There are a lot of cruise ships out there now, but only so many U.S. port cities. The cruise lines could strategically position their ships so that people could cruise without flying, but what good would that do? It might help for the short run, but I don't think it's the answer...and last time I looked, all of the port cities seem to be a substantial distance from our 'heartland.' I can just see a cruise ship going through the locks on the Arkansas River to Little Rock and Tulsa, or up the rivers to Nashville or Louisville, or Omaha and Bismark. Yeah, right. And for most of us, it's a pretty long, wet drive to San Juan. Privately chartered jets are out of the question for most of us, so what IS the answer? Looks rather dismal, doesn't it?