As the gateway to Orlando, Port Canaveral continues to grow in stature and popularity with many cruise lines including Royal Caribbean who use Port Canaveral as a base for Caribbean itineraries. Home to some of the world’s most amazing attractions, with innovative sights to be seen here including the well-loved Disney World to the amazing Universal Studios. With wild water rides, adrenaline pumping rollercoasters, superb dining venues, awe inspiring structures and more Orlando is definitely worth a visit for those looking to have fun.
Orlando is the perfect port of call for family cruising and if you’re with children, the Disney World parks are truly fantastic for all ages. Just short journeys from the port are the three main Disney attractions; MGM Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the infamous original park; The Magic Kingdom. Whichever park you visit you will not be disappointed and with the park hopper tickets available and the brilliant monorail to transport you, it’s even possible to combine all three should you wish. From futuristic fantasy to fairy tale, Disney has created an unforgettable experience in Orlando.
An alternative to the world of Disney is to head for the amazing Universal Studios. Guests here will find two parks to discover; Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Universal Studios Park provides the chance to go behind the scenes in the world of movie making as well as take in some of the world famous rides including the Jaws and E.T. experiences. Just across the way in the opposite direction is the Islands of Adventure Park and this is the more recent Universal creation. A pulse pounding venture into the world of awe inspiring rollercoasters, water rides and even more recently the home of the astonishing Harry Potter World. Stroll through the famous grounds of Hogwarts, battle the Duelling Dragons and sample a Butter Beer for a full flavour insight into the world renowned film dynasty.
Not sure about rollercoaster attractions? Prefer to see some amazing wildlife? Fear not, head for the magical attraction that is Sea World. This incredible park provides the chance to get up close and personal with some of the world’s most breath taking marine life. Sea World is often most famous for the spectacular Shamu Show to witness an unforgettable Killer Whales show or perhaps head for the Dolphin experience of receive a peck on the cheek from a sea lion. This place is truly special and although there are many different creatures to see there is still the chance for an adrenaline rush should you wish; the newly built Manta rollercoaster takes passengers on a journey like never before. Discovery Cove also lies right next door and offers visitors the chance to enjoy swimming with dolphins and a greater insight into the fascinating world of sea life.
Moving further afield and outside of Orlando itself is the chance to head for the Kennedy Space Center for an insight into the world of NASA. The guided tours in the space centre take guests through the ins and outs of past, present and future technologies as well as allowing for an up close look at the Apollo/Saturn 5 Centre.
Further south passengers can opt to take in an air boat adventure and be whisked away across the illustrious Everglades. There is also the chance to visit Daytona Beach as well as the incredible Daytona Race Track famous for some of the most memorable Nascar races over the years and recognised from the blockbuster Tom Cruise movie “Days of Thunder”.
Away from the many entrancing attractions and theme parks, Orlando is also a great place to unwind and relax. International Drive is famous for the many shopping malls and restaurants to pick up a souvenir or enjoy the American dining experience. The ever increasing popularity of Port Canaveral means that more and more cruise operators are heading here. Guests opting for a cruise that either begins or finishes here can choose to extend their stay pre or post cruise with a hotel stay and with so much to see, it is definitely worth taking advantage of this option.
Port Canaveral welcomes ships year round, whenever you visit you are in for a treat at this tremendous destination for the whole family.