Well hey neighbor! It took us 9 hours to drive to Port Canaveral, about 12-14 to Miami. It is definately a better drive. I understand your apprehensions about flying. I haven't flown in 11 years and we are doing it this Sat to LA and my stomach is already nervous feeling. So are you thinking of a Hawaii cruise? I would so love to do that and then I'll have to do Alaska because my husband has been wanting to do it for years. Me, I'm the warm weather island type and he is a polar bear. Well happy sailing to you!