When driving to Port Canaveral you have a few parking options to pick from. The easiest and most convenient option is parking at Port Canaveral’s Cruise Terminal 8, which is better known as the Disney Cruise Terminal.
Port Canaveral offers a gated and well-lit parking facility within steps of Disney’s cruise terminal. The parking facilities are patrolled around the clock keeping your vehicle safe, while you are enjoying your time at sea. As of June 2016, parking is $16 per day ($28 for vehicles over 20ft). However, this comes at a price and it should be noted you are charged per day you car is in the parking lot. For example for a 3-night cruise you will pay for 4 days of parking. Please keep in mind the cost can change at anytime. The cost per cruise length is as follows:
- 3-day $64 ($112)
- 4-day $80 ($140)
- 5-day $96 ($168)
- 7-day $128 ($224)
- Preferred Parking Upgrade – $20 for length of stay.
**(vehicles over 20 feet)
**Accepted forms of payment: Cash, Visa, MasterCard or Traveler’s checks issued in U.S. dollars
Port Canaveral also offers “Preferred Parking” at the terminal. What does preferred parking provide for the extra $20? Basically, not much besides parking on the same side of the street as the terminal. Ok, it is much closer to the terminal entrance, but in my opinion, save the $20 for a few drinks of the day!
Port Canaveral offers guests to pre-pay for parking. I you do not pre-pay online you will be required to pay for parking before being granted access to the parking garage.
One of the more popular alternate parking options around the port are independent remote parking lots such as Park “N Cruise and Cruise Parking of Port Canaveral. Both run a free shuttle between the port and their remote parking facilities. Both of these options will end up saving you nearly half the price of parking at Port Canaveral. Check the respective websites for current pricing. We’ve discussed this option for our last cruise to save some money, but that was about it.
I have yet to try parking anywhere other than the Port primarily because of the shear convenience. I cannot even park this close at my local mall! Needless to say, for the time being this is our preferred way of parking at Port Canaveral. We can park, roll our luggage to the baggage drop off, and be in the terminal in just a few minutes. Port Canaveral calls this “Celebrity parking” which I can attest to that it is truly a stress free experience. Parking this close eliminates the need to wait for a shuttle, giving us more time onboard enjoying the ship the first day. Then, on disembarkation day knowing that once we exit customs we will be on the road and headed home in just a few minutes puts a smile on my face.
Click over to this article to learn more on what to expect when arriving at Port Canaveral. Where do you like to park when you drive to the port?
FOR THE RECORD: We have not used alternative parking services around Port Canaveral. There is one particular service that is leveraging the comments below as customer reviews via a link on their own website. Additionally, we cannot verify the authenticity of the “reviews” below. We do not endorse any parking solution, nor do we have any financial relationship at this time with any service.