Hitting the High Seas? First, Hit the Road
By Roy Witman
What's not to love about cruising? Five-star dining, exotic excursions and extravagant entertainment equate to a near-perfect vacation. Once you feel
the ocean breeze in your hair and have that frosty margarita in hand, your worries are forgotten. But when you think about coordinating travel
arrangements, the thought is enough to take the wind out of your sails.
If you love cruising but hate the logistical nightmare and outrageous price of flying, there is now a better alternative: finding a departure port within
driving distance of home.
Homeports = Significant Savings + Increased Convenience
A drivable homeport makes cruising more economical and convenient than ever. Once limited to select waterfront cities such as Miami or New York, a
growing number of ports are now within driving distance of many cities across the U.S.
Take Carnival Cruise Lines for example: they have more than 20 ports all around the world, and 18 in the U.S. alone, including:
Los Angeles, CA
San Diego, CA
New Orleans, LA
New York, NY
Port Canaveral, FL
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
San Juan, Puerto Rico
By driving to one of these cities, you could drastically reduce your overall vacation expenses.
The ability to stretch your vacation dollar is pricelessâ€”as is the convenience factor of coordinating logistics. The hassles of air travel have gotten
worse with strict regulations, charges for checked bags and hidden fees. When you couple that with potential weather delays, missed connections or
lost luggage, it's enough to make any traveler dreaming of a cruise settle for a staycation.
Besides the value of cost-savings and convenience, close-by port cities offer yet another benefit: they're incredible destinations full of great sightseeing
opportunities. Seattle and Charleston are two examples of homeport cities with a rich array of act