Port Canaveral Hotels: Where to Stay in Port Canaveral Before Your Disney Cruise

by | Nov 8, 2021 | Disney Cruise Line, Ports of Call

Check out these list of Port Canaveral hotels and alternatives for lodging ahead of your Disney Cruise.

If you’re headed to Port Canaveral for a Disney Cruise (lucky you!), you’ll want to consider starting your vacation a day early.

Travel delays happen, so treating yourself and your family to a pre-cruise hotel stay is the best way to avoid a not-so-magical situation—watching your cruise sail away without you.

Luckily, there are plenty of Port Canaveral hotels and lodging options that are perfect for guests preparing to embark on a Disney Cruise.

Our Top Recommended Port Canaveral Hotels


Photo by Scott Smith

Figuring out where to stay in Port Canaveral before your Disney Cruise? We highly recommend one of these lodging options:

Radisson Resort at the Port


Photo courtesy of Radisson Resort at the Port

Nestled in the heart of Cape Canaveral, the Radisson Resort at the Port features an on-site restaurant, tennis courts, expansive outdoor pool and hot tub, lounge, and grounds complete with fishponds and waterfalls.

The resort also offers several stay and cruise packages. These package options include shuttle services to and from the port, long-term parking, and—unlike most other area hotels — transportation to and from Orlando International Airport (MCO)

Beachside Hotel & Suites 


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Another location that offers transportation from the Orlando International Airport (MCO), as well as the Melbourne and Sanford Airports, and cruise port shuttles, the Beachside Hotel Cocoa Beach is a resort-style hotel steps away from the ocean.

This boutique hotel features a retro vibe and is located on Cocoa Beach. It offers a free hot breakfast, outdoor lazy river pool, bar and grille, and free bike and beach rentals

Residence Inn Cape Canaveral Cocoa Beach 


Photo courtesy of Residence Inn Cape Canaveral Cocoa Beach

\Less than a mile from the port, the Residence Inn Cape Canaveral Cocoa Beach  features suites equipped with a full kitchen, a complimentary hot breakfast, evening social experiences on select nights, an outdoor pool, and even a small basketball court.

While you will find an outdoor BBQ grill and a patio bar, you won’t find a full-scale restaurant. However, there are several restaurants within a mile of this hotel’s location.

The hotel does not offer airport shuttle service but offers discounted long-term parking for cruise guests and a shuttle service to the cruise port for $10 per person for round-trip service. 

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Port Canaveral, FL


Photo courtesy of Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Port Canaveral, FL

Adjacent to the Residence Inn, the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Port Canaveral, FL features complimentary cookies and coffee in their lobby, an outdoor pool, and a free hot breakfast. Like its neighbor, however, you won’t find any restaurants.

You will find an abundance of room types, including a whirlpool suite and a studio featuring a king and two twin beds perfect for families preparing to board one of Disney’s ships.

This hotel also features a cruise parking package that includes vehicle parking and shuttle services. 

Homewood Suites by Hilton Cape Canaveral-Cocoa Beach 


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Also a mile from the cruise ships, this Homewood Suites by Hilton hotel includes an outdoor pool, Tiki Bar, free hot breakfast, complimentary evening socials on select nights, and an array of rooms and suites to choose from. It doesn’t feature any restaurants, but you can find several nearby. 

While we couldn’t find any information about cruise shuttles on the hotel’s website, we did confirm over the phone that the hotel offers a cruise shuttle for $6 per person and park and go packages that include parking for one car and round trip shuttle service for two people.

Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront 


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While this one is 20 minutes from the Port Canaveral Cruise Port, Disney Cruise Line specifically lists this oceanfront Cocoa Beach hotel as a prime pre- and post-cruise hotel to stay at.

At the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront, you’ll find beachfront access, an outdoor pool, and multiple dining locations—including an outdoor Tiki Beach Grill for casual fare and the Salt Restaurant for finer dining.

This resort also offers an airport and cruise shuttle service


Of course, traditional Port Canaveral hotels aren’t your only option when staying the night before your Disney Cruise. Thanks to the explosion of the vacation rental site Airbnb, you can also find an array of privately run room and home rentals—some of which are located directly on the beach. 

Just keep in mind that while you may save on nightly rates, you won’t have a shuttle service option. So, you’ll need to arrange for transportation to and from the airport, as well as from your Airbnb to the port. If you’re driving, you’ll need to park at or near the cruise terminal—which can get a little pricy.

Rest Easy With a Pre-Cruise Stay at One of These Hotels in Port Canaveral


A view inside the Port Canaveral terminal. Photo by Bill Ryan

Whether you prefer to stay at a tried-and-true hotel or rent out a local room, consider staying at Port Canaveral before your Disney Cruise sets sail. It’s the perfect way to avoid undue travel stress and get yourself in the right state of mind for the fun that awaits you on your Disney vacation. 

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Written by Dani Moritz

Written by Dani Moritz

Dani has been visiting Disney Parks since she was two years old. She’s part of a DVC member family, a WDW annual passholder and former Cast Member, and the kind of Disney fan who still cries when she watches the Magic Kingdom fireworks. Since having her daughter, though, her favorite Disney title is Disney mom, and she’s loving sharing her love of the mouse with her toddler—who almost loves Walt Disney World as much as she does.

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