David, I am flying to LA and getting a rental car from Avis at the airport. I have told them that I'm going to port of LA and they are letting me drop off the car at a place closer to the port and they will take us to the ship! All you have to do is ask. BTW whereabouts in NC are you? We live in Charlotte. Not only have we driven to Port Canaveral but we also have driven to Miami and Ft Lauderdale ports. It's really not too bad of a drive but I guess it would depend on where you are starting from. Happy sailing to you!