I am a seasoned traveller and have been on 6 cruises. I have not sailed since I was I was younger. I now have a family of my own and we live in Orlando, FL. I know port canaveral and Tampa are closest but looking to see the difference in parking, port fees, etc. that may not be an upfront cost I can prepare myself for. Since this my wife's first cruise I need to make sure she enjoys while not breaking the budget. Been looking for some guidance in websites but they are either bias or can't find the answers. Looking for a cruise for less than $250 PP and 4 days or less (preferably Carnival, Royal Caribbean, or Norwegian).

Long story to question. Is paying the extra rate, distance from Orlando, and ship really worth the extra cost?