Port Canaveral, Orlando, Florida is one of the busiest cruise ports in the United States, with cruises departing from here to The Bahamas, the Caribbean, Mexico and more.

It’s a pretty great place to start (or finish) a cruise, but there are a few things you can do before you go to ensure you’re really prepared for your cruise holiday.

Extend your vacation

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Port Canaveral is just 45 minutes from the heart of Orlando and this means there’s loads to do and see nearby the port. It could be a great idea to extend your holiday (before or after your cruise) and enjoy some of what Orlando has to offer.

There are theme parks, great shopping spots, superb restaurants and so much more to explore during a trip to Florida.

Cruise and stay holidays are becoming increasingly popular and Florida is a great place to try it out!

Ensure you pack correctly

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Packing is one thing many people get wrong when it comes to cruising. It’s important to think about a few things when packing for a cruise – the weather in your destination(s) and the dress code on board your ship.

Do some research to find out whether there’ll be any formal nights during your cruise, as you might find you’ll need to pack a formal dress or suit if you want to dine in the main dining room.

Checking the weather forecast for the places you’re travelling to is also a must. If there’s going to be rain, be sure to pack accordingly and don’t forget the most important thing – comfortable shoes for when you’re out exploring the different ports of call.

Get the right visa(s)

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If you’re travelling to America from another country to join your cruise ship you’ll more than likely need a visa to get in.

Be sure to look into this and organise the visa(s) in plenty time before your cruise begins to avoid any last minute panic or disasters!

Plan shore excursions

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To ensure you have the best time possible in all your ports of call I highly recommend doing a little bit of research on each place before you leave home.

For each place determine what it is you’d like to do there and whether you can do it independently, or whether it would be best done as part of one of the ship-offered shore excursions.

Doing a bit of research before you go will ensure you’re able to enjoy each destination to the fullest and make the very most of your time.

Do you have any tips to share on how to prepare for a cruise from Orlando?