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Travel Tip: Drive, Don’t Fly to These Cruise Ports

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Cruise ships dockedThere’s a myth that going on a cruise has to begin and end with a plane ride. In reality, more and more cruise lines are launching from smaller cruise ports that may be closer than you think.

Most people know that cruises sail out of Miami to go to the Caribbean or out of Seattle to get to Alaska. But there are lots of secondary—also known as drive-to—ports that are within driving distance for many of you.

Next year, Carnival Cruise Lines is returning to Norfolk, Virginia, with the Carnival Splendor sailing to Bermuda.

Next spring, the Carnival Pride will sail from Baltimore year round, instead of re-positioning to Florida for the winter. That’s good news for anyone in the Maryland/Washington, DC area.

Those of you in and around Texas should keep your eyes on the Port of Galveston. Royal Caribbean signed on for another five years, and part of those terms will include expanding its terminal to bring in new calls and a larger ship.

But, there’s some bad news for Floridians. The Norwegian Epic is leaving Miami to sail year-round from Barcelona.

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