Parking at Port Canaveral for a cruise will soon cost a little more after port commissioners unanimously voted to raise parking rates on Wednesday.
The increase will take effect within a month and will be done on a 90 day trial basis. The commissioners want to see if the increased parking rates will result in lost revenue to cheaper off-site parking lots. The new rates will be as follows:
- Regular sized vehicles: $16 a day up from $15.
- Oversized vehicles: $28 a day up from $26.
The increase in parking rates is expected to bring in an additional $900,000 a year in revenue for the port. The increase is needed to help offset the $30 million that the port has put into new parking facilities over the past few years.
Dave Berman from Florida Today reported that cruise lines have been notified of the pending increase in parking fares. Port Canaveral is one of the most popular cruise embarkation ports in Florida with over 4 million cruise passengers passing through the port each year. Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Disney Cruise Line, and Norwegian Cruise Line all have cruise ships that home port in Port Canaveral.
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Port Canaveral Parking has raised it’s rates in another and perhaps more expensive way…
They charge the going daily rate (soon to raise from $15 to $16 per day) for every day or PORTION of a day. And you must pay the full amount when you enter the parking facility. For example a four day cruise leaving on a Monday and returning on a Friday will be charged for FIVE days – $75 at the current rate. This is the charge even if you drop off late afternoon Monday and pickup very early morning Friday – effectively even less than FOUR 24 hour days. You will still be charged for FIVE days. And if you protest they will not let you enter the parking garage.
Oh I know. That has always pissed me off. I tried to argue with them before but to no avail. Get there at noon on monday and leave at 8 a.m. on friday is less than 4 days but they charge you the 5 day price. It is such a ripoff. Especially if you consider they are collecting a full day from both sailings. The one that is coming and the one that is going; thereby collecting 2 days for one parking place.
I used to live near PCN and we always parked at the Radisson. They were charging less than $10 a day and the shuttles left every 15 minutes.
You know it sucks, BUT we like to get off ship early and drive back to NC. Normaly I’m past Daytona before 9am so, it’s still worth it for us. I’ve never had a problem with getting in and out in more than 15 cruises out of this port. So I’ll pay.
I would like to know more if you have any senior rates.
Is thereany senior rates
I think more and more people will use off-site parking, or use a taxi to bring them to the port…or even have a friend drive them and pick them up after the cruise. After my last cruise I said I would never drive to the port again. What a hassle it was!! And I definitely wouldn’t pay more for another hassle.
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