Take a cruise from Port Canaveral. There are many different cruise lines that depart from Port C., and they typically go to the Bahamas and are of short duration. There are exceptions, however that are longer and go elsewhere. (Most longer cruises and funky ports depart from Lauderdale or Miami). I like Port Canaveral cuz it is smaller, more manageble. Hope you will too!
Port Canaveral is where the cruise ships depart. We sailed on Royal Caribean's Sovereign of the Sea. Checking in was relatively easy. We dropped our bags with the porters and proceeded to the check in area. After going through a security screening we then waited on line to be checked in. We presented our passport and credit card for our on board charges. Our seapasses were then printed out and given to us. We were now ready to board...Hooray!
We had driven from Orlando to Port Canaveral. We returned the rental car at Avis. They were very nice and helpful. Avis has a shuttle that took us from the rental place to the port. When we arrived back from our cruise the same shuttle picked us up at the port and back to rent a car for the drive back to Orlando.
There is a shuttle from Avis that takes you from the Rental Car Office to the Port and then picks you back up on the return from the cruise. The shuttle is a quick ride about seven minutes and very comfortable (an airconditioned mini bus).
Within the restricted area of the Kennedy Space Centre one is transported by bus to the various attraction points. One buys the entrance ticket joins one of the busses and then uses the next bus that passes the attraction points to the following point.
The SR405 moves of the I95 towards the Visitors Complex which is on the right hand side and sign posted. Do not make the mistake of stopping along the route as I did to take a picture of an alligator. It is Federal Property and one gets fined even though no signs are indicating that one can’t stop.
Located one hour away from Orlando, you can either rent a car and drive there or hop onto a shuttle bus (tickets can be purchased from your hotel concierge) which will bring you right to the doorstep of the KENNEDY SPACE CENTER! Whatever it is...and no matter how difficult it seems to make your way down here... you MUST come. I guarantee - you'd NEVER regret coming.
No, I did not arrive to Kennedy Space Center in a space shuttle!!! The picture is just to make it look more interesting. With all the rockets, space shuttles and alike all around, it would be blasphemy to put a picture of Toyota here! However, car is a must in Florida in general. Rent a car if you are not visiting with friends who can take you somewhere or would let you use their car.
Go there by car. The parking is free and you'll find directions to Kennedy Space Center on the site www.kennedyspacecenter.com
Walking or take the tour-buses. The buses takes you to every point of intrest.
Kennedy Space center is located on Florida's East
Coast, 45 minutes east of Orlando.the visitor Complex sits on Florida Hwy. 405, six miles inside the space center entrance.
From Orlando, take Florida Hwy.528 east and follow the sign.
From Interstate 95, take exit 78 (southbound).
From Marritt Island or Cocoa Beach, use Florida Hwy.3.
Each one of the cruise lines has their own terminal at Port Canaveral. Last time we were there, we were getting on a Disney cruise so, we were in the Disney terminal which is Cruise Terminal Eight. This was the first terminal in the U.S. built to a specific cruise line's specifications and for its exclusive use, Cruise Terminal 8 was custom-designed for Disney. It boasts a 90-foot high glass tower, a connecting covered walkway from the parking garage and lots of special Disney touches. The terminal was renovated and enlarged in 2010 to welcome the newest generation of Disney ships.
Port Canaveral is approximately 60 minutes from Orlando International Airport, 40 minutes from Melbourne International Airport, and 90 minutes from Walt Disney World® Resort.
Parking at Port Canaveral
An outdoor parking facility is operated by the Port Canaveral Port Authority. Cash, Visa® and Mastercard® are the only acceptable forms of payment. Personal checks are not accepted. The daily parking rate is $15.00. Parking for a 3-night cruise is $60.00. Parking for a 4-night cruise is $75.00. Parking for a 7-night cruise is $120.00. Rates are subject to change. A valid disability parking permit is required for accessible parking
We hired a car from National who are the recommended provider for Walt Disney World. They pick you up from your WDW hotel and take you to their rental location where you do the paperwork and pick up the car. I wouldn’t use National again. I had to wait 90 minutes while the one rental agent attended to the five people ahead of me in the line. It is also worth noting that I was able to get a better rate by ringing the toll free central booking number for National rather than the outlet direct (who were particularly unhelpful).
Kennedy Space Center is about a 1 and half hour drive east and is very easy to find.
KSC bus tour
We set sail from Port Canaveral on Royal Caribbean's Sovereign of the Seas. It wasd an older and smaller cruise ship yet it was a perfect first cruise experience for the both of us.
Either you come by bus(tour) or by car. Last possibility is ... by spacecraft or rocket.
In Kennedy Space Centre tours will get you anywhere they want you to.