Carnival’s New Mega Cruise Ship Mardi Gras Set to Arrive at Port Canaveral Friday Morning, See the Parking Plan
By Space Coast Daily // June 3, 2021
Mardi Gras is currently expected to pass Jetty Park by 6:15 a.m.
Public parking on Port will be limited to Jetty Park and other designated areas; Visitors and guests are advised to plan accordingly
BREVARD COUNTY PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – Port Canaveral released its plan for public access to the Port for viewing the arrival of Carnival Cruise Line’s newest and most innovative ship, Mardi Gras, scheduled to arrive early Friday morning, June 4 to new Cruise Terminal 3.
The Mardi Gras is currently expected to pass Jetty Park by 6:15 a.m. and proceed to the Middle Turning Basin, where she will turn around and transit to CT3 by 7 a.m. Visitors may view the Mardi Gras’ arrival and from Jetty Park, or from The Cove district.
Access to viewing points at Port Canaveral will be limited, and traffic in and around the Port will be controlled.
The Port’s plan was jointly developed by Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Canaveral Fire Rescue and Canaveral Port Authority Public Safety to minimize traffic congestion, ensure public safety, and promote a safe environment for Port employees, contractors, tenants and the community.
“We have been waiting for the Mardi Gras to come home for some time, and we know that there is a tremendous public interest to watch her arrival at the Port,” said Port CEO Capt. John Murray.
“We have worked with BCSO to address the public’s demand while maintaining our focus on public safety.”
Port Canaveral highly recommends Mardi Gras watchers consider the limitations for public parking at the Port on Friday.
Electronic signs on Port Canaveral roadways and intersections will advise motorists of road restrictions, as well as when parking capacity has been reached at designated parking areas. Brevard County Sheriff’s Office deputies will monitor traffic, control key traffic intersections, ensure boater access to the Freddie Patrick Park boat ramps and enforce parking on and around the Port.
Vehicles heading to Jetty Park should enter the Port via George King Boulevard, and guests are reminded parking passes must be purchased online prior to arriving at the park. No cash or credit card transactions are allowed at the entrance booth.
Brevard County Sheriff’s Office deputies will be in place to assist drivers and patrolling the Port to enforce parking.
Lot will close when 100% vehicle capacity is reached. A limited number of guaranteed admission special parking passes are available at https://shop.portcanaveral.com/. Guests with annual passes are not guaranteed admission to the park. No drone photography is permitted, and no pets are allowed.
BOAT RAMPS PARKING
■ Freddie Patrick Boat Ramps and Rodney S. Ketcham Park Boat Ramps vehicle trailer parking will be open and available to boaters on a first-come, first-serve basis until capacity is reached. Boat Ramps parking lots are exclusively for boater vehicles and trailers using boat ramps. Boaters at all times — whether parking at ramp lots or not — may access the ramps to drop their boat and tackle and seek parking elsewhere. Guests at Water’s Edge Café may park their vehicles if parking is available.
■ Boaters, note that a security zone surrounding all cruise and cargo ships entering and exiting the Port will be enforced by the U.S. Coast Guard and the sheriff’s office. The boat ramps will remain open at all times, however launching and arriving may be delayed.
CRUISE TERMINAL 1 OVERFLOW PARKING LOTS
■ The paved overflow parking lot and unpaved Lot E are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
COVE PARKING FOR RESTAURANTS
■ Paved parking lot south of the Cove dining district will be open in the morning for the public. Following Mardi Gras’ arrival, Cove parking lot will be available for merchant patrons.
COMMERCIAL VEHICLE – BUS, VAN, UBER, LYFT DROP-OFF
■ Parking lot at lot H, located at George King Boulevard and N. Atlantic Avenue is available for commercial vehicle drop-off.