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a customer-friendly gateway to major consumer markets and leisure destinations. Strategically located on the east coast of central Florida, we offer cruise lines, cargo lines and shippers, businesses and vacationers the capabilities of a first-class deepwater port with the benefits of a uncongested setting and relaxed attitude.
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We have cruises to appeal to many tastes. From here, you can sail off into the sunset on a 3-, 4-, or 7-day voyage to the Bahamas, the eastern Caribbean or Mexico's Gulf resorts...on home ported ships from Carnival Cruise Lines, Disney Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean International, & Norwegian Cruise Lines in 2011.
But many veteran travelers choose us for the relaxed quality of the experience. Your vacation starts at the gate of the Port. Drive in and before you know it, your car is parked, luggage unloaded and your island experience begins in one of our modern tropical-themed cruise terminals. Fly in and find yourself delivered to our door cool and relaxed, greeted by our professional and helpful staff.
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Port Canaveral and The Canaveral Port Authority
In 1953, the year the Port was dedicated, a Special Act of the Florida state legislature created the independent governmental agency that operates the Port – the Canaveral Port Authority.
The Legislature established the Canaveral Port District in the central and north areas of Brevard County and divided it into five regions. Five elected officials representing the five regions form the Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners, which sets fiscal, regulatory and operational policies for the Port. Commissioners are elected at-large and serve four-year terms. Voting takes place every two years, with no more than three commission seats up for election at a time. Commissioners receive a small salary.
The Board of Commissioners holds regularly scheduled meetings on the third Wednesday of each month unless otherwise posted. Meetings are held in the Port Authority Commission Room at Port Canaveral and are open to the public. Meeting agendas are posted on this web site prior to the event.
While the Commissioners set policy, the Port's Chief Executive Officer and staff are responsible for administrative and operational duties.
As a governmental body, the Canaveral Port Authority can incur indebtedness through the sale of bonds; establish Federal Maritime Commission-regulated tariff rates; and negotiate for government grants. The Canaveral Port Authority also can levy ad valorem taxes from property owners in the Canaveral Port District. In 1986, the Board of Commissioners recognized that the Port had become self-sufficient and unanimously voted to stop collecting the annual revenue from ad valorem taxes. The Port has remained self-sufficient since that time, relying primarily on revenues from the successful businesses it has worked to develop: cruises, cargo, land leases and park operations.
Parking at Your Cruise Terminal
Parking at Port Canaveral's cruise terminals is paved, gated and under 24-hour surveillance. Passengers at Cruise Terminal 10 can choose between an outdoor parking area and a six-level parking garage.
$15/night for vehicles up to 20 feet in length
$26/night for vehicles over 20 feet
The total fee for the time the vehicle will be parked is due on entry. We accept cash, Visa, Mastercard and Traveler's Checks issued in U.S. dollars.
Parking for the Disabled
Special parking spaces are provided. The parking fee is waived for vehicles that:
1. Have special equipment such as ramps, lifts, foot or hand controls; or
2. Display the Florida Toll Exemption permit. (Call 800-983-2435 ext. 2 to apply for an exemption form.)
Limited free parking is available in "Daytime Only" parking lots at each cruise terminal for those having business at the terminal or aboard the ship during the hours the ship is docked at the terminal. No overnight parking is permitted in these areas without the express permission of the Canaveral Port Authority.
Local Travel Options
You also will find many options for getting to and from your chosen airport or from the Port to local attractions. Shuttles and taxicabs are available outside all of our cruise terminals. All the major car rental agencies have locations a short distance from our terminals, with complimentary shuttle service. Greyhound Bus Lines has three terminals within Brevard County and Space Coast Area Transit (SCAT) operates local public bus service right to the Port.
This article is about the port. For the city, see Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Passenger traffic 1.3 million
Website Canaveral Port Authority
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Port Canaveral is a cruise, cargo and naval port in Brevard County, Florida, United States. It is one of the busiest cruise ports in the world with nearly 1.3 million multi-day cruise passengers passing through during 2007. As deep water cargo port, it has a high volume of traffic. Over 3,000,000 short tons (2,700,000 t) of bulk cargo moves through each year. Common cargo includes cement, petroleum and aggregate. The port has conveyors and hoppers for loading products directly into trucks, and facilities for bulk cargo containers. The channel is about 44 feet (13 m) deep.
There is 750,000 square feet (70,000 m2) of covered freight storage capacity. It handled 4,000,000 short tons (3,600,000 t) of cargo in 2004. The Port Canaveral exports fresh citrus; bulk frozen citrus juice stored in one of the largest freezer warehouses in the state; cement and building materials. The Port Canaveral receives lumber, salt for water softening, automobiles, and steel sheet and plate. It transships items for land, sea, air and space. Port Canaveral's Foreign Trade Zone is among the largest general purpose FTZs in the nation - over 5 square miles (13 km2). The port boosts Brevard's economy by 1/2 billion dollars annually.
Ten ships, average, enter the port each day.
The idea of developing a port at this location was first conceived in the 1880s. The port was dredged between 1951 and 1955.
Dedication occurred November 4, 1953, with the navy destroyer escort USS McClelland (DE-750) participating. Noah Butts, a former speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, was the first Chairman of the Canaveral Port Authority. The first port manager, George King, was announced in 1954. Commercial fishing had already begun at the port, and in the next year commercial shipping began, with a load of bagged cement delivered by the SS Morman Spruce. In 1955, the Tropicana Corporation began building a refrigerated warehouse for storing orange juice, a local agricultural product, prior to shipping.
Cruise traffic appeared at the port in 1964, with the SS Yarmouth Castle, recently purchased by Yarmouth Cruise Lines from the Chadade Steamship Company. The ship was American owned, with registration from Panama. The ship burned at sea between Miami and Nassau, Bahamas in 1965, and cruise traffic was limited until the 1980s.
In 1965, a lock was dedicated at the port, as part of the Canaveral Barge Canal. The Canaveral Lock is still in operation, and is maintained by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. The focus of the port throughout the 1960s and 1970s remained commercial fishing and shipping, with three 400-foot (120 m) cargo piers built on the north side of the Port in 1976, and a succession of warehouses built in the port area.
Port Canaveral has played a role in support of NASA projects out of nearby John F. Kennedy Space Center. Specifically, the Space Shuttle's external tanks are floated into Port Canaveral for each mission from their fabrication facility in Mississippi, and the solid rocket boosters are towed back through Port Canaveral after being fished out of the Atlantic Ocean after each launch.
Prior to its disestablishment in 2000, Premier Cruise Line was headquartered in Cape Canaveral.
In September 2005, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) diverted one cruise line from Canaveral (under contract) to shelter Hurricane Katrina evacuees.
In 2008, Sterling Casino Lines ceased doing business at the port. But just a week later, the Las Vegas Casino Line began operating gambling cruises. On March 25, 2009 the Las Vegas Casino Line filed for bankruptcy, joining the Sterling Casino on the list of failed 'Casino Lines' to operate out of Port Canaveral.
In 2009, a commissioner resigned and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement announced that it was conducting an investigation into possible corruption at the port.
In 2009, the last company to offfer gambling, SunCruz Casinos, filed for bankruptcy, Chapter 7. The companies failed due to competition from land-based gambling activities in Seminole Casinos, and Greyhound racing venues. Gambling liners hit a high on 1.0 million passengers in 2004, before starting to decline. Casino operations generated about $5–$6 million annually for the port.
 Cruise traffic
Carnival, Disney, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean International, are some of the cruise lines which dock at one of the six cruise terminals. The port canaveral hosted 109,175 multi-day cruise passengers in October 2008. There was a high of 307,005 passengers in April 2009. This fell to a seasonal low of 221,557 in October. With the loss of daily gambling ship cruises, port authorities do not expect this high to be exceeded for some time. There were 2.8 million passengers in 2010.
Cruise ships docked at Port Canaveral. From left to right: Carnival, Disney, and Royal Caribbean ships.
In the early 1980s, a new Port Canaveral director, Charles Rowland, shifted the focus towards developing the port to a Cruise port. In 1982, a 20,000 square feet (2,000 m2) warehouse on the north side of the port was converted into Cruise Terminal 1. The SS Scandinavian Sea, a 10,427 ton ship, was the first cruise ship to home-port at Port Canaveral. Early cruises were simple day cruises out into the ocean and back. The Port then purchased two former Bicentennial exhibit halls from NASA in 1983 and they became Terminals 2 and 3 in 1983. The following year the SS Royale of Premier Cruise Line was home-ported at Port Canaveral. The first year-round 3- and 4-day cruises to the Bahamas began. A fourth cruise terminal was Built in 1986. Expansion into the Western Turning Basin began with the construction of Terminal 5. The Carnival Fantasy started sailing from there at that time becoming the first mega-ship to call the Port home.
As of January 2011, the following cruise ships home-ports or makes regular stops at Port Canaveral:
Monarch of the Seas (Royal Caribbean) sailing Fridays and Mondays
Freedom of the Seas (Royal Caribbean) sailing Sundays
Carnival Sensation (Carnival Cruise Lines) sailing Thursdays and Sundays
Carnival Ecstasy (Carnival Cruise Lines) sailing on Mondays and Thursdays, starts service in November 2011
Carnival Dream (Carnival Cruise Lines) sailing Saturdays
Norwegian Sun (Norwegian Cruise Lines) sailing Saturdays
Disney Dream (Disney Cruise Lines) sailing Sundays and Thursdays
Disney Magic (Disney Cruise Lines) sailing Saturdays
Carnival Pride (Carnival Cruise Lines) visits every other Wednesday
Carnival Miracle (Carnival Cruise Lines) visits every Monday (November - April only beginning in 2012)
Norwegian Gem (Norwegian Cruise Lines) visits every Monday
The Disney Fantasy will be home ported in Port Canaveral, replacing the Disney Magic which will be moved to Galveston and New York.
Carnival Cruise Lines made Port Canaveral home-port for its new ship, the 130,000 Carnival Dream in December 2009 after several European cruises following its September launch. Norwegian Cruise Line announced that beginning in October 2010, the Norwegian Sun will be home-ported at Port Canaveral, offering winter (October to April) 7-night cruises alternating eastern and western itineraries.. Carnival announced on March 10, 2011 that beginning in November 2011 the Carnival Ecstasy will be based out Port Canaveral sail four and five day cruises.
In 2011, there were seven ships homebased at the port with a total capacity of 21,000 passengers. There are six terminals.
In fiscal year 2007-8, there was a 44.5% drop in cargo in October and November compared with the preceding year. Multiday cruise passengers dropped 14.4%, and gambling passengers dropped 23.7%. Cargo slowdown was attributed to a slowdown in construction in Florida due to the weakened housing market. In 2008, cruise passengers held fairly steady at about 200,000 per month for the year.
The SeaFest seafood festival was first held in 1983. The celebration occurred over three days in early spring, and was co-hosted by the Cocoa Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and the Canaveral Port Authority. It featured live music, local artists, and seafood. In 2005, the final year of the festival at the port, 5,000 pounds (2,300 kg) of freshly caught fish, including flounder, Florida rock shrimp, blue crab claws and 100 US gallons (380 l; 83 imp gal) of seafood chowder were consumed at the festival. In 2006, because of security concerns and the site being needed for cargo, the festival was forced to move elsewhere and was renamed. In 2008 it tried to move back but was canceled.
The Canaveral Port Authority announced in 2006 plans for the future:
* Seaport Canaveral - Vitol SA built a fuel-tank depot with a pipeline to Orlando International Airport. This is a 36 acres (15 ha), 117 US gallons (440 l; 97 imp gal) million storage. It cost $150 million. This was completed in 2010.
* Attracting a mega-cruise ship (Freedom of the Seas and Carnival Dream in 2009)
* Widening of the port's channel
* Enlarging the western turning basin
* Construction of an additional cruise terminal
* Expansion of the Disney Cruise line terminal as well as a new parking garage with a direct second level walkway to the terminal. * Canaveral Port Authority
* Canaveral Lock
* Live Cam from Port Canaveral
* Port Canaveral History
* Port Canaveral Timeline (In pdf format)
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