Port Canaveral now open with some restrictions

The U.S. Coast Guard has opened Port Canaveral's waterways with restrictions.  

Six cruise ships will be arriving at Port Canaveral on Thursday morning, Sept 5: Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas; Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas; Carnival Elation; Carnival Ecstasy; Carnival Liberty; and Disney Dream.

The Coast Guard has ordered that vessels with a draft equal to or less than 36 feet (10.97 m) are authorized to transit into and out of the port.  No transits are authorized for vessels with a draft greater than 36 feet (10.97 m), until a further evaluation of the channel has been complete.

The State Road 401 bridge will open on the hour beginning at 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for vessel traffic.  No openings from noon to 2 p.m.