Would you cruise more often if you did't have to fly into a port to catch the ship? I would because living in Michigan we have to fly no matter where the ship is leaving from. We would even go if it was just for a long weekend. I think if i lived near a port i'd go at least every other month.
It depends what port I was local to. I'm close to the port of Los Angeles (45 minuet drive) but all we get year round are the 3 and 4 night Baja Mexico cruises. We do get some down to the Mexican Rivera, occasional round trip Hawaii and one end of Panama canal cruises or re-positioning to the Pacific North West. I have done the Baja cruise tons of time as a quick get away.
If I lived in Florida I think I'd cruise more often because of better selection of destinations to go to. What ever your home port, you would get tierd of the same cruise over and over. Some times I do not get off the ship in Mexico since I have been there so often.
We are still a few years away from retirement, so right now we are cruising all that our vacation time will allow.
When we retire, I think airfare costs will limit how much cruising we can do, but due to family, church, and other ties, I don't see us ever moving significantly closer to a cruise port.
I live less than an hour from the Port of Baltimore, but have never cruised from there. We've opted to fly to Florida because of more destinations. I'm looking at the homeport schedule for 2018, to see what's available for an extra getaway.
Our flights cost more than the cruise so if we lived in a port city or close to one we might cruise more. We are only about 4-5 hr drive from the Port of Vancouver but cruises from there are very limited. Being in Florida year round sure would be ideal, but that's not going to happen.
I live near enough to Galveston, but between three ships (not counting DCL -- too expensive) with only two itineraries amongst them, it gets rather old.
If I lived in Fla, I would probably change my mind quickly.
Luckily I live in FL and we have several airports that we can drive to, Port Canaveral, Tampa, Ft Lauderdale, Miami. My next cruise, though, is out of Boston. Since it makes the vacation cost so much more, I do think twice when I have to fly to get on a cruise ship.
One of the reasons we decided to move to central Florida was the abundance of cruise options! We’ve never regretted moving here for a second!
I agree with some of the others, depends which port. I live near San Francisco and it's mostly Alaska, Hawaii, and Mexican Riviera on the Grand Princess along with a small amount of repositions cruises with other carriers mixed in. The reason I don't cruise more even though I live nearby is money and most of the cruises out of there are on the pricey side compared to other places. I'd love to live near Ft. Lauderdale that has more options.