Living in Florida I guess I am a bit spoiled. 5 ports all with in "wake up and drive to ship" distance. My first cruise was out of FLL, with a few stops along the way, I think it took us 4 hours to get to the port. Last 2 cruises were out of MIA and about 5 hours of total time to get there. It's just a matter of getting up early enough on departure day, and for the 2 MIA cruises we were on in time for a good lunch.
Disney Dream - Dec 2012 4n Bahamas
Carnival Imagination - Dec 2011 4n Western
Carnival Imagination - Nov 2010 4n Western
Costa Atlantica - Dec 2009 7n Eastern
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