Posted January 5th, 2010, 03:47 PM
I'm looking at it as a way to see the countryside on the way down. I haven't flown since 2000, I'm a white knuckle flyer, and hubby (who used to fly all the time) won't fly because he feels security at NYC area airports stinks. Don't bash us we know it's our problem I'll fly only if Capt Sullenberger flies the plane
But -- options out of NY piers are getting slim and none. Only Carnival is Miracle which we've done twice and itinerary is now florida and bahamas. I've looked Florida and I've written down 8 cruises on 3 lines that I like. So I'm looking at this as a new adventure to Florida. The Cruise Critic group cruise is the best deal but the BUT part of it is no amtrak stop close to Port Canaveral. I'm saving so much by going to Florida that I can add a cab ride and an overnight stay at a hotel into my costs and it's still cheaper than going out of New York. I priced a Ramada Inn 2 miles from the cruiseport at Lauderdale for $71 with free ride to port. Carnival Freedom is doing a panama canal trip on Oct 23 for 8 days that's priced right too. So I have lots of choices, was just looking for an amtrak stop closer to port canaveral than the Orlando stop I was coming up with. So any suggested stop closer would be greatly appreciated.
We went out of Port Canaveral about 18 months ago. It is a real easy drive from Orlando to PC. The rental car company we used was Enterprise and they did not charge us a one way fee over there or back. They have plenty of people flying in and out to make it work out.
As for a hotel the Ramada I hear is nice, but you may want to go to the ports of call for FLA departures and check it out. There are lots of locals there that give very good info.
As for the Train. If I were you I would go in at least a day early. Not sure about that run, but I hear the Chicago to New Orleans run is often NOT on time and is subject to long delays at times.
What ever you decide.... Enjoy!!!