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#22
Virginia Beach, VA.
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Joined Jul 2010
Out of three cruises from Port Canaveral I have used Cocoa Beach Shuttle twice and had my own vehicle once. Cocoa Beach Shuttle has been on time and provided comfortable reasonably priced transportation each time. The one time I had my own vehicle I came to Florida on the Amtrak Auto Train. I find Port Canaveral to be a nice port to cruise from and the terminal set up is easy to understand and I have had smooth boarding processes each time. Of course you can have bad experiences anywhere you decide to cruise from, but if you base your decision to never cruise from Port Canaveral again on one poor transportation incident that is actually out of the hands of the port then so be it.
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#23
Connecticut
5 Posts
Joined Sep 2010
Beware of Backstage Limo.We used for 13 of us (including 5 children) from MCO to Port Canaveral in April and although the driver was prompt, he was unpleasant and rude. To make matters worse, he was on his cell phone & texting constantly while driving (and was in & out of lanes). We've contacted the company a few times to make them aware of the unsafe habits of the driver and they never even bothered to respond - I guess safety isn't a top concern for them.
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#24
Aston, Pa. USA
9 Posts
Joined Mar 2003
Please Please PLease don't use this company! They are terrible. I wish I had researched them better before booking them for our cruise this past weekend. They are rude and apparently notoriously late. I paid for a carseat and there was none available. They were 1 1/2 hours late to pick us up. When I called to complain that they were late, the person on the line called me "the devil from hell" because I complained about their shabby service.
Use another company!
#25
Raleigh, NC
29 Posts
Joined May 2012
Anyone used Royal Shuttle?
Their rates are:
1 Person $30.00 2 People $50.00 3 People $60.00 4 People $70.00 5 People $80.00 6 People $90.00 7 People $95.00 8 People $100.00

And lap infants are free.

As we have 4 people plus baby, this is the cheapest that I've found for that number of people.
This is from Orlando Airport to the Port or any hotels in the Port area.
As I was thinking of staying at a hotel, I asked how much it would be from hotel to the Port and was quoted $4 per person.
#27
Boston
31 Posts
Joined Nov 2011
I would not recommend using Royal or cortranbus at all.

Search the New I work in Port Canaveral part of this site
for reputable companies.
#28
Nebraska
5 Posts
Joined Jun 2012
We are flying in to Orlando Saturday night and renting a car from budget. Will drive to Port Canaveral on Monday am to take a cruise. I got the car rental for a total of $57.00 for 1 day and 13 hours. I previously had a rental reservation through Dollar rental and it was a total of 112.00. Pays to shop around. The Dollar rental was a small economy car and the one we got through Budget is a larger car. I was able to find a discount code on mousesaver.com .

We were going to take the Carnival bus back after the cruise but thinking of rental a car back so we don't have to set at the cruise terminal or airport for hours and hours.
#29
North Carolina
132 Posts
Joined Nov 2004
What code did you use to get a price of $57 for 1 day and 13 hours with Budget? I was only able to get it down to $75 and would love to save another $20. Thanks!
#30
Ohio
281 Posts
Joined Mar 2011
We sailed on the Freedom of the Seas 6/3 from PC. SInce there were 3 of us (all heavy packers!) arriving from different places at different times, I was hesitant to rent a car (didn't know if the bags would fit!) - but as it turned out, the rental cost was so high it was cheaper to do the shuttle. We booked the fly-snooze-cruise package with La Quinta Cocoa beach, which included round trip shuttle service between PC and MCO, as well as shuttle to the port the morning of the cruise. The shuttle was COCOA BEACH shuttle. They were totally fine - on time, pleasant, etc. The only thing is be aware since it is a shared shuttle, you may have a wait at the airport as they fill up the van/circle around to another terminal, as well as multiple stops at hotels, and if yours is the end of the line (as ours was) it can be annoying. The shuttle may also be very full (they don't want to leave empty if they don't have to as they are charged a fee every time they enter the airport or port), so if you have personal space issues this could bug you. We were totally fine with all of it. Would recommend! They were in contact with me by phone and email to reconfirm, and pleasant to work with.
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#31
Cape Canaveral, FL
6 Posts
Joined Jun 2012
This October will be our 6th cruise out of Port Canaveral (and we can't wait!).
We choose shuttle services rather than rent a car (pain in the butt) or those darn buses at the airport (feel like cattle being herded). Our 3rd time we went with a shuttle service you listed (port canaveral cruise shuttleS) only 3 words; never ever again. Horrible service and for what? to save $5 or $10 ea.? A big fat NO to them for sure. A friend told us that Cocoa Bch shuttle was ok, so we tried them on our 4th cruise and it was so-so. We didn't like the waiting though (we sat in the shuttle for 36 mins. before the shuttle left for the airport....NOT fun). Our 5th cruise was where we finally figured out the best way to go. We tried PortCanaveralShuttleService.com and they were very good (surprisingly good). Their price was low but the service was excellent (on time, very clean shuttle, uniformed driver, nice office staff and very easy to make reservations with.) Now we know better for our 6th cruise and we are so much looking forward to it (we are cruise fanatics). Hope this helps you avoid the pitfalls. Have a great cruise! Maybe we'll see you there!
#32
Youngstown, OH
2,223 Posts
Joined Feb 2003
..great info here!! thanks!!
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#33
2 Posts
Joined May 2013
We use Beachside Transportation service 321-322-8242 when we went on our cruise out of port canaveral we couldnt be more happy with there service. there drive was waiting at the airport tracking us on there flight tracker. and call me as soon as our plane landed to assure he was there waiting for us. the van was very nice and clean with plenty of head room flat screen for the kids. and on the pick up from the port he was there agian waiting for us a the entrance, GREAT SERVICE FOR A GREAT PRICE
#34
2 Posts
Joined May 2013
We use Beachside Transportation service 321-322-8242 when we went on our cruise out of port canaveral we couldnt be more happy with there service. there drive was waiting at the airport tracking us on there flight tracker. and call me as soon as our plane landed to assure he was there waiting for us. the van was very nice and clean with plenty of head room flat screen for the kids. and on the pick up from the port he was there agian waiting for us a the entrance, GREAT SERVICE FOR A GREAT PRICE
#35
Northern VA & DC
16,232 Posts
Joined Jul 2007
Wow - you resurrected this thread from 6+months ago!
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#36
cocoa beach
110 Posts
Joined Jun 2010
Originally posted by beachguy51
We use Beachside Transportation service 321-322-8242 when we went on our cruise out of port canaveral we couldnt be more happy with there service. there drive was waiting at the airport tracking us on there flight tracker. and call me as soon as our plane landed to assure he was there waiting for us. the van was very nice and clean with plenty of head room flat screen for the kids. and on the pick up from the port he was there agian waiting for us a the entrance, GREAT SERVICE FOR A GREAT PRICE


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#37
Washington DC
5 Posts
Joined Apr 2013
For our May 11-18 cruise, we rented a car and picked it up at MCO after arriving in Orlando at 9:30 am. We met and picked up friends at the Sheraton Hotel; chatted with others in the lobby; grabbed a snack at a deli; purchased wine; even stopped at Walmart and arrived at Port Canaveral by 1 pm (only because were were slowly making our way). The cost for the rental car was $50 bucks or so and we got less than $5 of gas. Three were dropped of at the port and the driver returned the car with a free shuttle back to the port. It took him less than 1.5 hour to see us again on the ship.

After the seven-day cruise, we rented a car with Dollar again (literally just before disembarking at Port Canaveral at 9:30 am because yes, we forgot to rent one for the return to MCO). We had a late departure of 9:00 pm to fly back home, so the rental was great! The shuttle bus picked us up and we rode for about 20 minutes. Upon getting the car, we headed to Cocoa Beach and then Downtown Disney (with a stop for late lunch before heading to the airport around 7 pm.

We would rent a car again if embarking at Port Canaveral.
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#38
55 Posts
Joined Jan 2009
we used Executive VIP limo, minivan service for 4 people was $110 one way (port to MCO), very prompt, met us as we walked off the ship, didn't charge until we got to the airport. Best part was NOT waiting for the shuttle buses to fill up before you could leave! RCCL transfers were $37.50 pp
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#39
Vermont
362 Posts
Joined Mar 2012
We would rent a car again if embarking at Port Canaveral.[/quote]

I echo this sentiment. We sailed RCCL Freedom last year, and rented a car from MCO to the port, and then did another rental at the end of the cruise back to MCO. I paid about $110.00 in TOTAL. That includes the rental, tolls, and gas. For four of us, way less expensive than any transportation I could find. It was an easy drive. I love the freedom renting my own wheels gives me. We swung in to Target to pick up some last minute things we needed, we grabbed a bite for dinner then stayed at the Country Inn and Suites. Turned our rental in next door to them (I think it was Hertz we used on the way to the port) and grabbed their shuttle to the ship the next morning. Then, when we got back, I had rented from another company, can't recall which one, there are several close to the port, and took their shuttle from the port to their building and got another rental back to the air port. We had a very late flight, so it was nice to be able to do some shopping, go to dinner, and not have to sit in the airport all day. I rented one day rentals from two different companies because I had two different coupon vouchers for deals. They are easy to get, you can even find coupon codes online and book online. Easy. If you are someone who doesn't want to have to be bothered to rent a car, drive yourself to the port and figure out all the details, this won't be your cup of tea. But, if you are like me, and want to have control over what you do and when you do it, and don't mind the details, renting a car is the way to go. It really couldn't be any easier to do.
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#40
Virginia
107 Posts
Joined Oct 2011
If you stay at Radisson at Port and book the shuttle thru the hotel you get a discount. They use Cocoa Beach Shuttle.
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