Cruises From Florida - Tampa, Port Canaveral (Orlando) and Jacksonville
Cruises from Port Canaveral (Orlando)
Just east of Orlando and near the Kennedy Space Center is the modern Port Canaveral cruise terminal facility, where vacationers to central Florida can board ship and spend time exploring the best that the western Caribbean has to offer.
Operated by several cruise lines including Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line and Carnival, these vacation packages are typically 5-7 nights in length. The more popular destinations include Coco Cay in the Bahamas, St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Cruises out of Port Canaveral in Orlando also include exciting western Caribbean trips that stop in the Cayman Islands before continuing on to Cozumel Island, Mexico. Combining a cruise vacation with a trip to Orlando, with its Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Studios, can be the ultimate holiday, especially those who are traveling with families.
Cruises from Tampa, Florida
The Tampa Bay area on Florida's west coast is an exciting metropolitan area loaded with entertainment and sightseeing opportunities. It is also an important cruise departure port, with a number of itineraries put together for vacationers wishing to combine a trip to the Sunshine State with a relaxing Caribbean adventure.Most Tampa cruises take visitors to the western part of the Caribbean, Mexico or both. A typical 7 night cruise will stop in such exotic locations as George Town in the Cayman Islands, Cartagena, Columbia and Cozumel Island, Mexico. There is also a special Trans-Canal voyage that stops in Cartagena before cruising through the Panama Canal and stopping in Puntarenas, Costa Rica and Acapulco, Mexico before ending in Los Angeles, California.
Cruises from Jacksonville, Florida
This is a favorite departure port for those desiring a relaxing cruise vacation to the Bahamas. These cruises are 4-5 nights in length and are operated by Carnival Cruise Line. All include a stop at Nassau and depending on the package chosen, also make stops at other ports in the Bahamas such as Half Moon Cay and Freeport.
These affordable cruises out of Jacksonville are long enough to give a true feeling of adventure on the high seas, combined with plenty of time in the Bahamas for swimming, surfing, beachcombing or exploring the multitude of fine shops and restaurants in Nassau and elsewhere.
And Jacksonville is not far from Atlanta, Charlotte and Nashville, making this port easy to reach for millions living in the SE United States.
This article was prepared in collaboration with Ashot Hayrapetyan of Cayole Cruises.
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Author: Andy W+ Last updated: last updated Mar 2012