We know that planning your first Port Canaveral cruise can bring on a wide range of emotions such as excitement, stress, worry, or anticipation. That’s why we’ve provided you with some tips to help alleviate some of the pressure of planning your first cruise – and to have you sailing into an experience of a lifetime.

1. Arrive Early

If you plan on arriving the day that you’re supposed to set sail, you might be cutting it a bit too close. You never know what could happen and if there’s a flight delay, cancellation or a traffic jam, you run the risk of missing the boat. We recommend you plan to arrive a day before your cruise and spend the night in one of the many space coast hotels near Port Canaveral on Florida’s Space Coast. Whether you’re flying or driving in, you can ease your mind by giving yourself a brief commute to the port the day of your cruise.

2. Snooze & Cruise

One of the benefits you’ll reap from staying the night at one of the hotels along Florida’s Space Coast is that many of them offer Snooze & Cruise packages. These provide you with either free parking at the hotel with transportation to and from the port or you can receive discounted parking at the port. Get the most “bang for your buck” and let them take care of getting you to and from your ship.

3. Don’t Miss Out on Florida’s Space Coast’s Attractions

Florida’s Space Coast has so much to offer with plenty of space coast activities to enjoy for the whole family. By arriving early or staying a few days after your cruise you can make sure you’re getting the most out of your well-deserved vacation. Add a space adventure to your sea voyage by checking out Kennedy Space Center, explore historic downtown areas, or travel just 45 minutes away to the world-class theme parks in Orlando.

4.  Take Advantage of Airport Transportation

Worried about how you’re going to get from the airport to Port Canaveral? No need to stress. Many of the hotels along Florida’s Space Coast offer Fly, Stay, and Cruise packages to provide a shuttle to and from the airport along with transfers to the port. No need to worry about calling a cab or finding your own transportation, simply book your stay and set up your package and your hotel will get you where you need to be.

5. Relax and Enjoy!

Most importantly remember that your cruise is a vacation. Everyday life is for stress and schedules, but Port Canaveral is for sailing into rest and relaxation. If you follow these tips you can be sure to have a carefree vacation both on the high seas and onshore at Florida’s Space Coast.

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