Recent News

Port Canaveral, FL – Skies above Port Canaveral will light up with color and sound on July 2nd for the annual “Smoke on the Water & Fire in the Sky” fireworks celebration being hosted by the Cove Merchants Association at Port Canaveral and the Canaveral Port Authority. The event at Port Canaveral is the first of three area fireworks celebrations that are the hallmark of the Space Coast’s Independence Day events - July 3rd fireworks at Cocoa Beach, followed by July 4th fireworks at Cocoa Village.  
Port Canaveral, FL – Port Canaveral today welcomed home Disney Cruise Line’s newest cruise ship, the Disney Wish. The long-awaited addition to the Port Canaveral based Disney fleet arrived before dawn this morning escorted by a flotilla of Port-based tugboats and the Port Canaveral Fire Rescue Fireboat 2 providing the traditional water cannon salute.
Port Canaveral, FL – Port Canaveral today released its plan for public access to the Port to view the arrival of Disney Cruise Line’s new cruise ship, the Disney Wish, which is scheduled to arrive at Port Canaveral early Monday morning, June 20th to Cruise Terminal 8 (CT8). Subject to change, currently the Disney Wish is expected to pass Jetty Park shortly after 5:00 a.m. and proceed to the West Turning Basin, where she will dock at CT8 by 5:40 a.m. Visitors may view the Disney Wish’s arrival and from Jetty Park, or from The Cove district.

On May 12, the Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors (CAGTC) membership elected three officers and six directors to its Board as the group gathered in Washington to engage in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law implementation process. Paul Anderson, President & CEO of Port Tampa Bay, is now CAGTC’s fifth Chairman, while former CAGTC Treasurer Rick Cameron, Deputy Executive Director of Planning and Development, Port of Long Beach was elected Vice Chairman and Erin Aleman, Executive Director, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, was elected Treasurer. Each officer will serve a three-year term. Capt John Murray, Chief Executive Officer and Port Director, Canaveral Port Authority was re-elected to serve another three-year term on the Board of Directors.

Port Canaveral, FL – MSC Cruises announced that the MSC Seaside will homeport from Port Canaveral beginning April 16, 2023, with three and four-night cruises to Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve in The Bahamas, and seven-night sailings to Cozumel and Costa Maya in Mexico, Belize, and Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve. The MSC Seaside, a popular Seaside-class ship specifically designed for Caribbean cruising, offers unique outdoor spaces along with a fantastic list of amenities.
Port Canaveral welcomed Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Freedom on her first call to the Port at a dockside ceremony as the ship prepared for her inaugural sailing from the Port’s Cruise Terminal 6.  The Carnival Freedom, which will be homeported at Port Canaveral, will offer four- and five-night itineraries to The Bahamas and the Eastern Caribbean, with stops in Nassau, Princess Cays, Bimini, Freeport, Amber Cove, Grand Turk and Half Moon Cay.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 Axiom 1 will be launching April 8th, targeting 11:17 a.m. U.S. Coast Guard Security Zone will be activated at 9:12 a.m. and the Safety Zone will be activated at 10:27 a.m. The Port of Canaveral will not be closed during the launch.

For any boaters planning to watch the launch from the water, you must avoid this area leading up to and during the launch of the rocket. The QR code will direct you to the Launch Briefs by Space Launch Delta 45th. Please follow the instructions on the advisory for the much updated information.

We have a few more launches in the coming up, remember to watch this space for updates and as always, stay safe on the water!
All vessel operators have a responsibility to safely navigate all bridges, locks and overhead obstructions in the area. Know your vessel’s limits above and below the waterline for safe transit. Check marine navigation charts for location, restrictions and authorized clearances for overhead power lines, fixed bridges and underwater cabling or obstructions. 
With shovels in hand, officials from the Canaveral Port Authority joined with leaders from federal, state, and municipal government, along with business and space industry representatives to ceremonially break ground on a massive $48 million project to rebuild Port Canaveral’s North Cargo Berth 3 (NCB3).
Port Canaveral, FL – March 11, 2022 – Canaveral Port Authority CEO and Port Director Capt. John W. Murray was elected Chairman of the Board of the National Cargo Bureau, Inc. (NCB) during the organization’s 71st Annual Meeting of Directors.
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