This week CruiseCritic.com, a major online cruise publication, named Port Canaveral one of the most up-and-coming cruise ports in North America.
Cruise Critic said that Port Canaveral is unlike other ports because of its unique access to theme parks, restaurants, beaches and other family-friendly tourist attractions.
The staff at Cruise Critic pointed out that although “most cruise passengers associate Port Canaveral with Orlando, just 45 miles west – and with Walt Disney World, Universal theme parks and SeaWorld so close,” that the attractions for those on a pre or post-cruise visit aren’t just limited to Orlando.
“The port bills itself as Orlando’s closest beach with dolphins, manatees, loggerhead turtles and miles of pristine sand,” said CruiseCritic.com.
Not only did the publication compliment Port Canaveral’s beaches, but mentioned how the lively Cove at Port Canaveral, which features numerous bars, restaurants, shops and the new state-of-the-art Exploration Tower, is the perfect place for the whole family.
Cruise Critic recognizes Port Canaveral’s efforts to add more bars, restaurants and a larger shopping area and expand the Port’s attractions for cruise passengers.
Thousands of cruise travelers pass through Port Canaveral on the way to boarding their cruises, but with the Port’s upcoming enhancements it is planned that Port Canaveral will become a premiere destination spot.
The publication awarded the Cruise Critic Editors’ Pick Awards to four major cruise lines in Port Canaveral.
Royal Caribbean won awards for best cruise for families, best entertainment and best suites. Carnival Cruise Line was awarded “the cruise line with the best value for the money.” Disney Cruise Line won best inside cabin, and last but not least, Norwegian Cruise Line won for having the best nightlife.