There is an access fee for vehicles entering the port. If you choose off-site parking, the $5 fee is usually added to your total parking fee. Cruise parking charges are always calculated per day or part day. If you are taking a 7-day cruise from Saturday to Saturday, for example, you will pay for 8 days parking to cover the part days of your arrival and departure.
Given the distance between Orlando and Port Canaveral (about 45 minutes to an hour from the airport), many people decide to stay the night before their cruise in a hotel near the port. If you decide to do this, look for hotels with shuttles. Given the competition for your spending, many hotels offer perks like shuttles to entice you to book with them. In fact, some even offer transportation from the airport. You can view our list of hotels with shuttles here. It’s an easy way to get back and forth from the cruise ship. Extra info regarding Port Canaveral cruise parking.
If you’re not staying at a hotel where you can park for the length of your cruise, you’re probably parking at a deck or lot at the cruise terminal, and with some planning you can save on this too. While you can just drive up to the cruise terminal, take your parking ticket and find a spot, you can save a little money and a lot of stress by pre-paying for parking. Pre-paying often comes with a reserved spot or reserved section, and it’s often cheaper by a few dollars a day than paying for parking when you arrive. A quick search for “parking cruise terminal [Your Cruise City]” will come up with a number of parking lots and decks where you can reserve your spot and pay in advance.
I always recommend that cruise passengers arrive at least a day in advance. The risk of flight delays is always a risk, and arriving early can definitely help mitigate that risk. You’ll have lots of options when choosing where to stay that night. Some guests choose to go to Walt Disney World first, while others prefer to stay near the Orlando International Airport (where they can get transportation to the port in the morning).
We’ve upgraded! Our shuttle fleet now includes eight 14 & 20 passenger buses. Park N Cruise can comfortably transport larger groups of customers to and from Port Canaveral. When combined with such a close location, you can imagine the speed of our complimentary shuttle service!