On March 23, at Port Canaveral’s monthly Board of Commissioners meeting an increase in cruise terminal parking was considered and was unanimously approved. Port Canaveral approval of the plan to increase parking $1 per day for regular size vehicles and $2 per day increase for oversized vehicles would bring the daily parking fee up to $16 and $26 respectively. It is important to note, Port Canaveral charges guests per day, not the number of nights of your cruise. For example, you will be charged for 8 days when sailings a 7-Night cruise on the Disney Fantasy. During the public comment portion of the meeting one guest suggested the board should consider dropping the extra day charge to be more competitive with the other parking options in the area.
The Port’s decision took into consideration other Florida cruise ports including Port Canaveral’s rival, PortMiami. Miami charges $20 per day for regular sized vehicles. Port everglades, JaxPort (Jacksonville) and the Port of Tampa are all currently charging $15 per day.
Florida Cruise Port Parking Comparison
|Port Canaveral Increased||$16||$28|
|Port of Tampa||$15||$30|
Port Canaveral feels that it is in a unique position as they claim high occupancy rates at their various terminal parking garages. With over $30 million in recent capital expenditures for port parking facilities, port staff feel the increase is warranted at this time to offset the recent expenditures. Port Canaveral estimates the increase will result in approximately $900,000 in additional parking revenue.
The cruise parking increase will be tested for 90 days pending conversation with the partner cruise lines home-porting ships at Port Canaveral.
To learn more about parking at Port Canaveral you can visit their dedicated parking webpage that also allows you to pre-pay for cruise parking. I am reaching out to the port to determine if all previously pre-paid parking vouchers will be accepted since they were obtained before the price increase.
Cruise Terminal 8 Update
Last December, we reported Port Canaveral would replacing the roof, painting the interior and replacing the Kalwalls at Disney Cruise terminal when Disney’s ships were not in port. During today’s commission meeting, the timeline to complete the project was adjusted from May 2016 to August 2016. The renovation project is current within budget.