Disney Cruise Line’s Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal 8 Scheduled for 5-Month Shutdown in 2020

Documents published by Port Canaveral ahead of Wednesday’s board of commission meeting reveal Disney Cruise Line’s terminal, Cruise Terminal 8 (CT8) will be shutdown from June 2020 to the end of October 2020. This will NOT impact any sailings as Disney and Port Canaveral have an agreement in place to utilize Cruise Terminal 10 (CT10).

Disney and the port previously agreed to utilize Cruise Terminal 10 (CT10), which is located next to CT8, as a substitute cruise terminal for embarkation and debarkation during the 5-month shutdown.

Often, work on CT8 such as paining and roof repair has been done on non-cruise days to avoid impacting passengers. However, due to the overall scope of the renovation project, intermittent work is not feasible within the timeframe leading up to the arrival of the Disney Wish in early-2022. The terminal shutdown will allow the contractor to work on the most disruptive activities such as demolition, piles, installation of a new curtain wall in the existing building, seating replacement, ticket counters removal, IT infrastructure replacement, the extension of the drop-off canopy and structural steel installation.

PC DCL CT8 Facade Rendering

On Wednesday, December 11th, commissioners will vote to approve an agenda item for early works for the cruise terminal 8 improvements project.

CT 8 Improvements EW CPU 3
Port Canaveral December 2019 CT8 Shutdown Dates

The project team has met several times to discuss design documents submittals, provide status and present the work plan to Disney Cruise Line and as part of those meeting it was agreed to shutdown cruise terminal 8 from June 2020 to the end of October 2020. This period will allow the contractor to perform the most disruptive activities like demolition, piles, installation of a new curtain wall in the existing building, seating replacement, ticket counters removal, IT infrastructure replacement, the extension of the drop-off canopy and structural steel installation. To be able to substantially complete all these activities by the end of October 2020, the contractor will need to start the shop drawings, submittals and fabrication process to receive the materials on time for the shutdown period. The cost authorized as early works does not include any labor other than shop drawings. All construction labor will be presented in a later meeting with the project GMP .

Port Canaveral December 2019 Agenda Item 1D: Summary Explanation & Background
Port Canaveral North Cruise Terminals

We will provide an update on the terminal shutdown later this week when Port Canaveral commissioners meet to vote on the agenda item.

5 thoughts on “Disney Cruise Line’s Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal 8 Scheduled for 5-Month Shutdown in 2020

  1. Colby

    Just figured out that the new ships are called the Triton class. So now, we have 2 names, Wish, Triton, and my money is on Imagination.

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  2. Barton Gates

    Glad to see they’re finally moving forward with the work that they’ve been planning for. The article didn’t indicate but I’m assuming that ship provisioning and boarding during the shut down will be accomplished at CT 10 which is going to be the auxiliary berth for DCL once the new ships start servicing Port Canaveral. Be anxious to see the progress made starting in June.

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    1. Scott Sanders Post author

      I think this could be implied by the work planned for the terminal. Other cruise lines are already doing mobile checkin, so it seems like a perfect opportunity to make the change ahead of the Disney Wish’s arrival.

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