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Old July 3rd, 2010, 12:52 PM
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I was trying to find a similar post but no luck so i guess i will ask the question again, how far will you travel to a cruise port? We would be coming from NJ and thinking of traveling to Charleston SC which would be around 12-13 hours, figure we would leave very early morning around 3:00 and get to a hotel with a cruise & stay package in Charleston the night before. I dont mind traveling so its not a big deal too me, we wont fly too expensive and would rather drive. Im just curious what other people do.
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I look at the cost of driving vs. cost of flying. Does it involve an overnight? Remember to consider wear & tear on your vehicle.
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My hubby hates airport security, cramped planes, overcharging for luggage, and screaming children on planes. It's not really a fear of flying thing; it an annoyance and stressful thing. He likes to drive and use to do it for a living. We did drive from Sacramento area to San Diego about 500 miles and 8 hours. However, we did a vacation where we drove to Las Vegas, Arizona (Grand Canyon), Utah (Bryce Canyon) and back through South Lake Tahoe. We did that in a week it was fun. With a car you can stop and stretch your legs. We are thinking of driving from California to either Galveston (1986 miles) or New Orleans (2272 miles) leaving 2 or 3 days ahead of the cruise. If you drive I suggest you drive in the day before in case traffic is bad.
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So far we have never flown to any type vacation and we won't next year when we go to Charleston for our cruise on the Fantasy. We will drive up the day before and are planning on staying a couple of days after so we can see more of Charleston.

The cost of flying is such that we have never really thought about a cruise from across the country. But one day I really want to do a full canal transit, so from others the way for us to do it would be to fly to CA and cruise back to FL.
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20 minutes...but we live near Southampton UK!
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living in Massachusetts we have access to Boston, New York, NJ, and thats about as far as we would drive, cruising out of Florida- definately fly
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The furthest we ever drove was from Brooklyn to Manhattan to board the Cunard cruise to Bermuda .We had someone drive our car back .
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Since I live in the middle of the country I won't drive to any port.

There would be no way I would drive 1800 + miles, park the car for a week and then turn around and do another 1800 mile drive back home.

I have flown 100's of thousands of miles and it doesn't bother me one bit.

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We have driven from Toronto to Miami
We take a few days to do same problem as katlady DH hate the airport experience and would rather drive
We usually go for more than 2 wks so worth the drive
We have driven to Houston stayed with my brother for a few weeks then to Miami for a cruise.
We are retired so make a difference

That said we are flying to Europe this week for a cruise so DH will just have to suck it up at the airport
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I was trying to find a similar post but no luck so i guess i will ask the question again, how far will you travel to a cruise port? We would be coming from NJ and thinking of traveling to Charleston SC which would be around 12-13 hours, figure we would leave very early morning around 3:00 and get to a hotel with a cruise & stay package in Charleston the night before. I dont mind traveling so its not a big deal too me, we wont fly too expensive and would rather drive. Im just curious what other people do.

I don't like to drive very much ( drive about 1000+ miles /month for work)
I limit my travel to about 5 hrs. I can only get to two ports within
the 5 hour window. Flying is prefrred.
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We live in the Mid south & usually fly to get on the ship- We are about drive to New Orleans to get on the Carnival Triumph next month- that's about a 6 hour drive. In the past, all the ships we were interested in all left from ports that were too far to drive to-time wise-

We would cruise from Mobile, AL- if they offered a ship more appealing ship! That has been the problem with cruising from New Orelans in the past, we were not interested in the Celebration or Fantasy.
If only Celebrity would move the Century or Mercury to NO!
or Princess could bring the Grand or Golden.
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