If you book a cruise from Port Canaveral it is best to fly in at least one day early and overnight near the Port. Fortunately, there are many Port Canaveral hotels with park and cruise packages to consider. You can choose from hotels in Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach and further out in Titusville, Cocoa or Merritt Island. Hotels near Orlando airport are also popular.
In this article I provide an easy-to-use snooze-and-cruise comparison table for local hotels near Port Canaveral. I also provide a link to a local travel agency with excellent cruise packages.
Most cruisers look for one or more of the following when booking a hotel:
Free and/or safe parking
Shuttles to/from the cruise terminals
Airport transportation to/from Orlando, Melbourne or Sanford
It is a time-consuming process to contact each hotel and ask about these requirements because their websites are confusing and often inaccurate. I hope the comparison table below will simplify your search!
How to use the Hotel Comparison Table
The table represents hotels in Cape Canaveral (home of Port Canaveral) and Cocoa Beach (next door).
Column 1 – Port Shuttle Service – Cost per person in a shared van, one way from hotel to port or back
Column 2 – Airport Shuttle – If available, cost per person in a shared van, one way from or to Orlando Airport
Column 3 – Hotel parking cost per vehicle per night during your hotel stay (not while cruising)
Column 4 – Hotel parking cost per vehicle per day while cruising (if available)
Column 5 – Breakfast cost per person (if available)
Blank entries – information is not provided (perhaps the hotel is new or the service is under review). Call the hotel direct to check!
NOTE – Due to Covid-19, hotel services are constantly changing. These tables show normal services. Please call the hotel to check!
Port Canaveral Cruise Hotel Amenities Comparison Table
TIP – I think GoPort offers good value for money and will review this company in an upcoming post. However, not all their packages are necessarily cheaper than booking direct with hotels and arranging your own transport. If you are looking to pay the least for your pre-cruise stay, I recommend you do some price research!
In this article I explain how you can park for FREE during your cruise from Port Canaveral!
With ship-side parking at the cruise terminals costing $17 per day (including the days of arrival and departure), many folks are looking for budget-friendly parking near the Port. In another article I talk about the CHEAPEST off-site parking near Port Canaveral (Read Here), but FREE parking is even better!
Can I just park in the streets near Port Canaveral?
I know some cruisers try to avoid paying for parking by leaving their vehicles in the parking area near the restaurants close to Terminal 1, but this is a bad idea! The police and port security look for unoccupied vehicles and you will be ticketed! Please forget about trying to avoid the inevitable!
OK, IS FREE parking really available?
Several Cocoa Beach offer FREE parking when you book a Snooze and Cruise package!
I know what you’re thinking – the parking is not really free; the hotel simply charges more for the room to recover the parking costs! Actually – not true!
When you price the room and compare the regular rates versus the package rate, you may notice a very small difference in price ($20-$40 or thereabouts). The difference is the cost of the two-way transfers from the hotel to the cruise terminal and back (normally for 2 people).
What is the average cost of transfers to and from Port Canaveral?
On average, shared hotel transfers cost between $5 and $10 per person each way. That’s not too bad for 1 or 2 people. For 3 or more people it makes sense to look at Uber or Lyft.
Transfer costs are shown in this table:
OK, where’s the catch?
No catch, but there are several things to consider.
If you plan to drive in on the morning of your cruise then my FREE parking suggestion is not an option. When arriving from far away, consider spending the night before your cruise in Cocoa Beach instead of towns along your route!
You must use the shared hotel shuttles meaning you have fixed departure times and the transfer is NOT PRIVATE! The shuttle van may stop at a few terminals before your drop off.
Some homework is required! You have to calculate and compare the cost of the Park, Snooze and Cruise packages versus the regular room rates. Then subtract the cost of the two-way transfers to see if your parking is FREE!
Pick your hotel carefully! Only the hotels listed currently offer FREE parking and some dates may be unavailable.
Hotel parking is not as secure as parking at the Port or at gated off-site parking lots.
The hotels with FREE cruise parking (at the time of this writing!)