glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

Named Best Home Port

Today's Florida Today Newspaper reported that my local Port Canaveral was named America's Best Home Port by a major online consumer cruise publication.  It received the recognition because of nearby facilities such as campgrounds, beaches, oceanfront dining and the new Exploration Tower.  It also based it on its effort to increase area attractions for cruise passengers.  "The area is really fun place to visit for a few days.  It's got treasures and jewels to discover" other than the Orlando-area theme parks.  It is "one of the up-and-coming cruise hubs in North America."  I know this as I am only minutes away and visit the port just about every week.  Have you sailed from this port recently?

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BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

I just sailed from there last month -- it was wonderful. Plenty of hotels nearby, no lack of "stay and cruise" deals, plenty to do in the immediate area.

The port facility itself was large, well maintained and well organized.

Bubba54
Contributor Level: Captain

Looks like I need to book a cruise and check it out.Happy

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

Also, there are some reasonably priced restaurants at the port and more restaurants are planned.  A hotel on the property is in the works and I hope more shops.  There are even plans for an aquarium. The Exploration Tower is a fun place to visit with great views of the cruise ships in port.  It cost about $6 & you can sometimes find a discount coupon.  Allow about two to three hours to see everything.  Inside is a good video on the port, great exhibits - some interactive and a small cafe for a quick snack or drink. 

 Many passenger just stay overnight in the area so they can leave their car at a hotel during the entire cruise and pick it up on their return. If staying in the area, visit the beaches and of course, pay a visit to Ron Jon's.  Kids would love the Dinosaur Shop on 520.  By the way, hotels have vans to take you to and from the terminal. It's a good deal for both the hotels and the passengers.  A new hotel is just now going up quite near the port.  Jetty Park is the closest beach to the port.

We now have a car rental company at the port, too.  Recently a Subway fast food place opened.  More big changes are coming to this port.  The port authority is very visionary.   Some residents think that they are too visionary.  They seem recently to want to increase their cargo business.  I would prefer them concentrate more on the cruise industry.  Up to now the port has been a good neighbor. They don't use any tax dollars and are completely self supporting.  

 

 

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

By the way, ocean temperature is still in the low 80s and with the waves from the hurricane that never hit us makes the ocean a attractive to surfers from all over the US. So strap your surf boards to the top of your car and come on down.

 

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Also, there are some reasonably priced restaurants at the port and more restaurants are planned.  A hotel on the property is in the works and I hope more shops.  There are even plans for an aquarium. The Exploration Tower is a fun place to visit with great views of the cruise ships in port.  It cost about $6 & you can sometimes find a discount coupon.  Allow about two to three hours to see everything.  Inside is a good video on the port, great exhibits - some interactive and a small cafe for a quick snack or drink. 

 Many passenger just stay overnight in the area so they can leave their car at a hotel during the entire cruise and pick it up on their return. If staying in the area, visit the beaches and of course, pay a visit to Ron Jon's.  Kids would love the Dinosaur Shop on 520.  By the way, hotels have vans to take you to and from the terminal. It's a good deal for both the hotels and the passengers.  A new hotel is just now going up quite near the port.  Jetty Park is the closest beach to the port.

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noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

We only sailed from the port once and it was hardly convenient at the time. Perhaps we'll check it out again.

 

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

 

All the ships sailing from Port Canaveral go to either the Bahamas or the Caribbean.  Just recently, The Sunshine ran a cruise to Bermuda.  One other time, years ago there was one sailing to Bermuda, a one time event.  Three Disney ships will soon be home ported here as will The Oasis.

 

 

 

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

 

Many of these changes have happened fairly recently.  Still more are planned.  It just takes time.  I hope that the aquarium idea comes to fruition.  We still need more things for passengers to do in the port.  Our port does not use any tax dollars for expansion.  Right now they have a lot on their plate & I hope that they are not over-extending themselves.  We need the port business especially after the Space Shuttle Program ended.

 

 

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