If you’ve ever wanted to discover Cuba’s larger-than-life culture, you can now make that a reality by setting sail from Port Canaveral. Starting next summer, Norwegian Cruise Line will be offering both four-night Cuba and three-night Bahamas itineraries on board the Norwegian Sun. Sailings start May 7 with Monday-Friday voyage to Cuba and Friday-Monday Bahama trips with stops that include Nassau and the line’s private island, Great Stirrup Cay.

While other ports in Florida are offering itineraries that include Cuba, there’s nothing quite like sailing out of Port Canaveral. Here’s three reasons why you should sail from Port Canaveral to Cuba:

  1. Snooze ‘N Cruise

By arriving early, you no longer have to worry about missing the boat. You may plan to arrive the day of your cruise, but that doesn’t leave you any margin if there are traffic delays or your transportation has a snag. Not to mention, if your flight gets delayed or they lose your bag, it’s possible you’ll sail without it. Don’t let this happen to you and plan to stay in Port Canaveral before you cruise.

Many hotels in Cocoa Beach and Port Canaveral offer a snooze ‘n cruise package. Basically, arrive prior to your cruise departure and the hotels will transport you to and from the port. Plus, if you have your vehicle with you, most hotels will allow you to park your car for the duration of your cruise that’s included in your snooze ‘n cruise rate. It’s an added perk that checks one more thing off your list.

  1. Location is Everything

Port Canaveral is located 45 minutes east of Orlando and 10 minutes east of Interstate 95. The ride from Orlando International Airport (MCO) is a straight shot east on State Road 528 with very little congestion, if any. And depending on where you’re arriving from, sailing from Port Canaveral eliminates south Florida traffic you’ll encounter if you travel from another port. Not to mention, it’ll cut your drive time by two to three hours…getting you to the beach faster!

  1. No Shortage of Fun!

Kick off your cruise vacation a night or two early by enjoying the many things that make Florida’s Space Coast a great vacation. From walking the shores of Cocoa Beach and waterfront dining at The Cove to shopping the boutiques of Cocoa Village and exploring Brevard Zoo, you’ll be grateful for a few days of rest and relaxation before you sail away.

Kennedy Space Center is only 20 minutes from Port Canaveral. Explore the visitors center and learn about the space program. And if you time it right, you may just see a rocket launch take off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. You can check the upcoming launch schedule here.

For more information on booking your cruise to Cuba from Port Canaveral, please visit Norwegian Cruise Line’s website here. And for more information on visiting Florida’s Space Coast and taking part of the Snooze ‘N Cruise packages offered by our hotels, click here.