Hello all ! Cruising 5/9/04 on Mariner of the Seas out of Port Canaveral. Has anyone cruised out of Port Canaveral? This is my first cruise out of this port. Not sure which airport is the best to fly into??? Wife and I have been through the Miami port and Ft. Lauderdale.
Also, are there shuttles at Orlando Intl. to Port Canaveral? If so, what is roundtrip cost?
just got back from sovereinof the seas, out of port canaveral. we had 26 in our party and hired a bus for round trip transportation from orlando airport (mco) to the port. the cost was about $700 including tips,fees, tolls. that is about $27 per person. we also had one couple arrive one way, town car for $85. the cruise lines will arrange round trip shuttles for about $38 per person. taxis are about $80 each way. if it's just you and your wife the ship's offer of $38 round trip is proably your best option. if you go a day early some of the local hotels have a free shuttle to the cruise terminal, but again, that is one way and you will have to secure transportation back to mco when your cruise is just a memory.
The closest airport is Orlando. The trip to Port Canaveral from Orlando is about 1 1/2 hours, approx. 80 miles +/-.
There are several taxi, bus service companies that can provide service, but remember you have to get back to the airport at the end of the trip. You should allow sufficient time from the time you leave the ship to the actual flight time in the event of a delay.
You may think about renting a car and drop it off near the port and doing the same going back.
Try the following on the internet
Orlando Florida to Port Canaveral,
this sight will give you several options of bus, taxi etc, ways of getting back and forth with phone numbers and website.
Just back from this trip and it was 51.2 miles from the airport to the port, It ook us about 1 hour. there are many companies offering shuttle service. The rental car companies charge a drop off charge of at least $50 each way for taking their cars at the airport and not returning the cars to them even though you will rent the cars for the return trip, they consider this two separate rentals and see it as "not returning their cars" to the original location. If you are driving your own car, there is a secure parking lot there, lighted, locked gate and guarded. it cost $10.00 a day, you pay when you arrive, $70.00 for the week. The cruise lines do offer you a shuttle service that really isnt all that out of line in the price.
Melbourne is relly expensive to fly into, though. Much better rate into Orlando. You can just buy a r/t shuttle ticket from Royal Caribbean. Their reps are right there at the Baggage Claim area. You can also get online for Mears Shuttle...they're a huge outfit that does a lot of Disney and Port Canaveral cruises. Seems to me I paid about $34.00 pp r/t on the Carnival shuttle. RCI should be about that.
Have done this trip with RRCI twice. The r/t transfer was $35 pp. the ride was fifty min. The rep met us and showed us to where the bus was parked. Nice trip both times. Orlando airport is like flying out of a small shopping mall. Very nice compared to Chicago airports.
We sailed out of there a year ago and flew into Orlando. We rented a car and dropped it off at our hotel (Hertz) the Raddison. They took us to the port, free. On the way back we took the cruise line's shuttle for $18.
We had a wonderful evening in Coca Beach. Several great restaurants.
It was much a easier airport to access than Ft. Lauderdale. When all the cruise ships arrive, in Ft. Lauderdale, the airport was overwhelmed with VERY long lines. Orlando handles the crowds well. The port was more passenger friendly in my opinion at Port Canavral, too.
Have a great trip.
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