Living in NC its an easy drive south on I 95 to Port Canaveral. In the past I would leave about six am. I arrive at the hotel in Cocoa beach. Tired from the drive I just checked in have a have a few beers and dinner. Then get up the next day to start the beginning of the cruise process. My last two cruises Ive booked my hotel on the beach for 3 days and enjoy a mini vacation before the cruise. For me it extends the trip and fun. Sure it costs about an extra 300 but since I prepay everything over time its not a big deal. If you can do it Id say go for it. Any thoughts?