Important Transport, Travel & Travel Documentation Details

 


If you would like assistance with travel arrangements such as pre-cruise hotels, travel insurance, transportation, bookings, upgrades and more you may contact our Travel Agent Diane at diane@luxurytravel-destinations.com: 336-749-1219

TRANSPORTATION TO
PORT CANAVERAL CRUISE TERMINAL

Port Canaveral is one of the more popular cruising and vacation destinations in Florida, and is the gateway to cruise that many guests embark and start their adventure. Here is a quick guide to how to get there quickly and easily.

Celebrity Cruise Line operates out of Cruise Terminal #1, located at the south side of Port Canaveral:

Port Canaveral
Cruise Terminal #1
9050 Discovery Road
Cape Canaveral, Florida 32920

FLIGHT GUIDELINES

Embarking Passengers
For our Cruise, departing from Port Canaveral at 4:00 pm, the latest recommended flight arrival into Orlando International Airport (MCO): 12:00 pm

Disembarking Passengers
For our Cruise, arriving in Port Canaveral at 6:00 am, the earliest recommended flight departure out of Orlando International Airport (MCO): 12:00 pm

Flights by Celebrity

Celebrity’s Flights by Celebrity program has been enhanced with Premium Benefits that give you everything you want in airfare service: the best value, the assurance that you’ll get to your ship, the flexibility to choose your favorite airline and flights, and the security in knowing you have round-the-clock support throughout your travels.

– Flights by Celebrity guarantees the lowest airfare available. If you find a lower fare within 24 hours of booking, we’ll award you 110% of the difference to spend on board your cruise—a benefit no other cruise line offers.

– Enjoy 24/7 travel service and flight disruption protection, too. Our Flights by Celebrity Specialists monitor your flights, so if there are any delays or cancellations, they’ll work quickly with the airline to get you on the next available flight and get you to your ship.

– You have the flexibility to search different airlines and flights, so it’s easy to find exactly what you want. And, we save you time by filtering out flights that won’t work with your cruise.

– For additional details about the Celebrity Flights by Celebrity program, contact Diane at diane@luxurytravel-destinations.com: 336-749-1219 after you have made a reservation for the Cruise.

TRAVEL DELAYS

Air travel schedules can be affected by a number of factors. If your flight arrives at Port Canaveral after the ship’s scheduled sailing time due to weather or mechanical problems, contact Celebrity’s emergency travel hotline and/or a supervisor at the airline’s ticket counter for assistance in securing hotel accommodations and flight arrangements to your ship’s next destination.

  • Calling within USA: 800-533-7803
  • Calling International: +1 316-554-5961

In case you miss the departure of your ship due to carrier-caused delays or other insurance-covered reasons, please make sure you have enough travel insurance to cover additional accommodations, meals and “catch-up” transportation expenses.

For this reason, we highly recommend that you arrive a day prior to sailing and stay in a hotel the night before to avoid any possible delays. We offer pre-cruise hotel reservations and we offer travel insurance. 

Contact Diane at diane@luxurytravel-destinations.com: 336-749-1219.

WHEN TO ARRIVE AT PORT

In general, Celebrity allows guests to arrive at the Cruise Terminal anytime in the late morning to early afternoon. Arriving at the port earlier (rather than later) is advantageous for a few reasons. First, you will beat the crowds at check-in that usually arrive between noon and 1:30 pm. Second, you will board the ship sooner, giving you more time onboard. Arriving early does add a risk of extra waiting around to be let onto the ship, and staterooms are not accessible onboard until 1:00 pm. However, the majority of guests tend to arrive in the early afternoon, which can lead to longer lines.

Ever since the COVID pandemic, cruise lines now require that you board the ship during a specific half-hour window of your own choosing. In other words, you will have a specific appointment time for your arrival at Port Canaveral. You will choose that time when you check-in for the cruise online, about one month before the departure date.

The ship will sail at 4:00 pm. Celebrity Cruise Line requires guests to be checked in no later than 90 minutes prior to the scheduled sailing time. Therefore you need to be checked in by 3:00 pm. Guests arriving late may not be permitted to sail.

TAXI OR RIDE-SHARING

There are lots of taxis at Port Canaveral, as well as at the airports in the area that can easily take you to/from Port Canaveral.

Uber and Lyft are gaining popularity among people headed to the cruise port as a less-expensive way of getting private car transportation to the port.

RENTING A CAR

In many cases, a one-way car rental is the best optional economically because of the flexibility it offers, as well as the per-person cost. Most major rental car facilities have locations in the Cocoa Beach area and provide complimentary shuttle service to the port.

The larger the group, the better sense renting a car makes. Check what the rental car rates will be for the time you are looking to go, but having a rental car offers not just a means of getting to the port, but also a way to see local attractions, enjoy a greater variety of restaurants, and stock up on last-minute supplies prior to getting to the cruise terminal.

When reserving your car, be sure to indicate that you will return the car in a different location and look for locations in Cape Canaveral or Cocoa Beach. The major rental car companies have locations within 5 miles or so of the cruise terminals.

Celebrity TRANSFERS

Celebrity offers a bus service of its own (called transfers) to bring you to the port from Orlando International Airport (MCO). Celebrity offers transfers in one way increments (you can book two one-ways to create a round trip).

To purchase a Celebrity Guest Transfer or for additional information, consult our travel agent Diane at 336-749-1219 or diane@luxurytravel-destinations.com.

FROM AN AREA HOTEL

If you are staying in a hotel prior to your cruise, the hotels in Port Canaveral and Coco Beach are very convenient to the port. Take route A1A north and follow A1A all the way until you reach the port area. Follow the signs for the terminal of your cruise.

To book one of our suggested hotels, or for additional information, consult our travel agent Diane at 336-749-1219 or diane@luxurytravel-destinations.com.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Driving to Terminal 1 at Port Canaveral is simple enough from most spots in Florida. Most routes will take you to the Cape Canaveral/Cocoa Beach area via State Road 528, which is a toll road. You should be prepared and either pre-purchase a SunPass, or have exact change in your vehicle.

From Orlando International Airport (MCO):
Approximately 45 minutes west of Port Canaveral.
– Take the North exit from the airport, staying to the right on SR 528 East.
– Take SR 528 East all the way to Port Canaveral.
– Take Exit 54B and follow the signs indicating Port Canaveral Cruise Terminals B Side.
– Arrive at Cruise Terminal 1 (CT-1).

From Melbourne International Airport (MLB):
Approximately 25 miles (40 minutes) south of Port Canaveral.
– Exit east (left) out of the airport onto NASA boulevard and follow to U.S. Highway 1.
– Turn left (north) onto U.S. Highway 1.
– Travel approximately 20 minutes on U.S. Highway 1 passed the intersection of S.R. 520 in Cocoa about one mile to the S.R. 528 exit.
– Exit and travel east on SR. 528 for approximately 10 miles, crossing the Indian River, Nerritt Island and the Banana River to reach Port Canaveral.
– Take Exit 54B and follow the signs indicating Port Canaveral Cruise Terminals B Side.
– Arrive at Cruise Terminal 1 (CT-1).

From Space Coast Regional Airport (TIX):
Located about 20 minutes from the Port in Titusville FL.
– Exit and drive east three blocks
– Turn south onto U.S. Highway 1 to the Beach line Expressway (S.R. 528) and follow this east to the Port.
– Take Exit 54B and follow the signs indicating Port Canaveral Cruise Terminals B Side.
– Arrive at Cruise Terminal 1 (CT-1).

 


CRUISE TRAVEL DOCUMENTATION

Each passenger is responsible for providing Celebrity Cruises with complete and accurate immigration information and for obtaining any necessary visas if required for the country from which your passport has been issued.

Ensure your name appears exactly as shown on your receipt and your boarding document. If the name does not match, contact your travel agent (the travel agent must call-in corrections). Please provide Celebrity Cruises with the correct information at least 45 days prior to your cruise. Failure to do so will result in delayed check-in and, possibly, denied boarding.

Travel Document requirements vary by destination and your citizenship. Below are document guidelines for both domestic and international voyages. Please see the following page on the Celebrity website for information about what travel documents are required: https://www.royalcaribbean.com/faq/topics/travel-documents

Health and Travel Insurance
We strongly recommend you review your health insurance coverage before cruising. Many policies, including Medicare, will not pay for services or hospitalization outside of the country or for emergency evacuation, such as a helicopter lift from a ship to shore. Celebrity Cruises ships are foreign-flagged and are considered “out of country.” Please contact Diane at Legendary World Travel: 336-749-1219, to arrange for insurance.


TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

CELEBRITY CRUISE LINES SMOKING POLICY

For the comfort and enjoyment of our guests, our Celebrity ships are non-smoking. Hookahs and other types of water pipes are prohibited from use under this non-smoking designation. Smoking is not permitted inside any stateroom or on any stateroom balcony. This applies to all stateroom categories onboard. Smoking is also not permitted in any dining venue, theater, bar, lounge, hallway, or elevator; on the jogging track; or in most other indoor areas. Furthermore, smoking is not allowed in certain outdoor spaces, including restricted areas, food venues, and kids play areas and pools.

If a guest is in violation of this “No Smoking” policy, a cleaning fee will be applied to their onboard account. Because we recognize that some guests do smoke, we have designated smoking areas on the ship. These smoking areas are identified by signage, and ashtrays are provided in these locations for smoking use. Guests may inquire about the location of the ship’s designated smoking areas at the Guest Relations Desk.

In casinos on itineraries where smoking is allowed, there will be visible signage designating the areas for both smoking and non-smoking guests. Cigar and pipe tobacco is limited to designated outdoor areas and cigar bars (if the ship has one). Electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes are only permitted within the designated smoking areas.

Cigarettes, cigars, and pipe tobacco must be properly disposed of and never thrown overboard. A guest must be at least 21 years of age to purchase, possess or use tobacco. During voyages that depart from international ports of call, local smoking laws will apply for the duration of the voyage.

TRAVEL WITH CHILDREN

Infants must be at least 6 months old in order to be able to travel on most cruises with Celebrity. For transatlantic cruises, transpacific cruises, and some cruises to South America, as well as cruises with three or more consecutive days at sea, children must be at least 12 months old. For those traveling with toddlers over 6 months old, there are various programs onboard tailored to entertain them, including Toddler Time, for kids under 3, and Camp at Sea, for kids ages 3 -12.

Cruises are fun for kids of all ages, and there are plenty of activities to keep your toddlers entertained. Kids under the age of 3 can enjoy Toddler Time at the ship’s playroom, where they’ll be able to play with educational toys and interact with other kids around their age. Parental supervision is required during Toddler Time, but children don’t have to be potty trained in order to participate in Toddler Time activities. Certain toys and books will also be available to check out and bring back to your stateroom.

PREGNANT WOMEN

If you have a healthy pregnancy, then going on a cruise vacation is a lovely way to celebrate the upcoming addition to your family. Pregnant women can enjoy a cruise on Celebrity Cruises up until their 23rd week of pregnancy. That being said, it’s always safer to talk to your doctor before traveling, especially if you’ve had any issues with your pregnancy in the past. After 23 weeks, there are increased risks in pregnancies such as preterm labor and delivery, and onboard, we do not have the medical equipment and staff available to treat these types of emergency situations.

Even if you’re not pregnant, it’s perfectly normal to feel nauseous while on a cruise. Some cruisers can experience seasickness, a form of motion sickness, while on board. This can happen when your eyesight and inner ear senses are out of balance. For pregnant women, seasickness plus the standard queasiness that can come during early pregnancy can lead to a bad bout of nausea. The good news is that there are several over-the-counter and natural remedies to alleviate seasickness on board, including rest, ginger candies, motion sickness medication, and acupressure bands. As always, we recommend talking to your doctor before taking any medication during your pregnancy.

Going on a cruise while pregnant won’t limit your ability to enjoy some of the best activities and entertainment options onboard. Spend time at The Spa, where you’ll be able to get some much-needed rest and relaxation. Treat yourself to a rejuvenating facial, indulgent massage, or a refreshing manicure and pedicure. Unwind on the heated tile loungers and take in gorgeous views of the ocean in the spa’s relaxation.

PASSENGERS WITH DISABILITIES

Airport Transportation
If requested in advance, Celebrity can arrange for accessible transportation to transfer guests between the airport and the pier. This accessible cruising service is offered at no extra charge to our air/sea guests or those who have purchased cruise-only transfers. Accessible transportation may be limited or unavailable outside the U.S. See your travel agent or contact us for details.

Extra Assistance at the Pier
Celebrity Cruises offers boarding and departure assistance to guests with mobility disabilities. Request assistance once you arrive at the pier or contact us prior to your cruise so that we may prioritize your needs during boarding. During peak times there may be a wait for assistance. Many ports provide easy access for wheelchairs and scooters, however due to various conditions: steepness of the gangway, tendering, weather, tidal and sea conditions, and shore-side facilities, guests using assistive devices may be precluded from getting on or off the ship. We will make reasonable efforts to assist our guests, but for safety reasons, our staff is not permitted to lift guests or equipment. Assistance with manual wheelchairs, walkers, canes, etc. will be provided.

Assistance Onboard
We provide reasonable mobility assistance to guests in accessing areas of the ship that are not accessible.

Tender Port Policy
The goal of Celebrity Cruises is to provide a safe comfortable cruise experience for all passengers. If you will be using a mobility device during your sailing we strongly recommend you travel with a person physically fit to assist with your needs both onboard and ashore.

Embarking and disembarking can be challenging for those with limited mobility. Many major ports of call provide easy access for wheelchairs and scooters. However due to various conditions; steepness of the gangway, weather, shore-side facilities, tidal and sea conditions, passengers using mobility devices may be required to transfer to a stair climber or be precluded from going ashore. Celebrity staff will make every effort to assist but are not allowed to individually physically lift more than 50 pounds (22 kg).

Some ports of call require the ship to anchor off shore. Passengers are then taken to shore by small boats or tenders. When tendering is required, passengers using mobility devices will not be transferred into or out of the tender, if lifting in excess of the above limitation is required. Many tender ports do not provide wheelchair access so even if the passenger can board the tender they may not be able to disembark ashore. Again the shore-side facilities, movement of the tender, weather and tidal conditions can also preclude tendering.

The decision to allow any passenger to board a tender or disembark the vessel will be made by the Captain on the basis of the safety and welfare of all involved and is final.

If passengers are unable to tender or disembark because of circumstances outlined above there will be no refund or credit for missed ports. While Celebrity recognizes your disappointment, the safety of both passengers and crew takes precedence.