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Port Canaveral Reopens Cruise Terminal After $35M Upgrade

Last updated on January 5th, 2018 at 03:40 pm

This weekend – six long months and $35 million dollars later – Port Canaveral will finally reopen its new and improved Cruise Terminal 10.

The renovation project included expanding the size of the two-story terminal from 97,048 square feet to 125,824 square feet. By doing this, the terminal is now able to handle much larger ships. While it could previously only handle ships carrying up to 3,600 passengers, it can now handle ships with a carrying capacity of up to 5,500 passengers.

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Here is a breakdown of some of the major renovations included in the overall $35 million project:

  • $25.69 million was spent on the actual terminal updates. One of these updates was expanding the lower area of the ship where baggage processing occurs. This area increased from 42,799 square feet to 64,396 square feet. Another update occurred in the upstairs area where passengers check in. This space increased from 54,249 square feet to 61,428 square feet.
  • $4.48 million was spent on mobile passenger boarding bridges. The new mobile bridge systems will provide increased flexibility compared to the previous systems which were considered to be much more fixed. These new systems will come in handy when being used for ships with various heights and door locations.
  • $1.79 million was spent on strengthening the pier. By updating the pier to carbon fiber reinforced polymer technology, the life and structural capacity of the pier was extended substantially.

These Cruise Terminal 10 renovations were just some of the several upgrades that Port Canaveral saw this year: It also underwent a $48.38 million renovation at Cruise Terminal 5 and its parking garage, passenger boarding bridges, and pier; and a $2.3 million project at Cruise Terminal 8.

While these upgrades require a ton of time, money, and effort, they help to delay the need for Port Canaveral to build an entirely new terminal which would require a lot more time and effort and could cost upwards of $100 million.

This Saturday will be the exciting debut of the renovated Cruise Terminal 10.

On Port Canaveral’s north side, the terminal will be used by Norwegian Cruise Line. Included here will be the Norwegian Epic, which will sail from Port Canaveral for the next two fall and winter seasons, as well as the Norwegian Breakaway, which makes port-of-call stops here.

According to John Murray, Port Canaveral’s Chief Executive Officer, Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas – the third-largest cruise ship in the world – is also scheduled to sail from Port Canaveral with about 6,400 passengers on board.

“We’ve got a big ship with a lot of folks that are interested in sailing here,” Murray told the port commissioners.

Just within the first two weeks of November, Port Canaveral saw 35 cruise ships making inbound and outbound turns within the port.

“That, I think, is a record for the port,” Murray exclaimed. “We’ve had a very, very exciting three to four weeks here in the port.”



Two New Cruise Ships Joining Port Canaveral This Weekend

Last updated on January 5th, 2018 at 03:40 pm

It’s a busy weekend for Port Canaveral, as it welcomes two new cruise ships to its lineup: the Norwegian Epic and the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas.

The addition of these new cruise ships will be celebrated with consecutive community gatherings in Jetty Park on Saturday and Sunday. Both celebrations will be held from 3:00pm to 6:00pm, and free admission to the park will begin at 2:00pm both days. There will be plenty of entertainment and giveaways, and in return, the public is asked to bring at least one non-perishable food item as a donation to the Sharing Center of Central Brevard.

In addition to these celebrations, there will also be an invite-only traditional maritime ceremony aboard each ship.

“I think it’s a very exciting time for Port Canaveral, and shows our commitment to the cruise business,” expressed Port Canaveral Chief Executive Officer, John Murray.”

The Norwegian Epic has a passenger capacity of 4,100, and it will be based at Port Canaveral for the next two fall/winter sailing seasons. This ship is actually replacing the much smaller and older Norwegian Spirit at Port Canaveral. The Spirit was at Port Canaveral in 2015 and only carried 2,018 passengers.

norwegian epic

The Epic will be at Port Canaveral’s newest terminal, Cruise Terminal 1, on Saturday – arriving at 5:15am and departing at 4:30pm – and will then move to the newly renovated Cruise Terminal 10 following this weekend.

Andy Stuart, Norwegian Cruise Line President and Chief Executive Officer, referred to the Norwegian Epic as one of Norwegian Cruise Line’s “largest and most awarded ships.” He stated that the Epic “revolutionized the cruise industry when she debuted in 2010,” and with its recent large-scale renovations, it will offer “a variety of itineraries varying in length and ports of call.”

“We think this will be a recipe for success, and we look forward to having her in Port Canaveral in 2017 and 2018.” said Stuart.

oasis of the seas

The Oasis of the Seas actually made its debut at Port Canaveral last Saturday. This weekend, the ship will be arriving at Port Canaveral on Sunday at 6:00am and will be departing at 4:30pm (Cruise Terminal 1). Royal Caribbean has committed this colossal 6,360-passenger ship to Port Canaveral year-round for at least the next two years.

Both the Norwegian Epic and the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas are two of the world’s 10 largest cruise ships, and Port Canaveral is lucky enough to experience them both for the next few years.


Best Port Canaveral Cruise Port Hotels

Last updated on July 8th, 2021 at 06:46 pm

Port Canaveral cruiseport hotels

Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront

1550 North Atlantic Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL, 32931-3268 | 321-799-0003

Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront

Start your cruise vacation early with a stay at the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront resort. If you’re driving to Port Canaveral, take advantage of their Park & Go package which offers parking and shuttle service to the cruise terminal. 

Relax on the beach or in the oceanfront heated pool before enjoying a drink at the LongBoardsTiki bar. Enjoy a delicious seafood dinner or hot breakfast at Salt Restaurant, and grab a Starbucks coffee at Cool Beans. The modern, comfortable rooms with free WiFi will offer a great night’s rest before you board your ship the next morning. Click here for more information on the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront.

Miles to Port : 5.5

Airport Transfer : No

Port Transfer : Yes, with package

Long-Term Parking : Yes, with package

Breakfast : $

Swimming Pool : Outdoor

Courtyard Cocoa Beach Cape Canaveral

3435 N. Atlantic Ave Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 | 321-784-4800

Courtyard Cocoa Beach Oceanfront

Let the Courtyard Cocoa Beach Cape Canaveral look after all your pre-cruise stay! 

Centrally located to great shopping, restaurants and Cape Canaveral area attractions, this comfortable hotel offers an outdoor eco-friendly mineral pool, onsite cafe which offers a wide range of choices including Starbucks coffee, Tiki Bar with fire pit, fitness center and whirlpool. Cruise parking is available for $15/day. Click here for more information on the Courtyard Cocoa Beach Cape Canaveral.

Miles to Port : 4.5

Airport Transfer : No

Port Transfer : No

Long-Term Parking : Yes 

Breakfast : $

Swimming Pool : Outdoor

DoubleTree by Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront

2080 North Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 | 321-783-9222

DoubleTree Cocoa Beach Oceanfront

Your warm chocolate chip cookie awaits your arrival at the DoubleTree by Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront. It’s location is only 15 minutes from the port, it’s perfect for a pre-cruise stay. 

Relax on the private beach, swim in the heated outdoor pool or enjoy the ocean view from your room as you sit on your balcony. Dine poolside at the 3 Wishes restaurant, offering delicious choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including brick-oven pizza. Other restaurants are located across the street and nearby. Click here for more information on the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cocoa Beach Oceanfront. 

Miles to Port : 5.2

Airport Transfer : No

Port Transfer : No

Long-Term Parking : No

Breakfast : $

Swimming Pool : Outdoor

Radisson Resort at the Port

8701 Astronaut Boulevard, Cape Canaveral, FL, 32920 | 321-784-0000

Radisson Resort at the Port

Located just a couple of miles from the cruise terminals, Radisson Resort at the Port offers great amenities for couples and families cruising out of Port Canaveral. The Park & Cruise packages offers shuttle service for two, to and from the port as well as parking for the duration of your cruise.  The Fly & Cruise Package offers a shuttle from Orlando International Airport (MCO) as well as transportation to the cruise port.

Grab a drink at the Tiki Bar before lounging by the free-form pool and waterfall, or play some tennis at the illuminated courts. Have a snack or delicious meal at Flamingo’s before you retire for the night in your comfortable room featuring a Sleep Number® bed so you awake refreshed for your cruise adventure. Click here for more information and great rates on the Radisson Resort at the Port. 

Miles to Port : 1.2

Airport Transfer : Yes, with Fly & Cruise Package

Port Transfer : Yes with Cruise Packages

Long-Term Parking : Yes with Park and Cruise Packages

Breakfast :

Swimming Pool : Outdoor

Four Points Sheraton Cocoa Beach

4001 N. Atlantic Avenue Cocoa Beach, FL, 32931 | 321-783-8717

Four Points by Sheraton Cocoa Beach

Enjoy the beach-themed Four Points by Sheraton Cocoa Beach for your pre-cruise stay. Located in the heart of Cocoa Beach, they offer, for a fee, an airport shuttle from both Orlando and Melbourne.

Your kids will be enthralled with the huge shark and exotic fish aquarium located in the Shark Pit Bar & Grill, and for the surfing enthusiasts, the World’s Largest Surf Complex (TM) is located within the hotel. It offers beach rentals, surfing lessons and great shopping for those forgotten pre-cruise items. After a great night’s sleep, grab a coffee and muffin at Starbucks before you head to the pier. Click here for more information on the Four Points Sheraton Cocoa Beach and great deals on rates.

Miles to Port : 4.4

Airport Transfer : $

Port Transfer : Yes

Long-Term Parking : No

Breakfast : $

Swimming Pool : Outdoor