I'm planning my first cruise to the Bahamas next April and was wondering about the Port Canaveral port. Is it easy to get to and does anybody know anything about how easy or difficult the boarding is there? Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
You can go early (like 11am) Port Canaveral is a great port. Tell the people at the port that your husband is disabled and they will board you via the VIP boarding area and it will be quicker and you will not have to stand in the lines.
If you show up after 1pm there should be very short lines. But don't be too late. You have to be checked in no later than 60 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time to comply with federal security rules.
Some more input for now, as I will be going to Port Canaveral in October for my cruise. I'm not sure about Carnival, but I'll be on RCI.
Anyway, Port Canaveral is about 45 minutes or so (mainly highway) from Orlando Airport. Not sure what Carnival's rate are for their shuttle to the port.
On RCI, staterooms are not ready until at least 1:00, so you're correct in that rooms may not be ready until 1:30.
2007 - Majesty of the Seas (Bahamas)
2009 - Enchantment of the Seas (Western Caribbean)
2010 - Freedom of the Seas (Western Caribbean)
2013 - Golden Princess (Alaska, roundtrip from Seattle)
Does he have to lay down on his bed? There are plenty of places in the public areas he can sit and relax. He could also go sit on a lounge on the pool deck although that may be uncomfortably warm.
The cabins are not normally open until 1:30 as they are still cleaning and changing over the rooms from the last cruise. But you can get on the ship much earlier. The rest of the ship is open for use - Lido deck buffet area, the promenade deck which has many large soft chairs and couches and several bar areas for him to sit.
If he has to be able to lay down, then as Dave suggested, plan to show up about 1PM or 1:30. STILL go to the VIP check-in area and let them know about his handicap and they should assist you with priority boarding. If you can't find he VIP area, just ask any of the terminal personal and they should be able to help.