Port Canaveral Will Have To Work Hard To Keep Its Top Spot
Back in June, Port Canaveral won an award for “Best Cruise Port.”
However, according to a recent story in Orlando Weekly, it will take a whole-lotta-work to keep that coveted top spot.
Keeping The Top Spot: Port Canaveral
From a new aquarium to a new cruise terminal for Carnival and two updated terminals for Disney, Port Canaveral has some big projects in the works, but the Central Florida port is already ranking high for many cruisers.
Earlier this year, Port Canaveral was named in Global Traveler magazine’s annual readers’ survey as the “Best Cruise Port” in the world, along with winning the publication’s 2019 Leisure Lifestyle Award.
As “the Cruise Guy,” cruise expert Stewart Chiron, reminded us today, Port Canaveral is not only the second-busiest port in the state but also the world. PortMiami is the busiest cruise port in the world, followed by Port Canaveral and Port Everglades.
All Part Of The Plan
According to Port Canaveral, its all part of a comprehensive plan.
As the gateway to Central Florida, Port Canaveral provides facilities for shippers who seek to save time and money as benefits of its proximity to major markets and efficient transportation links. Shippers will find recent harbor improvements, new cruise and cargo terminals, a new auto facility and now leasing– an inland warehouse and logistics center in Titusville. Canaveral also is home to U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force facilities, including Surface Deployment and Distribution, and serves as an important export gateway for U.S. government cargo destined to Ascension Island.
Eighty percent of the Port’s revenue is generated from cruise business, making it imperative to provide the state-of-the-art facilities necessary to service today’s largest and most sophisticated cruise ships that now homeport or make a port call for the day.
As a premier maritime gateway, Port Canaveral also is investing in the facilities shippers need to take advantage of Central Florida’s time- and cost-saving location with its proximity to major markets and efficient transportation links.
Competition For Mickey?
However, Storey said that Canaveral will have to take on all comers. And right now, Disney Cruise’s home base seems in good shape.
With so much competition from other ports in the state, any accolades and attractions to help Port Canaveral differentiate itself should help it obtain an ever-increasing share of the cruise industry’s $7.97-billion contribution to the state’s economy. And if the recent awards are any indication, so far the plan at Port Canaveral seems to be working.
It’s a fascinating article, so be sure to take it in – especially if you are planning a Disney Cruise vacation!