A recent survey indicated that more and more families are deciding not to fly to their destination this year and instead are taking to the roads. This makes sense especially for families with two or more children. The cost of airfare adds up quickly when you travel with the entire family.
You don't have to limit your final destination to the 50 contiguous states if you decide to drive to your vacation spot. Did you know that there are 23 U.S. ports that you can select from, some of which offer year-round cruising?
These cruise ports also offer parking facilities, some of which are covered parking, that offer prices comparable to airport parking garages. You can also explore near-by hotels that offer stay and park packages complete with transportation to the pier.
Charleston, SC Year-round
|Elation Arrival, Courtesy Carnival|
Starting May 15th, Carnival Elation replaced Carnival Fascination sailing four-, five- and seven-day Western Caribbean cruises from Mobile, Alabama. Carnival Elation is scheduled to operate 74 voyages annually from Mobile, carrying an estimated 170,000 passengers each year.
This past week, Carnival Cruises and Mobile officials participated in a traditional maritime plaque ceremony to commemorate launch of the year-round program. Carnival Elation is a sister ship of Carnival Fascination, so the same on-board amenities await you and your family.
These are just a couple examples of recent announcements for cruise vacation options from ports of call within driving distance. So pack up the family and drive to one of the U.S. ports of call to begin your cruise.