Not no more.

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?

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If I am cruising out of an area I enjoy, I always go a day or two ahead. Less stressful.

If I have to fly in to a port I always stay a couple days or more before the cruise or after it. The bulk of the expense is getting to the port. When I cruised out of Cape Canaveral earlier this year we spent a few days there to visit with some friends that drove in to see us and to go to Kennedy Space Center (the Space center was a great day, I recommend it for anyone leaving out of Cape Canaveral) for a day. When I did the transatlantic we spent a couple weeks in Rome before the cruse, For the Greek Islands cruise we did one week pre and a few days post cruise in Rome, for the San Juan PR to London cruise we did a week pre cruise in San Juan and a couple weeks post cruise in London.

The pre-cruise days help you get relaxed, over jet lag and into vacation mode before you even step onto the ship. The pre cruise days also gives you some time if your flight gets delayed or car trouble driving into a far away port. It takes away the rush rush of flying in and running to the port.

I try for one day before and an overnight after, just because I have to fly to anywhere there will be a cruise.

If I have to go the Vancouver it is easy because family lives there so no cost.

If I have to go out of LA I try to get first flight out of Edmonton in the morning,

But Florida is different. because I might have to take two maybe three planes.

Boston I will go early to again, just to go to Cheers,,,Big Smile

DH and DD have limited vacation time, so we generally prefer a longer cruise instead of a pre or post cruise mini vacay. Last fall, we did do a five day cruise out of Galveston and drove over to New Orleans for a couple of days after we cruised. That was nice, but I still prefer extra time on the ship.

Yep... I agree with the replies. Its a matter of time and distance. And of course $$$$

Key West (aka) Grand ma Jo. Where is Engineer Rick from FV?

My first 2 cruises I drove from Buffalo to my friends in Jersey to port of of Cape Liberty and then left the day we got back...I made one mistake of flying the day of the cruise... Never again. We do one day before a cruise, but never after because we have a little chiahuaua to pick up so we typically do express self disembark and get back early afternoon. I did the come back on Sunday and work on Monday, which I was not a big fan of so I may be adjusting that if I have days off of work...

We always front load extra days before embarking on a cruise during the winter months. Since we head off for a month, by the time we get back to port we just want to get back home so do not extend on the back end.

He was cruising when FV shut down. From what I understand, he wasn't looking for another forum. Hopefully, he'll change his mind. I love his sense of humor, plus he has a lot of knowledge about cruising.

We always leave the house early morning the day before the cruise and arrive in the vicinity of the port the afternoon / evening before and then enjoy a nice slow morning and wander over to the ship about noonish for lunch. On our last cruise we tacked on a few days in NOLA to enjoy the town. I really loved it but DW was anxious to get home. She missed the dogs. Maybe that would be ok after a 7 day cruise but we were on a 14 day so did not work as well.


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